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Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Fashion designer to create Victorian-inspired line as the next Pfister artist in residence

By Sarah Hauer | Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

The AAA Four Diamond Pfister Hotel recently announced its 10th artist in residence will be Milwaukee-area fashion designer Stephanie Schultz. Schultz will move into the artist workspace in the hotel’s lobby April 1. She was selected by leaders in the local arts community and a public vote. The current artist in residence at the Pfister is tintype photographer Margaret Muza. Read the full story to learn more about Stephanie, her work and the Artist-in-Residence program – which is celebrates its 10th anniversary this year.

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Travel Channel

8 of the Most Incredible Indoor Water Parks

By Erin Gifford

Timber Ridge Lodge & Water Park

Just two hours north of Chicago, Moose Mountain Falls at Timber Ridge Lodge & Water Park in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin is the place to go for 50,000 square feet of pools, slides, tubes and a lazy river. A new slide, Avalanche Falls, engages all the senses thanks to colored lights and energetic playlists that let riders rock out to their favorite tunes as they slide. When you’re ready to dry off, head to Crazy Coyotes Arcade for dozens of arcade games or enjoy daily activities, like family movies and arts and crafts.

Wilderness Resort

Wilderness Resort in Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin, the self-proclaimed “Water Park Capital of the World,” may not be able to claim the largest indoor water park in the country, but it is the largest water park resort. The resort’s four indoor water parks make up over 250,000 square feet of wet and wild fun, and that doesn’t even include the four outdoor water parks at Wilderness Resort. Inside, ride the waves at the country’s largest indoor wave pool at Wild WaterDome or try the Midwest’s only slideboarding ride at Klondike Kavern.

Epic Waters Indoor Water Park

The brand new Epic Waters Indoor Water Park in Grand Prairie, Texas boasts 80,000 square feet of splash-worthy fun thanks to 11 water slides, like the Texas Twist and Yellowjacket Drop, as well as Lasso Loop, the tallest indoor Aqualoop ride in the country. A lazy river, mat racer slides and a water playground with geysers, sprinklers and a 300-gallon tipping bucket add to the fun. As a bonus, the water park has a retractable roof so you can enjoy the sunshine from inside the park on especially nice days.


Modern Luxury Men’s Book Chicago

Adventures: Back in the Swing

By David Zivan

Jack Nicklaus. Arnold Palmer. Lee Trevino. Perhaps you’ve heard of them? What you may not have known is that each of those legendary swingers designed courses at Lake Geneva. A longtime destination for Chicagoans seeking respite from city life, the area offers many pleasures, but none surpass the variety of its golf options – 11 courses in all. There’s The Brute, for instance: a 7,000-yard, par-72 danger zone area at the Grand Geneva Resort & Spa, where rates start at $79 and a hole-in-one challenge touts a $10,000 prize. Or, along Geneva National, enjoy stunning overlooks of Lake Como – but, as ever, we recommend you keep your head down.


USA Today

Indoor Water Park Hotels Near Chicago

By Brittany Anas

Indoor pools are standard at many hotels near Chicago. But, indoor water parks? They’re sure to make a big splash, especially with families who are traveling with children. Of course, a major perk of indoor water parks is that fun isn’t dependent on favorable weather forecasts. Instead, hotel guests can zip down slides or float in lazy rivers any time of year. A mid-winter weekend getaway to an indoor water park could help hold the kids over until the pools re-open in the summer. At these hotels near Chicago, water parks are star amenities.

Timber Ridge Lodge and Water Park at Grand Geneva

About 90 minutes from Chicago, the Timber Ridge Lodge and Water Park at Grand Geneva is a family-friendly destination that offers, not just water slides and pools, but also arcades and mini-golf. The 50,000-square-foot water park has attractions that kids of all ages can enjoy. The Tiny Timbers features swings, mini-slides, spouts and a mushroom waterfall to engage the little ones. An activity pool has a rope climb on which kids can monkey their way across, plus basketball hoops and waterslides. Canyon River is the water park’s lazy river with single and double tubes available. The Timber Rapids and Avalanche Falls slides are synced to upbeat country and pop songs. Of course, there’s a hot tub to warm up in as well. Guests who stay at the Timber Ridge Lodge receive four complimentary water park passes with a one-bedroom suite, and six passes with a two-bedroom suite.

Great Wolf Lodge in Wisconsin Dells

First, some good news: The Great Wolf Lodge plans to open its newest location in Gurnee, Ill., just about an hour from Chicago in mid-2018. Great Wolf Lodge is renovating the former KeyLime Cove indoor water park that closed. Otherwise, the closest Great Wolf Lodge to Chicago is about three hours away in the Wisconsin Dells. Some fun attractions include the Mountain Edge Raceway that’s akin to tobogganing, except with a mat and on a waterslide; Frog Bog Log Walk that challenges kiddos to cross floating lily pads with the help of cargo nets; and the Slap Tail Pond, a wave pool. Other highlights include indoor cabanas, hot springs warming pools and lots of water slides. Water park passes are exclusive to guests.

Grizzly Jack’s Grand Bear Resort in Utica, Ill.

Bob in the waves at the water park’s rock-lined wave pool or slip and slide down the waterslides. It’s your move at this resort, which is about 90 minutes outside of Chicago in Utica, Ill. and near Starved Rock State Park. The water park also has a play structure for children, a lazy river and a hot tub. A small fire contained to the water park area prompted the water park to shut down for renovations, but it’s scheduled to re-open Memorial Day 2018. Water park admission is complimentary to hotel guests. Day passes are available, starting at $17.95 per person.

Country Inn and Suites in Galena, Ill.

The swim area at the Country Inn & Suites in Galena, Ill. falls somewhere between standard hotel pool and full-on water park. A twisting waterslide empties out into the main pool. Plus, a kids’ section has a mini-frog water slide and play structure.


The most romantic weekend getaways in America

By Terry Ward


Hotel Management: Marcus Hotels to manage the newly opened Murieta Inn and Spa

By Elliott Mest | Hotel Management

Marcus Hotels & Resorts recently announced it has been selected to manage the Murieta Inn and Spa in Rancho Murieta, Calif., which opened Jan. 23, 2018. An independent, boutique hotel, the Murieta Inn and Spa perfectly complements the company’s portfolio as it expands on the West Coast and establishes a presence in Northern California.

Read the full story about the announcement here.


The Pfister Hotel names six finalists for its 10th artist in residence

Instagram Блеск Facebook Блеск check Milwaukee, Wis., January 16, 2018 – The AAA Four-Diamond Pfister® Hotel, owned and managed by Marcus® Hotels & Resorts, today announced six finalists for the 2018-2019 Artist-in-Residence program. This year’s finalists are Katheryn Corbin, ceramic figure sculpture; Clare Jorgensen, encaustic painter; Heidi Parkes, fiber artist; Kate Schaffer, painter; Stephanie Schultz, fashion designer; and Alice Wilson, living statue performer, costume and makeup designer.

Instagram Детейлинг watch Works of the six finalists will be showcased through mid-February at Gallerie M inside the InterContinental® Milwaukee, also owned and managed by Marcus Hotels & Resorts, to coincide with the Historic Third Ward’s Gallery Night and Day on Friday, January 19 and Saturday, January 20, 2018. At a special Gallery Night reception at Gallerie M, guests and attendees will have the opportunity to meet the finalists and learn more about their work. The event will be held on Friday, January 19 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. with complimentary light snacks, passed champagne and a cash bar,

Facebook Автостудия Глянец here The 2018-2019 Artist-in-Residence winner will help celebrate the 10th year of the internationally recognized program, which provides an opportunity for local artists to enjoy a highly visible platform to showcase her work. This includes a year’s worth of creating and displaying their work in the designated artist studio and gallery on the first floor of the 125-year-old Pfister Hotel. Guests and the public can visit the artist during her residency in The Pfister’s studio and watch the evolution of each piece come to life while learning about the Artist in Residence’s unique artform and method.

Facebook Детейлинг visit Instagram Автостудия Глянец Public Voting

Beginning at noon CST on Friday, January 19, 2018, members of the public will be able to vote online at once per day, or via manual ballot vote at both Gallerie M and the Artist-in-Residence Studio at The Pfister Hotel. Voting will end on Friday, February 16, 2018 at noon CST, and the selection committee will announce the next Artist in Residence soon thereafter. The public voting will comprise of one seat on the selection committee, influencing the final decision. Regardless of who is chosen as Artist in Residence, the winner of the public vote will receive a solo exhibit inside Gallerie M and a $300 Utrecht Art Supplies gift card.

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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 family 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 offers an interactive augmented reality tour of pieces in this impressive collection.

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 and follow the hotel on Facebook and Twitter (@PfisterHotel).


About InterContinental Milwaukee

Whether you’re looking for vibrant nightlife or a uniquely refined place for meetings, InterContinental® Milwaukee is your downtown destination. Mixing sophisticated elegance with modern luxury, InterContinental Milwaukee offers a chic, upscale atmosphere with a twist of the unexpected. Adjacent to the scenic Milwaukee Riverwalk, InterContinental Milwaukee is centrally located to downtown’s business and theatre districts, parks, restaurants and nightlife. Discover the historic Pabst Theatre, the Milwaukee Public Museum or one of Milwaukee’s many summer festivals. InterContinental Milwaukee is located at 139 E. Kilbourn Ave. in downtown Milwaukee. Find the hotel on Facebook ( or follow it on Twitter (@InterConMKE) to learn more about upcoming exhibits, events and specials.

About Marcus Hotels & Resorts

Marcus Hotels & Resorts owns and/or manages 18 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, including hotel food and beverage concepts developed by its Marcus Restaurant Group, featuring premier brands such as Mason Street Grill, ChopHouse and Miller Time Pub & Grill. The company is also growing its experiential restaurant concept, The SafeHouse, with a second location that opened in early 2017 in Chicago, Ill. For more information, please visit: and follow the company on Facebook and Twitter (@MarcusHotels).


WISN-TV (ABC 12): InterContinental Hotel in Milwaukee to be converted to independent arts hotel

By Hillary Mintz | WISN-TV (ABC 12)

WISN-TV (ABC 12) spoke with Greg Marcus, president and CEO of The Marcus Corporation, about the recent announcement to rebrand the InterContinental Milwaukee in downtown Milwaukee.

View the full interview on WISN-TV (ABC 12) here.


Milwaukee Business Journal: Marcus Corp. CEO Greg Marcus explains InterContinental artistic rebrand: Exclusive

By Patrick Leary | Milwaukee Business Journal

Photo by Scott Paulus, Milwaukee Business Journal

After the announcement of the InterContinental Milwaukee’s rebranding efforts, Greg Marcus, president and CEO of The Marcus Corporation, sat down with the Milwaukee Business Journal to discuss the impetus for this incredible transformation. Greg talked about The Marcus family’s deep investment in Milwaukee’s fine arts and performance arts scenes, as well as what went into the decision to rebrand one of Milwaukee’s largest downtown hotels.

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Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Downtown Milwaukee’s InterContinental being rebranded as independent, arts-focused hotel

By Tom Daykin | Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Photo by Mike De Sisti, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel recently shared Marcus Hotels & Resorts’ announcement that it will undergo a complete rebranding of the InterContinentel Milwaukee, located in the heart of the Milwaukee’s entertainment district. The 221-room redesigned hotel, located at 139 E. Kilbourn Ave., will include curated exhibits, contemporary art installations and live performances.

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