Marriott Chicago Southwest at Burr Ridge: 630-986-4100 Springhill Suites Marriott: 630-323-7530 Quality Inn and Conference Center: 630-325-2900

Welcome, Healthcare Engineers, Education Professionals and National Guard members!

Here are the trade shows coming up at McCormick Place.

  • 51st ASHE Annual Conference & Technical Exhibition (August 3 – 6) – The ASHE (American Society for Healthcare Engineering) Annual Conference & Technical Exhibition is the trusted national conference and trade show for health care facility management and engineering professionals. As the healthcare landscape rapidly shifts, facility management teams need to prepare for ways they can continue to add value back to their organization. This requires expanding teams’ knowledge as roles and responsibilities speedily evolve. ASHE is your trusted guide through this process, and this conference is your toolkit for keeping pace with the changing environment. Please visit www.ashe.org to register and learn more.

Want to save up to 40% on your hotel stay? Stay in Burr Ridge! Choose from the Chicago Marriott Southwest at Burr Ridge, SpringHill Suites Burr Ridge, Extended StayAmerica Burr Ridge, and the Quality Inn & Conference Center. Four great hotels, four price points and plenty of great restaurants! (Just 18 miles from McCormick Place on I-55 at County Line Road (1/2 mile south of I-294).

  • 2014 Head Start Pre-Service Conference (August 8) – The Ounce of Prevention Fund hosts an annual conference for our Head Start and Early Head Start directly-operated, delegate and partner agencies before the start of the new school year. The event provides professional development opportunities for more than 400 program staff. This one day conference offers an array of workshops designed to prepare you for success both in and outside of your Early Head Start and Head Start programs. To register and learn more, please visit www.ounceofprevention.org.

Want to save up to 40% on your hotel stay? Stay in Burr Ridge! Choose from the Chicago Marriott Southwest at Burr Ridge, SpringHill Suites Burr Ridge, Extended StayAmerica Burr Ridge, and the Quality Inn & Conference Center. Four great hotels, four price points and plenty of great restaurants! (Just 18 miles from McCormick Place on I-55 at County Line Road (1/2 mile south of I-294).

  • 136th NGAUS General Conference & Exhibition (August 22 – 25) – A NGAUS (National Guard Association of the United States) tradition, the annual conference allows members to gather and vote on the top legislative priorities for NGAUS, share information and celebrate the camaraderie of being National Guard and NGAUS members. The conference returns to the renowned Windy City, a bevy of unique sights, sounds and flavors. To learn more, please visit www.ngaus.org.

Want to save up to 40% on your hotel stay? Stay in Burr Ridge! Choose from the Chicago Marriott Southwest at Burr Ridge, SpringHill Suites Burr Ridge, Extended StayAmerica Burr Ridge, and the Quality Inn & Conference Center. Four great hotels, four price points and plenty of great restaurants! (Just 18 miles from McCormick Place on I-55 at County Line Road (1/2 mile south of I-294).

Why spend extra bucks to stay in the congestion of Downtown Chicago? Save up to 40% at each of the four hotels in Burr Ridge! When your feet are tired from standing all day, your head is full of new information and all you crave is a good meal and a comfortable bed, make your way to one of the four hotels in Burr Ridge; Chicago Marriott Southwest at Burr Ridge, SpringHill Suites Burr Ridge, Extended StayAmerica Burr Ridge, and the Quality Inn & Conference Center. And remember, just 15 miles south of Downtown Chicago on I-55 and a half mile south of I-294, the Burr Ridge Hotels promise to make your stay as comfortable as possible. We also welcome companies and businesses to our facilities for large or small conference spaces. Four great hotels, four price points and plenty of great restaurants, Burr Ridge is the place to stay.

Chicago – The Coolest Midwest Vacation Spot for Families This Summer

Whether your family is looking to soak up the sun, sightsee or shop until you drop during this summer’s vacation, Chicago has it all! It’s a sports-loving, festival-mad, culture-rich city with something for everyone. There are endless things to do and explore with the family in and around Chicago. It’s time to get started planning. Here are a few recommendations on the best family hotels, events, museums, excursions, architecture, shopping, beaches and more to get you started:

Best Family-Friendly Hotels near Downtown Chicago

- The four hotels in Burr Ridge (Chicago suburb) – Stay here, play there! Get the best of both worlds with free overnight hotel parking, easy access to the highway or the fun commuter train to Union Station, fantastic restaurants close by and great shopping here in Burr Ridge. And, best of all, all the wild attractions and museums of downtown Chicago are just a stone’s throw away. Choose from the Chicago Marriott Southwest at Burr Ridge, SpringHill Suites Burr Ridge, Extended StayAmerica Burr Ridge, and the Quality Inn & Conference Center. Check out www.BurrRidgeHotels.com for info on each of the hotels.

Best Park in Chicago

- Millennium Park – Discover a state-of-the-art collection of architecture, landscape design and art that provide the backdrop for hundreds of free cultural programs including concerts, tours and family activities. Take a snooze on the lawn under brushed stainless steel ribbons of Frank Gehry’s Jay Pritzker Pavilion or take a family selfie of your reflection in the famous “Cloud Gate” sculpture. Fun for everyone!

Best “WHOA!” View in Chicago

- Hancock Observatory – Perched 94 floors above famous Michigan Avenue, the famous skyscraper offers a spectacular view that stretches from the Lake Michigan shoreline across three state lines! Venture out on SkyWalk, the open-air viewing deck and you’ll understand why they call Chicago the “Windy City”. *Admission is included in the Chicago CityPass.

- Ferris Wheel at Navy Pier – This 150-foot Ferris wheel is a famous landmark housed on Navy Pier. Enjoy stunning view of the lake and the city’s magnificent skyscrapers and skyline.

Best Sightseeing Attraction in Chicago

- Navy Pier – A former training center for pilots during World War II, Chicago’s Navy Pier is a tourist magnet with a small amusement park, dozens of colorful craft stalls, souviner shops and eateries of all kinds. Navy Pier also also houses the Chicago Children’s Museum, a 3D IMAX theater, an ice rink and the Chicago Shakespeare Theatre. *Every Wednesday and Saturday night in the Summer, Navy Pier puts on a showy display of fireworks. Watch from the pier or from the shore!

Best Animal Experience Around Chicago

- Brookfield Zoo – Chicago’s major zoo sprawls over 216 acres and is home to thousands of animals from across the world including Nora, Brookfield Zoo’s baby Gorilla! Just minutes from Burr Ridge!

- Shedd Aquarium – The largest indoor aquarium in the U.S. also contains an oceanarium and the Caribbean Coral Reef tank which contains nurse sharks, barracudas, stingrays, and a hawksbill sea turtle. Catch the aquatic show and see and hear how animals like beluga whales, sea lions and dolphins are cared for and trained every day. See how the Shedd way of training highlights their incredible natural behaviors!

Most Interesting Architecture Tour in Downtown Chicago

- Wendella Boats – Take the 90-minute tour down the Chicago River and learn about Chicago’s most famous architecture from animated tour guides.

Most Fun Way to Get Around in Chicago

- The El, Chicago’s elevated train. Take a look out the window and you’ll see everything Chicago is known for–the Chicago River, monumental architecture, and more.

Best Discount/Deal Around Chicago

-Chicago CityPASS – One ticket gets you admission to FIVE of Chicago’s most popular attractions: Shedd Aquarium (VIP entry), Skydeck Chicago (Fast Pass), The Field Museum (All-Access Pass), Museum of Science and Industry or 360 Chicago, and the Adler Planetarium or Art Institute of Chicago. Visit all five attractions and save 50% on admission fees with the Chicago CityPASS. Passes are valid for nine consecutive days. Learn more and purchase passes here.

Summer is here! Enjoy Chicago, the coolest midwest vacation spot for families! and don’t forget to check out www.BurrRidgeHotels.com and www. BurrRidgeRestaurants.com.

Welcome, Basketball All-Stars, Advertising Gurus, Runners and Rental Housing Professionals!

Here are the trade shows coming up at McCormick Place.

  • NIKE Tournament of Champions (July 9 – 12) – The NIKE Summer Showcase returns to McCormick Place, hosting as many as 450 of the most competitive basketball teams in the world in 45 courts, all under one roof. To view participating teams, schedules and results, please visit http://www.niketournamentofchampions.com/events/detail.cfm?id=59.

Want to save up to 40% on your hotel stay? Stay in Burr Ridge! Choose from the Chicago Marriott Southwest at Burr Ridge, SpringHill Suites Burr Ridge, Extended StayAmerica Burr Ridge, and the Quality Inn & Conference Center. Four great hotels, four price points and plenty of great restaurants! (Just 18 miles from McCormick Place on I-55 at County Line Road (1/2 mile south of I-294).

  • ASI Show (July 15 – 17) – The Ad Specialty Industry’s #1 Meeting Place is celebrating it’s 15th Anniversary this year!  The Advertising Specialty Institute’s yearly stop in Chicago returns with 5 strategically timed shows, 20,000 quality distributors, daily education and unsurpassed daily networking. Don’t miss out on this unprecedented event! Register now at https://register.rcsreg.com/r2/asiil2014/ga/top.html?pri=&cpc=&mm=.

Want to save up to 40% on your hotel stay? Stay in Burr Ridge! Choose from the Chicago Marriott Southwest at Burr Ridge, SpringHill Suites Burr Ridge, Extended StayAmerica Burr Ridge, and the Quality Inn & Conference Center. Four great hotels, four price points and plenty of great restaurants! (Just 18 miles from McCormick Place on I-55 at County Line Road (1/2 mile south of I-294).

  • Rock & Roll Chicago Race Expo (July 18 – 19) – For two days, over 70 exhibitors will offer free samples, showcase the latest in running gear, sports apparel, health & nutritional information and much more. Pick up some last-minute race essentials before race day and don’t forget to pick up your race number, gear bag and t-shirt if you are running the Rock & Roll Chicago Half Marathon or 5K! For more information, please visit http://runrocknroll.competitor.com/chicago/expo.

Want to save up to 40% on your hotel stay? Stay in Burr Ridge! Choose from the Chicago Marriott Southwest at Burr Ridge, SpringHill Suites Burr Ridge, Extended StayAmerica Burr Ridge, and the Quality Inn & Conference Center. Four great hotels, four price points and plenty of great restaurants! (Just 18 miles from McCormick Place on I-55 at County Line Road (1/2 mile south of I-294).

  • Annual RealWorld Users Conference (July 20 – 22) – Join the 1,000+ rental housing professionals who attend the RealWorld User Conference every year! The competitive registration cost includes access to keynote and featured speaker presentations, all educational and hands-on sessions, live product demos, welcome reception, breakfasts and luncheons, professional development sessions, exciting events and networking opportunities and much more! To learn more and to register, please visit http://www.realpage.com/realworld/.

Want to save up to 40% on your hotel stay? Stay in Burr Ridge! Choose from the Chicago Marriott Southwest at Burr Ridge, SpringHill Suites Burr Ridge, Extended StayAmerica Burr Ridge, and the Quality Inn & Conference Center. Four great hotels, four price points and plenty of great restaurants! (Just 18 miles from McCormick Place on I-55 at County Line Road (1/2 mile south of I-294).

Why spend extra bucks to stay in the congestion of Downtown Chicago? Save up to 40% at each of the four Burr Ridge Hotels! When your feet are tired from standing all day, your head is full of new information and all you crave is a good meal and a comfortable bed, make your way to one of the Burr Ridge Hotels; Chicago Marriott Southwest at Burr Ridge, SpringHill Suites Burr Ridge, Extended StayAmerica Burr Ridge, and the Quality Inn & Conference Center. And remember, just 15 miles south of Downtown Chicago on I-55 and a half mile south of I-294, the Burr Ridge Hotels promise to make your stay as comfortable as possible. We also welcome companies and businesses to our facilities for large or small conference spaces. Four great hotels, four price points and plenty of great restaurants, Burr Ridge is the place to stay.

Budget Chicago for Seniors Looking for Adventure!

Looking for some adventure this summer but not interested in sky high hotel and parking rates? Not to worry! Chicago has an abundance of attractions, even for seniors on a budget. Take into account Chicago’s efficient public transportation system and numerous events and museums offering senior discounts and you’re ready to rock and roll. Here are a few tips and tricks to get your trip planning started.

Getting to Chicago

Travel to Chicago by plane, train or automobile! Chicago’s main airports, O’Hare International Airport and Midway International Airport, 17 miles and 11 miles from Downtown Chicago, respectively are great options as well as traveling by Amtrak passenger train to Union Station. Driving to Chicago by car is also very convenient. Many large U.S. cities are within just a few hours of the Windy City.

Where to Stay

Not interested in paying sky high room rates found in Downtown Chicago? Save money by staying in nearby Burr Ridge, an upscale suburb of Chicago located just 18 miles from downtown. Choose from the Chicago Marriott Southwest at Burr Ridge, SpringHill Suites Burr Ridge, Extended StayAmerica Burr Ridge and the Quality Inn & Conference Center and save up to 40% on your hotel stay. With free well-lit parking at all four hotels, what’s not to love? And, the fun doesn’t end when you come back to the hotel — the nearby Burr Ridge Village Center and County Line Square offers boutique shopping, fine dining and world-class spa experiences. The hotels are surrounded by parks, hiking trails and rolling hills to help you relax and enjoy the beautiful scenery while you’re away from the hustle and bustle of Downtown Chicago.

What to Do

Burr Ridge is just a short ride from all of the fun things to do in Chicago. Catch a Cubs game at Wrigley Field or a Chicago Fire game at Toyota Park. Into sightseeing and museums? Check out the Museum of Science and Industry or the Art Institute of Chicago. The Shedd Aquarium is popular for it’s favorites such as piranhas, predator sharks and a 100-year-old Australian lungfish, and they offer senior discounts on tickets. You can’t skip a quick visit to Navy Pier for a ride on the Ferris wheel, after all, we’re all young at heart! Millennium Park’s 24.5 acres of land offers luscious gardens, art and free summer concerts, not to mention, the infamous “Bean”. Best of all, it’s free! The Lincoln Park Zoo is also always free as well and is located in a cute, boutique neighborhood with fun shops and restaurants.

Getting Around

Chicago’s ever-popular far-reaching transit system includes the “L” rail line that is available to pick you up and drop you off anywhere in the city. Some stations have elevators, for those with disabilities, so make sure to check with the station before your trip. Unlimited ride passes can be purchased for one, three, seven or 30 days. View current fares and transit maps at the Chicago Transit Authority’s website. Make it easy on yourself and take the train to downtown from Burr Ridge. It’s easy! From the Burr Ridge Hotels, take a 5 minute drive to the Hinsdale Metra stop, where you can park your car for the day and ride the Metra into the city, so skip the hassle of city traffic and take the train! And, the Hinsdale stop is handicap accessible.

Hopefully, we’ve given you a few ideas of how to get to Chicago, what to do while you’re there, and where to relax after a day of sightseeing. For additional travel and hotel information, please visit www.BurrRidgeHotels.com. Happy traveling!!!

Welcome, Internet Retailers, Investment Professionals, Endocrinology Professionals and Architects!

Here are the trade shows coming up at McCormick Place.

Internet Retailer Conference & Exhibition (June 10 – 13) – Creating a bond between a retailer and a customer has never been easier – or harder – than it is today. The effort to bond with customers is worth it – regular customers buy more and are bigger supporters for your brand. The trailblazers of e-commerce come together at the world’s largest e-commerce event to share their expertise in this field. Topics being addressed include marketing, social media, merchandising, customer service, global markets, small retail and much more! To register and learn more, please visit www.irce.com.

Want to save up to 40% on your hotel stay? Stay in Burr Ridge! Choose from the Chicago Marriott Southwest at Burr Ridge, SpringHill Suites Burr Ridge, Extended StayAmerica Burr Ridge, and the Quality Inn & Conference Center. Four great hotels, four price points and plenty of great restaurants! (Just 18 miles from McCormick Place on I-55 at County Line Road (1/2 mile south of I-294).

Morningstar Investment Conference (June 18 – 20) – What is the current state of the market? What should you invest? The Morningstar Investment Conference will answer these questions and more with an impressive lineup of leading asset managers, advisors, executives, and strategists. As an advisor, you will gain insight on how to maximize income, minimize risk, invest globally, and develop solutions to better serve your clients. To register and learn more, please visit http://corporate1.morningstar.com/Morningstar-Investment-Conference/.

Want to save up to 40% on your hotel stay? Stay in Burr Ridge! Choose from the Chicago Marriott Southwest at Burr Ridge, SpringHill Suites Burr Ridge, Extended StayAmerica Burr Ridge, and the Quality Inn & Conference Center. Four great hotels, four price points and plenty of great restaurants! (Just 18 miles from McCormick Place on I-55 at County Line Road (1/2 mile south of I-294).

ICE/ENDO 2014 (June 21 – 24) – Discover the latest advances in hormone research and clinical endocrinology at the joint meeting of the International Society of Endocrinology and the Endocrine Society. The world’s largest endocrinology meeting, ICE/ENDO will feature a cutting-edge scientific program, presented by leaders in the field. Learn more about this event and make plans to attend at http://www.endocrine.org/endo-2014.

Want to save up to 40% on your hotel stay? Stay in Burr Ridge! Choose from the Chicago Marriott Southwest at Burr Ridge, SpringHill Suites Burr Ridge, Extended StayAmerica Burr Ridge, and the Quality Inn & Conference Center. Four great hotels, four price points and plenty of great restaurants! (Just 18 miles from McCormick Place on I-55 at County Line Road (1/2 mile south of I-294).

AIA Convention 2014 (June 26 – 28) – Why attended the American Institute of Architects Convention 2014? This is your chance to expand your network and meet the people you’ve been reading! Explore new trends with more than 800 exhibitors, strategize like a boss with entrepreneurial and business-focused classes and tracks and have enjoy behind-the-scenes tours of architectural knockouts in Chicago. To learn more and register, please visit http://convention.aia.org/event/homepage.aspx.

Want to save up to 40% on your hotel stay? Stay in Burr Ridge! Choose from the Chicago Marriott Southwest at Burr Ridge, SpringHill Suites Burr Ridge, Extended StayAmerica Burr Ridge, and the Quality Inn & Conference Center. Four great hotels, four price points and plenty of great restaurants! (Just 18 miles from McCormick Place on I-55 at County Line Road (1/2 mile south of I-294).

Why spend extra bucks to stay in the congestion of Downtown Chicago? Save up to 40% at each of the four hotels in Burr Ridge! When your feet are tired from standing all day, your head is full of new information and all you crave is a good meal and a comfortable bed, make your way to one of the Burr Ridge Hotels; Chicago Marriott Southwest at Burr Ridge, SpringHill Suites Burr Ridge, Extended StayAmerica Burr Ridge, and the Quality Inn & Conference Center. And remember, just 15 miles south of Downtown Chicago on I-55 and a half mile south of I-294, the Burr Ridge Hotels promise to make your stay as comfortable as possible. We also welcome companies and businesses to our facilities for large or small conference spaces. Four great hotels, four price points and plenty of great restaurants, Burr Ridge is the place to stay.

Pops of Color this Spring on Chicago’s Magnificent Mile

Looking for a pop of color to lift your spirits after a bleak and frankly way too drawn out winter? Shed that winter coat and trade it for a sundress – Chicago’s Magnificent Mile ( Michigan Avenue) has just the thing for you! Join The Magnificent Mile’s 11th Annual Tulips on The Magnificent Mile and view more than 500,000 tulips that bloom throughout the many planters and flower beds along The Magnificent Mile. Family friendly activities, special offers from area businesses, and hotel packages to compliment a spring getaway in Chicago can be found at www.themagnificentmile.com.

While not quite in bloom yet, the flowers peak bloom happen around May 7th this year, which just so happens to be right around Mother’s Day this year! There’s still time to book a room at one of the four hotels at Burr Ridge, so show your mom she’s special and make a weekend out of it!

Stay here, play there! Stay in Burr Ridge and reap the benefits of staying in an upscale suburban neighborhood while still enjoying all of the attractions of downtown Chicago while saving up to 40% on your hotel room! Choose from the Chicago Marriott Southwest at Burr Ridge, SpringHill Suites Burr Ridge, Extended StayAmerica Burr Ridge, and the Quality Inn & Conference Center. Four great hotels, four price points and plenty of great restaurants! (Just 18 miles from downtown Chicago on I-55 at County Line Road (1/2 mile past I-294). Buy yourself something nice on The Magnificent Mile with the money you save on your hotel stay!

Fun fact: Look for the Tulipa Maggie Daley, the first tulip named to honor a mayoral first lady. The elegant, bright pink lily flowering tulip can be found in planters at 700 N. Michigan Avenue and in the Michigan Avenue medians.

Welcome, Restaurant Owners, Sweet Tooth’s and Oncology Professionals!

Here are the trade shows coming up at McCormick Place.

National Restaurant Association Show 2014 (May 17 – 20) – Over the course of four days, more than 1,800 suppliers and tens of thousands of buyers come together to make lasting connections that drive business profitability and shape the future of the restaurant, foodservice and hospitality industry.  Join us and experience the energy and inspiration of NRA Show. You may just find that new product, trend or idea that makes the difference in your business next year! For more information, please visit www.show.restaurant.org/Home for more information.

Want to save up to 40% on your hotel stay? Stay in Burr Ridge! Choose from the Chicago Marriott Southwest at Burr Ridge, SpringHill Suites Burr Ridge, Extended StayAmerica Burr Ridge, and the Quality Inn & Conference Center. Four great hotels, four price points and plenty of great restaurants! (Just 18 miles from McCormick Place on I-55 at County Line Road (1/2 mile south of I-294).

Sweets & Snacks Expo (May 20 – 22) – The Sweets & Snacks Expo continues to expand its status as a global resource for products, innovations and insights. Join more than 15,000 qualified professionals and attend the largest sweets and snacks expo ever! Over 620 companies display more than 3 acres of candy and snacks while the Innovations awards reveal the top new items that have been taste-tested across eight different categories. Keynote sessions as well as other learning opportunities are highlighted at this global event. To register, please visit www.sweetsandsnacks.com.

Want to save up to 40% on your hotel stay? Stay in Burr Ridge! Choose from the Chicago Marriott Southwest at Burr Ridge, SpringHill Suites Burr Ridge, Extended StayAmerica Burr Ridge, and the Quality Inn & Conference Center. Four great hotels, four price points and plenty of great restaurants! (Just 18 miles from McCormick Place on I-55 at County Line Road (1/2 mile south of I-294).

2014 ASCO 50th Annual Meeting (May 30 – June 3) – Attendees of the 2014 American Society of Clinical Oncology’s Annual Meeting will find cutting-edge scientific presentations and comprehensive educational content. The meeting brings together more than 25,000 oncology professionals from a broad range of specialties, making it an excellent venue for exploring the theme of the meeting – “Science and Society”. To learn more and to register, please visit www.asco.org.

Want to save up to 40% on your hotel stay? Stay in Burr Ridge! Choose from the Chicago Marriott Southwest at Burr Ridge, SpringHill Suites Burr Ridge, Extended StayAmerica Burr Ridge, and the Quality Inn & Conference Center. Four great hotels, four price points and plenty of great restaurants! (Just 18 miles from McCormick Place on I-55 at County Line Road (1/2 mile south of I-294).

Why spend extra bucks to stay in the congestion of Downtown Chicago? Save up to 40% at each of the four hotels in Burr Ridge! When your feet are tired from standing all day, your head is full of new information and all you crave is a good meal and a comfortable bed, make your way to one of the Burr Ridge Hotels; Chicago Marriott Southwest at Burr Ridge, SpringHill Suites Burr Ridge, Extended StayAmerica Burr Ridge, and the Quality Inn & Conference Center. And remember, just 15 miles south of Downtown Chicago on I-55 and a half mile south of I-294, the Burr Ridge Hotels promise to make your stay as comfortable as possible. We also welcome companies and businesses to our facilities for large or small conference spaces. Four great hotels, four price points and plenty of great restaurants, Burr Ridge is the place to stay.

Chicago Girls Weekend Getaway

Create memories that will last a lifetime with the girls! From touring the sites and shopping until you drop by day to exploring the booming nightlife of the Windy City by night, Chicago has it all! There’s so much to do and you’ll be surprised the number of experiences you can fit into one weekend in the city. Surrounding the city are countless suburbs boasting exceptional dining, shopping and sightseeing as well, so jet off to the Windy City and enjoy a weekend of fun with the girls!

Luxurious Accommodations

You don’t have to spend big bucks to enjoy luxurious hotel rooms, amenities and dining. Save up to 40% by staying just outside the city in beautiful Burr Ridge, just 18 miles from downtown Chicago. Choose from the Chicago Marriott Southwest at Burr Ridge or SpringHill Suites Burr Ridge for your girls weekend and enjoy the “The Natural Alternative” to high prices, hassles and congestion of the big city.

Retail Therapy

Ditch the car and jump on the train and shop til you drop at a variety of Chicago locales such as Water Tower Place, State Street and Michigan Avenue. Looking for more local and eclectic shopping? Check out the string of shops in Lincoln Park or head over to Southport Avenue for cool clothing boutiques and restaurants.

Nightlife & Dining

From Broadway shows and live concerts to bar crawls and nightclubs, there’s something for everyone in the Windy City! Check out choosechicago.com for upcoming music, comedy and nightlife listings such as Sip & Sample at Chicago Wine Bars. Staying local in Burr Ridge? Try one of the fabulous Burr Ridge Restaurants. Choose from Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurant, Dao Sushi, Thai & Hibachi, Eddie Merlot’s, Topaz Café and many more, all minutes from the hotels in Burr Ridge.

Pamper Yourselves

Face it – you work really hard, so treat yourself! Just an 8 minute walk from the hotels in Burr Ridge is the world-famous Kohler Waters Spa. Pamper yourself and your friends with a variety of spa packages including a Great Lakes Stone Massage or even a Massage Two-Gether! Check with the hotels at Burr Ridge for any hotel packages that may include spa services.

If you’re not frantically texting your girlfriends in a newly-created iPhone group message, maybe this will get your finger typing. Stay at Burr Ridge and save up to 40% on hotel rooms compared to downtown Chicago rates plus FREE parking – what could be better? Grab your best girlfriends and make a weekend of it! Welcome to Chicago!

Welcome, Diabetes Fighters, Pop Culture Buffs and Obstetricians!

Here are the trade shows coming up at McCormick Place.

American Diabetes Association EXPO 2014 (April 5) – This FREE event features free health screenings, cooking demonstrations, product and service exhibitors as well as leading experts talking about diabetes management, research and prevention. Get the latest information on preventing and managing diabetes and its deadly complications to help keep you and your family healthy. Join the Millions® in the fight to Stop Diabetes®! To learn more, please visit www.diabetes.org.

Want to save up to 40% on your hotel stay? Stay in Burr Ridge! Choose from the Chicago Marriott Southwest at Burr Ridge, SpringHill Suites Burr Ridge, Extended StayAmerica Burr Ridge, and the Quality Inn & Conference Center. Four great hotels, four price points and plenty of great restaurants! (Just 18 miles from McCormick Place on I-55 at County Line Road (1/2 mile south of I-294).

Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo C2E2 (April  25 – 27) – C2E2 is a convention spanning the latest and greatest from the world of comics, movies, television, toys, anime, manga and video games. Bringing the best of pop culture to Downtown Chicago, C2E2’s show floor is packed with hundreds of exhibitors, panels and autograph sessions giving fans a chance to interact with their favorite creators and screening rooms featuring sneak peeks at films and tv shows months before they hit screens! For more information and ticketing, please visit www.c2e2.com.

Want to save up to 40% on your hotel stay? Stay in Burr Ridge! Choose from the Chicago Marriott Southwest at Burr Ridge, SpringHill Suites Burr Ridge, Extended StayAmerica Burr Ridge, and the Quality Inn & Conference Center. Four great hotels, four price points and plenty of great restaurants! (Just 18 miles from McCormick Place on I-55 at County Line Road (1/2 mile south of I-294).

2014 ACOG Annual Clinical Meeting (April 26 – 30) – The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists presents its annual meeting in Chicago revealing cutting edge topics, curbside consults, lunch and learns, hands-on courses, postgraduate courses, clinical seminars and lunch with the experts. For more information and to register, please visit www.acog.com.

Want to save up to 40% on your hotel stay? Stay in Burr Ridge! Choose from the Chicago Marriott Southwest at Burr Ridge, SpringHill Suites Burr Ridge, Extended StayAmerica Burr Ridge, and the Quality Inn & Conference Center. Four great hotels, four price points and plenty of great restaurants! (Just 18 miles from McCormick Place on I-55 at County Line Road (1/2 mile south of I-294).

Why spend extra bucks to stay in the congestion of Downtown Chicago? Save up to 40% at each of the four Burr Ridge Hotels! When your feet are tired from standing all day, your head is full of new information and all you crave is a good meal and a comfortable bed, make your way to one of the four hotels in Burr Ridge; Chicago Marriott Southwest at Burr Ridge, SpringHill Suites Burr Ridge, Extended StayAmerica Burr Ridge, and the Quality Inn & Conference Center. And remember, just 15 miles south of Downtown Chicago on I-55 and a half mile south of I-294, the Burr Ridge Hotels promise to make your stay as comfortable as possible. We also welcome companies and businesses to our facilities for large or small conference spaces. Four great hotels, four price points and plenty of great restaurants, Burr Ridge is the place to stay.

Itching to Get Outside? It’s Springtime in Chicago!

Although we may still be thawing from the deep freeze the meteorologists call “winter”, it’s not too early to begin thinking about taking a spring trip to enjoy the coming warmer weather. With the birds chirping and the sun shining, spring isn’t TOO far off, is it? Springtime is the perfect time to take a trip to Chicago, not only because of the beautiful weather but because spring is actually considered Chicago’s tourism off-season which means less crowded attractions, cheaper airfare and usually an assortment of hotel promotions and deals. Here are a few ideas of springtime activities in the Chicago area to jump start your trip planning. Enjoy!

-          Chicago Flower & Garden Show (March 15 – 23) – Experience feature gardens that will inspire! Bring along the kids and let them discover the Kids Activity Garden where they can build a container garden and participate in interactive exhibits. Browse the beautiful “Art of Floral” exhibit, created by designers from the American Institute of Floral Designers. Seminars and workshops are held all week long. Be sure to check this event out! Held on Navy Pier, it is not to be missed. Save a few bucks by purchasing show tickets online at www.chicagoflower.com/individuals.php.

-          Morton Arboretum, Chicago Botanic Gardens & Garfield Park Conservatory – Enjoy fresh spring air and the first crocuses of the spring season at one (or all three!) of these wonderfully fresh and lush natural wonders.  With various tours and free classes offered throughout the week and weekend, find fun for the whole family at these wholesome (and free, $3-6 for the Chicago Botanic Garden) Chicago venues.

-          Tulips on the Magnificent Mile – Spring in Chicago means one thing…Tulips. Annually, more than 500,000 tulips are part of “Tulips on the Magnificent Mile”, Chicago’s annual month-long spring festival showcasing tens of thousands of beautifully pigmented tulips blooming from mid-April through the end of May. Public art installations designed by local and international architects are usually placed in the garden beds to add extra pizzazz to the festival. Watch for blooming updates on the Magnificent Mile’s Facebook page.

Save even more by staying just a hop, skip and a jump outside of the city in beautiful Burr Ridge! With luxurious accommodations, fantastic restaurants and four hotels to choose from, you’re sure to enjoy your stay. Choose from the Chicago Marriott Southwest at Burr Ridge, SpringHill Suites Burr Ridge, Extended StayAmerica Burr Ridge and the Quality Inn & Conference Center as well as from numerous fantastic restaurants and great shopping all within walking distance! You can find it all in here! Experience the “Natural Alternative”. Experience Burr Ridge.