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PUBLIC Chicago: An Ian Schrager Hotel

PUBLIC, conceived by Ian Schrager, is an entirely new class of hotel. Its fundamental attributes are innovative, sophisticated, authentic style; spot-on, personalized, empathic “essential” service; lasting comfort with complete functionality, all at an affordable price and offering tremendous value. For the first time, this type of hotel experience will be available for everyone and anyone who wants it.

PUBLIC Chicago’s 285 spacious and oversized guest rooms and suites are individually furnished with integrity, taste and superb functionality. Decorated in a soothing, “no color” color palette, the interiors evoke a sense of ease and comfort and the character of a home away from home.

The PUBLIC Chicago
1301 North State Parkway
Chicago, IL 60610
Tel: 312-787-3700

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Kenwood Inn & Spa

“In the heart of Sonoma County, amidst the vineyards, the Kenwood Inn and Spa is the premier destination for visitors seeking gracious treatment, lush surroundings and luxurious accommodations. “

Kenwood Inn and Spa
10400 Sonoma Highway
Kenwood, CA 95452
tel: 707.833.1293
tel: 800.353.6966
fax: 707.833.1247

Occupy, What?

Location: New York, New York, USA

November 5th was “Bank Transfer Day,” and J.P. Morgan Chase national HQ on Park Avenue in Manhattan was guarded by NYPD like it was a national monument.  The call to the masses to cash-out on the big banks and move their money into credit union accounts and local financial institutions was spearheaded by progressive organizations like MoveOn.org. But November 5th was also “Guy Fawkes Day,” a day to remember the legendary man and his “gunpowder plot” to overthrow the British monarch in 1605. For some people Guy Fawkes has become a symbol of the Occupy Wall Street movement. But I am not sure if Mr. Fawkes would see eye to eye with the Occupy-Wall-Streeters.

By the time I arrived at Chase HQ at 12:30pm on the fifth of November there was not a single protester there. Groups of NYPD officers loitered around the building in a display of solidarity with Chase Bank, which was my cue to move along. I headed downtown to Zuccotti Park to see what the Occupy-Wall-Streeters were up to. Mingling about the tent-village that has overtaken most of the park were several people in Guy Fawkes masks. These infamous masks were popularized by the film “V for Vendetta” in 2006. However I did not get the feeling there was any “gunpowder plot” underway.

The scene at Zuccotti Park was more like a First Amendment circus than a revolution. A pair of young women taped dollar bills over their mouths and staggered and crawled around the park like baby giraffes taking their first steps. A disheveled middle-aged man hollered over the crowd that George Washington was his Jesus and the Founding Fathers were his disciples. A twenty-something year old vagabond asked my friend for some change while we photographed the plethora of signs, banners, and tents surrounding us.

What I witnessed in Zuccotti Park on November 5th was not a revolution or “gunpowder plot,” but it was something to be taken serious. Critics of  Occupy Wall Street have disregarded the movement as a rally of misguided hippie-wonnabes that will be evicted by winter’s chilly approach. However I believe it is unwise to label the Occupy-Wall-Streeters as irrelevant. One day very soon a charismatic, Guy Fawkes-wannabe may emerge from his tent in Zuccotti Park and turn this rally into a real revolution.

Written by Paul T. Lotierzo