Chicago’s On Fire: Global Summits, Cultural Premieres + Hot New Hotels

written by | Posted on February 9th, 2012

National Hellenic Museum

National Hellenic Museum

All eyes are on Chicago this year as they prepare to host high-profile international events: The G-8/NATO summits and the World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates. But it doesn’t stop there. The city is also introducing new cultural venues, theater shows, hotels and restaurants. On top of that, Chicago is hosting the 39th Ryder Cup this summer, the world’s biggest global golf tournament.

“Chicago is a magnet for those who think big,” says Mayor Rahm Emanuel. “There’s no better place for leaders to find solutions to the world’s biggest challenges than right here in the president’s hometown.”

Even groups who may not be responsible for establishing world peace will find the city inspiring, as they explore the city’s newest museums and cultural venues. The new National Hellenic Museum is the only institution of its kind in the country, showcasing the art, culture and history of the Greek people. The newly-opened $15 million building houses a collection that will take groups through Greek history, starting in ancient times and working up to modern day exhibits.

At 40,000 square feet, the museum houses an extensive collection and archives of more than 17,000 artifacts spanning thousands of years. The contributions of Hellenism, Greece, and Greek Americans are showcased throughout the museum with interactive exhibitions, a library, an oral history center and an education center. Groups can also rent out the museum’s signature Rooftop Terrace, a 3,600-sf area that features three gardens and spectacular views of Greektown and Chicago’s iconic skyline.

For indoor events, the John P. Calamos, Sr. Great Hall is better suited for larger events with 5,300 sf of meeting space. The Dr. Mary Dochios Kamberos Special Events Hall features state-of-the-art lighting and technology for a range of presentations, performances, lectures, film screenings and private receptions. The hall provides 1,700 sf of flexible event space.

Chicago’s Goodman Theatre, Lookingglass Theatre, Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Chicago Shakespeare Theater and Victory Gardens Theater have all received the highly-regarded Regional Tony Award. This is more than any other city in the US. Check out some of their latest productions like the Tony Award winning Three Sisters, being performed June-August or if have a chance to go sooner, catch A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel

Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel

On the hotel front, the Hotel Lincoln opens in March, in the historic Lincoln Park neighborhood. Views of the Lincoln Park Zoo and the mouthwatering menu at their restaurant, Perrenial Virant, are just a few attractive features of the hotel.

Radisson Blu is also bringing its chain into town, and into the US for that matter, with last year’s opening of Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel. Designed by the highly-regarded Jeanne Gang, the building also features Filini, the hotel’s restaurant, serving modern, authentic Italian dining. Stop in for al fresco dining and try their braised beef in Barolo wine with creamy polenta, paired with one of their more than 100 wines.

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