Construction begins for new Hampton Inn in Rogers Park

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Loyola University Chicago and Atira Hotels hosted a groundbreaking ceremony today, October 9th, to celebrate the construction of the new Hampton Inn Chicago North/Loyola Station in Rogers Park. The unique development partnership includes Atira Hotels serving as developer and owner of the hotel, while more than 9,500 square feet of retail space at the street level will be owned and managed by the University’s Lakeside Management group.

Located less than one block from the Chicago Transit Authority’s Loyola Red Line station, the Hampton Inn Chicago North/Loyola Station will be one of the most significant and recognized lakefront hotels north of Belmont Avenue. It will offer 145 guest rooms, along with a fitness center and rooftop terrace. The sixth floor will provide guests beautiful views of Lake Michigan and Loyola’s Lake Shore Campus.. The hotel is estimated to have a completion date of Fall 2016 and will be a great asset to the Rogers Park and Loyola communities.

New Loyola Business School opens this Fall

We are so excited about the grand opening of The John and Kathy Schreiber Center, the new home of The Quinlan School of Business. Opening this fall, the Schreiber center boasts innovative design and cutting edge technology with sustainability in mind. The new Loyola building is located on the Water Tower campus, on the corner of State and Pearson Streets — right in the heart of bustling Chicago. A generous gift from John and Kathy Schreiber, this building hopes to transform the way education is delivered. Mr. Schreiber graduated from Loyola University Chicago’s undergraduate business school in 1968, and the gift is dedicated to F. Virgil Boyd and Raymond C. Baumhart, S.J., both of whom provided inspiration and shaped his undergrad career. In addition, the Quinlan School of Business is ranked Number 1 for its undergraduate business program, and Number 3 for its part time MBA program in Chicago by U.S. News & World Report.

Upon entering the 10 story facility, guests will find the Great Stairs, located at the base of the Schreiber Center. These stairs feature bleacher-like seating to facilitate meet ups, a studying space, or a spot for presentations. The 4th and 6th floors contain state of the art classrooms and breakout rooms, which are naturally lit due to the system of atria that also harness natural ventilation throughout the building. The Great Hall, located on the top floors, will serve as Loyola’s newest premier event space downtown. As a 2600 square foot multipurpose room, it will host events for Quinlan and the Chicago business community. Finally, at the top floor, Schreiber Center visitors will find the Board Room, an elegant space enhanced with cityscape views.

The grand opening is September 15, 2015. For more information click here.

Article by Emily Butterfield, Marketing Intern at Loyola University Chicago Conference Services

Spice up your Summer!

After a cold and bitter winter in the city, Chicagoans welcome summer with open arms. Sunny skies and warm air envelop the city and its inhabitants alongside a bright blue lakefront. Chicago comes alive during this time of the year, and there are always a plethora of events to prevent any hint of boredom. Ranging from farmers markets to festivals and other unique events, here are a couple activities to keep you entertained during your free time this summer.

  • Farmers markets:

There are a wide range of farmers markets in Chicago all over the city. Right here on our Lake Shore campus we have Loyola’s farmers market taking place every Monday from 3 pm to 7 pm until mid-September. Abound with nutritious locally grown and produced foods, Loyola’s farmers market strives to make it accessible for everyone with affordable prices.

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If you’re looking for something a little (a lot, actually) bigger, check out the Daley Plaza farmers market. In the heart of the city, stalls outline the plaza surrounding the fountain in the middle. It is the longest running farmers market in Chicago and farms from all over the Midwest come to share fresh produce, baked goods, honey, and other treats. Open from 7am to 3pm every Thursday, it’s a must visit!
Check out all of these Farmers Markets in Chicago. 

  • Taste of Chicago

Taste of Chicago is an iconic festival, which Grant Park has been hosting since the 1980s. Deemed as “Chicago’s gigantic civic picnic” by the Chicago Tribune, Grant Park holds 60 vendors, a variety of food trucks, and several pop up restaurants. Invigorating all of your senses, this festival will not disappoint.  It is open from July 8th to the 12th, from 11 a.m.-9 p.m.; Wednesday-Friday, and 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Visit tasteofchicago.us for a complete list of vendors and more information!

The 33rd annual Taste of Chicago opened on Wednesday and will run for five days. The food fest will now feature food trucks for the first time, along with dozens of restaurants that serve a diverse variety of food.  July 10, 2013. | Alex Wroblewski~Sun-Times

  • Square Roots Festival

The Square Roots Festival is a unique festival with a ton of personality, featuring music and dance performances with a variety of genres from around the world. For those 21 and over, the craft beer selection is extensive, and the food quality is notably impressive. If you’re looking for a something a little different than your typical summer festival, be sure to head to Lincoln Square (Lincoln Avenue, in between Montrose and Wilson) from July 10th to the 12th. You can visit www.squareroots.org for more info.

For a list of all 2015 festivals taking place in and around the city visit http://chicago.metromix.com/stories/3713-chicago-2015-festival-guide

There you have it! These are just a few of many events occurring this summer in Chicago. In addition to these events, every week there are FREE events taking place in Millennium Park like Downtown Sound, where a different band plays every Monday and Thursday, and Millennium Park Summer Film Series, which plays a different classic movie every Tuesday at 6:30pm. Take advantage of your summer in the city and be sure to attend one, if not all, of these exciting events and activities!

For a complete guide of events taking place in Chicago this July be sure to check out http://www.timeout.com/chicago/events-calendar/july-events-calendar

Written by Emily Butterfield, Conference Services Marketing Intern

Loyola brings Sustainable Cooking to the Local Community

Loyola University Chicago’s Retreat and Ecology Campus to Host Summer Cooking Classes and New Teen Culinary Camp Campus Brings Sustainable Cooking to the Local Community

CHICAGO, June 1, 2015 – Loyola University Chicago’s Retreat and Ecology Campus in Woodstock, Illinois will offer a series of summer cooking classes starting Saturday, June 13.

Classes will be taught by Loyola’s executive chef and former restaurateur John Schnupp in the state-of-the-art Duchossois Food Systems Lab and Kitchen. Classes are designed to be hands-on, and attendees participate in each step of the cooking process to ensure techniques can be mastered at home.

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Topics will include:

  • The Taste of the Islands
  • Food and Wine Pairing: Old World vs. New World
  • American Regional BBQ
  • Farm-to-Table Wine Dinner: Montinore Estate Organic Wines
  • Sushi 101
  • Farm-to-Table Wine Dinner: An Evening Under the Stars in the Garden
  • Mastering Gluten Free Cooking: Delicious and Economical Everyday-Food
  • Food and Wine Pairing: Earth’s Flavors Reimagined
  • From Sea to Table: Exploring the World of Seafood
  • Food and Wine Pairing: The Wines of Bordeaux

Classes are open to the public and run through Saturday, October 17.

Additionally, Loyola will host two teen culinary camps. Students ages 12-18 will be taught basic and professional cooking skills such as stir frying, pan searing, and grilling, as well as food safety, nutrition, and menu-planning. Advanced students may enroll in the second session, where they will plan, prepare, and execute a three-course lunch menu. Session 1 is July 13-15, and Session II is July 27-29.

For pricing and registration, visit LUC.edu/cookingclasses.

– Written by Kristin Trehearne Lane, Communication Specialist, Loyola University Chicago

Wedding DIY

With the wedding season just around the corner, we wanted to share some popular DIY (do-it-yourself) tips for personalizing your special day. Not only can you save money with DIY décor and invitations, you can also allow the personality of your relationship to really shine through!
Not sure where to get started? It often helps to start with a wedding theme and colors. Some popular themes include country chic, vintage, romantic, beach, or classic elegance. Otherwise, opt for a more unique theme such as Harry Potter, Disney, classic movies, or destination-specific. Once you have decided these important factors you can get helpful tips online and through popular wedding magazines such as the Knot, Chicago Style Weddings, and Modern Luxury Brides. Also, Pinterest is an awesome resource for DIY ideas and directions!

Here are a few top resources you will want to be sure to check out when creating invitations, centerpieces/ event decor, and wedding favors.

Invitations
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Resources:
1. Wedding Paper Divas 
2. Pinterest
3. Paper Source

Centerpieces/ Event Décor

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Resources:
1. Pinterest
2. Afloral
3. Appy Couple

Wedding Favors

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Resources:

1. Julep
2. The Knot Shop
3. Oriental Trading

You can also check out Loyola’s Pinterest page for other great wedding ideas and DIY tips and tricks.