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C+C ❭❭ LEARNING BYTES

WHAT'S NEW?

Chicago Renovation Report

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The Tony Talbott: Are you missing the tony Talbott Hotel? It will be open in time for your May
meetings, and it's already accepting reservations, so perhaps your group can be among the
first to see its $20 million renovation first-hand. New things to expect when the doors reopen:
30 new rooms that will bring the total to 179. What not to expect: a change in the property's
service! The majority of its employees will be staying on through the renovations.
Ace is the Place: Fall 2017 will bring with it the highly anticipated opening of the Ace Hotel Chicago! Currently under construction in the Fulton
Market area, rooms here will vary with guests able to choose from cozy 275-square foot environs to expansive 800-square-foot digs. Chicagoans
in need of a caffeine fix will delight in the property's impressive distinction - it will be Stumptown Coffee Roasters first Midwest location.
A Holy Meeting Trinity? It's happening now! In February, a $78 million construction loan was granted to a 21-story, tri-branded
hotel project adjacent to McCormick Place. Slated to have 197 Hampton Inn rooms, 184 Hilton Garden Inn rooms and 95 Home2Suite
rooms, the three properties will share a front desk, entrance and amenities - along with 7,000 square feet of meeting space. It will
connect to the convention center via a sky bridge.
Premier Chicago Convention Hotel: Bold. Inspiring. Connected. Chicago's legendary skyline is about to become even more breathtaking.
Chicago Marriott Marquis, opening in 2017, will soar 40 stories over the city's lakefront and South Loop, with 1,205 stylish guest rooms and
more than 90,000 square feet of meeting space. Directly connected to McCormick Place, the Marriott Marquis provides a nearly infinite
combination of flexible event spaces.

Tech Trends:

VIRTUALLY THERE

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The headsets are getting less clunky. And honestly, most people still haven't even tried it. But
virtual reality tech has been making headway at events and in the realm of telecommuting (you can
get that warm, fuzzy cubicle feeling while staying home in your jammies!), and that trend is only
going to continue as the tech gets better and more affordable. So how can you begin to integrate it
into your meetings?
Holy Hologram! After you and everyone you know sends the "Help me, Obi-Wan ... you're my
only hope" message, it's time to use this technology for something less frivolous. With 3D
imaging getting increasingly better, speakers will likely be doing away with PowerPoints in favor
of holographic presentations.
Site Seen ... Sorta. Imagine being able to eradicate the travel time and expense associated with
far-off site inspections! Facilities are already using VR to give planners and clients comprehensive
tours of their venues. Sure, in the end you'll still need to head out to your final selection, but the
whittling-down process can happen from just about anywhere.
Teleconferencing 2.0. A recent Wall Street Journal article tackled this topic with aplomb and raised
an interesting question: Will avatars at office meetings make people feel more connected? The jury
is still out as the tech continues to evolve, but it will certainly be a powerful tool, if not an all-out
replacement for face-to-face interaction. Experts say as VR gets increasingly "realer," everything from
eye contact to body language - even smells and touch - could make the experience eerily accurate!

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of C+C Magazine - Spring/Summer 2017

PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE
LEARNING BYTES
THE EVOLUTION OF MULTI-GENERATIONAL EVENTS
WHY CORPORTATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY IS SMART BUSINESS
THE NEW RFP - HOW ARE YOU COMMUNICATING WITH IT
BLOGSPOT
VOLUNTEER WITH MPI: HOW TO GET INVOLVED
DESTINATION FOCUS: THE GREAT LAKES
WELCOME TO THE NEW MEMBERS OF MPI-CAC!
INDEX TO ADVERTISERS
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C+C Magazine - Spring/Summer 2017 - LEARNING BYTES
C+C Magazine - Spring/Summer 2017 - THE EVOLUTION OF MULTI-GENERATIONAL EVENTS
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C+C Magazine - Spring/Summer 2017 - WHY CORPORTATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY IS SMART BUSINESS
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C+C Magazine - Spring/Summer 2017 - THE NEW RFP - HOW ARE YOU COMMUNICATING WITH IT
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C+C Magazine - Spring/Summer 2017 - BLOGSPOT
C+C Magazine - Spring/Summer 2017 - VOLUNTEER WITH MPI: HOW TO GET INVOLVED
C+C Magazine - Spring/Summer 2017 - DESTINATION FOCUS: THE GREAT LAKES
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