Archive for July, 2008

Our Locations

July 21, 2008

Thank you for your interest in The Suites Collection.  Whether you have an appointment to tour our offices or a meeting in one of our conference rooms, we look forward to welcoming you soon.

Use the interactive maps below to personalize your directions to one of our three business centers.

THEATRE DISTRICT BUSINESS CENTER – 60 W. Randolph

TREE STUDIOS – 4 E. Ohio

COURT HOUSE EXECUTIVE OFFICES – 101 W. Grand

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Summer Fun

July 15, 2008

Despite the fact that warm weather feels like it just arrived, we’ve only got 6 weeks left until Labor Day weekend.  Why not take advantage of the remaining season by having some fun after work in Chicago?

The Suites Collection executive offices are located in River North and Downtown.   Both neighborhoods offer plenty of special events to enjoy this summer.

Everywhere you look in the loop on Thursdays, you’ll see someone carrying a bouquet of beautiful fresh flowers.  It’s likely they just visited the Daley Plaza Farmers market across the street from Theater District Business Center.   Local farms set up tents selling fresh produce, jams, breads and other homemade goodies from 7am – 3pm.

After work, grab a picnic supper & meet your friends in Grant Park for a movie. Beginning tonight, movies play Tuesdays at sunset for the next 6 weeks.  Blankets or lawn chairs are recommended! Here’s the schedule:

July 15: 8:57 p.m. “All About Eve”

July 22: 8:51 p.m. “The Odd Couple”

July 29: 8:44 p.m. “The Blues Brothers”

Aug 5: 8:35 p.m. “The Day the Earth Stood Still”

Aug12: 8:25 p.m. “Touch of Evil”

Aug 19: 8:15 p.m. “An Affair to Remember”

Aug 26: 8:03 p.m. “Grease”

For a unique sightseeing experience near Court House Executive Offices head down to the River Walk and view “Chicago Looks: Portraits by Chicago Artists”.  These portraits reveal the artists’ personal perspectives on Chicago and their approaches range from literal portraiture to surreal interpretation.  Be sure to check out the portrait between Clark & LaSalle titled “The Pit Broker” by Rebecca Byrne, owner of Studio 12 Fine Art located in Tree Studios. 

Speaking of Tree Studios – our historic center for the creative arts at 4 E. Ohio is a great location with shopping, dining and entertainment all in one building.  After work one evening, enjoy the pleasures of al fresco dining accompanied by sparking wine at Pops for Chicago. Afterwards, stroll up State Street from Ohio to Ontario exploring the distinctive stores.  Then head into PIE at 615 N. State St. where you can sip a cappuccino, indulge in a delectable dessert and savor the views of the interior courtyard (pictured above).
Happy Summer everyone!

Starting your own small business in Chicago?

July 10, 2008

Pursuing your dreams to start your own business is a brave decision.  Luckily, if you open a small company in Chicago there are many resources to help you get off the ground. 

You won’t have to do it alone!  

Gaining local support for your entrepreneurial spirit is important and the value of expert advice cannot be overstated.  Here are links to a few of our favorite small business resources in the area:

BIZ CONNECTION is the site that will give you information about how to open or purchase a business in the City of Chicago.  It covers many issues facing start-ups such as registering with the State of Illinois, hiring employees, and locating potential funding sources.

SCORE provides free counseling and low-cost workshops taught by working and retired executives and business owners.  This national non-profit was founded in 1964 and has fourteen branch locations in the Chicago area. In addition, they offer FREE BUSINESS TEMPLATES.

A VIRTUAL OFFICE from The Suites Collection will provide you with a prestigious business address, a receptionist to answer your calls and receive your packages and 24 hour access to private voice mail.  The Virtual Office package is a great way to enhance your company’s image from the very beginning.  Conference rooms are also available.

COMPUTER TRAINING source offers computer classes in downtown Chicago, Schaumberg and Naperville.  It is highly likely that increasing your knowledge in Microsoft Office, Web Design, Graphics or Accounting software will save you time and money once your business gets busy.  These hands on classes typically run for one or two days and the trainers are both knowledgeable and personable.  A big bonus with CTS is that you receive thirty days of technical support with the purchase of a class.  

COMPUTER CONSULTANTS can assist you in everything from making decisions about purchases to setting up equipment to eliminating technical problems down the line.  PCS International has an excellent team with quick response and years of experience assisting small businesses.

Your local BUSINESS ASSOCIATION can take care of much of your preliminary research.  Their websites and newsletters provide statistics on economic studies, maps, market surveys, ongoing redevelopment plans and other issues pertinent to new business development.  Membership in these groups will give you access to their educational and social networking events, too.  Well regarded business organizations in Chicago include the Chicago Loop Alliance, Greater North Michigan Avenue Association, River North Association, and Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce.

LOANS offered by the Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity support a wide array of programs and services designed to help Illinois businesses thrive.  They emphasize programs designed to provide small businesses — particularly minority and female entrepreneurs — with the resources they need to succeed and grow their business opportunities. The Small Business Association of America  also provides numerous loan programs. 

You may be eligible for CERTIFICATION as a Minority or Women-owned Business through the City of Chicago.  This designation promotes contracting opportunities and carries out the mandates of Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action requirements.