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American Express OPEN and McCormick Place to open new lounge

American Express OPEN and Chicago’s McCormick Place/SMG have announced the opening of a new amenity for those attending events at McCormick Place. The American Express OPEN Business Lounge is projected to open in summer 2012 on level 2.5 of the Grand Concourse in the South Building.

The American Express OPEN Business Lounge is created for cardmembers and new applicants as a location for visitors to learn, recharge, and connect. The OPEN Business Lounge allows guests an opportunity to take a break from their busy schedule, offering refreshments, free WiFi, computer and printer access, and seating for meetings or relaxation.

“This new American Express OPEN Business Lounge will be an exciting enhancement to the McCormick Place experience,” said David Causton, general manager, McCormick Place/SMG. “This is part of our ongoing strategy to incorporate amenities that provide added value to our customers. We look forward to working closely with American Express to have this state-of-the-art lounge in place soon.”

For a number of years, American Express OPEN has worked directly with McCormick Place events to offer temporary lounges to exhibitors and attendees on the show floors of McCormick Place. Recently, American Express OPEN implemented a pilot program that included a temporary lounge in the public areas of McCormick Place. Both of these offerings have been well received by convention and tradeshow customers.

“The American Express OPEN Business Lounge helps to fulfill the OPEN mission: helping businesses do more business,” said Nancy Hood, vice president sales and experiential marketing, OPEN. “The lounge will give our cardmembers special access to benefits that can help enhance their tradeshow experience by providing the amenities and services they have come to expect from American Express.”

The OPEN Business Lounge will be located in the retail area of the Grand Concourse and will be open in conjunction with events taking place in the South and North Buildings.

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