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Chicago’s swanky Elysian hotel to become a Waldorf Astoria

Sunday, November 13th, 2011
Waldorf Astoria Chicago

Chicago's acclaimed Waldorf Astoria Chicago will no longer be an independent luxury boutique hotel, Crain's Chicago reports.

It's going to become a Waldorf Astoria, Hilton's luxury brand, the article says.

Crain's cites unnamed sources, but Hotel Check-In has heard the same information from sources. Other luxury brands from the U.S. and abroad had also visited the hotel to possibly run it.

The hotel will take a brand name because the other part of the news is that billionaire financier Sam Zell is buying the hotel for about $95 million, sources tell Crain's.

If true, the per-room price for the 188-room hotel would be $505,000 – the highest, Crain's says, for a Chicago hotel. Zell apparently expects to lift the hotel's value by bringing in Hilton to manage it and market it to its millions of customers.

The owner of the hotel, which opened during the recession two years ago and … Read the rest

Order room service from Chicago’s ‘Candy Man’

Thursday, April 21st, 2011
The Ritz-Carlton Chicago (A Four Seasons Hotel)

Bedtime chocolates — so over.

Call downstairs for sourballs, gumdrops and other treats delivered by a happy man in an old-timey outfit. The "Candy Man" at The Ritz-Carlton Chicago (A Four Seasons Hotel) rolls a cart to rooms and dispenses sweets from local shop Candyality for $5 per half pound.

The Candy Man also will reveal what choices say about you. Do you like super-sweet, crunchy, fluffy or colorful candy best?

Here's your type, according to Candyality: competitive (sugary), good listener (fluffy), negotiator (crunchy), creative (colorful).

Who is the Candy Man? He's Sean Murphy, a front desk staffer who enjoys donning a straw hat and making guests' days a little sweeter.

This seems to be a trend:

Kimpton's Palomar Chicago also offers Candyality's Chicago-made treats in the lobby each afternoon — free, in big jars — including DOTS, Tootsie Pops, Lemon Heads, Junior Mints and more.

On weekends, guests at the Duane Street Hotel … Read the rest

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