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Marcus Hotels & Resorts Announces Updates to Current Operations

Marcus Hotels & Resorts®, a division of The Marcus Corporation (NYSE:MCS), is temporarily closing additional properties across its portfolio. This decision includes all of the following hotels owned by the Company that are currently still open, The Pfister Hotel in Milwaukee; The Platinum Hotel in Las Vegas; Hilton Madison Monona Terrace in Wisconsin; and the AC Hotel Chicago Downtown in Chicago. Additionally, with respect to the hotels that we manage for third-parties, we are working wit...
Tags: Travel, Milwaukee, Chicago, Wisconsin, Las Vegas, Marcus Corporation NYSE, Marcus Hotels Resorts, Marcus Hotels amp, Pfister Hotel, Platinum Hotel, Hilton Madison Monona Terrace, AC Hotel Chicago Downtown

Powerful LGBTQ-related monuments

For centuries, LGBTQ people were forced to lead invisible lives. You couldn’t find them in the pages of history books. No one erected monuments in their honor. Throughout history, defiant social reformers made visibility one of their chief concerns in the fight for LGBTQ rights. In 1978, Harvey Milk shouted, “Gay brothers and sisters, you must come out!” During the AIDS epidemic, the LGBTQ community stopped traffic in city streets while holding signs that read “Silence = Death.” Today, trans ...
Tags: Travel, England, New York, France, Germany, Berlin, New York City, San Francisco, Earnest, Chicago, United States, Paris, Amsterdam, Turing, Nazi, Lgbtq

Oil Climbs After Russia Signals Willingness to Cut Production - Bloomberg

Oil Climbs After Russia Signals Willingness to Cut Production - Bloomberg:Oil posted its first gain of the week just before the world’s top producers meet to discuss potential output cuts against of backdrop of demand destruction from the coronavirus.Futures in New York rose 6.2% on Wednesday after a volatile session that saw prices rise as much as 12%. Oil is drawing support from investors who are focused on plans being ironed out by Saudi Arabia and Russia for a global supply-curb agreement at...
Tags: Travel, New York, Saudi Arabia, Russia, Opec, Bloomberg, Chicago, Rupert Neil Bumfrey, Peter McGinn, RJ O'Brien Associates LLC

Oxford Hotels & Resorts, LLC, an Oxford Capital Group, LLC Affiliate, Partners with the City of Chicago to Provide Sanctuary During COVID-19

Oxford Hotels & Resorts, LLC, an Oxford Capital Group, LLC affiliate, is supplying the City of Chicago with up to 1,100 rooms at some of its hotel properties throughout Chicagoland to support efforts against the spread of coronavirus. In addition to housing asymptomatic guests and those requiring isolation, the rooms will also provide sanctuary for first responders who are involved in the war against COVID-19.
Tags: Travel, Chicago, Chicagoland, COVID, Oxford Hotels amp, Resorts LLC, Oxford Capital Group LLC Affiliate Partners, Oxford Hotels Resorts LLC, Oxford Capital Group LLC

12 books by black authors to read

Just when the Black Travel Movement was gaining so much speed, we now all find ourselves confined to our houses. While the onset of COVID-19 has put the entire world on the no-fly list, we don’t have to pass this time idly. Instead, we can use these weeks we’ll be grounded to absorb the work of the legends that paved the way for us to be able to lead our nomadic lives. If you have been previously unfamiliar with the work of black travel writers, you’re in for a treat: Black travel writers can...
Tags: Travel, Amazon, New York, Nigeria, Africa, America, Spain, Chicago, Thailand, United States, Alaska, Mandela, Kenya, Zambia, Surrey, Jamaica

Back Home

We are back home and have decided to quarantine for 2 weeks. There are too many coronavirus cases in Chicago and after going through international airport we have decided it is best. We watched our church message online. We called before picking up the dog
Tags: Travel, Chicago

Belize to Chicago

We traveled from Belize to home today. We got up for the final sunrise and another beautiful day in Belize. One last look at the beautiful pool and beach. It was an interesting drive on the Hummingbird Highway today. We were stopped at several police check
Tags: Travel, Chicago, Belize

Best songs to sing in groups

Now, more than ever, it’s time to sing. We shall sing in our showers. We shall sing from our cars. We shall sing to our pets and to our friends — over Skype. And to our neighbors — from our balconies. You’re likely not too bad at it, right? What with all those late-night karaoke sessions with your inebriated co-workers. Maybe you’re even a professional musician, or a part-time rockstar in your local band. Even if every time you sing, birds scatter and wine glasses shatter, the benefits of si...
Tags: Travel, Germany, Atlanta, Chicago, Freddie Mercury, Mike Myers, Bob Marley, Kelly Clarkson, Neil Diamond, Skype, Bon Jovi, Michael Stipe, Beatles, All, Lizzo, Wayne

The best elevated parks around world

What is a city without a place to take it all in? By repurposing unused or abandoned structures and areas, major cities around the world are turning wasted space into green space — led by projects such as Atlanta’s BeltLine and New York City’s High Line. Cities like Dallas and San Francisco have taken the concept as much toward urban sustainability as public gathering space, and in Europe, Rotterdam looked straight to the future with its new Luchtsingel. These seven elevated parks are sure to...
Tags: Travel, New York City, San Francisco, Atlanta, Chicago, Paris, Bastille, Dallas, Parks, Green Spaces, Osaka, Bay Area, All, Klyde Warren Park, Rotterdam, Seoul South Korea

José Andrés community kitchens

Following the devastating earthquakes in Haiti in 2010, chef José Andrés founded World Central Kitchen, which operated on a radical notion: The organization’s team of chefs would feed as many hungry people as possible for free, with no wish for compensation, reward, or fame. Since then, Andrés and World Central Kitchen have set up mobile kitchens in Puerto Rico and flown to Houston in the aftermath of mass flooding to feed pasta and red sauce to the displaced from ingredients he bought at Tar...
Tags: Travel, Texas, Restaurants, Chicago, Washington Dc, Houston, Haiti, Puerto Rico, All, Andres, Jose Andres, Jaleo, World Central Kitchen, Coronavirus, COVID-19, Community Kitchens

Chicago aquarium let penguins roam

The Shedd Aquarium in Chicago is one of the many popular attractions around the country currently closed because of the coronavirus, but for the aquarium’s penguins, that closure came with a silver lining. Since the building is devoid of guests, staff let rockhopper penguins leave their habitat to explore the rest of the aquarium. In this video posted to Twitter, one penguin (named Wellington) can be seen checking out fish in the Amazon exhibit. Penguins in the Amazon?! 🐧🌴 Some of the pen...
Tags: Travel, Amazon, Chicago, Penguins, Wellington, All, Chicago Tribune, Aquariums, Coronavirus, COVID-19, Shedd Wellington

Chicago to Belize

Travel from Chicago to Belize went well today. We didn't have any issues in Chicago and the airport did seem busy with spring break travelers. Our flight was on time and really no issues. We arrived in Belize and made our way into the beautiful sunshine an
Tags: Travel, Chicago, Belize

NYC St. Patrick’s Day parade moved

For the first time in its 258-year history, the New York City St. Patrick’s Day Parade is being postponed. Governor Andrew Cuomo made the decision to not hold the parade over growing concerns surrounding the coronavirus and the gathering of large crowds. St. Patrick’s Day celebrations all over Ireland, as well as in Chicago and Boston have already been canceled. In a statement, the governor said, “Today I had several conversations with the organizers of the St. Patrick’s Day Parade to determ...
Tags: Travel, New York, NYC, Boston, New York City, Chicago, Ireland, Andrew Cuomo, All, St. Patrick's Day, Parades, St. Patrick's Day Celebrations, Sean Lane, St. Patrick's Day Parade, New York cit, New York City St Patrick

Access Point Financial Provides $11M in Financing for Sheraton Chicago Northbrook Renovation

Access Point Financial, LLC (APF), a leading direct lender and specialty finance company focused exclusively on the hospitality industry, today announced the completion of an agreement with a Chicago-based ownership group to provide $11 million in financing for the renovation of the Sheraton Chicago Northbrook Hotel.
Tags: Travel, Chicago, Sheraton Chicago Northbrook Renovation

Oil slumps as stock markets sink, while #Saudi, #UAE plan to boost capacity - Reuters

Oil slumps as stock markets sink, while Saudi, UAE plan to boost capacity - Reuters:Oil prices fell 4% on Wednesday, sinking into the close of trading with renewed weakness in the stock market after the World Health Organization said the global coronavirus outbreak is now a pandemic, and as major oil producers announced plans to escalate the burgeoning price war.Brent crude settled down $1.43, or 3.8%, at $35.79 per barrel, while U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude ended down $1.38 or 4% to...
Tags: Travel, Chicago, World Health Organization, Reuters, Saudi UAE, Rupert Neil Bumfrey, Phil Flynn, Price Futures Group

How to get cheap flights with VPN

Flight booking hacks seem about as ubiquitous as grocery store coupons. From booking on a Wednesday to booking a connecting flight only to ditch the connection, the internet is filled with loads of virtual advice on how to fly around for less. But have you ever considered booking from another country? Since airfares are notoriously inconsistent, and the person sitting next to you on the plane may have paid half or five times what you did, it shouldn’t come as any surprise that airlines charge...
Tags: Travel, Asia, UK, New York, London, La, Singapore, India, US, Toronto, Los Angeles, Chicago, Netflix, Canada, Brazil, Tokyo

Famous TV house locations

The running joke with Friends is that no 20-somethings in New York could ever afford that apartment. Of course, we’ve got no way to prove that, since the “apartment” was actually a sound stage, and there’s not exactly a Zillow listing for fictional addresses. But many shows shot their exterior shots at real live homes that you can go drive by and annoy the current occupants today. Many of which are valued at a lot more than their fictional occupants could ever afford. HomeAdvisor did some dig...
Tags: All, Filming Locations, Movie Film Sets, Movie Homes, TV Film Sets, TV Homes

HT-NEXT Keynote Sessions to Feature Speakers from Harley-Davidson, Disney and Marriott

CHICAGO - Three compelling keynote speakers will present to more than 500 hospitality technology professionals at the upcoming HT-NEXT event, being held on 27-30 April in Scottsdale, Arizona.
Tags: Travel, Chicago, Marriott, Harley Davidson Disney

Hyatt Hotels Highlighted at First ASFONA 2020 Owner Board Meeting in Chicago

ASFONA, the hotel industry's only independent non-brand affiliated hotel owner/operator association, held its first Board Member meeting of 2020 in Chicago with a focus on Hyatt Hotels and the company's impressive global brand portfolio. The February meeting, which took place at the Hyatt Regency Downtown Chicago, included a morning session, in which ASFONA Owner Members had an opportunity to meet with management team members of Hyatt Hotels. The Hyatt team was led by Mark Vondrasek, Chie...
Tags: Travel, Chicago, Hyatt, Hyatt Hotels, SVP, Mark Vondrasek, Hyatt Regency Downtown Chicago, Hyatt Hotels The Hyatt, ASFONA Owner Operator Board

Inside Tecovas, the 'Warby Parker of cowboy boots' that just raised $15 million as its $300 boots continue to take the multibillion-dollar boot industry by its horns

Tecovas is a direct-to-consumer cowboy boot retailer that also has brick-and-mortar stores in Austin, Texas. The startup has earned comparisons to direct brands like Warby Parker and Glossier for its lower price points and online offerings. It just raised $15 million in new equity funding as the company continues to open stores across Texas. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. There's a reason cowboy boot retailer Tecovas has been dubbed the "Warby Parker of cowboy boots." The...
Tags: New York, Texas, Mexico, US, San Francisco, Trends, Chicago, Austin, Tripadvisor, Houston, Casper, Warby Parker, Business Insider, Sxsw, Bonobos, Austin Texas

Oil sinks 4% on demand concerns as coronavirus spreads - Reuters

:Oil prices slumped by nearly 4% on Monday as the rapid spread of the coronavirus in countries outside China added to investor concerns over the effect on demand for crude.Global equities also extended losses as worries about the impact of the virus grew, with the number of cases jumping in Iran, Italy and South Korea.Brent crude LCOc1 futures fell $2.20, or 3.8%, to settle at $56.30 a barrel. U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude CLc1 futures fell $1.95, or 3.7%, to settle at $51.43 a barrel...
Tags: Travel, South Korea, China, Chicago, Reuters, Iran Italy, U S West Texas Intermediate WTI, Rupert Neil Bumfrey, Phil Flynn, Price Futures Group

How to Find a Job Teaching in Spain

Posted: 2/22/2020 | February 22nd, 2020 Teaching overseas is one of a great way to earn money while you travel, stay in one place longer, and get to deeply experience another culture. I spent years teaching in Thailand and Taiwan and they were some of the most impactful experiences of my traveling. Living in a foreign culture, trying to get by day to day, and learning to create a life for yourself is a surefire way to become a more confident you and give you a deeper understanding of yourself. ...
Tags: Travel, Facebook, London, Interviews, Australia, Boston, India, US, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Spain, Barcelona, Taiwan, Chicago, Austin, Thailand

laundromats, underground libraries, and criminal charges: a library link round-up

I have so many cool stories about libraries and librarians, scattered through multiple email and social media accounts. Lucky for you, I wanted to gather them all in one place. Thanks to everyone who ever sent me one of these.* * * * *Librarians in laundromats! Community librarians are all about taking literacy to the people. In library jargon, we're trying to reach the non-users. If that sounds a bit drug-dealer-ish, it's not a bad analogy: come get a taste, then come back for more.The puns jus...
Tags: Travel, Google, Congress, Washington Post, New York City, US, San Francisco, Syria, Chicago, Austin, Idaho, Socialism, New York Times, Reddit, Ohio, Philadelphia

United Pilot Saves The Day For Four Passengers Stranded At Chicago O’Hare

Washington Post national political correspondent Jenna Johnson tried to make a quick trip home to D.C. on United after the Nevada caucuses, a surprise for her husband who wasn’t expecting to see her until after Super Tuesday. She didn’t make her Las Vegas – Washington Dulles flight, while roads into the airport were closed off while the President left town, but United rebooked her onto a connecting flight through Chicago. It went mechanical, jeopardizing her O’Hare connection. Continue reading ...
Tags: Travel, Washington Post, Chicago, Las Vegas, Nevada, Airlines, Missed Connections, United, United Airlines, Chicago O'Hare, Washington Dulles, Jenna Johnson

Weekly Roundup, Friday 21 February 2020

By all accounts, the Airbus A220 is a lovely plane, well liked by airlines and passengers alike. How ironic that this great airplane almost completely destroyed its developer – Bombardier. See story below. Good morningThe Covid-19 virus (it now has a name) has been enormously on my mind the last several weeks, and for very direct and personally impactful reasons.  To help clarify my thinking, I wrote a detailed and careful analysis of the present situation and the possible unfolding future, an...
Tags: Travel, Amazon, South Korea, Europe, Japan, Florida, UK, New York, Science, France, Scotland, Hotels, China, Ipo, Singapore, Miscellaneous

The Ultimate Guide to Teaching English in Thailand

Posted: 2/15/2020 / February 15th, 2020 Thailand is an English teacher’s dream. With a low cost of living, incredible food, rich culture, plenty of partying, and a mai pen rai (no worries) attitude, the Land of Smiles is a very popular country for English teachers. For Thais, English is considered a necessity to work in the global market, so there is always a need for teachers. With language schools, primary schools, universities, and other locations offering English classes, there are numerou...
Tags: Travel, Asia, London, Boston, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, Austin, Thailand, Portland, New Zealand, San Diego, Dublin, Seattle, Detroit, Bangkok

Home again

As many of you already know, one of my aunts passed away last week. I hurriedly put together a trip back to upstate New York hoping that I might see her before the end, but I didn't make it in time. Still, it was good to be there with the family to share grief and memories and to catch up with each other. Clifton Park, NY. By morning the streets were clean, but cars remained coated with a layer of ice and snow. I am not used to that kind of cold. The travel was eventful. Because it was a last-...
Tags: Travel, New York, Chicago, Paris, Albany, WCS, Albany New York, Clifton Park

US LGBTQ and Pride events in 2020

Let’s get one thing straight — LGBTQ people know how to throw one hell of a party, and in the United States, there’s no shortage of creativity when it comes to curating a queer shindig. From ski-slope soirees to fetish-themed festivals, the only thing more difficult than choosing which events to attend in 2020 is choosing who to vote for in the Democratic primary. Luckily, choosing from this list of epic LGBTQ gatherings is a win-win situation. Editor’s note: Queer culture doesn’t begin and e...
Tags: Travel, Florida, Hollywood, California, NYC, Washington, La, Lgbt, New York City, US, America, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, Brooklyn, United States

Best places to travel in April 2020

Despite an old adage about April showers, the fourth month of the year is really when life starts to return to much of the planet. The long winter has defrosted and left with it cherry blossoms, baseball, and plenty of end-of-winter parties, combining to make this one of the most enticing months to get out and see the world. But the best places to travel in April aren’t always the most obvious, where festivals you may never have heard of offer better times than well-worn destinations. So read...
Tags: Travel, Europe, Australia, Virginia, US, Chicago, Thailand, New Jersey, James Bond, Island, Jamaica, Monaco, Melbourne, Norfolk, Christina Ricci, Aston Martin

Cape Town Itinerary: What to See and Do in 4 (or More) Days

Posted: 2/13/2020 | February 13th, 2020 Cape Town is one of those places I can never get enough of. Its natural beauty, climate, people, chill atmosphere, and delicious food scene always make my visits memorable. Backed by Table Mountain, Cape Town is really one of the most beautiful cityscapes in the world. There’s a lot to see and do in the city, so to help you make the most of your trip, here is my suggested itinerary for four (or more) days. Suggested Itinerary Overview Day 1: Table Mo...
Tags: Travel, London, Boston, Africa, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, Austin, Unesco, Atlantic, South Africa, Nelson Mandela, Portland, San Diego, Cape Town, Victoria

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