Mother’s Day in Chicago

MotherDaughter_43473_med 2 Mother’s Day is right around the corner and now is the best time to begin planning for the perfect Mother’s Day gift. Whether you’re planning to celebrate all the special ladies in your life with a group celebration or gifting your loved one with a much-deserved present, our Mother’s Day Gift Guide will help you select the perfect present.

Traveling to Chicago for the weekend to be with Mom? Spend the weekend with us and enjoy one of our enticing packages, perfect for the whole family.

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NoMI |Boutique Chocolate’s Cacao Pod Signature Piece

If you have yet to hear about NoMI | Boutique Chocolate, click here to learn all about what’s “popping up” in the Park Hyatt Chicago Library tomorrow, April 26. Our award-winning Pastry Chef Meg Galus’ and her team have been sourcing rare and unique varieties to create an array of offerings, ranging from handcrafted bonbons to French and American style pastries, as well as personalized gift packages

 

Stay social and follow NoMI Restaurant on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to ensure you find out more about the special pod of the day.

NoMI | Boutique Chocolate Details:

  • Dates: April 26 through May 11, 2014
  • Hours: 1:00 pm to 8:00 pm
  • Price: $3 to $100

For additional information, please call Camila Rachmanis at +1 312 239 4137 or email NoMIChocolate@hyatt.com. Special arrangements can be made for one of these delectable treats to arrive at your table during Mother’s Day brunch.

Summertime Music in Chicago

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The beauty of visiting Chicago in the summer season is that the city truly comes alive – there is a myriad of options for sightseeing, dining, and a number of festivals for everyone to enjoy. A scene that becomes particularly vibrant is the variety of options for live music available for visitors and residents alike.

  • Music Festivals: Chicago is home to a variety of music festivals; from the gargantuan musical experience of Lollapalooza, to the beachfront festival North Coast, to a festival geared towards the indie music scene, Pitchfork, the city presents visitors with a variety of options for musical entertainment that spans for a duration longer than one evening of music.
  • Taste of Chicago (July 9 through July 13, 2014): The city’s annual festival offering delectable culinary bites from a range of Chicago establishments also includes a stellar lineup of musical acts. Tickets can be purchased for a seat closer to the stage, however, each concert is free to the public for lawn seating. Headlining acts for this year’s Taste of Chicago lineup include AWOLNATION, Janelle Monae, Nickel Creek, Jeff Tweedy, and Aloe Blacc.
  • Downtown Sound Series: New Music Mondays (June 2 through August 4, 2014): Each Monday at 6:30pm beginning on June 2, excluding the week of July 28, visitors can gather on the lawn of Millennium Park’s Jay Pritzker Pavilion to listen to a free concert by up-and-coming musical acts. Showcasing a range of musical genres, the concerts feature talent that has been emerging throughout the year.
  • Grant Park Music Festival (June 11 through August 16, 2014): Free concerts offered on various evenings throughout the summer showcase exquisite collaborations within the classical music genre. From an evening focused on the music of Tchaikovsky, to Romeo and Juliet, to orchestral music accompanying footage originally featured in the BBC/Discovery Channel series, The Blue Planet, there is a variety of instrumental music offerings for all to enjoy.

Experience a summer of music in Chicago with our Stay More, Save More package. Visit our website to book, which includes up to 30% savings on multiple night stays.

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Chicago Restaurant Pastry Competition: Finale

Congratulations, Chef Meg! We just had to blog about a spoiler alert, as the entire team at Park Hyatt Chicago and NoMI Restaurant are so proud to announce the “Chicago Restaurant Pastry Competition’s” Winner is our own Chef Meg Galus.

Watch the FINAL episode of Season Three of the Emmy-award-winning Chicago Restaurant Pastry Competition is now live! Episode four, titled “Who Will Win” follows the four incredible pastry chefs as the winner is announced at the awards reception which took place at Grace restaurant in Chicago.

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Introducing JD’s Dish

As I will officially be Mrs. Jennifer Duczak in less than 10 days I would like to introduce JD’s Dish.  Stay tuned for all of my favorite wedding trends and ideas! Bouquet

Currently, I am loving this peachy pink bouquet. Spring weddings? Yes, please!

-Jennifer Silvestri, Park Hyatt Chicago Wedding Specialist

To contact our Wedding Specialist, please reach out to Jennifer at jennifer.silvestri@hyatt.com, or (312) 239-4041.

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What Women Want Featuring Katherine Gear

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We know what women want, which is why we’re interviewing top business savvy women on their top travel essentials.

This week in “What Women Want,” we will be featuring Katherine Gear. Katherine is currently the eCommerce Marketing Manager for six Chicagoland Hyatt Hotels and has been involved in the social space specializing in the travel and hospitality industry for the past several years.

What’s the most unconventional item in your carry-on?

  • Earplugs, because you never know how many babies are on board.

At 10,000 feet, what gadget do you reach for?

  • My iPad, because I can work or relax with it, usually it’s a combination of both.

 What book or e-magazine is currently on your Kindle or iPad?

  • Dark Places by Gillian Flynn, because after Gone Girl I couldn’t get enough of her books.

  What is your guilty pleasure purchase at Kiosk before take-off?

  • I always grab a smart water, a Women’s Heath magazine and some peanut M&M’s.

If you could create an app to help you with your travels, what would it do?

  • It would check you into your flight and hotel automatically once you were near either location, as well as check you out of hotel rooms automatically depending on your departure date and preferred time.

 What’s the most recently played downloaded song on your iPod or Spotify?

  • “Gone, Gone, Gone” by Phillip Phillips.

Fill in the blank: ORD –> HND

  • Although I’ve only been to Tokyo once, I’ve been itching to get back and hope to fly over there for a week or two (or longer, who knows!) in the next year.

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Masters of Food and Wine: Sauvignon Blanc

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Join us at NoMI on Saturday, April 26 for our next installment of Masters of Food and Wine, which will focus on Sauvignon Blanc. The event will be comprised of an exploration of four different interpretations of the versatile Sauvignon Blanc grape. Chef Ryan LaRoche and Sommelier Chad Ellegood have identified four key notes from the wines that will inspire each dish and create a sensory experience for each guest, each chosen from a diverse culinary palate.

Sommelier Chad Ellegood states, “I find a beauty in experiencing this single grape variety’s subtle changes, from lemon curd to lemon verbena, or fresh cut grass to tomato leaf, based from the place on Earth that it is grown and the different hands that craft it.” Join us in exploring these varieties for yourself as you engage in a unique sensory culinary experience. The menu for the evening follows below:

  • Nettle Soup
  • Quail egg, almond Cream
  • Merry Edwards, Russian River Valley 2012
  • Diver Scallop
  • Mussel broth, snow peas, Fine herbs
  • Craggy Range,Te Muna Road Vineyard, Martinbourough 2012
  • Poached Poussin
  • Smoked pomme puree, asparagus, natural jus
  • Pouilly-Fumé, Buisson Renard, Didier Dagueneau 2009
  • Dessert
  • St Germain sorbet, peaches, lilac-pear jelly
  • Sancerre, La Croix du Roy, Lucien Crochet 2011

We hope that you are able to join us. The cost will be $120 per person, and the event will run from 6:30 – 8:30pm. Please contact Camila Rachmanis at camila.rachmanis@hyatt.com to secure your reservation.