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Hilton Chicago Unveils Results of $150 Million Renovation Project

Hilton Chicago Unveils Results of $150 Million Renovation Project

The hotel, which first opened its doors to guests in 1927, said that the final phase, a series of meeting rooms on the third floor, was just completed.
The seven rooms can accommodate as many as 850 guests. The décor was inspired by Lake Michigan and uses shades of purple and blue as part of the décor.
Guestrooms and suites at the hotel were also refurbished and the 5,000-square-foot (464-square-meter) Conrad Hilton …

Red Roof ‘Red Collection’ Hotels to Make Global Debut in Chicago

Red Roof ‘Red Collection’ Hotels to Make Global Debut in Chicago

Red Roof debuted a new brand of hotels, the Red Collection, and said its first Red Collection property, the St. Clair Hotel, will open in Chicago next year.
The St. Claire, located one block from Chicago’s Magnificent Mile, is scheduled to open in the first quarter of 2018. Red Roof said that the hotel will offer amenities typical of a major downtown hotel including fast Wi-Fi and spa-inspired bathrooms, albeit at …

Air Berlin to Discontinue Long-Haul Flights

Air Berlin to Discontinue Long-Haul Flights

Air Berlin announced that it will cease all of its long-haul flights by October 15. The move follows notice from aircraft leasing companies that plan to take back their Airbus A330 aircraft as a result of Air Berlin’s bankruptcy filing last month.
Key routes that will be discontinued include the carrier’s Düsseldorf-Los Angeles service, as well as its flights from Düsseldorf to Mexico and the Caribbean. Service from Berlin to Abu …

American Airlines to Add Service to Budapest and Prague from Philly

American Airlines to Add Service to Budapest and Prague from Philly

American Airlines said it will offer seasonal service to Budapest and Prague from its hub in Philadelphia starting next year. In addition, the carrier said it will add service from Chicago to Venice, Italy.
The three new flights will operate between May 4, 2018 and October 27.
Flights to Budapest Ferenc Liszt International Airport will leave Philadelphia at 6:25 p.m. and arrive the following day at 9:35 a.m. Flights destined for Prague …

Terrorists to Target Trains

Terrorists to Target Trains

Trains and train stations in the United States appear to have become a possible new target for Islamic terrorists. In Al Qaeda’s newest issue of its online propaganda magazine “Inspire,” the terrorist group offers details on how to blow up and derail trains with a stated goal of striking fear in commuters and the traveling public.
As a response, the Transportation Security Administration recently provided additional guidance to train operators on …

Major Renovation Project Completed at Chicago O’Hare Embassy Suites

Major Renovation Project Completed at Chicago O’Hare Embassy Suites

Hilton Hotels and Resorts announced that the completion of a $10 million renovation of the Embassy Suites by Hilton Chicago O’Hare Rosemont.
As part of the work, the property’s guestrooms were outfitted with new furniture and artwork. All of the rooms’ bathtubs received new tiling, and some were converted into walk-in showers, which are increasingly popular.
The work included refurbishments to the hotel’s atrium, pool, fitness center, lobby, and elevators. In addition, …

New Boutique Hotel to Open in Chicago’s South Side

New Boutique Hotel to Open in Chicago’s South Side

Smart Hotels announced that it plans to open Sophy, a new boutique hotel in Chicago, next summer.
The property will be located in the city’s South Side at 53rd Street and Dorchester Avenue, in the Hyde Park neighborhood. The hotel will have 98 guestrooms.
The design of the property was inspired by the 1983 World’s Columbian Exposition, and will include elements such as barn doors on the private dining space. The hotel …