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#destination CHICAGO 2015 2 Chicago Restaurant Week (January 30-February 12) 1 3 James Beard Awards (May 4) is poised to be Chicago's best year yet, and after being chosen for major events and ceremonies by the likes of Microsoft, the NFL, and James Beard Foundation, we'd say they agree. Coming off of record-breaking numbers of Summer 2014 hotel occupancy at a previously unrecorded 87.2 percent, Choose Chicago and its partners are making no small plans for the coming year. Looking ahead to the months to come, here are our 15 reasons to visit in 2015. New Hotels (Early 2015) In January, the first Virgin Hotel in the world will open in Chicago. Located one block off Michigan Avenue, the historic art deco Dearborn Bank Building features 250 rooms with a vibe that follows the hip, fresh brand created by Sir Richard Branson. Then in March, experience Chicago from the heart of the city at the new Loews Chicago Hotel, which will be part of a highly visible 52-story tower located just one block north of the Chicago River and two blocks east of North Michigan Avenue. Get ready for 14 belt-busting days! Chicago Restaurant Week 2015 returns on January 30 and continues through February 12 with two weeks of dining deals. The annual culinary celebration features special prix fixe menus starting at $22 for lunch and $33 and/or $44 for dinner (excluding beverages, tax and gratuity). Next year, for the first time ever, the Beard Awards Gala will leave New York City and set up shop in Chicago. Covering all aspects of the industry - from chefs and restaurateurs to cookbook authors and food journalists to restaurant designers and architects and more - the Beard Awards are the highest honor for food and beverage professionals working in North America. info@mpigny.org 27

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of @MPIGNY - Winter 2015

President's Message
Ask the Board
Thinking Outside the Hotel
Exploring Alternative Venues in Las Vegas
Social Media Events
The Top Meeting and Destination Events of 2015
Travel Tips from the Doctor's Desk
29th Annual Auction and Mixology Madness 2.0!
Save the Date!
Day in the Life
Notes from the Field
15 in 2015 in Chicago
New Members
Advertiser's Index

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