In this economy, what’s better then cocktails, food, and networking? Enter Hospitality Design‘s (HD) CitySCENE: Chicago. For the first time, HD brought its next generation networking party to the Windy City, and it was a huge success. More than 150 designers, architects, purchasers, and owners (numbers are still being calculated) converged on the rooftop called Vertigo Sky Lounge of the one-year-old hip dana hotel and spa (we published it in September). A big thank you to the sponsors for making the night happen: CDI (Contract Decor International), Jane Hamley Wells, Moore & Giles, Soho Myriad, Shaw Hospitality, and Symmons.
Some highlights: the sky parting and the sun peeking out just what seemed like minutes before people started ascending on the indoor-outdoor space; the diverse group of people who attended—from the impressive group showing of Rosemont Project Management/Hyatt and Gettys, to Looney & Associates, InterContinental, VOA Associates, Simeone Deary Design Group, SOM, HOK, Strategic Hotels, and the list goes on; the fried rice station; and of course, the impressive views from the 26th floor (once again, thanks to the weather reading our minds).
What’s even better: first off the well-dressed attendees (it was great eye candy and moments of jealousy where you wanted to ask ‘Where did you get that?’). But more importantly, hearing conversations turn from the economy to actual current projects; from talking about work to real-life. It’s building relationships that last through the economic ups and downs that matters most these days.
Look for more photos in the July issue.