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American Airlines Implements Banked Flight Schedule in Chicago and Dallas

American Airlines Implements Banked Flight Schedule in Chicago and Dallas

American Airlines passengers at Chicago O’Hare International and Dallas/Fort Worth International airports on Sunday may have thought that the airline was giving flights away given how much busier the two airports were at certain periods of time throughout the day.
On Sunday, American implemented a major change in how it schedules flight operations at the two airports, putting banks of flights into fairly narrow time slots.
Banking flights, as it is called …

Chicago’s InterContinental Magnificent Mile Opens Renovated Executive Tower

Chicago’s InterContinental Magnificent Mile Opens Renovated Executive Tower

The Chicago InterContinental Magnificent Mile unveiled a newly renovated Historic Tower, renaming it the Executive Tower.
The renovation covered the 315 guest rooms and corridors in the tower, and follows a recent renovation of the 477 rooms in the Grand Tower as well as of the hotel’s presidential suite.
Rooms in the Executive Tower were designed by Simeone Deary Design Group, the firm that also managed the earlier renovation. Reflecting its heritage …

United Plans New Menus, Improved Customer Service at United Clubs Worldwide

United Plans New Menus, Improved Customer Service at United Clubs Worldwide

United Airlines announced it will introduce major dining and customer services changes at all of its United Club airport lounges worldwide.
The Chicago-based airline said it will offer a new menu to guests, one that emphasizes “freshness, variety and quality,” and train its agents in keeping with “standards of the hotel and hospitality industry to better match club members’ expectations.”
The new menu, which will be available at its lounges in Chicago’s …

Dangerous Record Breaking Cold to Grip U.S.

Dangerous Record Breaking Cold to Grip U.S.

While the western part of the United States remains warm and dry, the eastern half will see dangerous and record-breaking low temperatures on Thursday and Friday.
The result will be cold air that people have simply not experienced in years, if not decades.
The cold will stretch from the Great Lakes to the Gulf Coast.  Low temperatures will be close to or exceed 0° F (-18° C) as far south as South …

New Luxury Hotel to Open in Historic Building in Chicago

New Luxury Hotel to Open in Historic Building in Chicago

Oxford Capital Group announced it will open the LondonHouse, a new luxury hotel in Chicago, next spring.  The property will be located in the historic London Guarantee & Accident Building, which formerly housed the renowned London House jazz club, with a new 22-story glass tower added to the structure.
The hotel will have 452 rooms and will house a lobby bar.  The design of the rooms will pay homage to the building’s …

Report from the 2015 Chicago Auto Show

The Chicago Auto Show, first held in 1901, correctly bills itself as the largest auto show in North America, with over one million people attending each year.  It also has the distinction of having been the first auto show to have been held 100 times, a milestone that was reached in 2008.
While the Detroit show, held in January, is more about new car launches and debuts, the Chicago show is …

Virgin Hotels Chicago to Offer Tesla Electric Vehicle Service

Virgin Hotels Chicago to Offer Tesla Electric Vehicle Service

Virgin Hotels announced that it is now offering car service to guests of its Virgin Hotels Chicago property.  The service uses a red Tesla Model S P85D electric car to transport guests to select areas of the city seven days a week.
The electric vehicle has a range of 265 miles (426 kilometers) on a single charge and is the fastest-accelerating four-door vehicle, able to accelerate from 0 to 60 mph …