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11.13.18

Milwaukee’s Newest Arts Hotel Invites Artists Around the Globe to Showcase Works

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Named “Saint Kate,” hotel will celebrate artistic expression in all forms; a place to create, discover and participate in the creative process

Curiosity, Creativity, Collaboration, Community, Common Ground – this is the inspiration behind Milwaukee’s newest independent arts hotel, Saint Kate. Named for Saint Catherine, the patron saint of artists, this first-of-its-kind hotel will offer an experience unlike any other hotel through the celebration of the arts.

Expected to open in spring 2019, Saint Kate The Arts Hotel, will be a place that will create discussion and drive collaboration among visitors, allowing guests to see things from a beautiful new perspective. Blending exceptional hospitality with artistic expression, the hotel’s motto, “invite participation and expect change,” will challenge visitors to keep an open mind, embrace change and evolve as individuals.

Saint Kate The Arts Hotel Bar Rendering

At an unveiling event held November 12 in collaboration with Milwaukee’s vibrant creative community, over 400 artists witnessed the vision and story of Saint Kate unfold, and learned how they can be a part of the hotel’s dynamic creative process and experiential DNA. Artists were invited to use Saint Kate as a space to share their vision, passion and imagination with travelers and locals alike.

“Saint Kate is a place for everyone who treasures the arts and appreciates all that art can bring to our lives and communities. Like art in its most basic form, this hotel is fully inclusive and a home to experience the power of contrasts. Saint Kate will help show the world that Milwaukee is a vibrant destination for creative expression,” said Reginald Baylor, one of Wisconsin’s best-known artists and the first Artist in Residence of The Pfister Hotel in Milwaukee. “All our lives are made richer by letting go of the familiar and embracing the process of creativity. At Saint Kate, our community can unite to embrace the beauty of what could be.”

Like an artist’s blank canvas, the entire experiential destination will celebrate art in all its many forms, from music to dance, painting to sculpture, film to poetry and more. All ideas are welcome and encouraged. Located in the heart of Milwaukee’s theatre and entertainment district, the 219-room hotel will feature art-inspired guestrooms, 13,000 square feet of flexible meeting space, 11 event rooms and three restaurants, as well as bars and lounges. Design plans unveiled at the event include a theatre that will feature plays, lectures, classes and musical and dance performances; world-class gallery space; a working Artist-in-Residence studio that will give guests a window into the creative process; and event spaces to host rotating exhibitions, screenings, workshops and more.

“We are in the business of asking what-if and why not? People like adventure and authentic experiences and the opportunity to step out of their day-to-day. Saint Kate will be full of surprises for those who crave an enriching travel experience – to engage and explore, rather than simply observe. Our number-one goal is to challenge people’s thinking about art and the creative process. By tapping into our creative community, we are using art as a tool to show that there is beauty in the process as well as the finished product. All can be celebrated at Saint Kate,” said hotel visionary Greg Marcus, president and CEO of The Marcus Corporation.

The hotel is currently seeking proposals from artists around the world that will be reviewed by an independent arts advisory board comprised of leaders from Milwaukee arts organizations and creative influencers. All ideas are welcome and should be emailed to: proposals@saintkatearts.com.

“Where there is art, there is change and appreciation. Every time you visit Saint Kate it will be a different experience, a new perspective and a rewarding individual journey. From the moment guests walk through the door, they will have a new view of Milwaukee and the creative spirit that pulses through our streets. We are inviting the curious, the seekers, the inventors to be part of the Saint Kate experience and to use this new platform to share their expressions with the community,” Marcus said.

For more information on the vision and creative process of the arts hotel, please visit: www.SaintKateArts.com.

About Marcus Hotels & Resorts
Saint Kate is owned and managed by Marcus® Hotels & Resorts, a division of The Marcus Corporation (NYSE: MCS), which owns and/or manages 21 hotels, resorts and other properties in the U.S. The company’s distinctive portfolio includes city-center meeting hotels, upscale resorts, historic properties, and premium branded and independent first-class hotels. Marcus Hotels & Resorts is an approved operator for all major lodging brands. A leader in the hospitality industry since 1962, Marcus Hotels & Resorts creates asset value for hotel owners through its expertise in management, development and product repositioning. This includes hotel food and beverage concepts developed by its Marcus Restaurant Group, featuring premier brands such as Mason Street Grill, ChopHouse, Miller Time Pub & Grill and SafeHouse Restaurants. For more information, please visit: http://www.marcushotels.com and follow the company on Facebook and Twitter (@MarcusHotels).

About The Marcus Corporation
Headquartered in Milwaukee, The Marcus Corporation is a leader in the lodging and entertainment industries, with significant company-owned real estate assets. In addition to its lodging division, its theatre division, Marcus Theatres®, is the fourth largest theatre circuit in the U.S. and currently owns or operates 890 screens at 68 locations in eight states. Upon completion of its announced acquisition of the Movie Tavern circuit in early 2019, Marcus Theatres will own or operate 1,098 screens at 90 locations in 17 states. For more information, please visit the company’s website at www.marcuscorp.com.
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10.25.18

Make It a Holiday to Remember at The Pfister Hotel, Hilton Milwaukee and InterContinental Milwaukee

Marcus Hotels and Resorts Holiday

Christmas trees, twinkling lights and festive feasts will soon arrive at the AAA Four-Diamond Pfister Hotel, AAA Four-Diamond Hilton Milwaukee City Center and InterContinental Milwaukee, bringing treasured holiday traditions back to town. Locals and visitors alike can look for a mix of classic holiday celebrations, as well as new, fun and energizing occasions to toast to the holiday season!

Top Three “Must Do” Holiday Events to Make 2018 a Holiday to Remember:

The Pfister Hotel’s Annual Tree Lighting Event – Friday, November 23, 2018 from 5:00 – 6:30 p.m. (official lighting at 5:30 p.m.)
o The Pfister Hotel is celebrating its 125th anniversary in 2018, and its annual tree lighting ceremony is one of Milwaukee’s most celebrated and anticipated traditions. Featuring an 18-foot, LED-lighted holiday tree, the festive event includes complimentary holiday treats, music, hot cocoa and more. Parents are invited to bring their cameras, as Santa and Mrs. Claus will be arriving at 5:20 p.m. on a Milwaukee Fire Department fire truck to greet guests and pose for photos. Guests are encouraged to write letters to Santa and drop them in Santa’s special mailbox, which he will take back with him to the North Pole. While the actual tree lighting ceremony takes place at 5:30 p.m., the other activities extend to 6:30 p.m. To support those in need during the holiday season, The Pfister Hotel will collect food for Hunger Task Force and encourages guests to bring non-perishable food items. This event is free and open to the public. Enjoy complimentary parking with any purchase.
Pfister Holiday Marketplace – Saturday and Sunday, December 8 and 9, 2018 | 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
o Discover and connect with local artists and experience holiday fun and art in many forms. Hosted by talented artist Renee Bebeau, guests will enjoy festive music and fine art while shopping for the perfect gift for family and friends. Located on The Pfister Mezzanine, entry into the marketplace is free.
Holiday Trivia at Monarch Lounge – December 5 and December 19, 2018 | Trivia begins at 6:30 p.m.
o Put your holiday pop culture and history knowledge to the test during holiday trivia nights at Monarch Lounge in the Hilton Milwaukee City Center. Competitors will enjoy specialty holiday cocktails, as well as friendly competition for fun prizes and gift cards. If teams wear holiday-themed attire, they receive five bonus points!

In addition to these can’t-miss events, enjoy a wide variety of holiday dinners and brunches at all three Milwaukee Marcus Hotels & Resorts properties:

125 Years of Holiday Spirit at The Pfister
Milwaukee’s treasured 125-year-old hotel is pleased to present a number of memorable experiences and events to celebrate the spirit of the season. For more information on The Pfister’s holiday festivities, visit: www.thepfisterhotel.com/holidays.

Thanksgiving Bountiful Brunch at The Pfister
Thursday, November 22 | 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

The breathtaking atmosphere of The Pfister Hotel’s ballroom provides the perfect destination for a cherished Thanksgiving. In a comfortable yet elegant setting, The Pfister Hotel’s beloved brunch provides ample holiday cheer. There is much to be thankful for, from appetizers and entrées, to side dishes and desserts – plus all the traditional trimmings. Extend the holiday experience and stay the night Wednesday, November 21 or Thursday, November 22. Rates start at $109 per night, plus tax with the purchase of brunch. For reservations, call 877.704.5340 or 414.935.5950. Pricing: $68 Adults, $27 Children 3-10 years-old, 2 and under free (tax and gratuity are not included). Credit card guarantee required. 48-hour cancellation notice required or full amount is charged.

Breakfast with Santa
Saturdays and Sundays, December 8, 9, 15, 16, 22 and 23, 2018 | Two seatings will be available each date – 8:00 to 9:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Breakfast with Santa is a Pfister tradition that creates lifelong memories. Guests have the opportunity to share a jolly, plated breakfast with Santa and his elves in The Pfister’s festive ballroom. Smaller seatings for each date will ensure that everyone has an exceptional experience. In addition to photos with Santa, which are highly encouraged, every child will receive a special gift and will be able to write letters to Santa, while enjoying making other special holiday crafts. For reservations, call 877.704.5340 or 414.935.5950. Pricing: $48 Adults, $30 Children 3-10 years old, 2 and under free. Credit card guarantee required. 48-hour cancellation notice required or full amount is charged.

Mason Street Grill Christmas Carol Experience
Saturday, December 8 and 15, 2018 | 5:00 – 7:30 p.m.

Reserve your spot for a wonderful winter’s evening, enjoying dinner at Mason Street Grill followed by A Christmas Carol presented by the Milwaukee Repertory Theater. Complimentary parking in The Pfister structure and transportation to the show will be provided. A three-course prix-fixe menu will be available starting at 5:00 p.m. Guests can then take The Pfister’s shuttle to the Pabst Theater for the 7:30 p.m. showtime of A Christmas Carol. Last shuttle will leave at 7:00 p.m. For reservations, call 414.298.3131. Pricing: $125 per person; preferred orchestra seating for the show. (Tax and gratuity not included.)

Christmas Celebration Brunch
Tuesday, December 25, 2018 | 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Christmas brunch at The Pfister begins with a complimentary mimosa or Bloody Mary followed by a spectacular buffet featuring a delicious assortment of appetizers, salads, entrées and decadent desserts in the hotel’s elegant main ballroom. For reservations, call 877.704.5340 or 414.935.5950. Pricing: $68 Adults, $27 Children 3 – 10 years old, 2 and under free (tax and gratuity are not included). Credit card guarantee is required, and a 48-hour cancellation notice is required or full amount will be charged.

Special Holiday Room Promotions:
To truly enjoy a magical Pfister holiday experience, consider staying overnight and waking up on Christmas morning in luxury! On December 24 or 25, 2018, overnight rates start at $109 per night, plus tax, with the purchase of brunch. For reservations, call 877.704.5340 or 414.935.5950.

Holiday Traditions at the Hilton Milwaukee City Center
To learn more about the holiday events listed below, visit: www.hiltonmilwaukee.com/holiday.

Wine Wednesdays at Milwaukee ChopHouse
Every Wednesday in December | Normal operating hours

Enjoy 50 percent-off bottles under $100 and 25 percent-off bottles $100 and up every Wednesday in December.

Miller Time Pub & Grill Sweater Drive
Friday, December 7 to Sunday, December 9, 2018 | Normal operating hours

Miller Time Pub & Grill patrons can donate a lightly used or brand-new sweater to those in need this holiday season. For every sweater donated, patrons will receive a free Miller beer on tap (up to five).

Nightmare Before Christmas Party at Miller Time Pub & Grill
Friday, December 14, 2018 | 6:00 p.m. to close

Miller Time Pub & Grill celebrates the spookier side of Christmas during a “Nightmare Before Christmas” party. Locals and visitors alike can enjoy the classic movie on TVs throughout the pub, while enjoying themed cocktails. Costumes are highly encouraged.

Celebrating the Holidays in Style at the InterContinental Milwaukee
To learn more about the holiday events listed below, visit: www.intercontinentalmilwaukee.com/holiday.

Thanksgiving Brunch and Dinner at Kil@Wat
Thursday, November 22 | Brunch from 7:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. | Dinner from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Feast with family and friends at Kil@Wat’s incredible Thanksgiving brunch or four-course dinner. Bringing together traditional favorites and adventurous new creations, this will be a Thanksgiving to remember. For reservations: Call 414.291.4793. Cost: $49 per person; $69 with wine pairings.

Holiday Lights Kick-Off
Thursday, November 15 | 6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

The holiday season starts with the annual downtown Milwaukee Holiday Lights Festival. Following the tree lighting in Red Arrow Park, stop by and warm up with free hot cocoa and a selection of our house-made holiday cookies. Complimentary Hot Cocoa will be provided.

Glühwein & Sweets Special at CLEAR
Monday, December 24, 2018 | 4 p.m. – Close

Enjoy the hotel’s rustic recipe of Glühwein – a classic mulled beverage – and sample delectable desserts to satisfy your holiday sweet tooth. Pricing: $7/glass for mulled wine and $10 for the dessert sampler.

Christmas Eve Dinner at Kil@Wat
Monday, December 24, 2018 | 4:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Bring the family to Kil@Wat for a fantastic, five-course holiday feast on Christmas Eve. To add to the experience, the meal can be upgraded with a full wine pairing menu. For reservations, call 414.276.8686. Pricing: $69 per person or $94 with wine pairings.

Christmas Day Brunch at Kil@Wat
Tuesday, December 25, 2018 | 7:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Spend time with friends and family enjoying Kil@Wat’s spectacular Christmas brunch.
For reservations, call 414.276.8686. Pricing: Menu prices.

Marcus Hotels Holiday Gift Cards
Purchase $100 in Marcus gift cards and receive a $25 bonus gift card redeemable at any Marcus restaurant, spa hotel or theatre. Purchase today at: http://www.marcusgiftcards.com/.

About Marcus Hotels & Resorts
Marcus Hotels & Resorts owns and/or manages 21 hotels, resorts and other properties in the U.S. The company’s distinctive portfolio includes city-center meeting hotels, upscale resorts, historic properties, and premium branded and independent first-class hotels. Marcus Hotels & Resorts is an approved operator for all major lodging brands. A leader in the hospitality industry since 1962, Marcus Hotels & Resorts creates asset value for hotel owners through its expertise in management, development and product repositioning. This includes hotel food and beverage concepts developed by its Marcus Restaurant Group, featuring premier brands such as Mason Street Grill, ChopHouse, Miller Time Pub & Grill and SafeHouse Restaurants. For more information, please visit: http://www.marcushotels.com and follow the company on Facebook and Twitter (@MarcusHotels).

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10.03.18

Experience the Tradition of Afternoon Tea at The Pfister Hotel

Pfister Blu Bar Afternoon Tea
The hotel’s treasured afternoon tea experience will be offered every Saturday and Sunday through April 28, 2019

One of the AAA-Four Diamond Pfister Hotel’s most treasured traditions returns for another season. The hotel’s popular afternoon tea service, complete with a Pfister Tea Butler and tableside tea blending, kicked off this month and will now be available every Saturday and Sunday through April 28, 2019.

Reminiscent of the 19th century, The Pfister’s afternoon tea offers an elegant experience perfect for friends and families looking to enjoy a traditional English afternoon in Milwaukee’s most luxurious hotel. Located in the heart of downtown Milwaukee, The Pfister provides one of the best views of the city’s skyline as well as lavish surroundings to complete the high tea experience.

“As The Pfister celebrates its 125th anniversary this year, we are once again excited to bring back our popular tea service,” said Tim Smith, general manager of The Pfister Hotel. “This unique experience is a highly anticipated tradition for many, especially as we approach the busy holiday season. We hope our many guests will once again enjoy this treasured tradition with family and loved ones at Milwaukee’s most iconic hotel.”

During each afternoon high tea experience, guests are first greeted by a Pfister Tea Butler who educates them on each variety of tea, the unique flavors, blending options and pairing suggestions. Presented in all-silver service, including a replica of an 18th century self-tipping teapot, tea is paired with a special menu complete with fresh scones, sandwiches and pastries. For ladies and gentlemen 12 years or younger, an All Grown Up menu is also available which includes Vermont ham and cheddar finger sandwiches, herbed chicken salad tartlets, raspberry milk chocolate tarts and warm sipping chocolate.

As part of its tea service, The Pfister Hotel is proud to offer a fine selection of Rishi Teas in 12 varieties, including its signature blend, Pfister 1893, exclusively crafted in 2013 in conjunction with Milwaukee-based Rishi Tea. Pfister 1893 features a blend of jasmine and wild rose-scented white teas infused with rejuvenating peppermint and calming lavender. The high tea experience is complete with delightful music by a pianist, a cozy fireplace and fine selections of Veuve Cliquot or Veuve Cliquot Rose.

Individuals of all ages interested in experiencing The Pfister’s afternoon tea are invited and encouraged to reserve early for this popular series. Seatings are available Saturdays and Sundays at 12:30 p.m., 1:00 p.m., 1:30 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. Reservations are required and can be made by calling 414-935-5950.

Please visit The Pfister Afternoon Tea for more information on menu selections and pricing.

The Pfister Hotel is owned and managed by Marcus® Hotels & Resorts. For more information on the latest news and updates from Marcus Hotels & Resorts, please visit: http://Media.MarcusHotels.com.

About The Pfister Hotel
Celebrating its 125th year, The Pfister Hotel is one of the oldest hotels in the Midwest and continues to be the premier hotel in downtown Milwaukee. Originally opened in 1893 by businessman Guido Pfister, it was the most lavish hotel of its time. The hotel’s storied elegance had faded following World War II, until 1962, when Ben Marcus, founder of The Marcus Corporation, purchased this grand hotel out of bankruptcy. The Marcus Corporation renovated and restored the hotel to its original glory, adding convention facilities, a parking garage and 23-story guest tower. The Pfister Hotel remains home to the largest collection of Victorian art of any hotel in the world, and is home to an award-winning Artist in Residence program celebrating its 10th year.
Today The Pfister Hotel continues its tradition of gracious service and impeccable style, and has been recognized by AAA as a Four-Diamond property for 41 consecutive years. In 2017, The Pfister Hotel was ranked the No. 1 Best Milwaukee Hotel by U.S. News & World Report and was recognized as a Top Hotel in the Midwest in Condé Nast Traveler’s 30th annual Reader’s Choice Awards. This exceptional property is a member of two prestigious hotel organizations, Historic Hotels of America and Preferred Hotels & Resorts. The Pfister Hotel is located at 424 E. Wisconsin Ave. in downtown Milwaukee. For more information, please visit www.thepfisterhotel.com and follow the hotel on Facebook and Twitter (@PfisterHotel).

About Marcus Hotels & Resorts
Marcus Hotels & Resorts owns and/or manages 21 hotels, resorts and other properties in the U.S. The company’s distinctive portfolio includes city-center meeting hotels, upscale resorts, historic properties, and premium branded and independent first-class hotels. Marcus Hotels & Resorts is an approved operator for all major lodging brands. A leader in the hospitality industry since 1962, Marcus Hotels & Resorts creates asset value for hotel owners through its expertise in management, development and product repositioning. This includes hotel food and beverage concepts developed by its Marcus Restaurant Group, featuring premier brands such as Mason Street Grill, ChopHouse, Miller Time Pub & Grill and SafeHouse Restaurants. For more information, please visit: http://www.marcushotels.com and follow the company on Facebook and Twitter (@MarcusHotels).

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09.06.18

Experience the World-Class Art in Downtown Milwaukee with a Sculpture Milwaukee Collector Package This Fall

Half Big Suit by Edwin Wurm 2016
“Half Big Suit” 2016 by artist Erwin Wurm, part of Sculpture Milwaukee 2018. Photo by Kevin J. Miyazaki

Marcus® Hotels & Resorts, a nationally recognized hotel owner and management company based in Milwaukee, is offering art collectors an elite opportunity to experience the city’s urban, outdoor art gallery, Sculpture Milwaukee, by booking the Sculpture Milwaukee Collector Package running now through October 20, 2018. Now in its second year, Sculpture Milwaukee features works by 22 internationally, nationally and locally renowned artists and features an urban, outdoor art gallery representing a broad range of generations, working practices, materials and styles.

The Sculpture Milwaukee Collector Package makes for the perfect fall getaway to admire the world-class sculptures while taking in the breathtaking autumn colors in Milwaukee this September and October. Art lovers and connoisseurs will get a first-hand look into Milwaukee’s incredible growing and diverse arts community, as well. The package includes:

• A personal, private tour of The Sculpture Milwaukee outdoor exhibit with curator Russell Bowman
• An overnight stay in the Presidential Suite at Milwaukee’s premier AAA-Four Diamond Pfister Hotel
• Complimentary dinner for two at Mason Street Grill
• Private tour of the world-renowned Milwaukee Art Museum
• Exclusive sneak peek at the curated artwork for Milwaukee’s first arts-inspired hotel expected to open in 2019

Sculpture Milwaukee, led by Stephen H. Marcus, chairman of the board of The Marcus Corporation, provides a unique opportunity to view some of the finest art in the world. Highlighted works of the 2018 exhibit include: Magdalena Abakanowicz’s The Group of Five, 2014; Liz Glynn’s Untitled (Burgher with extended arm), 2014; Mel Kendrick’s Marker #2, 2009; Shana McCaw and Brent Budsberg’s Skew, 2018; Hank Willis Thomas’ Liberty, 2015; Bernar Venet’s 97.5° Arc x 9, 2007; and Erwin Wurm’s Half Big Suit, 2016. Also featured in this year’s exhibit is work from Robert Indiana’s iconic LOVE series. Indiana, who passed away in May, will be remembered by many in the city for his painting of the court in the former MECCA arena.

The Sculpture Milwaukee Collector Package runs now through October, 20, 2018 and starts at $1,450. For more information on details, and to book your reservation, please contact Cassy Scrima at cassyscrima@marcushotels.com.

For more information on the latest news and updates from Marcus Hotels & Resorts, please visit: http://Media.MarcusHotels.com.

About Sculpture Milwaukee
Debuted in 2017, Sculpture Milwaukee is the vision of Steve Marcus, a local philanthropist and chairman of the board of The Marcus Corporation. Milwaukee Downtown, Business Improvement District #21, a 501(c)(3) organization, serves as the administrative arm of the project with many Milwaukee organizations and institutions lending their support. This tremendous gift to the community is made possible through grants, in-kind donations and sponsorships. The inaugural exhibition was organized by advisor Russell Bowman, former director of the Milwaukee Art Museum, and included 21 regional, national and international artists – Donald Baechler, Lynda Benglis, Chakaia Booker, Deborah Butterfield, Santiago Calatrava, Saint Clair Cemin, Tony Cragg, Jim Dine, Paul Druecke, Michelle Grabner, John Henry, Sol LeWitt, Dennis Oppenheim, Tom Otterness, Will Ryman, Alison Saar, Joel Shapiro, Jessica Stockholder, Tony Tasset, Manolo Valdes and Jason S. Yi. Sculpture Milwaukee 2018 is curated by Russell Bowman and Marilu Knode, Sculpture Milwaukee’s project director and former director of Laumeier Sculpture Park in St. Louis. For more information, visit www.sculpturemilwaukee.com or call 414.220.4700.

About Marcus Hotels & Resorts
Marcus Hotels & Resorts owns and/or manages 21 hotels, resorts and other properties in the U.S. The company’s distinctive portfolio includes city-center meeting hotels, upscale resorts, historic properties, and premium branded and independent first-class hotels. Marcus Hotels & Resorts is an approved operator for all major lodging brands. A leader in the hospitality industry since 1962, Marcus Hotels & Resorts creates asset value for hotel owners through its expertise in management, development and product repositioning. This includes hotel food and beverage concepts developed by its Marcus Restaurant Group, featuring premier brands such as Mason Street Grill, ChopHouse, Miller Time Pub & Grill and SafeHouse Restaurants. For more information, please visit: http://www.marcushotels.com and follow the company on Facebook and Twitter (@MarcusHotels).

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08.23.18

Five Marcus Restaurant Properties Awarded Wine Spectator Recognition

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Geneva ChopHouse, Bloomington ChopHouse, Mason Street Grill, Milwaukee ChopHouse, and Grey Rock Restaurant Receive Award of Excellence

Marcus® Restaurant Group today announced that five of its premier properties have earned 2018 Wine Spectator Awards of Excellence to recognize their superior wine programs. The award-winning restaurants, include:

• Geneva ChopHouse located in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, and Bloomington ChopHouse located in Bloomington, Minnesota, which received the award for their first time;
• Mason Street Grill, located in Milwaukee, which is celebrating its sixth award;
• Milwaukee ChopHouse, also located in Milwaukee, which is receiving the award for its eighth year; and,
• Grey Rock Restaurant, located at the Heidel House Resort & Spa in Green Lake, Wisconsin, which has earned the award for 16 years.

The Wine Spectator Award of Excellence recognizes fewer than 2,400 restaurants each year, requiring at least 90 wine options and a well-chosen assortment of quality producers, along with a thematic match to the restaurant menu.

“Wine contributes significantly to the exceptional experience that our guests expect from Marcus Restaurants,” said Joe Jackson, corporate director of food and beverage for Marcus Hotels & Resorts. “This significant recognition highlights our spirit of excellence and hospitality. I’m thrilled to see our team’s thoughtful work continue to be recognized year after year.”

To be considered for an Award of Excellence, each Marcus Restaurant property submitted a nomination highlighting its particular strengths:

Bloomington ChopHouse – Offers more than 175 different wines by the glass or bottle and has an inventory of almost 2,000 bottles on site. With a strong selection of California and Oregon wines, the restaurant is receiving the Award of Excellence for the first time in 2018.

Geneva ChopHouse – Offers more than 100 different wines by the glass or bottle. A first time Award of Excellence winner, the Geneva ChopHouse has wines from across the world and specializes in California vintages.

Mason Street Grill – Offers more than 330 different wines by the glass or bottle and has an inventory of over 3,000 bottles on-site. Mason Street Grill carries a diverse selection of wines from all major wine producing regions throughout the world and boasts a strong selection from the western U.S. The restaurant regularly brings in upper-tier and limited-release wines from that region and others.

Milwaukee ChopHouse – Offers more than 190 wine selections by the bottle, as well as more than 40 wines available by the glass. The Milwaukee ChopHouse regularly partners with vineyards and wineries across the U.S. to bring unique tasting experiences and wine dinners to guests dining at the restaurant.

Grey Rock – Offers approximately 120 wines by the glass or bottle. In a relaxed, lakefront setting, the restaurant offers fine dining, complemented by a diverse selection of wines with a strong emphasis on California wines. Grey Rock also features two Wisconsin wines on its menu.

For more information about Marcus Restaurant Group’s premier properties, visit http://marcusrestaurants.com/.

To learn about the Wine Spectator Awards program, visit https://restaurants.winespectator.com.

About Wine Spectator
Wine Spectator is the world’s leading authority on wine. Anchored by Wine Spectator magazine, a print publication that reaches more than 3 million readers worldwide, the brand also encompasses the Web’s most comprehensive wine site (WineSpectator.com), mobile platforms and a series of signature events. Wine Spectator examines the world of wine from the vineyard to the table, exploring wine’s role in contemporary culture and delivering expert reviews of more than 18,000 wines each year. Parent company M. Shanken Communications, Inc., also publishes Cigar Aficionado, Whisky Advocate, Market Watch, Shanken News Daily and Shanken’s Impact Newsletter.

About Marcus Restaurant Group
Milwaukee-based Marcus Restaurant Group, an operating unit of Marcus Hotels & Resorts, develops and operates distinctive nationwide establishments ranging from casual and fine dining to trendy lounges and creative concepts. From cuisine and cocktails to ambiance and vibe, each Marcus Restaurant Group experience is carefully designed to fuse with the local scene, offering the finest quality farm-to-table products, wine and craft beverages and inspired dishes that cater to every taste. Award-winning concepts include Miller Time Pub & Grill, ChopHouse, Mason Street Grill and SafeHouse Restaurants. Frequent diners are encouraged to partake in the Marcus Rewards loyalty program at participating restaurants, bars and lounges. For more information on Marcus Restaurant Group, please visit http://www.marcusrestaurants.com, or follow the company on Facebook and Twitter (@EatAtMarcus) for the latest news and updates.
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08.23.18

Hilton Milwaukee City Center Welcomes Harley-Davidson Riders with Revved Up Specials

Miller Time Pub and Grill Harley Davidson Anniversary

Milwaukee’s premier downtown hotel welcomes riders with Jack Daniel’s-inspired cocktails and dishes, meet and greet/signing with Shannon Aikau of Counting Cars and prime viewing of the highly anticipated 115th anniversary parade

In celebration of Harley-Davidson’s 115th anniversary taking place August 29 – September 2, the AAA Four-Diamond Hilton Milwaukee City Center is welcoming riders to the city with a host of hog-wild activities.

Shannon Aikau Signing August 31/Exclusive Q&A Breakfast September 1
Reality TV star Shannon Aikau, star of “Counting Cars” – the spin-off of History’s “Pawn Stars” – will sign posters in the Monarch Lounge on Friday, August 31 from 5-7 p.m. “Counting Cars” chronicles the daily activities at the Las Vegas-based automobile restoration and customization company, Count’s Kustoms, owned by Danny “The Count” Koker. Aikau, the motorcycle shop manager and engineer at Count’s Kustoms, is the go-to authority on bikes and has worked on bikes for over a decade. In celebration of Aikau’s Hawaiian roots, the hotel will offer guests poke bowls ($11), and all cocktails will be half off from 4-7 p.m.

On Saturday, September 1, the Hilton Milwaukee will also host an intimate Q&A breakfast with Aikau from 8-9:30 a.m. Fans can enjoy a Hawaiian-themed breakfast buffet while asking some of their most pressing questions to the motorcycle expert. The event is $25 (per person) plus tax and gratuity and space is limited. Featured menu items include:

• Macadamia nut pancakes
• Portuguese sausage, eggs and rice
• Malasadas
• Loco moco
• Spam misubi
• POG juice
• Hawaiian fruit display

To register online, please visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/shannon-aikau-history-channels-counting-cars-qa-breakfast-tickets-49230511786?aff=pressrelease.

Watch the Harley Parade from Miller Time Pub & Grill’s Outdoor Bar
Get a front row seat where the rubber meets the road as part of Harley-Davidson’s 115th anniversary parade on Sunday, September 2. As a final farewell, watch riders from around the world roar through the streets of downtown Milwaukee, waving their hometown flags proudly, before the parade ends at the lakefront for one final goodbye. Harley-Davidson has invited tens of thousands of riders, including custom bike builders, stunt teams, charitable groups, HOG Chapters and surprise guests, to join in the parade! Enjoy this once in a lifetime spectacle at Miller Time Pub & Grill’s outdoor bar located along the parade route at the corner of W. Wisconsin Avenue and N. 5th Street. Starting at 11:00 a.m. on parade day, guests can enjoy a specialty menu, featuring:

• Chicken wings with Jack Daniels Honey sauce
• Harley Hog burger – a burger with pulled pork, bacon, cheddar cheese, lettuce, tomato and onion ($14)
• Tito’s Bloody Mary’s
• Miller Tall Boy cans ($5-$6)

Don’t miss out on being a part of this final hurrah as Milwaukee sends riders off in style!

Indulge in Jack Daniel’s Inspired Fare and Cocktails All Week Long!
After a long day of sightseeing and outdoor activities, riders are invited to enjoy specially crafted cuisine and libations all weekend long in the hotel’s Monarch Lounge and award-winning Milwaukee ChopHouse.

Cocktails available in Monarch Lounge and Milwaukee ChopHouse include:
Biker’s Poison: Jack Daniel’s Old No. 7, Amaretto, cola, orange slice, cherry
Screaming Eagle: Chambord liqueur, Jack Daniel’s Old No. 7, sweet & sour, lemon twist
Rider 115: Jack Daniel’s Old No. 7. lime, Chambord liqueur, ginger beer, raspberry

Riders can fuel up with some of Milwaukee’s best steaks at the Milwaukee ChopHouse, including these specially crafted dishes:
Bourbon-Marinated Prime-Grade Flat Iron Steak (10 oz.), served with celeriac mash and bourbon honey baby carrots
Honey Bacon Donut Ice Cream Sandwich, served with Jack Daniel’s honey ice cream, candied bacon, honey cookie crumble and Jack Daniel’s caramel

For more information about these special activities, visit http://www.hiltonmilwaukee.com. Or, you can check for more details via Facebook or Twitter @HiltonMilwaukee.

About Hilton Milwaukee City Center
Located in the heart of downtown, the AAA Four Diamond Hilton Milwaukee City Center is a true Milwaukee landmark. In 2011, it became a member of Historic Hotels of America. As Milwaukee’s convention headquarters hotel of choice, Hilton Milwaukee offers the most meeting and event space of any hotel in the city—more than 34,000 square feet—including three ballrooms and 18 well-appointed meeting rooms of various sizes. The hotel’s ballrooms, with their vaulted ceilings and period fabrics, echo the magnificence evident throughout this showpiece.

With 729 renovated guest rooms, Hilton Milwaukee can accommodate nearly any group. Its central location means guests are just moments away from the city’s theater district, the lakefront and Summerfest grounds, the new Fiserv Forum and Historic Third Ward. Hilton Milwaukee is located at 509 W. Wisconsin Ave. in downtown Milwaukee. For more information on the hotel, visit www.HiltonMilwaukee.com, find the hotel on Facebook (Facebook.com/hiltonmilwaukee), or follow it on Twitter (@HiltonMilwaukee).

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06.29.18

Moose Mountain Falls at Timber Ridge Lodge & Waterpark Voted in Top 10 Indoor Waterparks by USA Today’s 10Best Readers’ Choice 2018

Get to Lake Geneva this summer and make a splash at Timber Ridge Lodge & Waterpark’s Moose Mountain Falls, named one of USA Today’s 10Best!

Lake Geneva, WI. (June 29, 2018) – Just in time for the start of summer, Timber Ridge Lodge & Waterpark, managed by Marcus® Hotels & Resorts, is excited to announce that its Moose Mountain Falls waterpark has been named one of the best indoor waterparks for a second consecutive year by USA Today’s 10Best Readers’ Choice 2018! Nestled within the picturesque grounds of Grand Geneva Resort & Spa, Timber Ridge Lodge & Waterpark offers an array of family activities to entertain travelers of all ages including 50,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor waterpark fun. New additions to this year’s waterpark include a children’s water table, light up Lima Tubes for rides down Timber Rapids in the dark and three-person rafts for triple the fun. With 35-foot high slides, mini golf, a food court and a lazy river perfect for those tranquil summer days, there’s something for everyone looking for an enjoyable waterpark experience at Moose Mountain Falls.

“We’re thrilled to be included in this national list for a second consecutive year and thank everyone who voted for us. We’re looking forward to kicking off another great season where the water is always 86 degrees and the temperature is as nice as the perfect summer day,” said Joe Sebestyen, general manager of Timber Ridge Lodge & Waterpark.

Guests this summer can enjoy Timber Ridge Lodge & Waterpark’s all-suite accommodations which include everything families need for a home-away-from-home trip with waterpark fun, all-year round.

To plan your visit, check out Timber Ridge Lodge’s special summer packages and offers, which include day-pass options.

To learn more about Timber Ridge Lodge or to book your summer getaway, visit timberridgelodge.com

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About Timber Ridge Lodge & Waterpark
The family-friendly Timber Ridge Lodge & Waterpark is located in the legendary southeastern Wisconsin community of Lake Geneva, just 90 minutes from Chicago and 50 minutes from Milwaukee. The property offers a collection of 225 expansive one and two-bedroom suites that are equipped with whirlpool baths, private balconies and spacious living rooms. Full kitchens, which boast full-sized refrigerators, stove-top burners, dishwashers and double sinks, provide complete comfort for families. The lodge also offers its signature 50,000-square-foot indoor-outdoor aquatic wonderland, Moose Mountain Falls – the area’s only waterpark – as well as a 3,600-square-foot arcade, 3,500-square-foot ballroom and a family barbeque restaurant. For more information, please visit www.timberridgelodge.com and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

05.23.18

New Sales Leadership Strengthens Marcus® Hotels & Resorts Group Book Efforts

When it comes to hosting successful meetings, Marcus® Hotels & Resorts has more than 55 years of expertise in the Milwaukee area. To continue to strengthen its efforts, the company recently announced the promotion of Dana Johnson from assistant director of sales to director of sales for the Milwaukee market. In this role, Johnson oversees group sales for Marcus Hotels & Resorts’ Milwaukee properties – Hilton Milwaukee City Center, InterContinental Milwaukee and The Pfister Hotel. In addition to Johnson’s promotion, the company named Megan Seppmann as new assistant director of sales for the Milwaukee market.

“The Marcus Hotels & Resorts team is known throughout Milwaukee and the state for its personalized understanding of meeting planners’ needs. Year after year, we connect planners with the experts who create inspiring and memorable events of every size, purpose and budget,” said Linda Price-Topp, vice president of sales for Marcus Hotels & Resorts. “Dana is a proven leader in our organization, and I am confident that she, along with Megan, will continue to drive forward our unrivaled commitment to exceptional service and unforgettable experiences at every corporate meeting, national and regional association conference and any other event we host.”

Dana Johnson Marcus Hotels and Resorts

With more than 25 years of experience working in hotel group sales, Johnson has spent the majority of her career – 15 years – with Marcus Hotels & Resorts. She began her career with the company in the sales department at The Pfister Hotel and was an original member of the sales team supporting the broader Milwaukee-area Marcus Hotels & Resorts properties. In 2013, Johnson was promoted to assistant director of sales, where she excelled in developing new members of the sales team and maintaining strong relationships with several key corporate accounts.

Megan Seppmann MArcus Hotels & Resorts

Seppmann joins the Marcus Hotels & Resorts sales team with more than 16 years of experience in the hospitality industry. As assistant director of sales, she will work alongside a talented group of sales leaders to showcase Marcus Hotels & Resorts’ downtown Milwaukee properties. Prior to working at the company, Seppmann served at several properties owned or managed by CSM Corporation, a Minneapolis-based property management company. While with CSM Corporation, she was director of sales and marketing at the Residence Inn by Marriott located in Milwaukee and senior sales manager at the Courtyard by Marriott Bloomington located in Bloomington, Minnesota. She also held senior sales roles at Kahler Hospitality Group properties in Rochester, Minnesota and at three hotels in Mankato, Minnesota. Seppmann received a bachelor’s degree in hospitality management from Southwest Minnesota State University.

Every year, Marcus Hotels & Resorts’ Milwaukee-based properties host many of the region’s premier events – numerous non-profit fundraisers, regular business speaker series and networking luncheons, and major conventions. To accommodate these functions, the three hotels offer more than 65,000 square feet of event function space, over 1,200 guest rooms and popular restaurants, such as Mason Street Grill and the Milwaukee ChopHouse. These properties also offer the latest audio and visual technologies, food and beverage selections from award winning culinary talent, and partnerships with top vendors in the region.

Meeting and event planners can select from numerous experiences at Marcus Hotels in Milwaukee, including:

• Multi-day conventions at the city’s largest hotel, the Hilton Milwaukee City Center, which is also home to local celebrity and canine concierge, Millie;
• Intimate business meetings at the InterContinental Milwaukee, which recently announced that it will be rebranded into an independent arts hotel in 2019; and,
• Elegant fundraisers at the iconic Pfister Hotel, which celebrates its 125th anniversary this year.

To learn more about each property and current meeting promotions, as well as connect with meeting specialists, such as Johnson and Seppmann, meeting and event planners can visit the new Marcus Hotels & Resorts meetings website: www.marcusmeetings.com/.

For more information on the latest news and updates from Marcus Hotels & Resorts, please visit: http://media.marcushotels.com.

About Marcus Hotels & Resorts
Marcus Hotels & Resorts owns and/or manages 20 hotels, resorts and other properties in the U.S., with another property opening in El Paso, Texas in June 2018. The company’s distinctive portfolio includes city-center meeting hotels, upscale resorts, historic properties, and premium branded and independent first-class hotels. Marcus Hotels & Resorts is an approved operator for all major lodging brands. A leader in the hospitality industry since 1962, Marcus Hotels & Resorts creates asset value for hotel owners through its expertise in management, development and product repositioning. This includes hotel food and beverage concepts developed by its Marcus Restaurant Group, featuring premier brands such as Mason Street Grill, ChopHouse, Miller Time Pub & Grill and SafeHouse Restaurants. For more information, please visit: http://www.marcushotels.com and follow the company on Facebook and Twitter (@MarcusHotels).

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05.22.18

“Eating Global in the Neighborhood” at Mason Street Grill

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Mason Street Grill’s new Chef’s Counter to Celebrate the Diverse Culinary Traditions of Restaurant’s Staff Members

No matter where you are in the world, food can bring diverse people and interests together around one table. That is the focus behind Mason Street Grill’s new Chef’s Counter experience – Eating Global in the Neighborhood. Rotating every eight weeks, the Chef’s Counter at Mason Street Grill, part of the Marcus® Restaurants Group, will feature unique dishes celebrating the diverse culinary traditions of the restaurant’s staff.

The first Chef’s Counter menu is now available and features:

Appetizer: Tuna kilawin ($19) with coconut, lime, red onion, pickled red chili and cilantro – This dish comes from Brian Pascua, line cook intern, who is from the Philippines.
Entrée: Pan-fried trout ($38) with ginger, lemongrass, tomato, mint and dill – This dish is from line cook Chris Xiong and highlights his Laos/Hmong heritage.
Side: Fasolakia ($8), which includes green beans, tomato, oregano, lemon and extra virgin olive oil – This dish comes from cocktail server Christina Manolatos, who is from Greece.
Dessert: Tres leches cake ($9) with Rumchata whipped cream – This dish is from line cook Christian Garcia-Cortez and celebrates his Mexican heritage.

“We have passionate and diverse associates at Mason Street Grill. Whether working at the bar or in the kitchen, they are dedicated to creating an exceptional experience for our guests. And, to celebrate their work, we wanted to feature dishes that remind them of their past or their home countries,” said Susan Terry, vice president of culinary operations and F&B at Marcus Hotels & Resorts. “This new Chef’s Counter serves as a valuable reminder of the power of food. No matter where we come from, food and dining bring us all together. It has been a pleasure to taste and enjoy these four unique dishes from four individuals who help make Mason Street Grill one of Milwaukee’s favorite neighborhood restaurants.”

As part of the Chef’s Counter experience at Mason Street Grill, guests sit alongside the restaurant’s kitchen, giving them a front row seat to the action. In addition to enjoying this new featured menu, diners also can select any of the restaurant’s usual a la carte menu items. While not required, reservations are recommended. You can make a reservation on Open Table or by calling (414) 298-3131.

New Spring and Summer Menu
Mason Street Grill also announced today its new spring and summer menu items, which will feature fresh and inventive seafood options great for a lighter meal during the warm summer months. Along with the restaurant’s classic cuts of beef, guests will now be able to enjoy:
• Grilled swordfish,
• A new lobster salad roll,
• Teriyaki glazed salmon,
• Green curried mussels, and
• A tuna poke bowl.

More information about Mason Street Grill, its Chef’s Counter, upcoming events and menu is available at http://www.masonstreetgrill.com/.

About Mason Street Grill
Located in Downtown Milwaukee adjacent to The Pfister Hotel, the award-winning Mason Street Grill is the place where Milwaukee works and plays. Serving lunch, dinner, after-work cocktails, appetizers and more, Mason Street Grill is the quintessential neighborhood restaurant welcoming Milwaukee residents and visitors alike. Mason Street Grill’s open concept kitchen serves creative, regional American cooking that reflects the bounty and vitality of Wisconsin. The wood-fired oven and grill supply the best Midwestern steaks, chops, seafood and hearth baked breads and flatbreads, which create the centerpieces of the menu. For the sixth year in a row, Mason Street Grill has achieved Wine Spectator’s Award of Excellence for its offering of more than 290 diverse and quality wines. With a vibrant bar scene, bustling dining room, lounge, elegant private dining and exciting menu, Mason Street Grill is the place to experience the best elements of the region: fresh cuisine, expert service and an unmatched atmosphere.

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05.17.18

The Lincoln Marriott Cornhusker Hotel Honored with the Inaugural Innovation Stars of the Industry Award

Lincoln Marriott Cornhusker Hotel

Lincoln, Neb., May 16, 2018. . . . . The Lincoln Marriott Cornhusker Hotel, owned and managed by Marcus® Hotels & Resorts, announced today it has received the inaugural Innovation Stars of the Industry Award from the Nebraska Hotel and Lodging Association (NHLA). The property was recognized for its dedication to innovation through its various community-directed programs and initiatives, along with its role as a brand ambassador for the city of Lincoln, Neb.

“We are beyond excited to be honored with the inaugural Innovation Stars of the Industry Award,” said Susan Madsen, general manager of The Lincoln Marriott Cornhusker Hotel. “This award is a true testament to the unwavering commitment of our associates to our guests and our local community. Our innovative programs not only create distinctive experiences for our guests, but they provide opportunities for our guests to tap into our local culture so they can embrace all our beautiful city has to offer. Congratulations to our entire team on this significant recognition.”

Since Marcus Hotels & Resorts became the majority owner and manager of the hotel in 2012, The Lincoln Marriott Cornhusker has implemented numerous programs designed to support various community initiatives and has inspired other Lincoln hotels to participate in its efforts. These programs include creating the hotel’s successful Artist-in-Residence program that recognizes local artists, adopting a highway with other local Marriott hotels to beautify the city, raising money for local charities as part of its Battle of the Bartenders celebrity events held in Miller Time Pub & Grill, and hosting Project SEARCH, which provides on-site classroom accommodations and real-life work experiences for youth with developmental disabilities. The hotel also started an innovative program last year in which the hotel became home to over 80,000 honeybees. Influenced by the hotel’s former Artist-in-Residence, Margaret Berry, who created paintings using resin, pigment and beeswax, the hotel began raising honeybees on its roof to generate awareness of the decline in honeybees over the years, while also using the honey for delicious menu items and honey-inspired beer. The honey, called Bee Our Guest, is also available for purchase in the hotel’s gift shop.

Additionally, The Lincoln Marriott Cornhusker Hotel also hosts numerous fundraisers and community events throughout the year such as its Tree Illuminating and Holiday Market event, to raise money for local charities, including United Way, Food Bank of Heartland, Strike Out Hunger and many others.

The Lincoln Marriott Cornhusker Hotel was honored with the inaugural Innovation Stars of the Industry Award at a special ceremony at the property on May 7, 2018. The Innovation Stars of the Industry Award winner is selected by members of NHLA and awarded to the hotel that creates innovative ways to provide the best guest experience by establishing unique and personalized moments.

“The Lincoln Marriott Cornhusker Hotel fosters visionary thinking and innovation. It’s not only a truly remarkable hotel but a host to local artists, a habitat to thousands of honeybees in which the honey is put to use in a variety of ways and a safe place where youths with developmental disabilities can learn so they can have a successful future. When we looked at the hotels that are making a difference in their community, The Cornhusker shined above the rest,” said Kristina Phalen, president of the Nebraska Hotel and Lodging Association.

For more information on The Lincoln Marriott Cornhusker Hotel, please call 1-800-228-9290 or visit www.marriott.com/lnkfs.

About The Lincoln Marriott Cornhusker Hotel
Located in the heart of downtown Lincoln just minutes from the historic Haymarket District, The Lincoln Marriott Cornhusker Hotel has proudly served Nebraska’s capital city for nearly 90 years. Known as the premier downtown destination for business and leisure travelers, the 300-room property is within easy walking distance of the University of Nebraska campus, Memorial Stadium, the State Capitol, Haymarket district, Railyard and Pinnacle Bank Arena. Take advantage of the hotel’s newly renovated amenities, including 46,000 square feet of flexible meeting space and complimentary Wi-Fi in all public spaces– or grab a perfectly paired bite and brew at The Miller Time Pub & Grill, take a dip in the heated indoor pool, hit the gym and more. To keep up with the latest Cornhusker happenings, find the hotel on Facebook or follow it on Twitter and Instagram (@thecornhuskerh).

About Marcus Hotels & Resorts
Marcus Hotels & Resorts owns and/or manages 20 hotels, resorts and other properties in the U.S., with another property opening in El Paso, Texas in June 2018. The company’s distinctive portfolio includes city-center meeting hotels, upscale resorts, historic properties, and premium branded and independent first-class hotels. Marcus Hotels & Resorts is an approved operator for all major lodging brands. A leader in the hospitality industry since 1962, Marcus Hotels & Resorts creates asset value for hotel owners through its expertise in management, development and product repositioning. This includes hotel food and beverage concepts developed by its Marcus Restaurant Group, featuring premier brands such as Mason Street Grill, ChopHouse, Miller Time Pub & Grill and SafeHouse Restaurants. For more information, please visit: http://www.marcushotels.com and follow the company on Facebook and Twitter (@MarcusHotels).

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