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The Gray: Kimpton's Fresh Face in Chicago Prevue had the honor of being the first group hosted by Chicago's newest Kimpton property, The Gray, for a VIP luncheon and one-onone appointments held right before the Visionary Summit. The story of the Gray-as told to the group by General Manager Nabil Moubayed-is classic Kimpton. Three years ago, he recalled doing a walk-through of the William LeBaron Jenney building, which dates back to the 1890s and has always been known as the New York Life Insurance Building. Its location on the corners of LaSalle and West Monroe streets was ideal and its architectural significance gave the project huge appeal: It is one of only three on LaSalle Street that were designed using the "Chicago School" of architecture and was declared an official Chicago landmark in 2009. The sorely neglected building was purchased in 2014 and the work began. Its original grandeur is the focal point of the redesign by architectural firm Gensler. A surprise for our group-and certainly the people who found them-were the hundreds of vintage encyclopedias that had been discovered in the basement. They were repurposed and used to create the theme of the lobby bar, Vol. 39. The barware was being unwrapped as we strolled through the space, with its high ceilings and plush orange sofas. Food and beverage are central to the vision of The Gray, and a highlight will be the rooftop restaurant Boleo, which will have a retractable glass roof for open-air dining (as well as private function space). The menu was inspired by authentic Peruvian and Argentinean street fare. Kimpton sent Head Bartender Jessica Lambert on an educational trip to South America for a week to take a deeper look at the Peruvian and Argentinian cocktail/culinary culture, which has influenced her spirit and ingredient choices as well as the drink offerings. A total of 12,850 square feet of meeting space on the 14th and 15th floors features natural light and city views. The 2,800-sf ballroom can accommodate up to 260 attendees. Kimpton has four other Chicago properties: Kimpton Burnham Hotel, Hotel Allegro, Hotel Monaco and Hotel Palomar. kimptonhotels.com Visionary Summit sponsors included AIC Hotel Group, Caesars Entertainment, the Los Angeles Tourism & Convention Board, Naples l Marco Island l Everglades Convention & Visitors Bureau and Silverseas Cruises. Additional partners included Audrey Gordon Events, Dance Spectacular Productions, 360 Destination Group, Chicago and wet paint group. For more on Prevue's Chicago Visionary Summit, visit us online at prevuemeetings.com/visionarysummit/ prevuemeetings.com | 77 http://www.kimptonhotels.com http://www.prevuemeetings.com/visionarysummit/ http://www.prevuemeetings.com

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