by Chris Zarek
Who doesn’t dream about getting away to the big city? The skyscrapers, the museums, the restaurants, the shopping. High-profile sporting events and signature entertainment.
All the ingredients for a memorable meeting and fun are there, but sometimes we find the recipe’s directions too daunting: What if we get lost? Where should we eat when there are so many choices? The city would be a great place to host a small group meeting, you say, if only navigating the traffic and bustle weren’t so intimidating.
Have no fear. If you hold your event at the right size urban hotel, you can cast those concerns aside.
At the AC Hotel Chicago Downtown, for example, the property offers flexible meeting space and 226 stylish guest rooms in an upscale, modern venue.
At this property, take advantage of the staff’s insider knowledge. AC Hotel guests consistently praise the team for helping smooth their path to the fun of Chicago, whether it’s the doorman efficiently hailing a taxi or the front desk dishing out directions to the right train station.
If the purpose of your small group meeting is to brainstorm, train, or build consensus, having the big city right outside your door infuses downtime with energy and gets those creative juices going. If you’re celebrating business with social purposes, the big city offers something for everyone in your party, with infinite possibilities for recreation, dining, and entertainment just footsteps away.
Convenience couldn’t be closer in a downtown location, with upscale shopping just blocks away on the famous Magnificent Mile. Guests can enjoy a unique European style breakfast, delicious small plate cuisine in the evening, or grab some picnic fare from Trader Joe’s and head out to Cloud Gate (perhaps better known as “the Bean”) or scenic Navy Pier, both short walks away.
So whatever event you’re planning, consider the merits of a small group meeting in the big city. Location, location, location -- it’s not just for real estate.
Chris Zarek is general manager of the AC Hotel Chicago Downtown, which is owned and operated by Marcus Hotels & Resorts, a leading hotel management company. A force in the hospitality industry, Marcus Hotels & Resorts provides expertise in management, development and historic renovations.
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