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Willis Tower, United Airlines’ HQ and Ops Center, Remains Dark After Flooding

Willis Tower, United Airlines’ HQ and Ops Center, Remains Dark After Flooding

The power is still out at Chicago’s Willis Tower, the location of United Airlines’ headquarters and its main operations center, after rainfall caused the Chicago River to overflow into the lower level of the building and submerged a ComEd, substation.
The 110-storey Willis Tower, still known colloquially as the Sears Tower, the name it held for 36 years, opened in 1973.  At 1,450’ (442.1 m), it surpassed the World Trade Center …

Delta Air Lines Suspending Service at 10 Airports

Delta Air Lines Suspending Service at 10 Airports

Delta Air Lines said Friday it plans to temporarily discontinue service at ten airports.
The plan goes into effect on May 13 and will continue until “at least” September.
The list of airports includes Akron-Canton in Ohio; Chicago Midway International; Hollywood Burbank; Long Beach; Manchester-Boston Regional; Newport News/Williamsburg International in Virginia; Oakland International; Stewart International in New Windsor, New York; T.F. Green International in Providence, Rhode Island; and Westchester County in White …

Coronavirus Update: Italy Expands Lockdown, New Cases in China Fall Dramatically, Austria Restricts Access at Italian Border

Coronavirus Update: Italy Expands Lockdown, New Cases in China Fall Dramatically, Austria Restricts Access at Italian Border

TODAY’S FACTS AND FIGURES
The worldwide number of cases of Covid-19 stands at 116,359.  The global death toll from the virus is 4,091. Of the current active cases, which total 47,621, 12% or 5,788 are serious, while the other cases are mild.
Italy, which has effectively quarantined its entire population as of Tuesday morning – now has 9,172 of the world’s cases and more than 463 of at least 4,000 deaths.
The United …

Nobu Hotels to Open Properties in Chicago, London, Riyadh, and Warsaw

Nobu Hotels to Open Properties in Chicago, London, Riyadh, and Warsaw

Nobu Hotels announced plans to open new locations later this year in Chicago,London, Riyadh, and Warsaw.
The 119-key Chicago property will be located in the West Loop neighborhood, an area known for its restaurants and nightlife.  The Warsaw location will be on the Ulica Wilcza, or Wolf Street in English, in the city center.  The Nobu Hotel Riyadh will be a new 23-story tower that the company said will reflect Nobu’s …

Hilton to Debut 6 Curio and Tapestry Collection Hotels in 2020

Hilton to Debut 6 Curio and Tapestry Collection Hotels in 2020

Hilton Worldwide announced plans to open multiple new properties that will be part of its Curio Collection and Tapestry Collection brand portfolio.
There will be three new hotels in the Curio Collection including the Emerald House Lisbon, the Navy Pier Chicago, and the Fellows House Cambridge.  All three are expected to open in the third quarter of 2020.
The Emerald House is undergoing a major renovation and will reopen with 67 guest …

Hyatt Plans 200 New Hotels in the Americas By 2022

Hyatt Plans 200 New Hotels in the Americas By 2022

Hyatt Hotels said it plans to open over 50 new properties in the Americas in the current year and a total of 200 new hotels by the end of 2022.
The move will increase Hyatt’s footprint in the region by 33%.
The hotelier recently opened the Thompson Washington, D.C. in the nation’s capital. The list of new hotels that will open in 2020 includes the Andaz Palm Springs in California; the Hyatt …

Storm System to Bring ‘Dangerous Travel’ to Much of the Country

Storm System to Bring ‘Dangerous Travel’ to Much of the Country

A powerful storm system moving east will bring severe weather to much of the United States starting Friday.
“A large multi-hazard storm is forecast to impact the Plains and Midwest starting today, shifting to the East Coast by early Sunday,” the National Weather Service said.  “Heavy snow and ice will lead to dangerous travel from the Plains to New England.”
The storm will bring a wintry mix to the Chicagoland area.
Meanwhile, the …