Archive for the ‘Chicago’ Category

Introducing Our Document Review Center

July 20, 2010

Until three years ago, Theatre District Business Center offered the same traditional accommodations and amenities of most shared office environments . . . fully furnished office space, telephones, shared internet access, conference rooms, receptionist and secretarial services, etc.  However, a phone inquiry led to our making a very unique addition to our selection of services.

A local legal staffing agency was looking for an immediate short term space to house about 30 contract attorneys for a document review for a major law firm.  Until that point in time, even our corner boardroom fell short of those requirements.  But, as luck would have it, one of our tenants was leaving the state and vacating a space that we believed could serve the agency’s needs.

Within two weeks, we had the space set up and ready to welcome the agency and their attorneys, and provide the professional atmosphere they needed to accomplish their goals.  Within a relatively short time-frame, we marshaled our forces to coordinate desk space, computer rentals, phone service and expanded internet capacity.  What began as a six-week rental ended up extending to an 18-month commitment.   For all those months, this due diligence/meeting room space had been occupied and now it has been leased by a new tenant. 

Now, we have created a new space and are once again pleased to offer a flexible, convenient space for document reviews, training sessions and meetings of any kind.  It’s a great room . . . well lit, overlooking Dearborn Street, able to accommodate 24-26 people.  It is available by the day, week, month or longer.  Public transportation makes it convenient for most users and there are many restaurants, shops and services close by.

We’ve learned that flexibility is a major component of managing shared office space to meet the varied needs of our tenants and clients, and being able to offer this space affords us the opportunity to set our center apart and to expand our horizons to keep pace with the ever-changing economic climate.

If you would like to tour this space, please call 312.762.9200 or visit our website for rates for this and other meeting rooms, http://thesuitescollection.com/conference.asp.available

Our Doors Are Open to the Community

July 2, 2010

The Suites Collection has a wide variety of conferencing choices available at our three locations – Court House Executive Offices and Tree Studios in River North and Theatre District Business Center in Chicago’s North Loop.

Recently, Court House Executive Offices had the pleasure of working with The University of Chicago/School of Social Services Administration.  They required the use of several of our conference rooms and a number of furnished offices.  The flexibility of our business center made this very complicated process run smoothly for their interview sessions for Administration positions for the Chicago Public Schools.  Their intent was to put together a team of Education Professionals that could be integrated into a public school and help them redefine their current administrative operations for optimum success.  

The staff and tenants at Court House Executive Offices met some very talented and dedicated individuals over the two weeks that they were here.  We had the opportunity to speak with staff and candidates alike and share the excitement they had about their plans.  It brought all the recent news headlines about our public schools to the forefront for all of us.  We wish University of Chicago staff and all of their candidates the best of luck in their endeavors.

At each Center, we have a large board room that offers a flat screen TV for presentations and all meeting rooms have internet and conference calling capabilities.  If needed, there are a number of great restaurants in the areas that offer tasty catering options for meetings. One of the great advantages to these rooms is the wonderful experience our staff and tenants provide when we host outside groups.  Our spaces are convenient for long term due diligence teams, shorter term training seminars, formal board meetings and quick casual meetings. 

 

If you would like to be part of our community and reserve a conference room for a special meeting or for a training session you are hosting, please contact us at 312-994-2700. 

We look forward to welcoming you to our community.

Best of NeoCon 2010 Winner at Tree Studios

June 21, 2010

Wilkhahn, the noted and technologically innovative German furniture design company, recently opened its first Chicago office at Tree Studios.  With the architectural belief that “an alarming number of people live and work in buildings to which they do not relate at all, (and wonder) how harmonious, user-friendly products can be made in an alienated, inhuman environment,” they felt the history and thoughtful design of our business center was a good fit for them. 

Fast forward to the recent NeoCon 2010 in Chicago, where Wilkhahn entered its newest office product, ON®, and set an international benchmark for healthy office seating, winning the “Best of NeoCon” award honoring new commercial interiors products introduced to the contract furnishings industry during that show.   Five years of development combined with Wilkhahn’s four decades of expertise in dynamic seating, has produced ON®, a fluid combination of natural, 3-D movement – freedom to sit the way our bodies want & can. Ergonomists and healthcare experts are not the only ones to welcome this scientific research showing that, for the first time, an office chair encourages the natural, three-dimensional flexibility of the human body.

Over the past few months, ON has garnered several international awards and, now, at North America’s premier fair for commercial interiors, Wilkhahn’s new development won the top award in the “Best of NeoCon” competition. From the 326 products submitted, the judges gave ON a “Gold Award” in the “Ergonomic/Task” category and a “Silver Award” in the “Seating/Conference” category.  Then followed with the most coveted prize of all categories: ON scooped the “Best of Competition” award as NeoCon 2010’s top product.

We would like to take this opportunity to congratulate one of our newest tenants, Wilkhahn, on this exceptional achievement.  For more information or a presentation of this award winning chair and the remainder of their line, contact Samuel Gowland of Wilkhahn at 312.896.3446 or samuel.gowland@wilkhahn.com.

Summer in the City

June 3, 2010

One of the great pleasures of having your office in the city is being able to take advantage of the many summer events the city has to offer.  You can walk to an arts festival during your lunch break like the one starting tomorrow at Michigan and Lake, the Eastside Millennium Art Festival.  The Museum of Contemporary Art’s Tuesdays on the Terrace, the annual outdoor jazz series, will begin after work June 8th.  The annual Blues Festival begins June 11th in Grant Park followed shortly by Taste of Chicago on June 25th.  The Pritzker Pavilion is now home to the Grant Park Music Festival as well as several other concerts during the summer.  Just keep a blanket under your desk, stop off for some food and drink along the way and you’re ready to take advantage of some of the pleasures of the season.

Of course, we think the best place to have that office in the city is one of the business centers of The Suites Collection.  They’re each located conveniently close to public transportation so you can hop the red line whether you’re heading north to see the Cubs or south to see the Sox. 

Lunch in the sun is delightful each summer.  Court House Executive Offices is directly above Maggiano’s and steps from La Madia, NAHA and Frontera and their outdoor spaces.  Theatre District Business Center is above Petterino’s corner café and Tree Studios has its beautiful private courtyard and Pops for Champagne right downstairs.

There is plenty of time for you to make one of our centers your new summer business home.

Chicago’s holiday survival guide

October 20, 2009

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Even though our recent blogs on the improving economy were rightly optimistic, that doesn’t necessarily mean that small businesses are seeing more money in their bank accounts (yet).  After a year of frugality and belt tightening, you are probably ready to loosen up and kiss 2009 good-bye!  Show your staff and loyal clients extra appreciation during this festive season.  Our vibrant city offers plenty of options to make merry without draining the bank.  Dining and entertainment are probably areas where they have trimmed their personal budgets, so give them the chance to get out and have some fun. 

The hospitality industry is finding creative ways to compete for your business this year.  Deals abound, especially if you plan strategically.  Take your team to dinner and give them a gift that is free for you by dining at any Lettuce Entertain You restaurant.  They are awarding a $25 holiday Bonus certificate for every $100 in Gift Cards purchased between November 1 and December 30, 2009.   Smaller venues are offering deals too.   La Madia Pizzeria at 59 W. Grand is offering $25 gift certificates for every $100 spent on holiday parties booked by Nov. 15.   If you have a favorite restaurant in mind, give them a call and see what deals they are offering for the holidays. 

Local entertainment can also be fun and affordable.  A great way to kick off the season with a small group is to attend a free caroling concert under the Bean in Millennium Park.   If you are planning to provide a night out for a larger group, take a private trolley holiday lights tour for only $23 per person.   Or for a treat they can use with family or friends throughout the year, give gift certificates for the Imax at Navy Pier.  Any gesture will certainly be appreciated.

Finding a way for your business to help someone in need would make poignant addition to your year end celebrations.  The Greater Chicago Food Depository is a worthy cause to consider during the holidays.  The food distribution center is always looking for donations or volunteers.  For a finishing touch, mail out greeting cards to vendors, delivery people and any one else whose work influences your business.  Include a brief note of thanks for their important contribution.  You can support a good cause by purchasing your cards from Chicago Lights Tutoring, whose cards are designed by participants in their tutoring program, which serves children from low-income families across Chicago. 

Hot Chicago deals

June 26, 2009

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The arrival of hot weather this year coincided with the summer solstice, a rare coincidence!  Usually we don’t have to wait until the end of June for warmth.  Now that it’s finally here why not make the most of it?   Whether you are determined to be productive or in need of rejuvenation, doing what you want for free is the best way to spend the hot summer days.  Here are several recommendations from the staff at The Suites Collection for free deals near our business centers.

Grant Park July 4th

Celebrate the 4th of July on Millennium Park’s Great Lawn at the Grant Park Music Festival’s first-ever Independence Day concert at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion.  The lively event begins at 1:30 p.m. and will include readings of the Declaration of Independence and other patriotic speeches.  Music performances of ragtime, country music and turn-of-the-century waltzes will be performed by the Northside Southpaws, a Chicago mandolin/guitar duo.  Navy Pier’s fireworks display starts at 10:15 p.m. on the 4th.  This is not to be confused with the official Grant Park fireworks display which will be held on the 3rd of July.  The fireworks are a spectacular display of over 5,000 aerial devices and shells.  Festivities kick off at 7:30 p.m. on July 3rd with a performance by the Grant Park Orchestra at the Petrillo Music Shell and the fireworks display beginning at 9:30 p.m. 

During the long winter, we so often forgo a proper lunch break and stay inside to keep warm.  Now that outside temperatures are inviting, we prefer to step out of the office for our lunch hour and enjoy free downtown tours and museums.  Take a free 45-minute tour of the exhibition A Conversation with Chicago: Contemporary Sculptures from China led by members of the Millennium Park staff and learn more about this spectacular art, never before seen in the United States.  On any given day, choose to explore nature, science, history or culture at one of the city’s Museum Free Days

If you are busy being a worker bee this summer, there are great “Summer School” freebies to help increase your business acumen.  Free online business classes available through the US Small Business Association include:

Small Business Primer: Guide to Starting a Business

How to Prepare a Business Plan

Franchising Basics

Technology 101: A Small Business Guide

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The city that never sleeps is keeping busy this summer with, “Chicago Business Works”, seminars hosted by the Chicago Department of Business Affairs.  Now in its third year, this series of free seminars connects entrepreneurs and new business owners with exhibitors who service small businesses, other business owners and government leaders.  Events are free and registration is not required. 

Summer seminar dates:

– June 25 – Harry S. Truman College, 1145 W. Wilson

– September 10 – Harlold Washington College, 30 E. Lake St.

Registration begins at 5:30 p.m. followed by a speaking program, workshops and exhibitors. 

We’d love to find out about any other great deals out there.  Please contact us with your suggestions.  Have a great summer!  

Summer in our city

May 7, 2009

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As we bask in the day’s warming sunshine, our minds wander to the entertaining outdoor activities available for those of us lucky enough to live or work in Chicago.  From fountains and festivals to outdoor concerts and markets, we Chicagoans know how to take advantage of the perks that come along in spring and summer.  It is with great pleasure that we present The Suites Collection’s annual installment of warm weather to-dos for our tenants and friends.  Mark your calendars, we’ll meet you there!

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Listen to beautiful music while lounging in Chicago’s “front yard” at The Grant Park Music Festival. This series of free classical music under the stars runs June 11th – August 16th.  No advance purchase needed!  Lawn and general seating in the Pritzker Pavilion is free, or if you prefer to be in the reserved forward seating area, you can make arrangements here.  Grant Park also boasts Jazz Fest, Blues Fest, Taste of Chicago, Celtic Fest, Viva Chicago, and many others, so visit the Mayor’s Office of Special Events to find one to your liking.

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Court House Executive Offices, located at 101 W. Grand, is just four blocks north of the picturesque Chicago River.  Catch the great riverside views from a $2 water taxi ride or indulge in a nice evening out with dinner and dancing while cruising along the river and Lake Michigan.  Pick the trip that’s right for you by reading Yelp reviews of Chicago River cruises

Another great way to enjoy the river is to Dine al fresco at Fulton’s on the River.  They are now featuring Happy Hour Monday through Friday from 4 – 6pm, where you can enjoy the new bar menu and half price signature snacks in the Murdoch Lounge. 

Across from Theatre District Business Center, Daley Plaza’s farmers market offers a wide selection of fresh and homemade fare for your impromptu casual lunch.  The market is held every Thursday from May 14th to Oct 15th, and is the perfect place to purchase produce, baked goods and flowers for a mid-day picnic.   There are plenty of grassy spots along the lake and river for grabbing a quick bite.  We prefer to enjoy our picnics in the tranquil courtyard at Tree Studios.  Won’t you join us?

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Document review

March 3, 2009

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The document review process is a critical component of litigation but it can sometimes become a very costly portion of the budget.  Securing the right space with appropriate support for your discovery team adds immense value to your case preparation.  Theatre District Business Center offers affordable, flexible terms in a professional atmosphere and is perfectly located for your next document review.

Theatre District Business Center is immediately adjacent to:

  • State of Illinois Building
  • Daley Center
  • City Hall
  • County Buildings
  • Chicago Title & Trust

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The two furnished document review rooms provide seating for either 24 or 40 and are pre-wired for high speed internet.  Rooms are accessible 24/7 with a month to month term.  Additional services include use of copier, fax, secretarial support and mail receipt.  Public transportation is nearby as well as plentiful parking. The center offers multiple conference rooms including a large Rotunda board room which overlooks Daley Center and the newly developed Block 37.

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Providing your team with an easy transition to our office space is important to us.  A receptionist and office manager are available onsite and we can accommodate you with short notice or work with you to plan for any future needs. 

Our professional staff is ready to assist you with preparations so schedule your tour today!

Tree Studios – a completely unique work environment for the creative entrepreneur

February 20, 2009
Tree Studios Courtyard

Tree Studios Courtyard

In a city known for its architecture, Tree Studios stands out for being both culturally and aesthetically pleasing.  Distinctive features are reminiscent of a time long past – the courtyard, the working fireplaces, the decorative woodwork and glass.  These unique touches remind us of a storied history, when painters and poets lived and worked together here for over a century.  Today, artists and businesses work side by side in the fully restored Studios with modern conveniences and technology.  Availability has recently opened up in this River North landmark to include large and small Studio spaces that would be a perfect fit for an artist or a business with a creative component.

The common hallway

The common hallway

Each private studio is equipped with telephone and high speed internet connections.  Shared common features include a coffee and copy center, well appointed conference room and mail room.   An office manager is on site to handle daily business details of the studios so you can pay attention to your activities.

Office Studio

Office Studio

Artist Studio

Artist Studio

From the landscaping of the tranquil private courtyard – truly a one of a kind treasure in the midst of our bustling city – to the sun-filled hallways where tenants greet each other throughout the day, Tree Studios is an inspiring environment for any creative individual or business. 

Schedule your tour today!

Time for fun

February 13, 2009

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So many small business owners are feeling overburdened right now that a dose of good fun is recommended!  Participating in some of these upcoming Chicago events may be just what’s needed to refresh our over-worked spirits.  We’ve made it through the winter and the long spring is just beginning, so head out after work or on a weekend day and blow off some steam in our hard working city!

Snow Days Chicago is a free five-day winter festival on Michigan Avenue in Grant Park.  It’s happening now and continuing through Feb. 16.  The festival features a national snow sculpting competition, dog sled demonstrations, a snowboard rail jam and activities for kids.  Despite the recent rash of warm weather, they protected snow blocks ahead of time so the festival can still happen.  Watch as the park is transformed into a winter wonderland, showcasing over 27 beautiful and unique sculptures made entirely out of snow! 

The Chicago Park District’s ice skating rinks are still open through Saturday, Feb. 28, weather permitting.  Visit one in your neighborhood or if you are downtown you can go to the Daley Bicentennial Plaza in Grant Park at 337 E. Randolph St.   Admission is free and skate rentals are $6.  If being outside doesn’t fit your mood, check out The Chicago Auto Show beginning today at McCormick place and continuing through Feb. 22.  Visit the website for details and a link to purchase inexpensive tickets. 

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Make your plans now for this year’s St. Patrick’s Day festivities.  The downtown parade is on Saturday, March 14th at 12 noon.  The parade route runs from Balbo to Monroe down Columbus Dr.  After the parade, view the newly-greened river and head to Poag Mahones at 333 S. Wells for an award winning burger.   They’ve got the Shannon Rovers Irish Pipe Band booked for entertainment throughout the afternoon.  Or you can head out to the South Side Irish Parade on Sunday, March 15 at 12 noon.  This parade runs on Western Ave from 103rd to 115th Street.  Officially St. Patrick’s Day is on Tuesday March 17th which conveniently coincides with the opening round game of the 2009 NCAA basketball tournament, also known as “March Madness”.  Poag Mahones is hosting The Shannon Rovers all afternoon on Tuesday, too, so there will be plenty of opportunities to enjoy one of this city’s most celebrated holidays and take your mind off of the grind, if even for an hour or two.

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