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LE MÉRIDIEN CHICAGO-OAKBROOK CENTER ANNOUNCES INNOVATIVE UNLOCK ARTTM COLLABORATION WITH THE ELMHURST ART MUSEUM
As part of an ongoing mission to provide guests with access to contemporary cultural centers around the world, Le Méridien Chicago – Oakbrook Center has partnered with the Elmhurst Art Museum to present the UNLOCK ARTTM. programme. Hotel guests can use their room keycards to open the doors to a unique world of culture and art through this innovative collaboration. Each room key, which is itself a handheld piece of art created by influential artists Hisham Bharoocha, Sam Samore and Yan Lei, will provide guests with more than an open room. This key Unlocks Art by providing admission to the Elmhurst Art Museum, as well as complimentary shuttle service to the museum, to view and experience contemporary visual arts.
From floor plan to room key, Le Méridien Chicago – Oakbrook Center incorporates its dedication to local art in every aspect of conception, including the commissioning of a grand, one-of-a-kind mural by contemporary graffiti artist Justus Roe, Chicago Artists Coalition. This piece will be displayed within the re-interpreted traditional hotel lobby, Le Méridien Hub™. The Hub gives creative individuals a platform to converse, debate and exchange, all while surrounded by high impact art and Mid Century design, inspired by Mies Van Der Rohe.
The Hub’s bar, Longitude 87, encourages dialogue, contemplation and interaction through distinctive seating arrangements. Guests will enjoy local culinary offerings and experiences inspired by a coffeehouse environment by day and a wine-inspired setting by night. Le Méridien Hub reflects the brand’s creative spirit, through coffeehouse, travel and art-inspired styling elements. The Hub features the signature Master Barista, a recently launched initiative to meet the growing demands of coffee lovers at every Le Méridien hotel worldwide. Master Baristas lead coffee-related initiatives at each hotel, serve as a coffee cultural ambassador, and maintain knowledge of current coffee trends within the destination. A library of books with topics that appeal to the creative guest and reflect local culture also serves to spark conversations.
About Le Méridien Chicago – Oakbrook Center
Located in Greater Chicago directly adjacent to Oakbrook Center and steps from the upscale commerce and business district, Le Méridien Chicago – Oakbrook Center, a Rockbridge portfolio hotel, is a destination of choice for visitors to the western Chicago suburbs. Unveiling a $25 million transformation July 2014, Le Méridien Chicago – Oakbrook Center offers a sophisticated, timeless design featuring 3,500 square feet of event space and 172 artfully designed guestrooms and suites. Revitalize the mind, body and spirit in one of the luxurious Spa Suites, unparalleled in the Western Suburbs. The ninth floor features spectacular views from floor to ceiling windows, a chic new bar and restaurant concept, a 3,000 square foot Grand Salon Ballroom and Executive Club Lounge. From floor plan to room key, Le Méridien Chicago- Oakbrook Center incorporates its dedication to local art in every aspect of conception, including the commissioning of a grand, one-of-a-kind mural by Chicago Artists Coalition’s Justus Roe, which has been transposed onto mosaic glass tile for the re-interpreted traditional hotel lobby, The Hub. Le Méridien Chicago- Oakbrook Center offers all the benefits of the Starwood Preferred Guest Loyalty program. For more information visit www.lemeridienoakbrook.com or facebook.com/
About Elmhurst Art Museum
Elmhurst Art Museum, located just 14 miles from downtown Chicago, is the cultural center of
DuPage County and showcases the visual arts of our time. In addition to presenting exhibitions of work by distinguished regional, national and international artists, the Museum’s Education Center and architecturally significant facility-encompassing Mies van der Rohe’s McCormick House-enrich people’s lives by deepening their knowledge of art, architecture and design, and increasing understanding of the relevance of visual art in our society. Elmhurst Art Museum is a recipient of the Chicago AIA Regional Architecture Award and was nominated for a National Distinguished Building Award for Architectural Excellence. Museum hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday and Saturday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Friday, and 12-5 p.m. Sunday. The Museum is closed on Mondays. Please visit www.ElmhurstArtMuseum.org for more information.
Rockbridge is a private equity firm that invests in hotels. Since 1992, Rockbridge’s team has formed and managed ten institutional private equity funds and executed on more than 325 hotel investments in 45 states in transactions worth more than $5 billion. An integrated hospitality firm and the market leader in hotel investment for more than 20 years, Rockbridge’s cycle-tested investment strategy has enabled the company to successfully manage risk while creating solutions that deliver current cash flow and create long-term value. For additional information about Rockbridge, visit www.rockbridgecapital.com.
About Wischermann Partners, Inc.
Wischermann Partners, Inc. is a national hospitality firm, focused on the operations of upper upscale and luxury hotels. Recognized by clients, peers and industry experts, Wischermann Partners brings a unique mix of knowledge, experience and insight to hospitality management, development and acquisitions. Currently, Wischermann Partners operates a hotel portfolio of more than 3,000 rooms. For more information about Wischermann Partners, please visitwww.wischermannpartners.com.
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