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Last night in a terrifically rainy Chicago, Virgin top dog Richard Branson filled up theWit Hotel with VIPs and held court on the roofdeck, joined by celebrities just in on one of Virgin America's first flights to Chicago from LAX and SFO. We caught Tim Meadows in the elevator, Adrian Grenier shying away from cameras, and Creed Bratton from The Office chilling...just to name a few. Of course Creed was our absolute favorite spotting of the eve.
It was a motley bunch, but in true Virgin style. The purpose of the whole thing was to announce to the Windy City that Virgin America has finally begun flights here, after three straight years of battling it out with the legacy airlines. It's such a big deal, that the party to celebrate the flights' arrival was also a Virgin Atlantic and Virgin Wines affair. And it's rumored that Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel joined Branson in his suite for pow wow.
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When it comes to Marriott Hotels, you usually picture a hotel evoking the idea of contemporary upscale American. For the JW Marriott Hotels, the black label of the Marriotts, the idea is elevated to five-star sophistication and attention to detail. There are more than fifty of them around the world, and finallyin June 2010Chicago will join the JW party with its very own JW Marriott in the sweet spot of the Loop.
The building itself with a tourist attraction, as it's the former Continental & Commercial National Bank, designed by superstar architect and city planner Daniel Burnham in 1914. To turn it into a luxurious 610-room hotel and restore the ornate lobby and design by this man who also did New York's Flatiron building, DC's Union Station and Selfridge's in London, Marriott spent $396 milllion. And now the landmark is almost ready for the public...