April 29 – November 2, 2014 (weather permitting)
Installation Location: The Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Roof Garden
American artist Dan Graham (born 1942, Urbana, Illinois) will create a site-specific installation atop The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Roof Garden—the second in a new series of commissions for the outdoor site. Comprising curves of steel and two-way…
Thousands will run and walk to raise funds and awareness for pancreatic cancer, the fourth leading cause of cancer death in the United States, at PurpleStride Chicago 2014 on April 26, 2014. PurpleStride Chicago will benefit the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, the national organization creating hope in a comprehensive way through research, patient support, community outreach and advocacy for a cure.
“PurpleStride Chicago is meant as a day of hope and inspiration for people who have been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer as well as a tribute to people who have passed away from this terrible disease,” said Kelli Steckbauer, Chicago resident and volunteer for the Chicago Affiliate of the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network. “Money raised helps fund personalized support for patients, their families and caregivers, as well as supporting research that will hopefully lead to better treatment options to increase survival for pancreatic cancer patients. We are proud to join tens of thousands of people across the country who are taking part in more than 50 PurpleStride events this year. We all share one common goal – to end pancreatic cancer.”
This year, more than 46,000 Americans will be diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and more than 39,500 will die from the disease. Pancreatic cancer has one of the lowest survival rates of all major cancers – 73 percent die within one year of diagnosis and the five-year survival rate is just six percent. Pancreatic cancer is anticipated to move from the fourth to the second leading cause of cancer death in the United States by 2020.
All those who would like to join the fight against pancreatic cancer are invited to attend the event, which will take place at Lincoln Park- Montrose Harbor, Grove 16 – 4400 North Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, Illinois 60640. Participants have their choice of walking, running, or running a timed race on a course along the beautiful Lake Michigan. The event will include live music and other family friendly festivities throughout the day. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. with opening ceremonies starting at 9:45 a.m. To register, visit www.purplestride.org/chicago.
“We are deeply committed to supporting the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network in its effort to double the survival rate of pancreatic cancer by 2020 and providing real hope to those who have been touched by this insidious disease,” stated “Charlie’s Angels” Team Captain Jennifer Odegard. “We are striding for the people who are bravely fighting this disease and for those who have lost their battle. We are striding for my husband, Chicago Police Department Officer, Charles Odegard, who served with the CPD for 21 years. Due to the lack of early diagnostic tools, he was simply diagnosed too late and lost his battle at the young age of 48. I am appreciative every day for the support we received from Charlie’s fellow officers and the City of Chicago during his journey with this disease. Like a true brotherhood, they fought with Charlie to the end holding fundraisers in his honor and being there for any emotional support needed. Now, on April 26th, many more of our family members and friends will come together again to honor and remember Charlie at PurpleStride Chicago.”
To learn more about the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network and the Chicago Affiliate, visit www.pancan.org.
As it becomes even more increasingly difficult to stand out in the high-income, beyond luxury market, the sky is literally the new limit as the Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts group reimagine luxury hospitality with the introduction of the Four Seasons Jet, the industry’s first fully branded private jet experience.
An idea of extending the famous Four Seasons hospitality and to reimagine the future of luxury hospitality lead the company to create private jet journeys that focused exclusively on stays at Four Seasons properties worldwide in 2012. Beginning in February 2015, the Four Seasons Jet will transport 52 guests on highly customized, bespoke journeys, offering discerning travelers a distinctly Four Seasons travel experience from the moment they book their trip. Four Seasons in-flight staff, including a dedicated on-board concierge, will coordinate with local Four Seasons concierges in each destination to ensure that the Four Seasons Private Jet Experience is nothing short of extraordinary.
With the words “Four Seasons” on the fuselage and the iconic Four Seasons logo on the tail, the completely retrofitted Boeing 757 will feature interiors and exterior design customized by the company’s team of design experts, setting the stage for a travel experience like no other.
“Taking our legendary service to the skies is a natural extension of what we’ve been doing in our hotels for more than 50 years,” says Susan Helstab, Executive Vice President Marketing, Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts. “The Four Seasons Jet showcases the unforgettable people and experiences that make Four Seasons unique. It speaks to our pioneering spirit and the aspirations of today’s modern luxury traveller in an imaginative new way.”
Guests can look forward to individually handcrafted leather flatbed seats, globally inspired cuisine and signature Four Seasons service – on board and on the ground. Global in-flight Wi-Fi keeps guests and staff connected, so that spa treatments, tee times, private excursions and more can be arranged “on the fly” to augment each thoughtfully planned itinerary. Travelers will also have access to exclusive experiences available only to Four Seasons Jet passengers.
Reservations aboard the new Four Seasons Jet are currently open for the following trips:
- Around the World, February 2015 – Beginning in Los Angeles and concluding with a celebratory dinner in London, this 24-day, 9-destination journey explores dynamic cities, exotic islands, architectural wonders and awe-inspiring natural environments. Highlighted by an only-by-private-jet stop at the Taj Mahal, all accommodations will be at Four Seasons hotels and resorts.
- Backstage with the Arts, April 2015 – In the company of like-minded travellers who share a passion for the arts, guests will visit six cities and spend 16 indulgent days filled with backstage visits to Europe’s most stunning museums, outstanding performances at Teatro alla Scala in Milan and the Estates Theatre in Prague, exquisite dinners and a private gala in the Pavlovsk Palace outside St. Petersburg.
- Around the World, August 2015 – Epic is the word to describe this globe-circling expedition through nine destinations, including stays in three of the newest Four Seasons hotels, plus the brand’s very first safari lodge in the Serengeti. From the Forbidden City in Beijing to the medina in Marrakech, the pristine waters of the Maldives to the excitement of the world’s largest fish market in Tokyo and a final, glittering dinner in New York, it will be 24 days no one will ever forget.
Each journey includes air travel and ground transportation, planned excursions, all meals throughout the trip and luxurious accommodations exclusively at Four Seasons.
“The decision to offer one-of-a-kind trips aboard a custom-designed Four Seasons Jet reflects an understanding of our guests’ evolving needs and preferences,” continues Helstab. “It recognizes their desire to pair adventure and discovery with the luxury of a fully immersive Four Seasons experience.”
The Four Seasons Jet, including accompanying staff and crew, is also available for private charter. To learn more visit fourseasons.com/jet
Located a mere stone’s throw from the Champs Elysées in the heart of the fashionable so-called Golden Triangle, the Hotel Lancaster radiates an intimate luxury. It is housed in a 19th century townhouse, which was recently fully refurbished, giving a contemporary twist to classic materials such as wood, leather and velvet, combining just-picked flowers with antiques, paintings and period furniture (including Louis XV and XVI) acquired by Emile Wolf, the legendary Swiss hotelier, who transformed the townhouse into a hotel in 1925.
At the Lancaster hotel customers are each welcomed as privileged guests, it has always done its very best to build its reputation around the exceptional quality of its service, the availability and discretion of its staff, and last, but by no means least, its warm and
friendly approach to customers.
The Lancaster recently achieved a one year of complete renovation of all the rooms, suites and corridors; The aim was to create refined and refreshed spaces that strengthened the origins of the hotel and paid tribute to the history that helped build the reputation of the Lancaster. The building which today houses the Lancaster was originally built in 1889 as a private townhouse by Mr. Santiago Drake del Castillo – who descended from Spanish nobility – who had acquired the premises 10 years earlier from the Prince and Princess de Hennin. In 1925 the building was sold to a Swiss hotelier, Emile Wolf, who decided to start a process of enlargement and transformation on the flat-house. Between 1925 and 1925 the four-floor townhouse became an eight-floor luxury hotel. During the period of conversion that took until 1930, Emile Wolf and his executive housekeeper, daughter of a highly reputed antique dealer, scoured the auction houses of Paris for furniture, antique clocks, paintings, chandeliers and other furnishing to equip and decorate the hotel. Until today the wealth of Louis XV and XVI furniture as well as the attention directed to the decoration details add an inimitable Parisian chic to the hotel.
With 43 rooms and 14 suites overlooking both the street and the courtyard, the property has a residential yet regal feel sure to refresh visitors coming in from the whirl of excitement of the Champs Elysées and neighboring attractions.
The newly decorated Lancaster hotel uses materials that are elegant, yet comfortable. Classic materials such as velvet, wood and leather are combined with more contemporary touches including nickel, one-way mirrors and glass. Fabrics with dimmed and faded patterns have been used in favor of solid colors so the woodwork of the dressers and bedside tables catches the eye. The modern additions are inspired by designs of the 1920s and 1930s with a strong Art Deco feel. Lighting fixtures play a key role in the Hotel’s decoration concept and white bed linen also plays a part in accentuating the unique decor. Chairs and armchairs have been reupholstered using more technical fabrics that upgrade the frames and emphasize the color combination chosen for each room: Parma pink, blue, bronze, and champagne.
The new corridors are lined with specially designed bronze-colored carpets with black borders. Designer Tai-Ping Maison wanted to create the illusion of a path of golden sand, leading from one room to the next, inviting guests to explore the different corners of the hotel. Each door number is adorned with a fresh flower, cut from the hotel’s garden. This lovely touch is integral to the Lancaster’s identity which has always been associated with flowers.
These gems have been renovated, ensuring the timeless elegance and style of the hotel continues to greet guests today. The solid oak herringbone parquet, so typical of 19th century Parisian chic, has also been lovingly restored.
Many famous and distinguished guests have paid a visit to the Hotel Lancaster over the years. A favorite haunt of the 1930s “A” list, Marlene Dietrich called it home for three years. No less than Russian artist Boris Pastoukhoff, Clark Gable, Greta Garbo and Robert Capa have all graced the hotel with their presence. More recently, Jane Fonda, Emma Thompson and Pedro Almodovar have chosen to make the hotel their Parisian pied-à-terre.
Its cosy yet glamorous vibe has no doubt had something to do with its attraction. Indeed, when guests cross the threshold, they leave the bustle of Paris behind them. They can unwind in the courtyard garden, whose lush plants from five different continents create an enchanting environment.
The delightfully intimate, understated and contemporary restaurant “La Table du Lancaster” is an exquisite one-Michelin-star restaurant. The inspired seasonal menu at La Table du Lancaster, crafted by Julien Roucheteau, highlights vivid and unforgettable flavors; the menu is declined around the origin of the product. “Colors and favors of the soil”, “From the river to the lake”, “Winds and tides”, “Pasturelands and farmyards” offer a walk through French land and the world.
Once guests walk through the elegant entrance to the hotel, they enter a calm and tranquil space, away from the bustle of Paris. In the ‘Terrasse du Lancaster’ as regulars call it, plants from five continents flourish – Australian palm trees are complimented by a Japanese-style flowerbed with pebbles, whilst oak trees and teak woodwork decking create a grounded, solid feel. During the summer, the “Terrasse du Lancaster” is decorated with streamlined tables and chairs made of striking and unusual woods. With the soothing sounds of the fountain, guests can relax and escape from the flurry of activity at the Champs Élysées.
Guests may also take advantage of the bar’s new gourmet match: a glass of superb wine the head sommelier has paired with delectables from Paris’s fine delicatessen Da Rosa.
Whatever they choose, guests are sure to leave Hotel Lancaster with memories of an unforgettable stay – one filled with grandeur and a touch of glamour.
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