From educational panels for the business travel industry and breathtaking architecture to a rooftop party at the iconic The Godfrey Hotel, great food and even greater people, it’s safe to safe my first visit to Chicago was a success.
To welcome August, part of the Global Traveler team headed to Chicago to attend the 51st Global Business Travel Association convention and also celebrate The Trazees 2019. In a short but sweet stay at The Claridge House in the Gold Coast, we made the best out of the four days we were in town. While there are a few things I would like to share with all of you, here are my top takeaways from our leisure time in Chi Town.
I arrived early afternoon on Sunday; after checking in and dropping my bags off, I joined my colleague Stephanie Makowski for a quick brunch at Eduardo’s Enoteca — a cozy café just down the street from our hotel. I enjoyed a spicy but delicious seasonal grilled chicken kale salad and a refreshing Indigo Summer cocktail — a hip twist on a gin and tonic.
Later that evening, we made our way to the Convention Arena at McCormick Place for the Welcome Kick-Off Session with Jon Taffer — needless to say the enthusiasm of the speaker was there. After performances by the Chicago Boyz and The Blue Brothers, we made our way to The Capital Grille for dinner, where we were joined by Chicago natives and crucial members of our team, John Wroblewski and Lou Atsaves. Besides the lovely time had by all and the delightful dry-aged NY strip I chose as my main course, my favorite thing was the amazingly fresh tuna tartare that I paired with a nice and crisp Rosé.
We couldn’t leave without trying an all-time Chicago classic: deep-dish pizza. After an amazing event on Tuesday night, the team made its way to Lou Malnati’s Pizzeria where we all shared and enjoyed the staple dish. Although our choices were filling, I liked how flaky and buttery the crust was — yes, I am one of the few people who loves pizza crust — not to mention the amazing sausage blend and rich tomato sauce.
The Gold Coast definitely left me craving more — more time to explore Chicago like a local, more time to learn about its history and people. I see myself going back in the near future; do you have any suggestions for me?
— Yasser Ogando, production & advertising coordinator
This summer, The Ritz-Carlton, Los Angeles began highly-anticipated enhancements. The property celebrates its 10th birthday next year and the renovations are the largest changes the property has ever seen. They impact the hotel lobby, all 123 guestrooms and suites, corridors and Club Lounge.
Welcome to Rhodes, a medieval treasure beautifully preserved throughout the centuries. Rhodes is the capital of the Dodecanese, an island ideal not only for those who want to relax, but also for those looking for an action-packed holiday! With its bright green hills, rich green valleys and uninterrupted line of golden beaches, Rhodes is truly a blessed place. “The sun island” has more sunshiny days and milder temperatures throughout the year than any other location in Greece. It is, after all, one of the country’s easternmost places and among the first to welcome summer on its impressive beaches. Add in the excellent facilities for tourism, the island’s special blend of cosmopolitan and traditional, and numerous cultural and archaeological sites, the most important being the Medieval (Old) Town, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and you’ve got the perfect holiday destination. While on Rhodes, don’t miss a daytrip to nearby Sými. An island of sponge divers and seamen, Sými used to have 30,000 inhabitants before the Second World War and was the richest island in the Dodecanese, despite its small size. Today, Sými attracts many visitors thanks to its beautifully preserved Neo-Classical buildings and the famous Archangel Michael monastery at Panormitis.
United Airlines announces a number of new routes.
Seats on new JetBlue flights between New York City (JFK) and Georgetown (GEO), Guyana, are now available for purchase. The route takes off April 2, 2020, on the new Airbus A321neo aircraft. With a flight time of five hours from New York City, the route delivers intrepid travelers to what JetBlue calls “a playground for adventurists and modern-day explorers.” The route also serves the largest Guyanese American community in the United States, located in New York City.
Hawaiian Airlines will relaunch its service between the island of Maui (OGG) and Las Vegas (LAS) with flights set to begin in December.
British Airways launched a new in-flight entertainment channel in honor of its year-long centenary celebration. The new channel, christened Celebrate BA100, highlights the best of British in-flight entertainment.
An industry-first update to the award-winning Four Seasons app allows guests to plan travel more seamlessly. The app, completely overhauled, now includes a new trip planning itinerary feature that allows guests to easily customize their stay.