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‘HotelNewsNow’ Features The Pfister’s Artist-in-Residence Program

The Pfister Hotel’s artist-in-residence program was featured in HotelNewsNow. Read about how the Pfister’s artist-in-residence adds to the guest experience here!

REPORT FROM THE U.S.—For the most part, the “artists-in-residence” at The Pfister Hotel, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, don’t actually reside on property; that’s because they’ve been almost entirely locals from the Milwaukee area.

But the artists certainly make themselves at home during their yearlong residency.

In fact, each artist becomes so intimate with the hotel and its art collection—84 works on display, and between 10 and 15 other pieces in vaults—that they give tours to guests.

That highlights a trend at some hotels with artists-in-residence programs: The art is just the first of a few focuses.

“I look at the artists as actually being another associate of the hotel—another sales person, another security guard, another concierge, quite frankly,” The Pfister’s GM Tim Smith said.

“Lots of times, guests will walk into the gallery before they do the lobby of the hotel, and they’ll ask questions. … I have another associate with me for the entire year who can further benefit the customer experience at the hotel,” Smith added. “The artists integrate themselves very easily. They mingle with staff. A lot will do paintings of staff members. It becomes a pretty cool relationship over a 50- to 51-week timeframe.”

02.09.17 There’s more to love at the updated Mason Street Grill

Mason Street Grill’s renovations were showcased in an article by Read about the new updates and the now publicly named, Kawoomph.


Eater Chicago: Accept The Mission & Tour SafeHouse Chicago, Importing Milwaukee’s Legendary Spy Fun

Eater Chicago tours SafeHouse Chicago before restaurant launches its first mission. Get a sneak peek here.


WLS-TV: New SafeHouse Chicago Restaurant Requires Password

WLS-TV (ABC 7 Chicago)’s Windy City Live had the first TV look at the newest Chicago hotspot, SafeHouse Chicago. See the restaurant that will give you your own secret agent name and solve a mystery here.


WITI-TV: “The popular spot:” Mason Street Grill set to reopen with new, ‘freshened up’ look after remodel

WITI-TV (Fox 6) had a sneak peek of the recently renovated Mason Street Grill inside The Pfister Hotel. See the fresh new look here.


HotelNewsNow: Community tie part of package with artists-in-residence

The Pfister Hotel’s artist-in-residence program was featured in HotelNewsNow. Read about how the Pfister’s artist-in-residence adds to the guest experience here.


WITI-TV: “Every wish came true:” 92-year-old former bellman surprised with weekend stay at The Pfister

Local FOX affiliate, WITI-TV ran a story featuring a former Pfister Hotel bellman from the 1940s, who was celebrating his 92nd birthday with family for the weekend. Click here to watch the full story.

The Pfister Hotel 1940s Bellman


Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Mason Street Grill to be remodeled, expand menu

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ran a feature article about the Mason Street Grill’s renovations and 10-year anniversary celebration in February. Click here to read the full story.

Mason Street Grill Renovations


The Resorter

Fests and Fun in the Snow 

Saturday, Jan. 28

Abominable Snow Race, 2 to 5 p.m. Grand Geneva Resort & Spa 7036 Grand Geneva Way, (800) 558-3417, the Abominable Snow Race is the mid-wests premier winter obstacle race. No skis, no dogs, no sleds. This race is just you, 3-5 miles of snowy course, 20+ obstacles, and the abominable weather. But know that your reward us great…After you donate the course, head into the yeti’s lounge and grab a craft brew, chill by the fire pit, chow down with new friends, take pics with yeti and score great deals with on-site sponsors.

Saturdays and Sundays in February 

Perfect for beginner and advanced skiers and snowboarder, Mountain Mites is designed for children between six years and fourteen years old. Kids can learn their skills under the supervision of professionally trained instructors using a specialized teaching system.

Kids at the all levels can enjoy a day on the snow while perfecting their skills. Mountain Mites offers a series of sessions on Saturdays or Sundays throughout January and February. Classes begin promptly and run from 11:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Sessions 3: Feb 11, 18 and 25; session 4: Feb 12, 19 and 26.

Registration instructions and forms can be found at

Feb. 1 to 12 

The highlight of Lake Geneva’s Winterfest celebration is the National Snow Sculpting Competition, which includes the best snow sculpting teams in the country from Vermont, New York, New Hampshire, Colorado and Alaska to the surrounding states of Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconsin.

The snow sculpting competition begins on Wednesday, Feb 1 through Sunday, Feb 5 and Winterfest continues into the following week on Monday, Feb 6 through Sunday, Feb 12 with a variety of activities for everyone to enjoy. State snow sculpting teams will be located in the Driehaus Plaza & Flat Iron Park in Lake Geneva. The U.S. National Snow Sculptors officially an their work at 11 am on Saturday, Feb 4. The Riveria Marketplace is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and will offer entertainment, food, fun, exhibitor information, and souvenirs. The voting for the “People’s Choice Award” will go from 11 to 2 pm and the award ceremony will start at 3 pm.

Feb. 4

The Mountain Top at Grand Geneva Resort & Spa will host its annual Winter Carnival. Bring your friends and family for a day filled with skiing, snowboarding, fun snow activities and fireworks show. You’ll need a lift ticket to access skiing and snowboarding events on the ski hill.

Events include: games, beer tents, competitions: ski and boarder cross, rail jam, torch light parade and ran finale fireworks.

Skiing and snowboarding will end at 8 pm.



Hotel Management: Marcus Hotels navigates new course, looks to the outside for growth

Hotel Management ran a feature story highlighting Marcus Hotels & Resorts’ growth strategy, as well as quotes from Andrea Foster, senior vice president of development, and Joe Khairallah, president of Marcus Hotels & Resorts. Click here to read the full story.

Hotel Management Story on Marcus Hotels & Resorts

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