Archive for August, 2008


August 29, 2008
Rockit Burger

Rockit Burger

There are some really great perks for those of us working in River North and downtown Chicago.  Lake views, river walks and flagship shopping make it easy to fill lunch hours with pleasure.  One of the best ways to find lunch time happiness is dining at a local restaurant.  Here is a delicious list of Suites Collection favorites for dining near our business centers whether with friends or entertaining for business.

La Madia

La Madia

The swankiest new pizza place in Chicago is La Madia, at 59 W. Grand.  The floor to ceiling windows draw you inside.  In warm weather, the windows are open and it feels like you’re dining al fresco and, in cold weather, a cozy seat by the fire will make you forget your worries.   Another great place to escape from the grind is the high-octane vibe at Rockit Bar & Grill at 22 W. Hubbard.  The wide ranging menu makes it an ideal location for group outings.  We celebrated a team birthday there recently and we highly recommend the sweet potato fries! 

Ruth's Chris

Ruth's Chris

If you have someone in from out of town, they are going to want a steak while in Chicago.  Take them to Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse at 431 N. Dearborn.   We had our company holiday party there last year and we lingered for hours over the delicious meal.  Their professional staff took special care of us all evening.  On the other hand, if you are looking for a dining experience to make you feel like you are away of Chicago, try Brasserie Jo, an excellent French brasserie at 59 W. Hubbard.



When in a hurry, don’t settle for a convenience store sandwich at your desk.   Grab a custom made sandwich and chips and slip into a booth at Potbelly Sandwich Works at 508 N. Clark.   During weekday lunch hours, enjoy live music in their dining room.  There is always a stack of free Chicago Readers or The Onion waiting for you.  Corner Bakery is another easy and quick alternative right downstairs from Theatre District Business Center at 60 West Randolph.

Corner Bakery

Corner Bakery


Adjacent to the Corner Bakery on the corner of Randolph & Dearborn is Petterino’s, named for Arturo Petterino, the long-time maitre d’ of the Pump Room during the heyday of stars and socialites.  Petterino’s is a good choice for entertaining clients.  The food is superb and the walls are decorated with caricatures of actors and politicians – a guaranteed conversation starter because there is always a story to go with them!  If you’ve got tickets to a show at The Goodman or The Ford Center, the location is perfect. 

Maggiano's Little Italy


Need some comfort food?  Feeding the gang?  Maggiano’s Little Italy will take care of you.  Everything can be served family style, so take some friends or plan to leave with a doggie bag.  Located at the corner of State & Grand downstairs from Court House Executive Offices, the Lettuce Entertain You restaurant offers indoor and outdoor seating and seemingly unlimited choices of pastas, meats and seafood. 

 Bon Appétit!


Shared Office Spotlight: Conference and Training Facilities at Theatre District Business Center

August 21, 2008
Host your next business event at the state-of-the-art Theatre District Business Center centrally located at Daley Plaza, State of Illinois Building, City Hall, County Buildings and Chicago Title & Trust Center.  Convenient public transportation and numerous parking garages are in the immediate vicinity.  The center is an impressive private location for: 
  • Conferences
  • Due Diligence and Document Review
  • Board Meetings
  • Training Sessions
  • Legal depositions
  • Business Presentations
  • Choose from several well appointed meeting rooms which comfortably accommodate four to fifty people. All rooms are equipped with high speed internet access.  Our courteous staff will greet your guests and assist you with arrangements for catering, presentation equipment and administrative support. 

    Shared Office Spotlight: Tree Studios wins award

    August 14, 2008
    State Street view of Tree Studios
    State Street view of Tree Studios

    Nestled between high rises, Tree Studios is an internationally recognized landmark building that dates back to 1894.   Now fully restored, the complex houses a collection of retail shops and galleries as well as a shared studio environment for the creative arts.  These unique work spaces are available for lease through The Suites Collection.  We welcome tenants who are artists or have artistically related businesses.  Current occupants include painters, writers, architects and graphic designers, among others.  

    Judge Lambert Tree

    Judge Lambert Tree

    The story of Tree Studios continues to enhance our city’s architectural prestige.  Earlier this year, the studios and surrounding buildings were celebrated through the Urban Land Institute’s (ULI) Awards for Excellence: The Americas competition. The Awards are widely known as the land use industry’s most prestigious recognition program honoring creativity, vision and best practices in land use.  Original owners Judge & Mrs. Lambert Tree, whose likenesses are sculptured at the entrance to the building, certainly made good use of their land by conceiving a building that continues to enhance the work of artists more than a century later. 

    Anna Tree

    Anna Tree

    During a recent presentation to the Burnham Committee, Alderman Edward Burke praised the restoration of Tree Studios by saying, “We are lucky to find ourselves in this picturesque location, a uniquely Chicago institution that once housed the nation’s oldest known artist studios. Like the city itself, Tree Studios faced adversity and finds itself still standing tall.  As it evolves and continues to be an important part of the artistic and cultural landscape of Chicago, it provides a shining example of the living, breathing soul of our city, which is defined by its past, present, and future.”  

      See more pictures of Tree Studios.

    Find out about current studio availability.

    Read the entire text of Alderman Burke’s speech.

    The Virtual Office – what they are & why you may need one

    August 8, 2008


    Remember the recent article in the Chicago Tribune reporting a single building in the Cayman Islands that serves as a business address for more than 18,000 companies? 

    How is that possible?  They’re Virtual Offices!

    Virtual Offices offer your company a desirable address and valuable support services.  In the Caymans it equals tax-breaks.  In Chicago, it signifies prestige.  Established businesses can afford lucrative properties to impress their clients with “location, location, location”.  For a small monthly fee, yours can too.

    Having a Virtual Office means the address you list on marketing materials, business cards and your website is actually a location other than where you work.  Instead of asking clients to send payments to your apartment, you give them 60 W. Randolph, Suite 200, the unique north loop office building across from Daley Plaza. Once mail arrives at your Virtual Office location, it can be sent on to your home address or you may want to stop in and pick it up. Your choice. 

    Receptionists enhance the prestige of your Virtual Office.  Calls to your business number are answered professionally and forwarded to your private voice mail box for your twenty four hour access.  You decide how you want your phone answered and you retrieve your messages at any time.  The receptionist will also accept packages delivered to your business.  This affords ease of mind when you are traveling or making sales calls.

    For important meetings or presentations, your Virtual Office includes easy access to well-appointed conference facilities.  At The Suites Collection, you may select a conference room from any of our locations in downtown Chicago and River North.  Through our business center partnerships we can arrange for conference rooms throughout the United States and the around the world. 

    Working from home can conserve costs, but with a Virtual Office you won’t have to forgo important services and corporate identity.  When you reach your goals and your business needs outstrip your domestic resources, you can arrange for a physical office at the address your clients have come to know.

    It’s not easy being green.

    August 1, 2008


    There are plenty of “how to be green” advice lists.  Many of them tell you ten, twenty-five, even one hundred ways to go green every day.  It can be overwhelming to try to incorporate them all!  Sometimes it’s not easy to be green, especially at your office where the needs of your customers come first.  At The Suites Collection we’ve found a couple really easy ways to incorporate better environmental practices into our daily routines.  We invite you to join us in these three simple ways our shared offices are going green.

    SIT, STAY, EAT –  Reduce your use of disposable food and drink containers.  Whether you pack your lunch in tupperware or sit at a restaurant and enjoy your meal without taking it “to go”, you’ll be doing a good deed for yourself and the earth.  We no longer use styrofoam coffee cups in our business centers and encourage our tenants to bring in their own ceramic mugs.


    DON’T BE A PAPER PIG – Consider the environment before you print.  The old way to keep records was to print everything out and file it away.  Now you can just set up an external hard drive to do the back-up work for you!  We’ve added this note to the bottom of our emails and we encourage you to do the same.  P Please consider the environment before printing this email.


    GIVE IT A REST – A modern computer runs at about 175 watts when sitting idle, that’s the equivalent of leaving the light on in three rooms of your house.  Windows has power-saving settings that can be easily tweaked to keep the waste to a minimum.  We use these settings throughout the week and every Friday we shut our computers down so that they don’t consume energy over the weekend.

    That’s all there is to this list.  We’re doing our best to do even more, but even these simple rules really do help.  After all, our earth can only take so much waste so we need to take care of it in any way we can.