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  • Event Snapshots: A Heart for Art

     
    FROM THE Spring 2017 ISSUE
     

    1. Mario Ceja, founder of MarioInk, is a Chicago tattoo artist that also creates body art, as he shows on this model. 

  • Event Snapshots: A Heart for Art

     
    FROM THE Spring 2017 ISSUE
     

    2. A cake with Chicago and all its culinary treasures in mind. 

  • Event Snapshots: A Heart for Art

     
    FROM THE Spring 2017 ISSUE
     

    3. The work of Miami’s Fernando Morales, a master cigar roller. 

  • Event Snapshots: A Heart for Art

     
    FROM THE Spring 2017 ISSUE
     

    4. The night was capped by a headlining performance from Brooklyn’s MisterWives band. 

  • Event Snapshots: A Heart for Art

     
    FROM THE Spring 2017 ISSUE
     

    5. Don’t Fret Art created a community mural that all guests were encouraged to contribute to. 

  • Event Snapshots: A Heart for Art

     
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    6. The Hit + Run screenprinters busy at work. 

  • Event Snapshots: A Heart for Art

     
    FROM THE Spring 2017 ISSUE
     

    7. New York Jessie Bearden in action creating her brand of edible art.

In September 2016, SpringHill Suites by Marriott kicked off its “Art of Local” series, a redesign of a similar program that began in 2010. The idea behind the North American platform is to bring together some of the best creators in each destination city into hotel lobbies as a way to provide busy patrons the opportunity to explore the local art scene. Each event is different and can include visual artists, culinary whizzes, skilled crafters and live performers. 

The first installation was held at the SpringHill Suites Chicago Downtown/River North location and gave a taste for what guests can soon expect. The talent included Chicago muralist Don’t Fret Art and interactive mixologists Femme Du Coupe, as well as a sample of other national artisans that will be included in other cities, such as Los Angeles wall art painters Experimental Half Hour, New York’s creator of visual feasts Jessie Maxwell Bearden and a rollicking performance from Brooklyn hit-makers MisterWives.

Here are some sights from the night.

Microsoft recently produced Solutions5, the seventh annual collaborative conference bringing together five premier food service associations: Association of Correctional Food Service Affiliation, Association for Healthcare Foodservice, Foodservice Consultants Society International, National Association of College Auxiliary Services and the Society for Hospitality & Foodservice Management.

 

It was the day no one thought they would see happen—at least in this lifetime. On Nov. 2, the eternal underdogs the Chicago Cubs won the 2016 World Series Championship, ending a 108-year wait and gaining a whole lot of new appreciation and fans as a result. Just 10 weeks later they would celebrate yet again at the annual fan convention at the Sheraton Grand Chicago, which was an undeniable success thanks to the quick actions of a team of event producers.

 

Rockford residents and visitors now have reason to venture into the rain with the city’s latest public art installation. Rockford Rain Art is on display at 12 locations throughout the downtown, River and Midtown districts, where community-inspired images like the Rockford IceHogs mascot become visible when sidewalks are wet. First installed in September of 2016, the project has had substantial public success, and a second round of Rain Art is anticipated this summer.