Chicago tourism – CDMUG http://cdmug.org/ Tue, 28 Jun 2022 10:00:00 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://cdmug.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/icon-67-150x150.png Chicago tourism – CDMUG http://cdmug.org/ 32 32 ArtesMiami Elects New Chairman to its Board of Directors https://cdmug.org/artesmiami-elects-new-chairman-to-its-board-of-directors/ Tue, 28 Jun 2022 10:00:00 +0000 https://cdmug.org/artesmiami-elects-new-chairman-to-its-board-of-directors/ María C. Bechily has been named Chairman of the Board of ArtesMiami, Inc. Handout Cuban-American philanthropist and public relations professional María C. Bechily has been named chair of the board of directors of ArtesMiami Inc., a nonprofit organization that supports and promotes the work of Cuban-American artists and cultural institutions . “I am honored to […]]]>

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María C. Bechily has been named Chairman of the Board of ArtesMiami, Inc.

Cuban-American philanthropist and public relations professional María C. Bechily has been named chair of the board of directors of ArtesMiami Inc., a nonprofit organization that supports and promotes the work of Cuban-American artists and cultural institutions .

“I am honored to have been selected by the Board of Directors to chair such a prestigious nonprofit group as ArtesMiami,” Bechily said. “The programs and artists supported by ArtesMiami are essential in strengthening Miami’s position as an international center for art and culture. I look forward to providing strategic leadership to our Board of Directors so that we can further develop the organization.

During an interview with el Nuevo Herald, the philanthropist said that the arts are very important for the economic development of a city like Miami, which is a magnet for tourism while many of its inhabitants are attached to the expression artistic “because art is a key element of the quality of life.”

As for the organization’s immediate projects, she said she is currently putting the finishing touches on a program for Cuban-American filmmakers and directors who are working on a project on the Cuban diaspora.

“We hope to launch it in the coming weeks, and we are sure that it will be a tremendous boost for small productions that will enrich the small film companies in the country,” she added. “I would also like to raise the profile of the organization with its founder Aida Levitán, but we already know that to achieve this we need time, money and a lot of passion.”

For her part, Levitán, the president of ArtesMiami, clarified that she had not left the organization.

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“I have not stopped working as president and offering all my services, as I have always done, free of charge and without ceasing to donate,” said the founder. “But now we have María, one of America’s most prominent Hispanic cultural philanthropists, who will help us lead the organization’s growth strategies with her Board of Directors.”

Referring to ArtesMiami’s greatest achievement during her tenure as president, Levitán mentioned support for major Hispanic cultural organizations in South Florida, for theater, literature, art exhibits, museums, “like the Pérez Art Museum”, and classical music concerts. and popular music, “such as that dedicated to the danzón”.

As for the organization’s future, Bechily said she sees it as “brilliant.”

“ArtesMiami is located in a city where the arts are the favorite of its inhabitants. You should see how new cultural options are popping up every day, with people and institutions willing to support them financially. There is no doubt that the future is bright,” she said.

Born in Matanzas, Bechily arrived in the United States in 1961 during Operation Pedro Pan. Among his accomplishments is creating one of the first public relations and marketing agencies to identify and reach Hispanic consumers in Chicago. His client list included Peoples Energy, Anheuser-Busch Companies, the Kraft Foundation, the Terra Museum of American Art, the Attorney General of Illinois, and Hoy, a Spanish-language publication of the Chicago Tribune.

In addition to her work reaching Latinos in Chicago, she has hosted Spanish-language television shows on WSNS-TV, Channel 44, for which she earned two Emmy Award nominations.

Bechily has extensive experience in government and public policy, having worked for a former US senator from Illinois. She is currently a board member of the Pérez Art Museum Miami. She is a life trustee of the Goodman Theater in Chicago, where she is also the founding chair of the board’s education committee. She was a member of the executive committee of the Chicago Community Trust and founding co-chair of Nuestro Futuro, a foundation that promotes philanthropy among Latinos. Bechily is also a life trustee of the Northwestern Memorial Foundation. During her tenure on the board, she co-chaired Enhancing our Lives, a $207 million capital campaign.

The philanthropist holds a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Loyola University Chicago and a master’s degree from the University of Chicago’s Harris School of Public Policy.

ArtesMiami Inc. began in 1995 to organize and sponsor the Seville Fair in Miami and later the Spanish Fair in Miami. Led by publicist and philanthropist Levitán, the organization has donated more than $2.7 million in services and cash to cultural organizations and artists, primarily in South Florida. Its most recent program is the ArtesMiami Film Fund, which will donate thousands of dollars to documentary filmmakers.

Arturo Arias-Polo covers theater, television, popular music and cinema, among other topics related to the cultural life of Miami. He graduated from the Universidad de la Habana.

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Marketing campaign not the answer to Chicago’s dwindling tourism – Chicago Tribune https://cdmug.org/marketing-campaign-not-the-answer-to-chicagos-dwindling-tourism-chicago-tribune/ Sun, 26 Jun 2022 15:00:00 +0000 https://cdmug.org/marketing-campaign-not-the-answer-to-chicagos-dwindling-tourism-chicago-tribune/ Speak Out allows readers to comment on issues of the day. Email Speak Out at speakout@southtownstar.com or call 312-222-2427. Please limit comments to 30 seconds or approximately 120 words and provide your first name and hometown. Chicago is so plan a new marketing campaign to encourage tourism. Planners say tourism has plummeted due to COVID-19. […]]]>

Speak Out allows readers to comment on issues of the day. Email Speak Out at speakout@southtownstar.com or call 312-222-2427. Please limit comments to 30 seconds or approximately 120 words and provide your first name and hometown.

Chicago is so plan a new marketing campaign to encourage tourism. Planners say tourism has plummeted due to COVID-19. They expect us to believe it? Everyone knows that people don’t go to town because of crime. No one wants to risk being mugged, robbed or shot. Yet Lightfoot and company will do nothing to stop this criminal activity. What was she thinking during the riots when the police were told to just stay away and let the protesters continue to loot and commit arson?

Linda, Evergreen Park

I read on June 7 about a possible decrease in benefits due to low Medicare funding. Medicare was for the elderly to take care of their health with doctors. It was not a private insurance company, in case someone dies the remaining people get a benefit, that’s an add on. People with disabilities should have their health insurance taken care of through Medicare, but they should be on welfare because they are a person on welfare who has disabilities. People are exploiting medicare to pay for all these other benefits.

John, Forest Park

Listening to everyone Democratic television ads about Republicans don’t care about women’s health care about abortion. Then you don’t hear the Democrats worrying about the health care of the unborn baby.

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News from the southern suburbs delivered every Monday and Wednesday

Bob, Frankfurt

Don’t worry, President Biden will save us. It will remove the 18 cents per gallon tax. Hey Joe, don’t open your shirt, your heart is gonna drop.

Jimbo, Chicago Heights

President Biden must don’t understand that he and his policies are driving high energy prices and limiting production. Biden is not just collapsing the US economy, but his short-sighted energy policies are limiting our ability to help Europe and helping Russia fund its war on Ukraine. Maybe he’s senile. We badly need a president, not a has-been politician.

Jack, oak forest

For years I have were aware of former President Trump’s narcissism, lies, lack of character and lack of qualification for the office of President. However, listening to the January 6 hearings really highlights just how stupid he is. For him to think that he could get away with illegally nullifying the election, replacing voters, etc., really shines a light on his mental fitness or ineptitude.

Joni, Palos Hills

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Chicago healthcare worker describes concerns about illegal abortions https://cdmug.org/chicago-healthcare-worker-describes-concerns-about-illegal-abortions/ Sat, 25 Jun 2022 00:09:00 +0000 https://cdmug.org/chicago-healthcare-worker-describes-concerns-about-illegal-abortions/ Rep. Chris Smith of New Jersey — one of the GOP’s leading anti-abortion voices who has said the issue was what inspired him to run for office — said he plans to scale back his abortion ban. proposed abortion from 20 weeks to 15 weeks in light of the Supreme Court removing the constitutional right […]]]>

Rep. Chris Smith of New Jersey — one of the GOP’s leading anti-abortion voices who has said the issue was what inspired him to run for office — said he plans to scale back his abortion ban. proposed abortion from 20 weeks to 15 weeks in light of the Supreme Court removing the constitutional right to abortion.

Smith is the main sponsor of “The Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act,” which would ban abortions after the 20th week of pregnancy. The bill already passed the House when Republicans were in power, and the GOP has singled out the measure as one bill it would like to bring back if it regains control of the chamber in the year. next.

But Smith said he planned to make the ban stricter.

“We’re working on something along those lines,” Smith said when asked by CNN about a national abortion ban. “I have the Pain Capable at 20 weeks. We’re going to lower it to 15. There are all kinds of ideas in there.

“But we don’t have the capacity at this stage to overcome a veto or an obstruction,” he added.

In anticipation of the Supreme Court’s decision on Roe v Wade, House Republicans began discussing the anti-abortion bills they would put on the floor if they won a majority and used recent meetings of the gone behind closed doors to discuss their message and strategy on abortion.

CNN reported that earlier this month, leader of anti-abortion group Susan B. Anthony List addressed a House GOP conference meeting, where she spoke to members about how to communicate on the issue. and encouraged members to take progressive steps to ban abortion if they win a majority.

Along with the 20-week ban bill, there is also a tougher measure in the House that would ban abortions once heart activity is detected, which has more than 100 Republican co-sponsors in the House.

House Republicans, however, have been reluctant to push for tougher nationwide abortion bans and should instead focus their messaging on calling for a ban on so-called late-term abortions, which are rare. . But Republicans feel like it’s a more popular message and the polls are on their side when it comes to late-term abortions.

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Denver tourism rebounds slowly on demand, but inflation doesn’t help – CBS Denver https://cdmug.org/denver-tourism-rebounds-slowly-on-demand-but-inflation-doesnt-help-cbs-denver/ Thu, 23 Jun 2022 01:18:00 +0000 https://cdmug.org/denver-tourism-rebounds-slowly-on-demand-but-inflation-doesnt-help-cbs-denver/ DENVER (CBS4) – Experts say Denver’s tourism has been hit hard by the pandemic, but new data shows the numbers are slowly rebounding. “We’re an outdoor city and an outdoor state and especially after COVID, and people are drawn to that,” Richard Scharf, president and CEO of VISIT DENVER told CBS4’s Mekialaya White. “I think […]]]>

DENVER (CBS4) – Experts say Denver’s tourism has been hit hard by the pandemic, but new data shows the numbers are slowly rebounding.

“We’re an outdoor city and an outdoor state and especially after COVID, and people are drawn to that,” Richard Scharf, president and CEO of VISIT DENVER told CBS4’s Mekialaya White. “I think there is currently a strong demand from holidaymakers. They want to get out and travel, but there are headwinds with the economy, inflation and gas prices.

Another factor and deterrent: recent crime.

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“Every city goes through its safety and security issues, and Denver is like most cities…the mayor is on top and Chief Pazen is aware of that,” Scharf said.

He also thinks the worst of the decline in tourism is behind us. VISIT DENVER cites the city welcomed 31.7 million visitors in 2021, recouping some of the losses incurred in 2020. Travel spending by all visitors to Denver in 2021 hit $6.6 billion, down from a record of $7 billion spent in 2019. There was also a marked increase in overnight travel. It increased by 27% last year to reach 14.8 million visitors, compared to 2020.

Visitors walking and shopping along the 16th Street Mall on Wednesday echoed their stay.

“We went to the zoo, the children’s museum, and later sightseeing at the waterfalls,” said Shawn Marquez, a resident of North Platte, Nebraska. “And I’m sure we’ll be back at some point.”

Shil Majumdar was visiting from Chicago.

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“My friends and I meet every year. It’s a great place, close to the mountains, just great city life. Every afternoon we come here (the mall) so we wanted to experience the morning vibe today.”

“First time in Denver,” said Karen Cary, who is from Baton Rouge, Louisiana. “I’ve heard that in the South we have Southern hospitality, but everywhere we go here we get ‘hellos’. I’m enjoying it so far. We’re approaching the age of the retirement and looking for where we could spend the rest of our lives.

Additionally, according to VISIT DENVER, the top tourist attractions in 2021 were:

– Red Rocks Park and Amphitheater
– Denver Art Museum
– Denver Zoo
– Colorado Rockies
– Water World
– Denver Botanical Gardens
– Elitch Gardens theme and water park
– Downtown Aquarium
– Colorado State Capitol
– Denver Broncos

Top states sending vacationers to Denver in 2021:
–Texas
– California
– Florida
–Arizona

And the top cities sending leisure visitors to Denver in 2021:
– Los Angeles, CA
– Dallas-Fort Worth, TX
– New York, New York
– Albuquerque/Santa Fe, New Mexico
–Chicago, IL
-Houston, TX
– Orlando-Daytona Beach, Florida

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Where to do everything in Chicago, from the concierge of a five-star hotel https://cdmug.org/where-to-do-everything-in-chicago-from-the-concierge-of-a-five-star-hotel/ Tue, 21 Jun 2022 11:01:00 +0000 https://cdmug.org/where-to-do-everything-in-chicago-from-the-concierge-of-a-five-star-hotel/ It’s Concierge Confidential, a series in which we uncover a city’s best-kept secrets from people who specialize in the field: long-time concierges at the city’s top hotels. At the elegant The Peninsula Chicago, the concierge desk is always buzzing with new ideas and old favorites. With longtime Chicago Concierge Ruben Caraballo joining The Peninsula Chicago […]]]>

It’s Concierge Confidential, a series in which we uncover a city’s best-kept secrets from people who specialize in the field: long-time concierges at the city’s top hotels.

At the elegant The Peninsula Chicago, the concierge desk is always buzzing with new ideas and old favorites. With longtime Chicago Concierge Ruben Caraballo joining The Peninsula Chicago as Chief Concierge in June 2022, the award-winning five-star hotel welcomed a true local expert. He and fellow concierges Morgan Schneider and Justin Digiamberdine have teamed up to give InsideHook their insider’s look at everything the Windy City has to offer, from their favorite locals-only restaurant to Chicago’s top politician steakhouse. To learn more, read on.

Inside hook: Where can I get a cup of coffee near the hotel and have a good walk?
Ruben Caraballo:
Café L’Appetito, where you can grab a coffee at this local favorite and head to the Chicago Lakefront Trail to enjoy a leisurely walk along the lake and take in the sights of the city.

Where do the singles meet?
Rush Street, located a few blocks from the hotel, is a great place to find a high concentration of singles, business people, and things to do. Tavern on Rush and Gibson’s Steakhouse are a few places to stop for a bite to eat and enjoy delicious cocktails. Enjoy an after dinner walk in the small park that sits between the restaurants.

How about a restaurant where only locals go?
Lula Cafe is the type of neighborhood place that Chicagoans like to frequent. One of Logan Square’s pioneering restaurants, this American eatery is a great place to see the city through the eyes of a local.

A late night place where I can have a little trouble (but not too much trouble)?
The Darling, located in the up-and-coming West Loop neighborhood, is a quirky and one-of-a-kind venue for a cocktail experience. Designed to look like an old mansion, this lounge is a great place to sink into one of their leather armchairs and enjoy an organized cocktail.

The best cheap restaurants in town?
Portillo’s, an iconic Chicago fast food joint, is famous for its Italian beef sandwiches and chocolate shakes. Be sure to add some giardiniera to your Italian beef sub to enjoy this local delicacy like a true Chicagoan.

What is the underutilized part of your hotel?
The library, lounge area adjacent to The Lobby restaurant. It’s a lovely place to sit, take in the ambience of the hotel’s fifth floor, and gaze out of the floor-to-ceiling windows onto bustling Michigan Avenue.

Where can I go for the best dessert?
Sweet Mandy B’s is Chicago’s premier cupcake destination, offering all the flavors and frostings your heart could desire. There are several places in Chicago, and we recommend trying their “Cupcake of the Week” or one of their amazing breakfast pastries.

The best place for a sunset cocktail?
Located on the sixth floor terrace of our hotel, the Z Bar is a one-of-a-kind cocktail experience. Guests are treated to a bird’s eye view of Michigan Avenue from the terrace and can enjoy mouth-watering snacks and small plates such as Wagyu Beef Sliders and the Disco Fever cocktail.

Where do I go if I want to see politicians make deals?
Gibson’s is the crossroads of business and politics in Chicago. As one of Chicago’s most iconic steakhouses and conveniently located near the hotel, it’s a place where important people meet and deals are made.

Where to go in the region for a day spent outdoors?
The Chicago Architectural Foundation hosts an incredible river cruise aboard the First Lady of Chicago ship, which embarks from the Chicago Riverwalk, a 10-12 minute walk from the hotel. Tour guides are members of the Architectural Foundation and share the stories of over 50 buildings along the river.

Where’s a good place to take an Instagram-worthy photo?
A great spot for Instagram-worthy photos is Chicago’s WNDR Museum located in the West Loop neighborhood. This multi-sensory contemporary art exhibition features installations by artists such as Yayoi Kusama and Barbra Kruger.

The best area to take a four-hour walk if I want to get to know a more “authentic” side of the city?
Lincoln Park is a very walkable neighborhood full of beautiful family homes, shops and restaurants. Armitage Avenue is a great stretch that includes a mix of restaurants and local shops, perfect for an afternoon of shopping and strolling.

What is the easiest way to get around town, in terms of transportation?
Walking or using the Chicago elevated train known as the L. Uber/Curb/Lyft are also easy choices.

What is a lesser-known cultural institution worth visiting?
The Driehaus Museum, located a few blocks north of the hotel, is an exciting example of a Golden Age mansion in the heart of the Gold Coast. Open to the public for private tours Friday through Sunday, this low-key destination has been voted one of Illinois’ top five attractions.

What’s a cool architectural site that isn’t overrun with tourists?
The Rookery Building is Chicago’s oldest skyscraper. This 1888 Romanesque structure features a lobby designed by Frank Lloyd Wright.

What’s the best thing you can only get in your city?
Anyone visiting Chicago should have the honor of trying a Chicago-style hot dog. While most associate the city with deep-dish pizza, locals elevate the hot dog as Chicago’s true signature food, or perhaps related to an Italian beef sandwich. The Chicago-style dog includes a pickle spear, mustard, sport peppers, celery salt, served on a poppyseed bun.

What’s the best thing you can do only in your city?

Explore the 606 Trail, which resembles New York’s Highline. This retired stretch of elevated rail line is now a walking and running trail that spans several neighborhoods in northwest Chicago.

What can I say or do to make the locals like me?
Ask the locals about any of our local heroes, other than Al Capone or Michael Jordan. There’s more to Chicago than the Chicago Bulls basketball team of the 1990s or the Valentine’s Day Massacre. Think Chance the Rapper, former President Barack Obama, Oprah or Richard Wright.

What do tourists tend to do that really annoys locals?
Stop in the middle of the sidewalk! If you must stop to look at your phone or check directions, please pull over to the side of the traffic lane to avoid disturbing locals.

What is the object or activity on which tourists tend to get ripped off? Any tips to avoid this?
Taxis, unfortunately. Many visitors are unaware that taxi drivers are required by law to accept credit card payments and have a working meter. We always recommend using Uber, Lyft or Curb for a discounted fare.

I’m looking for a low-key brunch. Where to go ?
A great low-key brunch spot close to the hotel is The Original Pancake House, located next to LUXBAR on Bellevue Place. Open daily from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. (and 4 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays), this local favorite is a wonderful place to grab a morning meal.

The best place to eat a meal or drink a beer outside when the weather is nice?
The Dawson, located on Halsted Street, is a charming neo-American restaurant with extensive indoor/outdoor dining space. Weather permitting, especially during the summer months, enjoy a burger and beer on their cozy patio and soak up the sunshine that Chicagoans patiently wait all year to enjoy.

What is a unique service your hotel offers that I won’t find elsewhere?
Camp Peninsula and Peter Bear — Camp Peninsula is a unique experience for our young guests. Upon arrival, they participate in an interactive scavenger hunt that takes them throughout the hotel and highlights hotel features. Once the family arrives at their suite, they’re greeted by a green peninsula tent that’s set up and ready for an in-room sleepover. In addition to exciting sleeping arrangements, a complimentary breakfast is available in the lobby restaurant or in-room. On request, our life-size Peter Bear mascot can come and meet the children and take a picture.

Are there any potential issues I should be concerned about or watch out for when it comes to public transportation (rush hours, delays, petty crimes, etc.)?
The red line will be very busy during Chicago Cubs or Chicago White Sox games, especially when they are in the evening. We recommend planning alternate transportation times to accommodate CTA delays and crowds in Wrigleyville.

What is the thing that everyone forgets to pack? Or the one thing everyone should remember to pack when visiting?
A few light layers to throw on, even in June, and especially if you’re attending an event or game at Wrigley Field or Soldier Field. Chicago’s weather is constantly changing, so it’s a good idea to be prepared for a variety of weather conditions when packing.

Finally, what is the best book to read about the region before coming?
Stud Turkel’s “Street America Division”.

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Chicago tightens security at Pritzker Pavilion events after murder and other crimes in Millennium Park area https://cdmug.org/chicago-tightens-security-at-pritzker-pavilion-events-after-murder-and-other-crimes-in-millennium-park-area/ Sun, 19 Jun 2022 21:20:39 +0000 https://cdmug.org/chicago-tightens-security-at-pritzker-pavilion-events-after-murder-and-other-crimes-in-millennium-park-area/ 16-year-old boy shot dead in Chicago’s Millennium Park Chicago’s Millennium Park is normally a popular attraction for families and tourists, but on Saturday night a teenager was fatally shot there. reports Nate Rodgers. CHICAGO – Chicago is imposing new security requirements on guests attending concerts at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion starting Wednesday after some high-profile […]]]>

Chicago is imposing new security requirements on guests attending concerts at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion starting Wednesday after some high-profile crimes in and around Millennium Park, which are popular with tourists.

The city said in a press release that guests will not be able to enter the pavilion from Michigan Avenue starting June 22.

Instead, customers must go through security at Randolph Street, Monroe Street, or Millennium Garage. Security checkpoints will open 90 minutes before the start of any event or concert.

Visitors under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult over the age of 21 after 6 p.m. Thursday through Sunday and must be able to produce valid identification.

Items prohibited at the Pritzker Pavilion at Millennium Park include:

  • Pets (excluding service animals)
  • hammocks
  • Totems, flags, banners, lawn stakes
  • Tents, awnings, shade structures, umbrellas (stakes or golf)
  • Balloons
  • Buzzers
  • Laser pointers
  • All metal knives and cutlery (**corkscrews and plastic/compostable cutlery ARE allowed)
  • Skateboards, scooters, bicycles, personal motorized vehicles (except ADA mobility devices)
  • Drones, hoverboards, motorized toys
  • Professional-grade walkie-talkies or radios
  • Unauthorized solicitation and materials, including flyers, pamphlets, stickers, samples, giveaways, etc.
  • Illegal and illicit substances of all kinds, including drugs or drug paraphernalia
  • Firearms, explosives, weapons of all kinds (including pocket knives, pepper spray, fireworks, etc.)
  • open flames
  • Prohibition of alcohol outside during certain events

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In DC, Governor JB Pritzker and Mayor Lori Lightfoot pitch DNC to Chicago’s bid to host the 2024 Democratic convention https://cdmug.org/in-dc-governor-jb-pritzker-and-mayor-lori-lightfoot-pitch-dnc-to-chicagos-bid-to-host-the-2024-democratic-convention/ Sat, 18 Jun 2022 00:20:00 +0000 https://cdmug.org/in-dc-governor-jb-pritzker-and-mayor-lori-lightfoot-pitch-dnc-to-chicagos-bid-to-host-the-2024-democratic-convention/ WASHINGTON — Governor JB Pritzker and Mayor Lori Lightfoot presented Chicago’s bid to host the 2024 Democratic convention to senior Democratic National Committee officials on Friday, bringing boxes of goodies from Chicago and — to show just how important that bid is. serious – themselves. In separate presentations, DNC officials — including DNC Chairman Jamie […]]]>

WASHINGTON — Governor JB Pritzker and Mayor Lori Lightfoot presented Chicago’s bid to host the 2024 Democratic convention to senior Democratic National Committee officials on Friday, bringing boxes of goodies from Chicago and — to show just how important that bid is. serious – themselves.

In separate presentations, DNC officials — including DNC Chairman Jamie Harrison, who attended via video, and new DNC senior adviser Cedric Richmond, a former top Biden White House official — Chicago representatives , New York, Houston and Atlanta have made their case for hosting the 2024 convention.

The DNC will want to know that a city can deliver – and a point of the joint Pritzker/Lightfoot marketing job was to emphasize that they can deliver. The mayor and governor of New York, both Democrats, were not present; New York City Mayor Eric Adams’ chief of staff, Frank Carone, was one of the presenters.

Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner led his team, and Atlanta’s bid was briefed by officials from his tourism and convention agency.

WHERE: The DNC team that heard the presentations used the offices of the Democratic consulting firm Bully Pulpit Interactive, a few blocks from the White House.

A NEXT STEP FOR CHICAGO: A site-selection delegation from the DNC will travel to Chicago, likely later this summer. The date for the 2024 Democratic convention has not been set.

WHO CAME FROM CHICAGO: The group informing the DNC of the city’s bid included Pritzker; light foot; Samir Mayekar, Deputy Mayor of Lightfoot; Deputy Chief of Staff Kelsey Nulph; Anne Caprara, Pritzker’s chief of staff; Deputy Governors Christian Mitchell and Andy Manar; President and CEO of World Business Chicago Michael Fassnacht; Choose Chicago CEO Lynn Ormond; United Center COO Terry Savarise; and from Magnify Strategies, the company overseeing the coordination of the offering, CEO Kaitlin Fahey and founding partner Leah Israel.

THE CHICAGO PITCH: Lightfoot and Pritzker gave opening remarks, with DNC staffers going over detailed feed points with other members of the Chicago delegation. Chicago last hosted a convention in 1996, when Democrats met at the United Center.

Lightfoot told me that the city, with its abundance of hotel rooms, restaurants, venues and people experienced in hosting large-scale events, has a “compelling case” that should make choosing Chicago an “evidence”. We know how to organize large-scale events. We do it every year, several times a year.

Lightfoot added: “I think the biggest sell is that we’re in the Heartland. We are at the epicenter of the states they want to activate for Biden-Harris in 2024.”

THIS GOODIE BOX: Stuff from Chicago vendors, including Chicagwa water from Lake Michigan in cans with artwork from Chicago artists. DC water pales unlike the good drink that comes out of Chicago taps.

MAYOR OF HOUSTON: “Big events are what we do in Houston,” Mayor Sylvester Turner told me, before a busload of Houston officials who run police, fire and public transit arrived. of Houston, as well as union and business leaders.

“From an infrastructure point of view, we are fully prepared.”

Houston is a Democratic city in a red state with a governor, Gregg Abbott, who has overseen state efforts to, among other things at odds with the Democratic agenda, lead the nation in restricting abortion rights.

Turner noted that Houston, Dallas, San Antonio and Austin are led by Democratic mayors.

I asked if Abbott was an obstacle they should work around.

“No, actually I think it’s an opportunity for the Democrats. You have to expand the map and you have to sow seeds in areas where you can harvest a future crop.

NEW YORK TEAM: New York is Chicago’s biggest rival in this competition. Both cities are diverse, have Democratic leadership, have an abundance of union hotel rooms, event venues, great restaurants, and are transit hubs.

Among the heads of the New York delegation were Frank Carone, Mayor Adams’ chief of staff, as well as New York City Mayor Deputy Mayor Sheena Wright and Tiffany Raspberry, senior adviser for external affairs.

“The mayor gave us clear instructions,” Carone told me. “It is a priority that we must do our best” and ensure that the DNC knows “the depth of our proposal”.

In DC, Governor Pritzker arrives at the DNC meeting to present Chicago’s bid for the 2024 convention.

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Chicago officials report signs of tourism recovery https://cdmug.org/chicago-officials-report-signs-of-tourism-recovery/ Wed, 15 Jun 2022 22:46:00 +0000 https://cdmug.org/chicago-officials-report-signs-of-tourism-recovery/ Chicago saw an 86% increase in visitors last year compared to 2020, a result that shows pent-up tourism demand, city officials said Wednesday. The 30.7 million domestic and international travelers who came to Chicago in 2021 represent a healthy business return that has continued throughout this year as pandemic restrictions ease, Mayor Lori Lightfoot and […]]]>

Chicago saw an 86% increase in visitors last year compared to 2020, a result that shows pent-up tourism demand, city officials said Wednesday.

The 30.7 million domestic and international travelers who came to Chicago in 2021 represent a healthy business return that has continued throughout this year as pandemic restrictions ease, Mayor Lori Lightfoot and leaders said. of Choose Chicago, the city’s tourism promoter. In 2020, against the backdrop of a wider economic shutdown, the city recorded just 16.3 million visitors.

But the new tourism tally represents only half of the nearly 61 million visitors the city reported in 2019, before the onset of COVID-19.

Lightfoot said the 2021 data “shows visitors across the United States and the world are hungry to return to our amazing city.”

Lynn Osmond, CEO of Choose Chicago, called it “a true testament to Chicago’s resilience and strength as a premier destination for tourists, businesses and events. I’ve never been more confident in our ability to fully recover.”

She said the improvements came even though Chicago didn’t reach a Phase 5 economic reopening until June 2021 and the ban on foreign travel lasted until November. Total tourism spending here was estimated at $9.8 billion in 2021, about half the 2019 total.

The 2021 report was released at Choose Chicago’s annual convention. The report cites other evidence of the sector’s recovery, such as the return of tourism-related employment to 60% of pre-pandemic levels.

He also reported a strong recovery in hotel bookings across the city, resulting in a 163% increase in tax revenue compared to 2020. before the pandemic, according to the report.

Meanwhile, research by the Chicago Loop Alliance, representing downtown businesses, showed a continued upturn in activity this year. In its report covering the month of May, the group said hotel occupancy had reached its highest level since the start of the pandemic and pedestrian numbers were approaching pre-pandemic levels.

The only indicator that is down slightly from the April data is office occupancy, at 44% in May. The alliance reported continued strong demand at Loop parking garages, while ridership rates for Metra and CTA still lag behind pre-pandemic levels.

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The US Thot Patrol spotted in Illinois, who is she looking for? https://cdmug.org/the-us-thot-patrol-spotted-in-illinois-who-is-she-looking-for/ Tue, 14 Jun 2022 03:23:55 +0000 https://cdmug.org/the-us-thot-patrol-spotted-in-illinois-who-is-she-looking-for/ You never know what you’ll see on the road in Illinois. Honestly, you never know what you’ll find parked in a Walmart parking lot. Of course, you will find the vehicles of customers and workers. You can spot a tractor trailer parked somewhere while the driver is resting. Heck, if you’re lucky you might also […]]]>

You never know what you’ll see on the road in Illinois. Honestly, you never know what you’ll find parked in a Walmart parking lot. Of course, you will find the vehicles of customers and workers. You can spot a tractor trailer parked somewhere while the driver is resting. Heck, if you’re lucky you might also spot your favorite band or comedian’s tour bus parked in the parking lot. We all have jokes about Walmart, and even the parking lot can’t escape the conversation.

One thing I’ve never spotted is some sort of United States government vehicle in the lot. (I exclude police, fire and paramedics, by the way.)

I feel the need to advise you on the subject that will be highlighted in this article. This may be offensive to some and make most laugh, but hopefully for the latter. You might even learn something too, which is always a plus. Buckle up, let’s go.

(Note: I stared at this screen for 10 minutes wondering whether to provide a definition for a word I’m about to include in this article or reveal the spotted vehicle.)

WHICH US patrol? !

While researching the purpose of this incredibly unique vehicle, I learned that it could be spotted near a McDonald’s. The “patrolman” may be on the lookout for liars and people who twerk. There are more criteria but I’m not even sure what it all means. Never heard of US Thot Patrol According to Urban Dictionary (get ready), THOT is an acronym for “that hoe over there”, and it’s not a reference to a garden tool. Do you feel me?

This is a real truck spotted in Rockford, Illinois outside of Walmart on Walton Street.

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Yes, this sticker appears to say “National Thottish Behavior Prevention”.

USTP’s mission is to “Stop Thottisness Before It Starts”.

It is important to know that these patrollers do not discriminate, as you will learn in their ‘on‘ section.

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These behaviors are most commonly seen in women born after 1993, but thotishness isn’t limited to gender or age—really anyone can be a thot.

For the record, this is probably the first and only time I will write an article on the subject relating to “THOT”. (My mother must be so proud of my journalistic integrity.)

Perhaps reading the official title of the department will bring a chuckle.

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How about another closer look?

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If you want to read the details or apply to be a member of the US Thot Patrol, you can find all that information here. Oh, and if you know who owns this truck, let me know via email.

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One of America’s Scariest Bridges Is in Kentucky https://cdmug.org/one-of-americas-scariest-bridges-is-in-kentucky/ Sun, 12 Jun 2022 12:51:20 +0000 https://cdmug.org/one-of-americas-scariest-bridges-is-in-kentucky/ While researching another post about an amazing Kentucky fact, I came across a YouTube video of a bridge in the Bluegrass state that some people are afraid to cross. Location and dimensions of the Brookport Bridge The bridge is almost 100 years old and connects Paducah, KY to Brookport, IL over the Ohio River. Brookport […]]]>

While researching another post about an amazing Kentucky fact, I came across a YouTube video of a bridge in the Bluegrass state that some people are afraid to cross.

Location and dimensions of the Brookport Bridge

The bridge is almost 100 years old and connects Paducah, KY to Brookport, IL over the Ohio River. Brookport Bridge is 5,386 feet long and 716 feet and 3/8 inch high. The very long link makes it probably the longest truss bridge in the world. Although closed in 2019 for repairs, the bridge is now open.

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Jvid/Youtube

What’s so scary about the Brookport Bridge?

Just to be clear, the bridge is completely safe and is subject to regular inspections by the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet. But what makes it so scary is…

It’s an unusually narrow two-lane bridge, but the posted speed limit is only 25 mph. Some people think the bridge is scary to cross, but as long as you’re not texting while driving, it’s not that bad. That said, evidence of distracted drivers scraping against bridges or cars is evident with shrapnel noted on the bridge deck.

– Historical bridges

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Jvid/YouTube

The bridge is also very noisy when you drive over it. Between being extremely cramped and the sound, it can be very nerve-wracking and worrying for drivers who have to drive through it.

Oh, and steel grabbing your tires and moving your car all over the place doesn’t help either. Let’s just say the Brockport Bridge is a real nail biter.

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Jvid/YouTube

Reactions from motorists who crossed the Brookport Bridge

I’m not afraid of bridges. This bridge is the exception. I had already crossed it as a passenger but never as a driver. About three years ago I drove through it. Wow. I don’t know if I would ever do that again. The bridge seemed to go on forever as I glided along. I’m ok as long as I’m not driving. – Melissa B

– Bridge Hunter

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Jvid/YouTube

It was dark at the time, and once on deck I had a few good moments thinking, “Oh my God, I’m not going to make it.” I had to resist a very strong urge to stop my car, right in the middle of this thing. I knew I couldn’t do that, so I just did my best to focus on the end of the bridge and keep the car as straight as possible. All I could think about was what it would be like to get out… The cautious feel of the bridge and the tugging of my tires (I had to go pretty slow) made me feel like I was going to lose control. I mean, all of you. Lol, this bridge is a you-know-what, if you have issues with bridges, heights, panic/anxiety, etc., do NOT take this bridge if you can help it. No kidding – they really should have a warning sign. – Melissa C.

– Bridge Hunter

Is there a plan to build a new bridge that connects Paduch, KY to Brookport, IL?

The bridge is not for the faint of heart and those who lack confidence in driving. Due to the frightening and outdated age and dimensions of the Brookport Bridge, is there a plan to replace it?

…there is no process in place to replace the US 45 Ohio River “Brookport” Bridge. However, the existing bridge will continue to be maintained to current safety standards.

– Planet Metropolis

Ok, so you’ll have to keep slowing down, concentrating, and being careful as you cross that bridge. Be careful.

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