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The 8 Coolest Theaters in New York City, Past and Present

New York City is the home of Broadway, the beating heart of American theater. Along Broadway and beyond, The Big Apple has also been the home of a number of world-class theaters–some built over a century ago, and many no longer standing.

Whether you’re catching the hit musical The Book of Mormon, an afternoon taping of The Late Show with David Letterman, or an Elton John concert at Madison Square Garden, you will do so inside a theater steeped in history. And in the spirit of Letterman, here are our Top 10 theaters in New York City.

1. Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts

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Address: 10 Lincoln Center Plaza, New York, NY 10023

Style: International Style II

Opened: 1962

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2. Carnegie Hall

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Address: 881 7th Ave, New York, NY 10019

Style: Italian Renaissance

Opened: 1891

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3. Ed Sullivan Theater

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Address: 1697-1699 Broadway, New York, NY 10019

Style: Late Gothic Revival

Opened: 1927

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4. The Hippodrome Theatre

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Address: No longer stands, but was located on Sixth Avenue between West 43rd and West 44th Streets in the Theater District of Midtown Manhattan

Architect: Thomas W. Lamb, J.H. Morgan

Style: Beaux-Arts with a Moorish Revival twist

Opened: 1905

Closed: 1939

5. Radio City Music Hall

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Address: 1260 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10020

Style: Art Deco

Opened: 1932

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6. Lyceum Theater

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Address: 149 W 45th St, New York, NY 10036

Style: Beaux-Arts

Opened: 1903

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7. Times Square Theater

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Address: 217 W 42nd St New York, NY 10036

Architect: Eugene De Rosa

Style: Neoclassical

Opened: 1920

8. Madison Square Garden

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Address: 4 Pennsylvania Plaza, New York, NY 10001

Style: International Style II

Opened: 1968 (current location)

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Niagara Falls Celebrates Final Phase of New International Railway Station and Intermodal Transportation Center

Niagara Falls is getting ready for its brand new International Railway Station and Intermodal Transportation Center! WIVB reported that last week U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer was on hand with local officials in Niagara Falls to celebrate the final phase of the new train station’s construction with a ceremonial groundbreaking.

City officials say construction at the site of the 19th-century U.S. Customhouse, a registered national historic place, will take between 18 and 24 months to complete. When it’s finished, the transportation center will include a $25 million facility that will serve as an Amtrak terminal as well as an inspection site for Homeland Security.

In the WIVB video, one transportation official says, “The passenger rail will now be a more accessible and more competitive option that will improve the transportation and tourism infrastructure of Niagara Falls.”

GMS is very excited for business travelers and the people of Niagara Falls and nearby Toronto!

Niagara Falls at a Glance

With more than 22 million visitors every year, Niagara Falls is one of the top tourist attractions in the world. This new transportation system will give tourists and locals the ability to easily travel around Niagara Falls while reaching across Canada and the United States. Apart from the majestic Falls, you won’t want to miss the Niagara Wine Trail. With the unique vineyard conditions offered by the Niagara climate, these Niagara wineries offer fine and diverse selections for all tastes. The city also offers the chance to explore various aquariums, museums, and theaters.

Toronto at a Glance

And just across the border is Toronto, Canada’s largest city, which welcomes more than 21 million visitors every year and is also the fourth-largest city in North America. Toronto is home to the CN Tower, one of the tallest buildings in the world. Standing at 1,815 feet, it’s sure to take your breath away. There’s also Canada’s majestic castle, Casa Loma; world-class shopping at Holt Renfrew; the beautiful Toronto Islands–and so much more.

Stay tuned for more ways to explore Niagara Falls and Toronto!

 

For Summer Travel and Convenience, Chicago Tops the List

WalletHub has taken a close look at how U.S. cities stack up when it comes to summer travel. For anyone who has visited the Windy City, it should come as no surprise that Chicago occupies the top spot.

Chicago ranks first in Best International Departure Ranking, fifth in Best Domestic Departure Ranking, and first in Overall Departure Point Ranking.

WalletHub describes their methodology like this:

WalletHub analyzed flights listed on Kayak.com from the 50 largest metropolitan statistical areas (MSAs) in the United States to the 8 most popular domestic and 10 most popular international destinations, using July 12 as the departure date and July 20 as the return date.  We compared airfare costs, flight times, and the number of connections for each in order to determine:

  • Which departure points offer the best combination of inexpensive flights and short travel times to the most popular destinations; and
  • Which destinations are the most accessible – both logistically and financially – for U.S. travelers across the 50 largest metro areas.

What’s amazing is that Chicago ranked #1 without having to rely on its staggering number of incredible summer events or even the many industry conventions and corporate meetings it hosts all year, every year.

Read the full report from WalletHub here.

 

The Must-See Summer Events in Chicago

Chicago is our home. Summer in Chicago always melts away the pains of winter. Thanks to the city’s active citizens, curious visitors, and accommodating infrastructure, Chicago blooms into a bustling cultural playground in the warmer months. The best part? Almost everything is free! (Food and drink is usually on you, though.)

Here are the five summer events in Chicago we’re most excited for here at GMS DMC:

1. Chicago Blues Festival: June 13-15, Grant Park (Free!)

Come see why Chicago is known as the blues capital of the world. The Chicago Blues Festival is the largest free blues festival in the world and has featured past legends such as B.B. King, Ray Charles, and Buddy Guy. This year will include Dr. John, Bettye LaVette, Billy Boy Arnold, and many more.

2. Taste of Chicago: July 9-13, Grant Park (Free!)

Get ready to be stuffed! The annual Taste of Chicago is the world’s largest outdoor food festival. The event features live music, children’s activities, and of course, food. More than 200 different dishes representing a wide range of cuisine will be featured on this year’s menu. Music headliners include Jeff Tweedy of Wilco, Janelle Monae, AWOLNATION, and many more!

3. Lollapalooza: August 1-3, Grant Park

If you’re looking to enjoy today’s best music amid the towering skyline of Chicago, Lollapalooza is for you! One of the best known music festivals in the US, Lollapalooza isn’t just any music festival; it’s a “cultural experience.” Spanning a mile from end to end, the festival features a wide selection of live music, vendor booths, and festival giveaways. And fill up your belly at Chow Town, a selection of festival food from some of Chicago’s favorite restaurants.

4. Air and Water Show: August 16-17, North Avenue Beach (Free!)

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Here’s your chance to witness daring thrills and death-defying action as pilots fly across the sky along Chicago’s lakefront. The annual Chicago Air & Water Show is the largest free air and water exhibition of its kind and is expected to pull in an audience of more than 2 million people. Pack a cooler, lay out a beach towel, and enjoy the show!

5. Millennium Park Celebrates its 10th Anniversary: All Summer (Free!)

There’s no shortage of things to see and do at Chicago’s Millennium Park, from architecture and gardens to movies and music concerts. This year marks the 10th anniversary since this magnificent public park transformed into the architectural wonder it is today, and this summer will be full of free events to check out. 

Is a New Mega-Casino Coming to Chicago?

Even after hosting a (nearly) record number of tourists in 2012, Chicago continues to explore new ways to attract visitors. Whether their purposes are business, travel, or a little bit of both, tourists make a positive impact on the city’s economy while also boosting its reputation across the nation and the world.

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The next boost to Chicago’s tourism industry could be a new mega-casino. The proposal comes from Rep. Bob Rita, a Democrat from Blue Island, who has amended his previous two attempts at welcoming Lady Luck to the Windy City.

According to Westport News, Rita “said one amendment to his bill would create a Chicago casino with up to 10,000 spots for gamblers, but strips the other four new casinos proposed in past measures. The second plan would create a 4,000-spot Chicago casino and smaller, 1,200-position ones in Rockford, Danville, Lake County and a suburb south of Chicago.”

Should Illinois lawmakers approve a 10,000-spot casino in Chicago, you can bet that business travelers will be pleased. Gambling is a popular pastime among visitors who have been stuck in meetings and conferences all day and are eager to loosen up their ties. Of course, the Chicago mega-casino is still only an idea. Many hope that it can become a reality quicker than casinos on airplanes.

 

Global Management Services receives 2013 Illinois Excellence Award

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October 10th 2013 – Global Management Services has been selected for the 2013 Illinois Excellence Award amongst all its peers and competitors by the Small Business Institute for Excellence in Commerce (SBIEC).

Each year the SBIEC conducts business surveys and industry research to identify companies that have achieved demonstrable success in their local business environment and industry category. They are recognized as having enhanced the commitment and contribution of small businesses through service to their customers and community. Small businesses of this caliber enhance the consumer driven stature that Illinois is renowned for.

Global Management Services has consistently demonstrated a high regard for upholding business ethics and company values. This recognition by SBIEC marks a significant achievement as an emerging leader within various competitors and is setting benchmarks that the industry should follow.

As part of the industry research and business surveys, various sources of information were gathered and analyzed to choose the selected companies in each category. This research is part of an exhaustive process that encapsulates a year long immersion in the business climate of Illinois.

About SBIEC

The SBIEC is a leading authority on researching, evaluating and recognizing companies across a wide spectrum of industries that meet its stringent standards of excellence. It has spearheaded the idea of independent enterprise and entrepreneurial growth allowing businesses of all sizes to be recognized locally and encouraged globally.

Particular emphasis is given to meeting and exceeding industry benchmarks for customer service, product quality and ethical practices. Industry leading standards and practices have been developed and implementation of the same has been pioneered by the dedicated efforts of the business community and commerce leadership.

More information on SBIEC can be found at www.sbiec.org

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GMS Realigns its Services

In an effort to better serve our clients, we have decided to change our business model somewhat. United States and Canada are large countries with so many destinations.  We recognize that we just cannot serve all destinations if we want to be the best.  Consequently, we have spent the past several weeks realigning our services in order to be better positioned to provide our clients with improved service levels—including preferred access to unique venues, preferential relations with top-rated hotels, and advantageous partnerships with key suppliers. This, we believe, will enable us to be recognized as a leading DMC in the markets we have elected to serve as our primary destinations: Chicago (including the farm country), New York, Miami-Orlando corridor, Las Vegas and San Francisco in the US and Toronto (including Niagara Falls) in Canada.  In the coming months, we will be dedicating additional resources to these selected markets including exciting product development coupled with new local program managers—with the ultimate goal of opening offices in all of these destinations.

We are also excited to announce that we have elected to offer FIT services in Chicago.  We will soon appoint an FIT manager who will be our focal person for that business.  Please note that FIT services will only be offered in Chicago.

With the new focus, we are confident that we will be able to bring to the table enhanced creativity, competitiveness in pricing and better on-site support for our clients at any of the above destinations.  Effective immediately, therefore, we will only entertain requests for these destinations.

GMS Senior Management Appointment

CHICAGO — September 9, 2013 – GMS Global Management Services,GMS-DMC-Lorraine-Bellas the Chicago-
baseddestination management company, that specializes in designing, planning and executing innovative and personalized programs, announced today the appointment of Lorraine Bellas as its new Director of Sales and Marketing.

Bellas brings to her new position over 20 years of management experience in the sales, business development and operations fields within the professional services and hospitality industries.  Most recently, Bellas served as the National Sales Manager, Groups and Incentives, for Unique Vacations, the Worldwide Representative of Sandals and Beaches Resorts.

In announcing this senior management appointment, GMS President Hanson Ansary said, “We are excited to have someone with Ms. Bellas’s credentials on board.  Her professional background and experience will bring a fresh perspective to our efforts aimed at showcasing our specialized incentive services.”

“I am excited to embark on this new career opportunity with GMS and help expand the company’s services for our elite clientele,” said Ms. Bellas.

About Global Management Services

Founded in 1999, GMS DMC, along with its strategic partners, is the leading global destination management company with a world-wide span, serving an impressive array of clientele, representing every major industry and market segment.

Follow GMS Global Management Services www.gmsdmc.com or on Social Media: Facebook at www.facebook.com/GlobalManagementServices, Twitter twitter.com/globalmsi or LinkedIn linkedin.com/company/global-management-services-inc.

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Chicago is now home to the nation’s newest mall. The Fashion Outlets of Chicago opened its doors in August, bringing 530,000 square feet of hotly anticipated outlet shopping to Rosemont, IL, within minutes of Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport. The variety of stores in the new Mall can only be described as “unreal”—some of the most prestigious names in fashion in the US. From Prada and Gucci to Tory Burch the new Mall has it all.

And it’s also worth checking out the contemporary art on display throughout the mall. Colorful pieces by artists such as Jen Stark and Cody Hudson can be found under escalators, hanging from the ceiling and over entrance ways were curated by Miami-based Arts Initiative.

If you ever wanted to just go for a “shop until you drop” trip to the US, book your flight to Chicago. The city is now the uncontested mecca for shopping—from its famed Magnificent Mile to its new and shining Fashion Outlet Mall. Let GMS put together an itinerary for your group to shop to their hearts’ content.

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Summertime in Millenium Park

Now that the weather is finally starting to warm up, it’s the perfect time to start planning your next outing to Millennium Park, where there is no shortage of fun summertime activities.

When people visit Chicago, they tend to gravitate to Millennium Park, the city’s signature green oasis, which sits in stark contrast to the towering skyscrapers that surround it.

Whether you’re a frequent visitor to Millennium Park or you’re planning your first trip, we’re sure that there are at least a few things you didn’t know about it.

One well-kept secret is that GMS can arrange a group dinner onstage at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion, where you can enjoy the views over the Great Lawn and south along Michigan Avenue that are usually reserved for musicians only.

For more tidbits, check out Choose Chicago’s list of 10 Things You (Probably) Didn’t Know About Millennium Park. We hope it teaches you something new and gets you excited for your next trip to the park!!