WBEZ | naps http://www.wbez.org/tags/naps Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Private nap spaces could be coming to O'Hare http://www.wbez.org/news/private-nap-spaces-could-be-coming-ohare-104997 <p><p>Weary travelers could soon be able to pay for a space to snooze at O&rsquo;Hare International Airport.</p><p>Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel introduced a package of five-year lease agreements to City Council Thursday, and if approved, Minute Suites will be one of a handful of new specialty stores popping up at O&#39;Hare.</p><p>Minute Suites rents private spaces complete with a sofa, pillows and blankets to airline travelers. Interested sleepy patrons can rent a room for around $30 for the first hour, with a incremental cost for every fifteen minutes after that.</p><p>Daniel Solomon, co-founder and CEO of Minute Suites, says O&#39;Hare will be a prime location for their business.</p><p><b style="font-weight: normal;">&quot;Chicago has a lot of delays,&quot; Solomon said. &quot;Couple that with weather, missed connections, thunderstorms -- bad weather tends to be our best friend in terms of business. We know that affects people.&quot;</b></p><p><b style="font-weight: normal;">O&#39;Hare would be the company&#39;s fourth location in the US. There are currently two shops in the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport and the Philadelphia International Airport, and the company is scheduled to open a third location in Dallas Fort Worth this February.&nbsp;</b>If approved, Minute Suites could be in the O&rsquo;Hare airport by the end of 2013.</p><p><b style="font-weight: normal;">The lease agreements were introduced in City Council Thursday. Each retailer is guaranteed to bring in at least $5.6 million dollars, with annual percentage fees between 12 and 19 percent. Rent for each space is $47.75 per square-foot with three percent annual increases. Each contract can be extended for an additional two years with City Council approval.&nbsp;</b></p><p>The agreement also includes shops like Brookstone and Brooks Brothers.</p></p> Thu, 17 Jan 2013 14:14:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/news/private-nap-spaces-could-be-coming-ohare-104997