Air Travel News
What's New in Chicago
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At O’Hare Airport, United Airlines is making major improvements at Terminal 2, installing boarding bridges at 10 United Express gates, to be completed by mid-2013, and building a 12,500-square-foot United Club, due by the end of this year. Next spring, two international airlines are scheduled to start flying to ORD for the first time—Air Berlin, with service to Germany’s capital city; and Hainan Airlines, with flights to its Beijing hub.
On the lodging scene, Joie de Vivre Hotels opened the 184-room Hotel Lincoln at 1816 N. Clark after a $10 million overhaul of an existing property, while the 63-room luxury boutique Hotel Ivy made its debut at 233 E. Ontario. The Langham Chicago was due to open this year in a 52-story mixed-use building at 330 N. Wabash (next to the Trump Hotel). John Pritzker, son of the late Hyatt chief, reportedly plans to convert the Chicago Athletic Association building on S. Michigan Avenue into a 250-room luxury property to open in 2014, managed by Thompson Hotels. Less recently, the Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel opened, occupying the first 18 floors of the visually stunning Aqua Tower near Lake Michigan, while lodging innovator Ian Schrager converted the historic Ambassador East Hotel in the Gold Coast neighborhood into the Public Chicago.