Friday, July 31, 2020

Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events >> Blues Music edition of "Millennium Park at Home" starts tonight

If you're missing this year's Chicago Blues Festival, check out these online concerts (Friday through Sunday at 6pm) by some of Chicago's best Blues artists.

Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events | 78 E. Washington St., 4th Fl., Chicago, IL 60602

The Conservation Center >> July at The Center: Dive into Historic Treasures

July at The Center
We're diving into historic objects this month, both cultural and sentimental alike. First, lean into summer with a Chicago classic: a Vienna Beef sign from Maxwell Street. Then, read about the conservation of two horse and rider sculptures from China, a symbolic piece with an incredible recovery.  Next, take a peek inside a family recipe book and learn about the treatment of a precious heirloom.  Finally, scroll down for a video of the beginning of the treatment of a Buddhist temple!

A Maxwell Street Polish, Keeping Chicago History Alive

We were honored when the Maxwell Street Foundation brought in a treasure from a bygone era: a hand-painted Vienna Beef pressboard sign.

Terracotta Warriors Ride Again

Horses have a special place in Chinese history.  When a set of  horses and riders arrived at The Center, we knew we were working with something special.

Preserving a Family Recipe Book

Sometimes the most special projects are the ones focused on family heirlooms. A recipe book we recently had the honor of treating is the perfect example: deeply sentimental, an homage to past generations’ day-to-day lives, and in need of preservation for future generations’ continued enjoyment.
Watch our talented conservators work on a new project: conserving a Buddhist temple. Stay tuned next month for more details on this project!

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Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Hyatt House and Hyatt Place Chicago Medical/University District Officially Open to Public in Historic Architectural Landmark, Cook County Hospital (Chicago, IL.)

With significant roots in Chicago dating back to 1857, the wonderfully preserved hospital has been transformed into a 210-suite and guest room Hyatt House and Hyatt Place Chicago Medical/University District
 Hyatt Place and Hyatt House Chicago Medical/University District, the first combined Hyatt Place and Hyatt House hotels located in Chicago, has officially opened its doors to the public today, Tuesday, July 28, in the Beaux-Arts classical-style landmark formerly the site of the remarkable 106-year old Cook County Hospital, at 1835 W. Harrison St. on the near west side. The hotels are operated by Aimbridge Hospitality. 
“We are beyond thrilled to finally open our doors to the public today,” said General Manager Nilesh Pandey. “This special project has been a long time in the making, and we look forward to everyone seeing how we maintained the beautiful history within the building, while also creating a welcoming and warm space for families visiting loved ones in the medical district, as well as travelers coming from near and far.”
This 342,000 square foot adaptive reuse project is part of a $1 billion multiphase plan spearheaded by Murphy Development Group, Walsh Investors, and MB Real Estate. SOM and Walsh Construction, in a design build collaboration, as well as, Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Inc., and KOO came together to restore the building, which features over 4,000 sq. feet of meeting space, open concept public spaces, a 24-hour fitness center, Dr. Murphy’s Food Hall, 75,000 SF medical offices with Cook County Health, a daycare with Bright Horizons, and a museum paying tribute to the hospital’s legacy. 
Located in the epicenter of one of the most robust medical districts in the world, Hyatt Place Chicago Medical/University District and Hyatt House Chicago Medical/University District embodies the sense of rebirth of a true landmark, a resurgence of life and a sense of inclusion in the neighborhood and surrounding communities. Closeto many well-known medical institutions including Rush University Medical Center, the Cook County Hospital is the symbolic heart of the Illinois Medical District that consists of over 560 acres of medical facilities and labs, with over 29,000 employees and 50,000 daily visitors. With close proximities to the United Center, Fifth Third Arena – Chicago Blackhawks Community Ice Rink, UIC and Rush University, the hotels serve not only the medical district, but also anyone else traveling in and out of town for upcoming events, leisure and much more. 
Hyatt Place Chicago Medical/University Districtoffers the following, with safety guidelines in place to adhere to the health and well-being of all guests:
  • 103 spacious guest rooms with separate spaces to sleep, work and play, as well as a Cozy Corner sofa-sleeper
  • Free Wi-Fi throughout hotel and guest rooms
  • Necessities program for forgotten items that guests can buy, borrow or enjoy for free
  • Event Spaces with more than 4,000 square feet of flexible, high-tech meeting/function space  
  • Fitness Center featuring cardio equipment with LCD touchscreens and free ear buds 

Hyatt House Chicago Medical/University District
 also offers:
  • 107 stylish apartment-style Kitchen Suites with fully-fitted kitchens, comfy living rooms, spacious bedrooms and stylish bathrooms with complimentary skin and hair care amenities from KenetMD™
  • Free Wi-Fi throughout hotel and guest rooms
  • 24-hour Workout Room to keep fitness routines going
  • Gathering Rooms with more than 4,000 square feet of flexible meeting spaces, a thoughtful food and beverage menu, audiovisual equipment and a House Host to make sure events are a success
  • Borrows Menu with often-forgotten items from phone charges to razors
  • A Very Important Resident (VIR) program, which includes a complimentary welcome amenity, H Bar dining credit, laundry credit, and other personalized perks, for guests staying 21 or more consecutive nights
  • Additional conveniences, including 24-hour Guest Laundry 
  • A pet-friendly policy that welcomes dogs or cats 
Reservations with opening rates/offers are now available. Please click here for more details. 

About Hyatt House and Hyatt Place Chicago Medical/University DistrictLocated in the epicenter of one of the most robust medical districts in the world, the Hyatt House and Hyatt Place Chicago Medical/University District, is a beautifully converted hotel, formerly the site of the 106-year old Cook County Hospital, located at 1835 W. Harrison St. on the near west side. With historic roots in Chicago dating back to 1857, this project is now part of a $1 billion multiphase plan led by Murphy Development and Walsh Group to revitalize the abandoned space and its surrounding community, while also conserving and protecting the historical pieces that have been rooted here for over 160 years. The wonderfully preserved hospital has been transformed into a 210-suite and guest room hotel, featuring 4,000 sq. ft. of meeting space, a tribute museum, medical office space, and more. With close proximities to many well-known institutions including UIC and Rush University, the Hyatt House and Hyatt Place Chicago Medical/University District will serve not only the medical district, but also anyone else traveling in and out of town for upcoming conventions, citywide events, leisure and more. 
About Aimbridge Hospitality
Aimbridge Hospitality is the leading, global, third-party hotel management company operating branded full service, select service, luxury hotels, destination resorts, convention centers and lifestyle hotels. Aimbridge merged with Interstate Hotels & Resorts in 2019, and now represents a premium portfolio of more than 1,400 branded and independent properties in 49 states and 20 countries. For more information, please visit   
About Murphy Real Estate Services
Murphy Real Estate Services, LLC generates development opportunities in the multifamily, hospitality and office sectors across the country. Through solid investment strategies and extensive due diligence, the dynamic development team identifies, evaluates and executes projects by combining sound financial modelling, economic analysis and entrepreneurial creativity. Over the last decade, Murphy RES has successfully completed over 2.5 million square feet of new development. Currently, MDG is leading a $1 billion, multi-phase development within the Illinois Medical District, which includes Old Cook County Hospital; developing Michigan State University’s Grand Rapids Innovation Building; and planning the development of two new office towers in downtown Chicago. For more information, visit