Checking into charity: Midway hotels help raise money for local nonprofit

October 30th, 2013

October begins an exciting month at the Midway Hotel Center as it kicks off fundraising events for the Back on My Feet Organization.

Back on My Feet is a program designed to help homeless get back to a more stable lifestyle through a running program.  BoMF partners with local shelters, missions and halfway houses to introduce this program to the members of the community, both volunteers and the homeless.  They then form teams and a schedule is then set to track mileage, attendance and attitudes for each session.

Members who maintain a good attendance are invited to take the “next steps” of the BoMF program. This is where members will meet with staff to help map out a plan for success and given access to tools to enhance job training or education plans.

Each hotel has set goals to reach a minimum donation amount.  This task requires staff to get creative with ways to raise money.

“We are giving away a complimentary one night stay in our Jacuzzi suites,” said Cynthia Arriaga, Operations Supervisor at Holiday Inn Express. “It’s for friends, family and guests, and we have a sign at the front desk”.

The Courtyard hosted a ‘garage sale’ where employees were able to purchase old rooms’ amenities, like scales, mirrors, duvets and pillows.  They also plan to sell ice cream to the Midway Hotel Center Staff.
The campus’ human resources department is campaigning for ‘Sneaker Week’, where staff can make a $5 or $10 donation to wear sneakers and/or jeans during November 18- 22.  Human resources also encourage Midway properties to extend fundraising plans to guests and business clients in order to help reach or exceed our goals.

 

Our management company, White Lodging, strongly believes we have a strong responsibility to give back to the community.

 

“I am both inspired and proud of our associates’ community engagement efforts. Social and community leadership is a fundamental responsibility of all of our associates,” John Randall, Regional Vice President, said.

All nine campus hotel are participating.  If you’re staying at any of the hotels, ask an associate how you can get involved or make a donation.

 

Marriott Midway introduces mobile check in

October 17th, 2013

Calling all Marriott Midway travelers using Android devices or iPhones!  As of August 27th, we would like to introduce you to our newest program at the hotel: Mobile Check-In.  All Marriott Rewards members staying at the Marriott Midway are invited to check-in using the Mobile Check-In app before actually getting to the hotel.  While you wait for your luggage or for the shuttle at Midway Airport, you can kill two birds with one stone and begin the check-in process.  It’s been a long day and you are ready to get to your room and relax as quickly as possible, plus you have five minutes to spare.

Simply download the app, choose a check-in time and a notification is sent to the Front Desk Staff. We will prepare your keys and respond back that your room is ready.  When you step off that shuttle, you will be greeted at the Mobile Check-In kiosk, confirm payment and be sent on your way.

On busy nights at the Marriott Midway, operations tend to get a little hectic.  We plan to use mobile check-in as a tool to prepare for busy days and nights on campus.

“Having the guest’s arrival times will help better prepare our team on sold out nights and for early arrivals,” said Ben Telenko, Front Desk Manager.

In a recent article published on the Marriott News Center Paul Cahill, senior vice president of brand management for Marriott Hotels recognizes the importance of the technological advancements of today and how much convenience factors impact current and future guests.

“We recognize our guests – especially Millennials – do not separate work and play, and travel enhances them both. They are more mobile and global than ever before, and technology – especially their mobile devices – keeps them connected to their world. We will continue to engage our guests to join with us on our journey to transform Marriott for next generation travelers.”

This program is available only at Marriott Midway for the time being, however, the program will soon expand to our other properties on the campus including: Fairfield Inn, Residence Inn and Courtyard! Marriott Midway also plans to introduce mobile check-out this November.

 

Five Fun Facts about Midway Hotel Center

September 25th, 2013
  • There are model planes from the original owner of the property that is now the Hampton Inn Midway.  A must see. After the hotel’s recent renovation, the planes were displayed as flying through the lobby.
  • We have tooth brushes, toothpaste, razors, shaving cream, hair spray, and even deodorant complimentary for those distressed passengers that may walk through our doors with little to no personal belongings.
  • You can park at any of our hotels for $14.00 even if you’re not staying as a guest – just come in to one of the front desks and ask for a parking pass.
  • Every hotel on property offers an overnight package that includes parking for up to 14 days. There are special room rates for these packages so view them here.
  • TGI Friday’s located in the Courtyard will actually deliver to your room, in any of the hotels.

Fall in Love with Chicago this Season

September 18th, 2013

The cool air has arrived, pumpkin spice lattes have hit the menus in Starbucks and we’re almost to boot wearing weather. When thinking of the million ways to celebrate and quite literally, fall, in love with Chicago this autumn, we found the following list by Leah Pickett of WBEZ 91.5 and her 30 things to do in Chicago this fall.

Here are some of our favorites from Leah’s list:

Windy City Wine Festival, Sept. 6-7

Wine connoisseurs, rejoice! The 9th year of the Windy City Wine Fest, presented by U.S. Bank, will bring samples of over 345 different wines from all around the world, alongside food pairings from some of the city’s best restaurants. Meet at Buckingham Fountain for demonstrations from local chefs and expert-led wine pairing seminars.

 

Design Harvest Festival Sept. 28-29

Chicago’s annual street festival celebrating home design will feature a myriad of local vendors and antique collectors,  as well as family hay rides, pumpkin painting to raise money for a local elementary school, square dancing, cold beer, delicious food and live music programming from The Hideout.

 

Hubbard Street: Fall Series, Oct. 10-13

The incredible Hubbard Street dancers have a hot ticket for Chicago audiences this year: a diverse and exciting program from choreographers Robyn Mineko Williams, Ohad Naharin, Mats Ek and Alejandro Cerrudo that will feature nods to Michael Jackson, the Paris Opera and “Flashdance.”

 

Bank of America Chicago Marathon, Oct. 13

If you’re not running that day, bring a sign and cheer on your friends! The marathon has Two Waves that start at 7:30 a.m. and 8:30 a.m., respectively, so bring that double-shot pumpkin spice latte with you to the start line.

 

Vintage Garage, Sept. 15 and Oct. 20

Uptown’s Vintage Garage, the only monthly flea market in Chicago, presents the best vintage and antique dealers under one roof every third Sunday from April to October. Don’t miss your chance to attend the last two shows of the season: “Vintage Art” on Sept. 15 and “Record Ramp” with the Chicago Independent Radio Project (CHIRP) on Oct. 20.

 

Search for the best cider.

‘Tis that time of year. For the hard cider fans: Sprout, SmallBar, The Grafton Pub and Kuma’s Corner all have excellent selections.

 

Beer Hoptacular, Nov. 8-9

Attend Chicago’s Fourth Annual Beer Hoptacular at Lacuna Artist Loft Studios in Pilsen instead. Make sure to stick around for the best Hoptacular beer of the year (2012 winner: 5 Lizard from Bedford, Illinois)

 

Find the best pie.

During the autumnal months, a seasonal slice of delectable pumpkin or hot apple pie really hits the spot. Take refuge at Bang Bang Pie Shop, Hoosier Mama Company or First Slice Pie Cafe to satisfy your every craving.

 

Christmas Tree Lighting at Daley Plaza, Nov. 27

Watch Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the tree donor flip the switch at Chicago’s 100th Annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony, accompanied by live music and performances at Daley Plaza. And say, “Goodbye fall, I hardly knew ye.”

 

For the complete list…and all of Leah’s details…view the article here!

Midway in the News: Hotel experts offer summer travel advice for home away from home

September 11th, 2013

Our very own Tony Marco, general manager of the Hampton Inn Midway and Erin Bertollini, general manager at the Marriott Midway discuss the renovations to the Midway properties and what the guest experience is all about.

“Every guest has individual needs, and hotels offer accommodations that differ based on what’s determined to be the repeat requests,” Bertollini said.

Read the complete story here: http://www.nwitimes.com/niche/shore/travel/checking-in-hotel-experts-offer-summer-travel-advice-for-home/article_a3b1e4ed-ff8d-5630-b114-20ce6e66dacb.html

Have questions or want more info? We can help you at 1-888-MID-INNS.

Dine at the Midway Hotel Center

September 5th, 2013

At the Midway Hotel Center, we try and steer clear of the “hotel food” stereotype – by having amazing and unique food. There are four great restaurants on property, giving you the option to eat whatever you’re in the mood for.

We don’t want to just feed you; we want you to have a food EXPERIENCE!

Dempsey’s took the challenge of breaking the hotel food stereotype seriously and has been producing some seriously amazing food.

Chef Ramon and his partner, Chef Jennifer, broke the mold of Irish food and constantly create unique dishes that will make you think you’re eating at a gourmet restaurant, instead of in a hotel.

Dempsey’s has seasonally changing menus, which is great because that means you can come back again and again and try new things.

 

What’s something new you can try soon? One of Chef Ramon’s favorites is his new grilled cheese, which features three types of cheeses, extra bread and marinara!

A dish that has been a staple on the menu is everyone’s favorite special walnut salad, which contains candied walnuts, cranberries and fried goat cheese – and it tastes just as good as it looks!

 

Dempsey’s is delicious but it isn’t the only food option at Midway, you can also try Coaches Sports Bar & Grill in the Holiday Inn, the Great American Grill in the Hilton Garden Inn and TGI Friday’s, located in the middle of the Midway campus.

 

Have questions or want more info? We can help you at 1-888-MID-INNS

Weddings Galore and More

August 28th, 2013

Sure, you can park, sleep and take advantage of our transportation at the Midway Hotel Center – but what about hosting an event? The wonders of staying in one of our nine hotels are just as big of a perk as transportation or proximity. Namely, the perks of hosting a wedding or other special events at one of our nine hotels.

“Options” is the name of the wedding and special events game at the Hotel Center. The complex offers an all-inclusive approach to weddings – where our own event managers handle the planning and execution of catering, beverages and décor.

Whether you want to host a comfortable ballroom wedding or a 200 guest wedding outside in the Millennium Garden, there are options for you.

Although offer nearly everything you need for catering, there’s room for flexibility. Special dietary needs? No problem, we’ll work with you and outside caterer. Need help finding the perfect cake? Our managers can help you find the best bakery options available.

The options don’t stop there. You can also customize your bar and beverage menu with three tiered drink options –or bring in your favorite craft beer for a customized, personal touch!

Another special feature the hotel offers is for military weddings. Managers offer a “natural cause” option in case of deployment – meaning that if the bride or groom is deployed before the wedding date, the Hotel Center will refund or reschedule your wedding!

And you never have to worry about being in the wrong hands – Event Manager Chanel Esters says that all event managers at the complex are wedding certified, which means they go through a program of classes in preparation of handling any type of wedding!

 

Have questions or want more info? We can help you at 1-800-Mid-Inns!

Airport Shuttle is the Ultimate Campus Wheels

August 22nd, 2013

Although we’ve already given you some inside information on a previous post about the wonders of Midway Hotel Center transportation, we need to inform you a second time of all the great aspects of our campus wheels!

The airport shuttle runs every day of the year, 24/7. Transportation has also added extra weekend shifts, so that your commute to and from the airport so even if we’re busy, you don’t feel affected by the rush!

The Hotel Center also offers special Park and Fly packages – one includes free parking up to two weeks with a one-night stay! That means that you can enjoy both a great stay at one of our nine hotels without worrying about racking up a huge parking fee.

One of the best parts about the airport shuttle is that our transportation team can work with you for any need – we have shuttles that are wheelchair accessible. We can also arrange shuttles for special events, such as allowing shuttle rentals for your bridal party or group.

The Hotel Center offers seven buses, including three brand new buses that fit 28+ people each!

And don’t forget, you can always use the shuttle for free access to the Orange Line, located in Midway Airport! Transportation Supervisor Tony Stirn recommends always letting your front desk associate know when you need a shuttle, to assure a swift pickup!

 

Have questions or want more info? We can help you at 1-800-Mid-Inns!

 

Tour Chicago Easier with our Transportation!

August 7th, 2013

 

One of our favorite things about the Hotel Center is that Downtown Chicago is only a couple hops away! The process is easier than it looks and is cheaper than cab rides or parking garages. Inexpensive and easy? Sign us up.

Still worried about using transportation? We’re easing your fears by breaking down the process below.

Step 1: Arrive at your designation hotel on campus

You’re tired, it’s been a long flight and you deserve to put down your luggage. Use this post-flight time to check into your hotel, set down all your things and gear up for some Chicago excitement! (Not sure which hotel is right for you? Check out all nine properties here.)

Step 2: Take the airport shuttle back to the airport

As this step you may be thinking, “No, I don’t want to go back to the airport, I just left- I want to sightsee!”

No worries, your trip to the airport should be painless and easy. You can take advantage of the free airport shuttle during your entire stay and since it runs every 20 minutes, 24 hours a day – you should be able to find a time that suites you!

Step 3: Hop onto the Orange Line

You can easily hop off the shuttle and onto Chicago’s Orange Line Train Station at the Midway Airport! Spend the day exploring the Chicago area.

Did we mention that the cost for the Orange Line $2.25 one-way, per person? That means for $5 each round-trip, combined with the free airport shuttle, makes this the cheapest commute to Chicago, by far!

Step 4: Arrive back to your hotel

The process to come back is the same as the initial trip into the city- hop back onto the subway system and arrive at your hotel on the Midway Airport free shuttle.

It’s that simple.

 

Have questions or want more info? We can help you at 1-800-Mid-Inns!


Five Reasons to Fall in Love with Midway Hotel Center

July 29th, 2013

The Midway Hotel Center isn’t just a one-trick travel stop, it’s an experience. Check out why you’ll fall in love with the center with these five reasons below!


Reason 1: Orange Line

Traveling can be one of the most wonderful- and most stressful things in life. Luckily, moving around after settling into the Hotel Center isn’t part of the stress. One of the best things about the campus is how close to downtown you can be with the help of the Orange Line. Did we mention it was cheap? It’s $2.25 per rider and you don’t have to worry about driving traffic and parking – wow!

Reason 2: Brands, Brands, Brands

Making decisions can be hard and the Hotel Center doesn’t make this any easier- because all of the properties are great! We have nine properties rolled into one giant campus and that means you can choose the perfect hotel for you, including Marriott, Hilton and more. No matter what your needs are, there is a hotel that matches them.  (Have a question about which hotel is right for you? We can help you at 1-800-Mid-Inns)

Reason 3: Food Choices

If we’re being honest, food is one of the most (arguably THE most) important parts of a great hotel stay. This aspect of an overnight stay or drop-in meal, means that we’re the perfect one-stop place for a variety of food. Between the Dempsey’s restaurant (one of our GMs says it’s rated No. 2 of all Marriott’s in North America!)and the other three food joints on site, TGI Friday’s, Coaches Bar and Grill inside the Holiday Inn and Great American Grill inside the Hilton Garden Inn, you won’t go hungry!

Reason 4: Surprise Entertainment

Food, major brands and easy travel are all great – but what about entertainment? We know that some hotel stays can be monotonous and finding things to do can be difficult. One of our favorite parts of the Hotel Center is its surprise entertainment: watching the runway at Midway! There are rooms at several hotels that have a view of the runway and because it’s one of the shortest runways in the country, the planes fly really close to the hotels and provide hours of entertainment. It’s the little things in life, right?

Reason Five: Convenience

The Hotel Center is close to a lot of things: downtown, Midway Airport and local restaurants and hangouts. All of this makes us pretty darn convenient – but perhaps our favorite convenience to date is the 24-hour airport shuttle. This airport shuttle is complimentary for hotel guests and runs constantly – meaning you can worry less about getting to the airport and spend more time enjoying your stay!

 

Have a favorite part of the Hotel Center that wasn’t mentioned? Comment below!