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InterContinental Chicago O’Hare

InterContinental Chicago O’Hare Reviews

5300 N River Rd
Average Rating: 4 out of 5 (107 Reviews)

Review by Erik K.
I’m quickly finding this hotel to be very disorganized and poorly managed.
After waiting half an hour for the shuttle, a single van showed up and couldn’t…
Rating: 1

Review by Mikee R.
This is a nice quiet location to have a meeting.
The catering was OK.
The desserts were delicious.
Rating: 4

Review by Mary Locke M.
I am a lover of trendy restaurants, but when it comes to hotels traditional is key. The Intercontinental is as nice and modern as can be. It’s not my style,…
Rating: 4

Chow Down During One of Chicagos Best Food Tours: Tastiest Tours Revealed by ChicagoTraveler.com

Chicago, IL (PRWEB) October 15, 2013

Everybody loves food. It’s hard to complain while walking through the streets of Chitown, tasting all of the delectable delights the city is famous for, and that’s why the editors of ChicagoTraveler.com have come up with a list of the best food tours in Chicago. This is one of the rare occasions that it is recommended to bite off more than you can chew, talk with your mouth full, and undo that top button of those skinny jeans. Pick up a fork and dig in on one of these outstanding Chicago food tours!

Tastebud Food Tours – $ 44

With options ranging from a desert tour (for those with an extra active sweet tooth), to classic Chicago food tours that sample the best of Chicago’s classic meals, Tastebud Food Tours does dining right. The tours include stops at the best food joints in Chitown, and each tour gives a foodie enough spoonfuls to fill up and roll back to the hotel room.

Bikes, Bites & Brews Tour – $ 49 – $ 59

Bobby’s Bike Hike has the perfect tour for cycle enthusiasts that are looking to work up an appetite. A sampling from the best of Chicago’s pizza, hot dogs, cupcakes and a beer will make it hard for stuffed bikers to pedal home! Explore Chicago’s popular neighborhoods while tasting the town’s prized treats.

Chicago Dine Around – $ 89

For food fanatics looking to really indulge, the editors of ChicagoTraveler.com recommend Chicago Dine Around. With Hor D’oeuvres at the first restaurant, a main course at the second, and dessert at a third, this food experience is perfect of people looking for a unique (and of course, delicious!) experience.

Chicago Food Planet Tours – $ 47

With different options to choose from, Chicago Food Planet gives diners the chance to decide what to stuff themselves with. From a Chinese food tour through Chicago’s Chinatown, to chow options in other parts of the city, Chicago Food Planet tours are sure to impress.

Chicago Pizza Tours $ 60 – $ 80

Pizza, pizza, we love you! And Chicago pizza, it can’t get better than that. Chicago is famed for having incredible pizzas, so find out how tasty we’re talking on a Chicago Pizza Tour. Chicago Pizza Tours offers an original tour (just pizza), and a Pizza & Cocktails Tour (wet the whistle while chowing down).

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Chicago is one of the top vacation destinations in America famous for its annual events, popular foods, and architecture and top sports teams. ChicagoTraveler.com guides travelers to all the best things to do, top places to eat and deals on the best places to stay in Chicago.

Hotel Arista

Hotel Arista Reviews

2139 Citygate Ln
Average Rating: 4.5 out of 5 (37 Reviews)

Review by Brian G.
Our friends got married here and our kids were the flower girl and coin bearer so we decided to get a room knowing the kids would be tired.

The hall for…
Rating: 4

Review by Scott S.
Very nice stay!

For the money it is a great place to stay. The rooms were modern, clean and full of nice features. They staff was friendly and helpful….
Rating: 4

Review by Russell B.
Stayed here in a corner suite for a wedding reception and was very impressed. I would have to say this hotel is one of the nicest we have ever stayed at…
Rating: 5

Heating Up: Toppers Secures Multi-Unit Deals across Three States

Whitewater, WI (PRWEB) November 25, 2013

Toppers Pizza (Toppers), a rapidly growing eclectic pizza delivery franchise brand, is proud to announce its recent multi-unit signings in Chicago, Grand Rapids, Mich., and Omaha and Lincoln, Neb. These newest signings will add 11 new store commitments to Toppers’ existing pipeline of future stores, showcasing the brand’s robust expansion abilities and commitment to sharing its love for pizza with more people across the nation.

“2013 has been a winning year for us and Toppers continuously proves to be a rewarding investment opportunity for entrepreneurs as we head into Q4 with three, multi-unit, area development agreements,” said Chris Cheek, Toppers’ Chief Development Officer. “The Toppers brand has made great strides in its Midwestern expansion and we’re thrilled to continue building our presence and satisfying pizza appetites.”

Entrepreneurs Nathan Leder of Grand Rapids will be spearheading growth in Michigan with a two-unit deal; Benjamin Tresidder is leading growth in south Chicago with a three-unit deal; and father-son team Jon S. Crowe & Jon P. Crowe in Nebraska with a six-unit agreement. These signings will push Toppers to more than 60 locations nationwide and boost the pizza brand’s continued expansion.

“Our impressive growth is in direct support of our goal to develop the Toppers pizza-footprint nationally,” said Cheek. “Toppers’ unmatched brand positioning has allowed us to carve our way to the forefront of the cluttered pizza segment and still appeal to a broad consumer base.”

Currently, the brand boasts locations throughout Wisconsin, Minnesota, Kentucky, Ohio, Illinois, North Carolina, Nebraska, Arkansas, Indiana and Texas.

“Our entire operation is distinct because we create an experience that is focused on our customers,” said Scott Iversen, Vice President of Marketing. “The eclectic and unique experience that we’ve cultivated across the system has not only enabled us to turn our guests into fanatics but has also empowered us to continue driving growth into new and untapped markets.”

As a growth-focused franchise, Toppers forecasts an impressive Q4 of 2013 with plans to build a larger presence throughout the Midwest by the end of the year. The brand aims to reach 500 locations by 2020, primarily through the focused support of multi-unit operators.

A brand dedicated to customer service and unique offerings shows its success in its numbers. In Q1 of 2013, Toppers released an edit to its already robust earnings claim, with company-owned units averaging $ 889,086 in gross sales/year with an impressive $ 143,519 net income. This disclosure has helped the brand add 17 new store commitments since June.

“This is a very exciting moment for Toppers. Our brand has such a dedicated following in the states where we already have a presence, we are confident the new signed territories will garner the same reaction,” Iversen said. “As we begin to secure more multi-unit operators, we will be able to sustain our continued growth and cultivate an even greater following of fans.”


In 1991, Toppers Pizza began its quest to become the best pizza company in the world by killing it on every detail of the customer experience. Headquartered in Whitewater, Wis., Toppers takes a unique approach to the crowded pizza segment by cooking up mouthwatering specialty pizzas that start with their fresh, made-from-scratch dough, smothered in real Wisconsin cheese and finished with outrageous toppings such as French fried onions, oven-roasted tomatoes, mac ‘n cheese and tater tots. Toppers’ claim to fame comes in the form of Topperstix™, arguably the planet’s most addictively delicious cheesy breadstix. The Toppers empire encompasses 50 restaurants across 10 states and, with its rapid expansion, is in the midst of Midwest and national domination. In 2013, Entrepreneur Magazine ranked Toppers as one of the top 500 franchises in the U.S., Nation’s Restaurant News declared the brand as one of the 50 breakout chains of the year, and Toppers received a No. 58 spot in Pizza Today’s top 100 pizza companies. For more information on Toppers, visit http://www.toppers.com, http://www.facebook.com/ToppersRocks or http://www.twitter.com/ToppersPizza.

*The financial performance set forth above are for the one year (52 weeks) commencing on January 2, 2012 and ending on December 30, 2012 and are for the 9 affiliated owned restaurants open the entire 52 weeks. Of the 9 restaurants 3 exceeded the average Gross Sales and 5 exceeded the Net Income as defined in our Franchise Disclosure Document. Please refer to our 2013 Franchise Disclosure Document for additional information.