WBEZ | chicago hotels http://www.wbez.org/tags/chicago-hotels Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Chicago hotels record near-record occupancy http://www.wbez.org/news/chicago-hotels-record-near-record-occupancy-107798 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/chicago_flickr_Jens Travel Life.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Chicago hotels continue to enjoy near-record occupancy, and Mayor Rahm Emanuel says it&#39;s a positive sign tourism is up in the nation&#39;s third-largest city.</p><p>Emanuel and the tourism office Choose Chicago announced Thursday hotels reported 81.2 percent occupancy in May. That&#39;s an 8.5 percent increase over May 2012.</p><p>The city also hit near-record tourism rates in 2012, with more than 46.2 million visitors.</p><p>Emanuel says the numbers show the city&#39;s strategic marketing approach is working. He says he&#39;s looking forward to more visitors coming to Chicago and that it&#39;s &quot;going to be a wonderful summer.&quot;</p><p>The mayor has set a goal of attracting 50 million visitors to Chicago by 2020. That would be an increase of almost 11 million over 2010.</p></p> Fri, 21 Jun 2013 11:18:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/news/chicago-hotels-record-near-record-occupancy-107798 1,200-room hotel planned near McCormick Place http://www.wbez.org/news/1200-room-hotel-planned-near-mccormick-place-105598 <p><p>A 1,200-room hotel will be built near McCormick Place to accommodate the crowds that come to Chicago for conventions and trade shows.</p><p>Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced plans to build the hotel in a news release Tuesday. They say the project will create nearly 2,500 construction jobs and 500 permanent jobs.</p><p>Quinn says McCormick place is already an asset to Illinois and the hotel will help bring in more business and fuel the state&#39;s economic recovery by putting more people to work.</p><p>Emanuel says the new hotel will further establish Chicago as the best destination for conventions and trade shows.</p><p>McCormick Place is the largest exhibition and meeting facility in North America with 2.6 million square feet of convention space.</p></p> Tue, 19 Feb 2013 09:10:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/news/1200-room-hotel-planned-near-mccormick-place-105598