WBEZ | Palmer House Hilton http://www.wbez.org/tags/palmer-house-hilton Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Sheryl Sandberg tells Chicago women to 'Lean In' http://www.wbez.org/blogs/leah-pickett/2013-03/sheryl-sandberg-tells-chicago-women-lean-106375 <p><p><img a="" about="" alt="" and="" as="" at="" back="" be="" but="" capabilities="" challenge="" changing="" chicago="" class="image-original_image" div="" equality="" event="" ever="" feminist="" force="" from="" gender="" hilton="" holding="" house="" href="http://ideas.time.com/2013/03/07/confidence-woman/" in="" is="" joyce="" may="" most="" of="" on="" ones="" own="" palmer="" pictured="" powerful="" press="" quo="" radical="" right="" s="" says="" she="" sheryl="" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/BGewxfoCQAAfuPz.jpg-large.jpg" status="" style="height: 465px; width: 620px;" target="_blank" the="" their="" themselves="" they="" think="" thursday.="" title="‘Success and likability is positively correlated for men, negatively correlated for women,’ said Facebook’s Sheryl Sandberg, right, during an event at Chicago’s Palmer House Hilton Thursday night. (Tuesday Hagiwara)" to="" true="" way="" why="" winnecke="" with="" women="" /></p><div class="image-insert-image "><p>Is <a href="http://ideas.time.com/2013/03/07/confidence-woman/" target="_blank">Sheryl Sandberg</a> the most radical feminist to ever challenge the status quo of a man&#39;s world? No, but she is a powerful force in changing the way women feel about their own capabilities as leaders.</p><p>Sandberg spoke to a sold-out crowd at Chicago&#39;s Palmer House Hilton Thursday evening, in an event sponsored by <a href="http://www.nielsen.com/us/en.html" target="_blank">Nielsen</a> and presented by <a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/tribnation/chi-trib-nation-response-to-sheryl-sandberg-20130328,0,2716667.story" target="_blank">Trib Nation</a> as part of the <em>Chicago Tribune</em>&#39;s &quot;Press Pass&quot; speaker series. &nbsp;</p><p>In a conversation with <em>Tribune</em>&nbsp;vice president and associate editor Joycelyn Winnecke, Sandberg shared advice and anecdotes from her new book,&nbsp;<em>Lean In: Women, Work and the Will to Lead</em>, which has already stirred <a href="http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/books/2013/03/maybe-you-should-read-the-book-the-sheryl-sandberg-backlash.html" target="_blank">debate</a>&nbsp;and provoked a backlash from some of Sandberg&#39;s female critics. In her book, Sandberg argues that women may be the ones holding themselves back from true gender equality in the workplace. She says that women need to &quot;lean in&quot; and &quot;sit at the table&quot; with their male peers in order to acheive the same levels of success.</p><p>During her talk, the effervescent Facebook COO (and <a href="http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2096345/Facebook-IPO-Sheryl-Sandberg-Mark-Zuckerberg-highest-paid-employee.html">multi-millionaire</a>) elicited knowing laughter and spontaneous applause from her overwhelmingly female audience, as she delivered one quotable nugget of &quot;girl power&quot; inspiration after another. Here are a few of her most memorable soundbites:&nbsp;</p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/book_0.jpg" style="float: right;" title="Sandberg's 'Lean In’ sold 140,000 copies in its first week. Now the book tops the ‘New York Times’ and Amazon.com bestseller lists. (Courtesy of Knopf)" /></p><p>- <em>On the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/02/23/yahoo-working-remote_n_2750698.html" target="_blank">Marissa Mayer controversy</a> at Yahoo:</em></p><p>&quot;If a man did it, there would not be a single headline.&quot;</p><p>- <em>On the <a href="http://www.npr.org/2013/03/11/173740524/lean-in-facebooks-sheryl-sandberg-explains-whats-holding-women-back" target="_blank">self-confidence</a> of women in comparison to men&#39;s:</em></p><p>&quot;Women remember their performance lower, and men higher, in relation to their success.&quot;</p><p>- <em>On the difficulty of finding a mentor as a young woman, especially when most seasoned pros in corporate America are&nbsp;<a href="http://www.brw.com.au/p/leadership/glassdoor_most_popular_ceos_list_pNkPspX7n8YbXed0GLoLBJ" target="_blank">older men</a>:</em></p><p>&quot;Searching for a mentor has become the professional equivalent of waiting for Prince Charming.&quot;</p><p>- <em>On her desire for less restriction and <a href="http://eblingroup.com/2013/03/why-men-should-read-sheryl-sandbergs-lean-in.html" target="_blank">more equality</a> in gender roles:</em></p><p>&quot;We need to teach our girls to be leaders and our boys to be nuturers.&quot;</p><p>Sandberg also described how assertive girls are often teased for being &quot;bossy,&quot; a derogotary term that is never applied to boys when they attempt to take on similar leadership roles.&nbsp;</p><p>&quot;I wrote this book for every young girl who has ever been called &#39;bossy&#39; on the playground,&quot; said Sandberg, which made the bossy-pants <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/laura-hibbard/hermione-granger-the-hero_b_898414.html" target="_blank">Hermione Granger</a> in me exclaim, &quot;Hear, hear!&quot; &nbsp;</p><p>Audience members were encouraged to tweet with the hashtag <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=trib%20nation&amp;src=typd" target="_blank">#TribNation</a> during the hour-long event (Sandberg is a social media maven, after all) and Twitter users responded with a flurry of feminist discussion that continued long after Sandberg left the stage around 7 p.m.&nbsp;</p><p>And while the Internet mogul still has her&nbsp;<a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/nisha-chittal/sheryl-sandberg_b_2755348.html" target="_blank">critics</a>, the palpable surge of female empowerment in the room last night proves that Sandberg&#39;s message of &quot;let&#39;s change the conversation from what women <em>can&#39;t </em>do to what they <em>can</em>&quot; has earned her many loyal fans here in Chicago &ndash; this sometimes-cynical blogger included.</p><p>Watch the full event <a href="http://media.apps.chicagotribune.com/secondscreen/chicago-tribune-press-pass:-sheryl-sandberg-facebook-coo-and-author-lean-in/index.html" target="_blank">here</a>, courtesy of the <em>Chicago Tribune</em>.&nbsp;</p><p><em>Leah Pickett writes about popular culture for WBEZ. Follow her on Twitter <a href="https://twitter.com/leahkpickett" target="_blank">@leahkpickett</a>.&nbsp;</em></p></div><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Fri, 29 Mar 2013 08:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/leah-pickett/2013-03/sheryl-sandberg-tells-chicago-women-lean-106375 The Palmer Mansion, a home that topped them all http://www.wbez.org/content/palmer-mansion-home-topped-them-all <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//story/photo/2011-November/2011-11-18/Palmer mansion_Wiki Commons.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Drive past 1350 N. Lake Shore Drive in Chicago today and you'll see a 22-story red brick apartment complex that’s home to about 740 units.</p><p>But this bland looking set of buildings obscures what used to be on the site: one of the most luxurious and ostentatious private homes in Chicago history.<br> &nbsp;</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/insert-image/2011-November/2011-11-18/Palmer mansion_Wiki Commons.jpg" style="width: 500px; height: 374px;" title="Palmer Mansion once stood at 1350 N. Lake Shore Drive. (Library of Congress/Wikipedia Commons) "><br> &nbsp;</p><p>Palmer Mansion graced the site beginning with its construction in 1882, and was home to Potter Palmer, the great retail titan who helped establish State Street as the city’s premier shopping corridor. He shared the home with his socialite wife, Bertha Honoré Palmer, for whom he’d also erected the luxurious Palmer House hotel.</p><p>The Palmer’s a-historical pastiche of a home was a faux-European turreted castle of brick and sandstone that cost $20,000,000 in today’s money and was the first home constructed on the near North Side, in what would later become the Gold Coast neighborhood.</p><p>The estate featured, among other things: a three-story central hall with a glass dome an 80 ft. spiral staircase, a Spanish music room, an Ottoman parlour, a 75 ft. long grand ballroom, and a gallery for Mrs. Palmer’s extensive collection of Impressionist paintings.<br> &nbsp;</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/insert-image/2011-November/2011-11-18/Bertha Palmer gallery 2_LOC-Chi Daily News.jpg" style="width: 498px; height: 358px;" title="One of Bertha Palmer's art salons in Palmer Mansion. (Library of Congress/Chicago Daily News)"></p><p style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/insert-image/2011-November/2011-11-18/Bertha Palmer gallery_LOC- Chi Daily News.jpg" style="width: 500px; height: 356px;" title="Mrs. Palmer later left her collection to the Art Institute of Chicago. (Library of Congress/Chicago Daily News)"><br> &nbsp;</p><p>The opulence of the building reflected Mrs. Palmer’s tastes. An early celebrity pursued by 19<sup>th</sup> century paparazzi and ardent fans, she was queen of Chicago’s gilded age glitterati - a smart, shrewd woman who helped to organize and boost the World’s Columbian Exposition of 1893 and doubled her late husband’s fortune in the years after his death.<br> &nbsp;</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/insert-image/2011-November/2011-11-18/Bertha Palmer 1_LOC-Chicago Daily News.jpg" style="width: 600px; height: 428px;" title="Bertha Honore Palmer with husband Potter Palmer. (Library of Congress/Chicago Daily News)"><br> &nbsp;</p><p>Developers tore down the mansion in 1951, because, as one Wikipedia commenter put it, “people are idiots.” (Also because historic preservation was less robust in the ‘50s.) But you can hear Mrs. Palmer, as played by historian and actress Leslie Goddard, describe the mansion - and its less than favorable reception by the press - in the audio above.</p><p><em><a href="../../series/dynamic-range">Dynamic Range </a>showcases hidden gems unearthed from Chicago Amplified’s vast archive of public events and appears on weekends. Leslie Goddard performed at an event presented by </em><em><a href="http://www.culinaryhistorians.org/"><em>Culinary Historians of Chicago </em></a></em><em>in October. Click <a href="../../story/high-tea-bertha-honor%C3%A9-palmer-93998">here </a>to hear the event in its entirety.</em></p></p> Fri, 18 Nov 2011 19:16:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/content/palmer-mansion-home-topped-them-all Finding ‘Augie March’ in Saul Bellow’s Chicago http://www.wbez.org/story/finding-%E2%80%98augie-march%E2%80%99-saul-bellow%E2%80%99s-chicago-92283 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//story/photo/2011-September/2011-09-22/Macy&#039;s-atrium-2.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>In Saul Bellow’s Chicago of the 1930s and ‘40s there were millinery factories in the Loop and Humboldt Park was more Polish than Puerto Rican.</p><p>At age 9, the Nobel laureate immigrated to Chicago from Canada and grew up on the near West Side in a two-flat on Augusta Boulevard. His childhood in the city was fodder for many of his later novels, including <em>Humboldt’s Gift</em> and <em>The Adventures of Augie March</em>, which was recently selected by Chicago Public Library as this fall’s choice for <a href="http://www.chipublib.org/eventsprog/programs/onebook_onechgo.php">One Book, One Chicago</a>.</p><p>Like Bellow, street-smart Augie grows up in Humboldt Park during the Great Depression. As he ages he engages in various business endeavors: stealing books from Carson’s to sell to unsuspecting college students, for example, or smuggling immigrants into the U.S. from Canada. Chicago is a backdrop throughout, and at times, almost a character in the book.</p><p>For all the changes the city has seen, many landmarks from Bellow’s Chicago childhood are still recognizable, if not iconic. Jason Lesniewicz, a tour guide for <a href="http://www.explorechicago.org/city/en/supporting_narrative/tours/tourism/Chicago_Neighborhood_Tours.htm">Chicago Neighborhood Tours</a> helped us seek out some sites beloved to Augie, and to Bellow, that still capture the city’s distinctive sense of place. Photos of many locations on the tour along with Lesniewicz's explanations follow.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><strong>Saul Bellow's childhood home</strong></p><p style="text-align: center;"><audio class="mejs mediaelement-formatter-identified-1332483727-1" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/insert-image/2011-september/2011-09-21/saul-bellow-house-audio.mp3">&nbsp;</audio></p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://www.wbez.org/sites/default/files/story/insert-image/2011-September/2011-09-21/Saul-Bellow%27s-house-1.jpg" style="width: 281px; height: 500px;" title="Saul Bellow's childhood home at 2629 W. Augusta Blvd. "></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p style="text-align: center;"><strong>Carson's</strong></p><p style="text-align: center;"><audio class="mejs mediaelement-formatter-identified-1332483727-1" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/insert-image/2011-september/2011-09-21/carsons-audio.mp3">&nbsp;</audio></p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://www.wbez.org/sites/default/files/story/insert-image/2011-September/2011-09-21/Carson%27s-1.jpg" style="width: 281px; height: 500px;" title="Carson's, a classic Louis Sullivan building dating from 1899. Augie goes there to steal books. "></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p style="text-align: center;"><strong>Marshall Field's</strong></p><p style="text-align: center;"><audio class="mejs mediaelement-formatter-identified-1332483727-1" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/insert-image/2011-september/2011-09-21/macys-audio.mp3">&nbsp;</audio></p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://www.wbez.org/sites/default/files/story/insert-image/2011-September/2011-09-21/Macy%27s-1.jpg" style="width: 281px; height: 500px;" title="Macy's on State, formerly Marshall Field's. "></p><p style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://www.wbez.org/sites/default/files/story/insert-image/2011-September/2011-09-21/Tiffany-roof-Macy%27s.jpg" style="width: 500px; height: 282px;" title="The Tiffany ceiling in Marshall Field's."></p><p style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://www.wbez.org/sites/default/files/story/insert-image/2011-September/2011-09-21/Macy%27s-atrium-2.jpg" style="width: 500px; height: 282px;" title="The atrium inside Marshall Field's."></p><p style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://www.wbez.org/sites/default/files/story/insert-image/2011-September/2011-09-21/Macy%27s-atrium.jpg" style="width: 500px; height: 282px;" title="The atrium, looking up. "></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p style="text-align: center;"><strong>Palmer House </strong></p><p style="text-align: center;"><audio class="mejs mediaelement-formatter-identified-1332483727-1" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/insert-image/2011-september/2011-09-21/palmer-house-hilton-audio.mp3">&nbsp;</audio></p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/insert-image/2011-September/2011-09-21/Palmer-House-lobby-1_0.jpg" style="width: 281px; height: 500px;" title="The lobby of the Palmer House."></p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/insert-image/2011-September/2011-09-21/Peacock-doors-1.jpg" style="width: 281px; height: 500px;" title="The peacock doors inside the Palmer House. "></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p style="text-align: center;"><strong>Reynolds Club</strong></p><p style="text-align: center;"><audio class="mejs mediaelement-formatter-identified-1332483727-1" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/insert-image/2011-september/2011-09-21/reynolds-club-audio.mp3">&nbsp;</audio></p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/insert-image/2011-September/2011-09-21/Reynolds-Club.jpg" style="width: 334px; height: 500px;" title="The Reynolds Club at the University of Chicago."></p><p style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;</p><p style="text-align: center;"><strong>Humboldt Park Lagoon</strong></p><p style="text-align: center;"><audio class="mejs mediaelement-formatter-identified-1332483727-1" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/insert-image/2011-september/2011-09-21/boat-house-audio.mp3">&nbsp;</audio></p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/insert-image/2011-September/2011-09-21/Humboldt-Park-boat-house-1.jpg" style="width: 500px; height: 282px;" title="The boat house at Humboldt Park."></p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/insert-image/2011-September/2011-09-21/Humboldt-Park-Lagoon-1.jpg" style="width: 500px; height: 282px;" title="Fishing in the Humboldt Park lagoon."></p><p>WBEZ is a media sponsor of One Book, One Chicago. You can see a full listing of related events <a href="http://www.chipublib.org/eventsprog/programs/oboc/11f_augie/oboc_11f_greeting.php">here</a>.</p></p> Wed, 21 Sep 2011 19:53:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/finding-%E2%80%98augie-march%E2%80%99-saul-bellow%E2%80%99s-chicago-92283 The curious crossroads of Next Thai and Trader Vic's http://www.wbez.org/blog/louisa-chu/2011-07-07/curious-crossroads-next-thai-and-trader-vics-88841 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//blog/photo/2011-July/2011-07-07/TRADERVICSCHI.JPG" alt="" /><p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-July/2011-07-07/TRADERVICSCHI.JPG" style="width: 500px; height: 332px;" title=""></p><p><span id="internal-source-marker_0.745460654985042" style="font-size: 11pt; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); background-color: transparent; font-weight: normal; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">The first time I met Grant Achatz was back in 2004 when I walked into his kitchen, then Trio in Evanston. I’d emailed him from Paris where I’d just finished a stage, asking if I could do the same there. He’d said yes. Months later I opened a whitewashed creaky screen door to find him working silently, alone in a space most kindly described as airy but vintage. Backlit by early spring’s morning sun, dressed in chef’s whites, he turned slightly. I rushed forward to introduce myself, shake his hand, and thank him. He put his knife down, shook my hand deliberately, quietly told me where I could find an apron, then turned back to his work. </span><br> <br> <span style="font-size: 11pt; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); background-color: transparent; font-weight: normal; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">I’ve seen Grant a few times since. His handshake's warmer, speak volumes.</span><br> <br> <span style="font-size: 11pt; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); background-color: transparent; font-weight: normal; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">I never met Victor Bergeron, the Vic of <a href="http://www.tradervics.com/" target="_blank">Trader Vic’s</a>, but I imagine he was a very different man, if the Palmer House restaurant was any indication - which often it's not. I remember it as deep, dark, dimly lit by faux tiki torches, but just enough to find your Mai Tai and pupu platter. <a href="http://articles.sfgate.com/2009-10-11/entertainment/17183469_1_bay-area-leg-drinks" target="_blank">His 1984 San Francisco Chronicle obituary</a> quoted him as once saying that in the early days he “sang and even let customers stick an ice pick in my wooden leg.”</span><br> <br> <span style="font-size: 11pt; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); background-color: transparent; font-weight: normal; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">I’ve been to a few Trader Vic’s around the world. Two in Chicago if you count the one in the Palmer House and the last one on State near Oak separately. I do.</span><br> <br> <span style="font-size: 11pt; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); background-color: transparent; font-weight: normal; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">Today, literally this afternoon, the hottest news in the foodie world is that tickets go on sale for the next iteration of <a href="http://nextrestaurant.com/" target="_blank">Next Restaurant</a>, Achatz’s newest restaurant that changes its menu completely every few months. Currently it’s Paris 1906. Soon, as detailed in <a href="http://blogs.suntimes.com/food/2011/06/tour_of_thailand_what_to_expec.html" target="_blank">Janet Fuller’s post in the Sun-Times yesterday</a>, it will be a tour of Thailand.</span><br> <br> <span style="font-size: 11pt; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); background-color: transparent; font-weight: normal; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;"><a href="http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2011-07-06/features/chi-trader-vics-closes-its-chicago-location-20110706_1_trader-vic-tiki-ta" target="_blank">Yesterday Phil Vittel at the Tribune reported</a> that Trader Vic’s Chicago has closed, but he’s not yet been able to confirm. <a href="http://chicagoist.com/2011/07/01/the_sad_story_of_trader_vics_in_chi.php" target="_blank">Rob Christopher reported the story last week on Chicagoist</a>.</span><br> <br> <span style="font-size: 11pt; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); background-color: transparent; font-weight: normal; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">You’ll see in the comments on both stories complaints that Trader Vic’s was ripped out of the Palmer House. That the new location was hard to find. That the food, drink, and service were just no good. But really there’s not a lot of hue and cry over the loss.</span><br> <br> <span style="font-size: 11pt; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); background-color: transparent; font-weight: normal; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">The last Trader Vic’s space was in fact the home of the legendary Arnie’s. As in Arnie Morton. As in the father of Morton’s. As in the godfather of the Playboy Club.</span><br> <br> <span style="font-size: 11pt; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); background-color: transparent; font-weight: normal; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">The Playboy Clubs, where women dressed as surreal bunnies. I've heard a few stories from former regulars. They never mentioned the food or drink.</span><br> <br> <span style="font-size: 11pt; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); background-color: transparent; font-weight: normal; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">Next Thai. Trader Vic’s. Two restaurants opened by two men who couldn’t seem more different. One a tour that transports you to his Thailand. The other that transported you to his Polynesia. Both fully immersive escapist experiences to the extreme. One heralded as the future. The other forgotten to the past - but not by all.</span></p></p> Thu, 07 Jul 2011 18:01:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/louisa-chu/2011-07-07/curious-crossroads-next-thai-and-trader-vics-88841 Union pacts with Hilton turn up heat on Starwood, Hyatt http://www.wbez.org/story/annemarie-strassel/union-pacts-hilton-turn-heat-starwood-hyatt <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//IMG_2278crop.JPG" alt="" /><p><p>Union contracts with Chicago-area Hilton hotels could pressure other hospitality chains to follow suit.<br> <br> Members of the union UNITE HERE on Friday ratified four-year agreements covering 1,600 Chicago-area workers at the Drake, Palmer House Hilton, Chicago Hilton and Hilton O’Hare.<br> <br> The deals will maintain benefits and raise wages, said UNITE HERE Local 1 spokeswoman Annemarie Strassel. Workers will continue paying $30 per month for family medical coverage with no added out-of-pocket expenses, while room-attendant pay will increase more than 12 percent to $16.40 an hour over the four years, she said.<br> <br> A Hilton statement called the contracts “good for our company and good for our team members.”<br> <br> The agreements make Hilton the first hotel chain in the Chicago area to settle with UNITE HERE since the union’s local contracts expired in 2009.<br> <br> Hotel management consultant Ted Mandigo said the deals strengthen UNITE HERE’s hand. “Having an agreement with Hilton gives a set of negotiated terms that form a basis for what [the union] is going to look for from Starwood and the Hyatt organization,” he said, referring to the Chicago area’s other major unionized hotel chains.<br> <br> In 2006, three-year union deals with Hilton quickly led to similar pacts with the other hotels.<br> <br> Starwood negotiator Jim Franczek said he hadn’t seen the Hilton agreement and, therefore, couldn’t comment on it.<br> <br> Officials of Hyatt, a Chicago-based company, didn’t immediately answer our questions Monday.<br> <br> Henry Tamarin, president of Local 1, said the Hilton deals would “definitely increase pressure” on the other companies. “But we have some sharper issues with Hyatt,” Tamarin said, pointing to subcontracting and housekeeping workloads.</p></p> Mon, 07 Mar 2011 22:44:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/annemarie-strassel/union-pacts-hilton-turn-heat-starwood-hyatt Friday Foodie Forecast: Top chefs, an Oscar party and lunch at the Hilton http://www.wbez.org/blog/steve-dolinsky/2011-02-25/friday-foodie-forecast-top-chefs-oscar-party-and-lunch-hilton-82947 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//Oscar table setting.jpg" alt="" /><p><p style="text-align: center;"><img height="300" width="400" title="" alt="" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-February/2011-02-24/Oscar table setting.jpg" /></p><p>If the winter chills have left you reaching for take out menus over party invites, there&rsquo;s nothing like a good bash, great food and plenty of booze to get you to bundle up and venture out. Chicago landmarks set the scene for a chef-driven charity event at <a href="http://www.soldierfield.net/">Soldier Field</a> and a historic lunch and tour at the <a href="http://www1.hilton.com/en_US/...Palmer-House-Hilton.../index.do">Palmer House Hilton</a>. If a night in Hollywood is more your style, head to Lakeview for an Oscar-themed dinner and &quot;Black Swan&quot; martinis at the <a href="http://www.kitkatchicago.com/">Kit Kat Lounge &amp; Supper Club</a>. Wherever your destination, grab your coat and scarf and celebrate the last weeks of winter.<o:p></o:p></p> <p><strong>World Festival at Soldier Field</strong><o:p></o:p></p> <p>Join some of Chicago&rsquo;s - and the country's - most notable chefs as they bring their culinary expertise together for <a href="http://commonthreads.org">Common Threads</a>&rsquo; sixth and final &ldquo;<a href="http://events.commonthreads.org/eventList.aspx">World Festival</a>&rdquo; on Monday, March 7 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at <a href="http://www.soldierfield.net/">Soldier Field</a>. Stephanie Izard (<a href="http://www.girlandthegoat.com/">Girl &amp; The Goat</a>),&nbsp;Bill Kim (<a href="http://urbanbellychicago.com/">Urban Belly</a> and <a href="http://www.bellyshack.com/">Belly Shack</a>),&nbsp;Paul Kahan &amp; David Posey, (<a href="http://www.blackbirdrestaurant.com/">Blackbird</a>),&nbsp;Chris Pandel (<a href="http://www.thebristolchicago.com/">The Bristol</a>)&nbsp;and Anita Lo, (<a href="http://Annisa Restaurant">Annisa Restaurant</a>, NYC) are among more than 60 of this year&rsquo;s celebrity chefs joining Common Threads&rsquo; founder Art Smith, (<a href="http://www.tablefifty-two.com/">Table Fifty-Two</a> and Oprah&rsquo;s former personal chef), serving up global cuisine in the non-profit&rsquo;s annual culinary event benefiting health and nutritional education for Chicago&rsquo;s youth. In addition to global food stations, guests will enjoy a live performance by singer/songwriter and worldwide superstar <a href="http://knaanmusic.ning.com/">K&rsquo;naan</a>, a silent auction including weekend getaways and tickets to sporting events and culinary experiences. Tickets are $250 per person, $500 for VIP - which includes a unique, exclusive fashion show beginning at 5 p.m., and can be purchased online at <a href="http://www.commonthread.org">www.commonthread.org</a>. For more information, call Erica Stimac at 312-329-2501 ext. 208, or email <a href="mailto:Erica@commonthreads.org">Erica@commonthreads.org</a>. <o:p></o:p></p> <p><strong>Black Swan Oscar Party</strong> <o:p></o:p></p> <p>For those not attending Wolfgang Puck&rsquo;s Governor&rsquo;s Ball following the Academy Awards, enjoy a night inspired by his official soiree&rsquo;s menu at the <a href="http://www.kitkatchicago.com/">Kit Kat Lounge &amp; Supper Club</a> this Sunday, Feb. 27 at 5:30 p.m. &ndash; 2 a.m. Chef Mark Kasper&rsquo;s special Oscar night menu features black truffle chicken pot pie with homemade crust and baby heirloom vegetables ($18), tempura tiger prawns with carrot-ginger remoulade ($9) and mini Wagyu burgers with aged cheddar and tomato jam ($12). Movie-themed, half-price martini specials ($5) &ndash; The Black Swan (Effen vodka, black sambuca, garnished with a black feather) and the White Swan (Effen black cherry, a splash of St. Germain, Hypnotiq and a splash of champagne garnished with a white feather) will also be served alongside seven screens airing the ceremony, live ballet performances and decorations inspired by the nominated Natalie Portman film, <a href="http://www.foxsearchlight.com/blackswan/">Black Swan</a>. Prizes and giveaways will also be awarded including Joffrey Ballet tickets and movie merchandise. There is no fee to attend, and table reservations are available by calling 773-525-1111. Kit Kat Lounge &amp; Supper Club is located at 3700 N. Halsted Street.<o:p></o:p></p> <p><strong>Historic Tour and Lunch</strong><o:p></o:p></p> <p>Mix historic art with modern dining as the <a href="http://www1.hilton.com/en_US/...Palmer-House-Hilton.../index.do">Palmer House Hilton</a> launches an interactive luncheon and tour series beginning March 1 at 12:30 p.m. From Tuesday through Sunday, the two-hour experience kicks off with a 45-minute lunch inside&nbsp;<a href="http://www.lockwoodrestaurant.com/">Lockwood </a>where guests will dine on Executive Chef Greg Elliott&rsquo;s prix-fixe American menu featuring a salad and entrée along with the hotel&rsquo;s world famous brownie (invented there in 1893 by the request of socialite and owner Bertha Palmer), and a glass of wine &ldquo;to go.&rdquo; After lunch, guests will meet Ken Price, a 28-year resident historian of the property, for a 45-minute tour featuring an exclusive, insider&rsquo;s peak at the hotel&rsquo;s historic art-deco lobby, grand ballrooms, guestrooms and vintage artifacts not typically open to the public. The tour will conclude at 2 p.m., and participants will each receive a commemorate gift that embodies the true spirit of the hotel. Reservations are $50 per person and need to be made 24-hours in advance by calling 312-917-3404, or online at <a href="http://www.lockwoodrestaurant.com">www.lockwoodrestaurant.com</a> The Palmer House Hilton is located at 17 East Monroe Street.<o:p></o:p></p> <!--EndFragment--> <!--EndFragment--> <!--EndFragment--> <!--EndFragment--></p> Fri, 25 Feb 2011 18:00:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blog/steve-dolinsky/2011-02-25/friday-foodie-forecast-top-chefs-oscar-party-and-lunch-hilton-82947