Black Meetings and Tourism

July/Aug 2013

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•pg_3-13_ICI__BMT_pg3-58 8/12/13 5:18 PM Page 13 The project began in December of 2011 with the construction of a new 460-guestroom tower, which includes 12 suites and two premium suites. The hotel's lobby was expanded and fully renovated and the existing 800-guestroom tower received a complete renovation.  Keeping consistent with the decor of the new 460-guestroom tower, all 800 current guestrooms received new soft and hard goods, designed in a modern yet residential style including the same furniture, fixtures, design and inclusions of the new tower. Hyatt Regency McCormick Place's outlets were also renovated. Larger in-house groups are now easily accommodated due to Hyatt's expanded guestroom inventory and seamless connection with McCormick Place Convention Center and access to over 2 million sq. ft. of state-of-the-art meeting space. For smaller meetings and events, Hyatt Regency McCormick Place offers 50,000 sq. ft. of in-house function space including the newly redesigned 4,000-sq. ft. Prairie Room offering natural light, fine wood finishes and designer lighting. The 25,000-sq. ft. Hyatt Conference Center also underwent a complete renovation, and the hotel added three new boardrooms along with a new business center. Pictured here (l-r) Illinois State Rep. Ken Dunkin (5th District), senior vice president of Field Operations for Hyatt Hotels David Phillips, MPEA Chairman Jack Greenberg, Hyatt Regency McCormick Place General Manager Paul Daly, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Photo Credit Nick Murway Alderman Pat Dowell (3rd Ward), Illinois State Rep. Christian Mitchell (26th District), Illinois State Senator Mattie Hunter (3rd District). Not pictured MPEA CEO Jim Reilly. For more information and reservations visit: or call (312) 567-1234. RENAISSANCE WESTCHESTER HOTEL UNDERGOES $13 MILLION RENOVATION The Renaissance Westchester Hotel has been completely reinvented, it was announced recently by Peter Maruzzella, director of Sales & Marketing.  According to Maruzzella, the six-month renovation of the 36-year-old hotel cost $13 million. The sophisticated property now features an intriguing design with indigenous details, state-of-the-art technology, and re-imagined spaces that have been adapted to the way people travel and socialize today. Guests will notice the new look of the hotel from the moment they step through the doors into the innovative and open lobby designed to make socializing, working, and eating easy. With semi-private nooks, tables to gather, TVs and wireless Internet, cool colors, polished woods, and intricate stonework, this is the perfect place for social gatherings and impromptu meetings.   The front desk has also been redesigned with sleek lighting, detailed woodwork, and more flexible space. The hotel is also now home to the new Hive Living Room + Bar, featuring American cuisine with locally sourced ingredients prepared by award-winning Chef Jean-Claude Lanchais. Each of the hotel's 347 guest rooms and 6 suites have been completely redone to create stylish new havens which feature a serene color palate that brings the outside in. Wireless high-speed Internet access, an ample desk area, and a 42" flat panel TV enables guests to work or play with ease. And finally, the meeting space features the addition of the new Harrison Ballroom (2,080 sq. ft. with 9-ft. ceilings) and Hudson Room (1,240 sq. ft. with 10-ft. ceilings).  The new ballroom features an intriguing and elegant design and overlooks the beautiful wooded landscape with floor-toceiling windows so attendees will feel like they are part of nature.  The Harrison Ballroom can host up to 180 guests banquet style and the Hudson room can accommodate up to 90 guests. For additional information, visit or call (914) 694-5400. B M & T ••• July/August 2013 ••• 13

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