Greetings From The Chairman of the Board
Mr. Richard Simon
Chairman of the Board
President, United Service Companies
Summer is here and kicks off at an iconic landmark on The Magnificent Mile: The Bridgehouse Museum opens its doors for the 11th season on Saturday, May 13 with free admission.
The following week, the newly completed Chicago Riverwalk is hosting a celebration for the whole family. On Saturday, May 20 the activities include music, fishing, puppets and a grand pyrotechnic display.
We are happy to welcome several new Association members who have a business along The Chicago Riverwalk. And soon the summer tourists arrive to shop, dine, and stay around The Magnificent Mile district.
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As you know, most summers we have a public art project on the Mile. For two years, the Horses of Honor provided a big “wow” factor for all that saw it. We saw thousands of people stopping to take a photo with the horses on the Mile.
This year we are replicating the program with K9s, the other animal associated with law enforcement. Once again, the proceeds will benefit the Chicago Police Memorial Foundation. The Chicago K9s for Cops is in in the process of selling dogs. If you would like to know more how you can own one of these great works of art, please visit their websites: Chicago Police Memorial Foundation or K9s for Cops.
These funds enhance the lives of the families of officers who are fallen or catastrophically injured. And the art display really enhances the Mile. Tourists take photos with the art to post on social media, and show people when they return home. The K9s for Cops will be displayed starting on July 24 and continue through Labor Day.
To learn more about this opportunity, or if you have an idea for an event in our area, please reach out to me or any of the staff.
Use your membership to amplify your business and our Magnificent Mile.
Chairman of the Board of Directors
The Magnificent Mile Association promotes a mixed-use, downtown district unlike any other in the world. On March 25, the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab (formerly Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago) became the first-ever “translational” research hospital: clinicians, scientists, innovators and technologists work together in the same space, surrounding patients, and applying research in real time. Alongside countless life-changing breakthroughs to come, I am thrilled to witness the growth of medical tourism for many more member businesses.
Consider this: Shirley Ryan AbilityLab alone serves more than 57,500 patients annually from 43 states and 64 countries. The average stay at Shirley Ryan AbilityLab is 24 days. The $500 million, 1.2-million-square-foot facility has spared no expense, boasting 242 private patient rooms with skyline or lakeside views. While patients are poised to achieve their best possible recoveries, staff provide hotel recommendations for extended stays along The Magnificent Mile.
In addition, plans are underway for the first Shirley Ryan AbilityLab Conference, “The Science of Ability,” for Fall 2018. This will add to the rich portfolio of medical conventions in Chicago, which includes the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) during the holiday season and the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Annual Meeting in June. For the past couple of years, ASCO’s Conquer Cancer Foundation has partnered with member retailers such as Tory Burch, David Yurman, St. John and the 900 North Michigan Shops to drive incremental sales while raising critical funds for charity.
As you develop plans for this year and beyond, I encourage you to consider medical tourism as a part of your marketing strategy. Reach out to the membership staff at the Association for a full Chicago conventions calendar. Let us provide the best hospitality to those most in need; and by extension, those medical professionals who travel to Chicago specifically to learn the latest in healthcare.
Chairman of the Board of Directors
I join you at a time of great opportunity in Chicago. Our city has received a great deal of press in recent months, and it is my mission to shine a positive spotlight on The Magnificent Mile—at Chicago’s front door. Our thriving community is a constant, and The Magnificent Mile Association is here to help tell that story.
When Thrillist recently published a guide to Chicago’s famous deep-dish pizza, The Magnificent Mile posted on social media to recommend our downtown members exclusively. The Magnificent Mile “liked” Cambria Chicago Hotel & Suites Chicago Magnificent Mile on Facebook to help them to their goal of 100,000 fans, at which point the hotel will donate $10,000 to Ann & Robert Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago. Our district’s hotels are front-page news, and when The Langham Chicago was voted “Best Hotel in the U.S.” by U.S. News & World Report, The Magnificent Mile was quick to share the story on social media to 90,000 followers.
These are just a few examples. I see “likes” and comments pour in daily on photos we share with #TheMagMile of our iconic skyline, award-winning food, and flagship fashions. People share this content with friends and family because we all crave a feel-good getaway. The Magnificent Mile Association is poised to help you reach those consumers year-round. Best of all, this is a free member benefit.
We are ready to welcome a record number of visitors and continue to beautify our district with public art programs. (After all, this is the stuff of great social media posts.) This summer, I am championing K9 for Cops, an installation of custom-curated sculptures of police dogs that will line The Magnificent Mile and support the Chicago Police Memorial Foundation. (Learn more and get involved!)
I would like to thank you all for welcoming me as the Chairman of the Board of Directors. I look forward to personally connecting with you at a future event, and I encourage you to contact me and the Association staff with your ideas, thoughts and questions.
Chairman of the Board