The Peninsula Hotels In Chicago, Beverly Hills And Manila Achieve World’s Best Hotel Bars Accolade From Forbes Travel Guide

Forbes Travel Guide (“FTG”), the world-renowned and only global rating system for luxury hotels, restaurants and spas, has unveiled its Verified List for 2019’s World’s Best Hotel Bars, naming Z Bar at The Peninsula Chicago, The Club Bar at The Peninsula Beverly Hills and The Bar at The Peninsula Manila as three of only 45 bars around the world to earn the accolade. This comes on the heels of the Forbes Five-Star Awards announcement in February 2019, in which The Peninsula Hotels achieved Forbes Five-Star status across all ten of its hotels, resulting in The Peninsula Hotels being the first and only hotel brand to achieve the highest possible FTG rating for all its hotels.

An honour of this calibre is truly extraordinary, especially given the amount of hard work and meticulous attention our team collectively puts into each of these establishments,” said Carson Glover, Vice President of Brand Marketing & Communications at The Peninsula Hotels. “Every detail, from the design and ambiance to the unparalleled service, to the incredible food and drink offerings, is carefully curated to provide an exceptional and unforgettable guest experience.”

Z Bar at The Peninsula Chicago

Z Bar Terrace at The Peninsula Chicago (Photo Credit: The Peninsula Hotels)

Located above Chicago’s iconic Michigan Avenue, The Peninsula Chicago’s recently-opened rooftop lounge, Z Bar, boasts expansive city views, an array of distinctive, globally-inspired cocktails, boldly-flavored food and the latest tunes from around the world. After being transported to The Peninsula Chicago’s rooftop terrace via dedicated elevators cloaked in lush forest artistry, guests can enjoy an expansive indoor-outdoor space including a rooftop terrace, the perfect place to experience a sophisticated take on Chicago’s rooftop scene.

Z Bar, The Peninsula Chicago (Photo Credit:

The Club Bar at The Peninsula Beverly Hills

The Club Bar at The Peninsula Beverly Hills (Photo Credit: The Peninsula Hotels)

Reminiscent of an elegant gentleman’s club, with beautiful California birch-paneled walls and gleaming brass details and sconces, The Club Bar offers guests premium drinks and gourmet small bites. Luxury leather chairs surround the crackling fireplace, creating an authentic yet timeless atmosphere. The Club Bar’s drink list includes rare single-malt whiskies, scotches, tequilas and cognacs, as well as a comprehensive selection of wines by the glass, along with the hotel’s private-label Keller The Peninsula Sonoma Pinot Noir.

The Club Bar, The Peninsula Beverly Hills (Photo Credit:

The Bar at The Peninsula Manila

The Bar at The Peninsula Manila (Photo Credit: The Peninsula Hotels)

Just a few steps from Salon de Ning and a short walk from the famous Lobby, The Bar at The Peninsula Manila echoes the dimly lit bars of Cuba, and is the ideal setting to enjoy the signature Batangas Old Fashioned, or savor a malt whisky in an intimate space. The plush armchairs and leather couches encourage intimate conversation among guests. The Bar, boasting predominant colors of cobalt blue and dark brown, is inspired by the character of an old school gentleman who enjoys a flavorful cigar and a crisp drink.

Forbes Travel Guide’s The Verified List for 2019’s World’s Best Hotel Bars recognizes 45 distinguished bars, across 13 countries, and represents hotel bars that performed exceptionally on standards related to the quality of their beverage programme, their presentation and their luxurious service.

Each hotel bar was meticulously inspected and scored using criteria such as elements of luxury standards, which reflect sumptuous comfort, choices and conveniences, including a special level of attention to details, and also food and beverage quality standards, which play an important part in the guest experience. Bars must also demonstrate the technical aptitude of their staff, such as their ability to listen to guests’ individual preferences and to deliver beverages at correct temperatures.

We’ve seen hotel bars evolve enormously in our 60-plus years of operating Forbes Travel Guide, hence the focus of our fourth Verified List,” said Filip Boyen, CEO of Forbes Travel Guide. “Hotel bars are now destinations in their own right and have the ability to transform a hotel experience. We congratulate all of the bars on the list, which were vetted and verified based on the most rigorous standards. They not only scored highly, but also provided the most luxurious experience for hotel and local guests alike.

The Verified List throws a spotlight on amazing hotel bars in China, France, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Morocco, the Philippines, Portugal, Singapore, Switzerland, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom and the United States.

Incorporated in 1866 and listed on The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong (00045), The Hongkong and Shanghai Hotels, Limited (HSH) is the holding company of a Group which is engaged in the ownership, development and management of prestigious hotel, commercial and residential properties in key locations in Asia, the United States and Europe, as well as the provision of tourism and leisure, club management and other services. The Peninsula Hotels portfolio comprises The Peninsula Hong Kong, The Peninsula Shanghai, The Peninsula Beijing, The Peninsula Tokyo, The Peninsula New York, The Peninsula Chicago, The Peninsula Beverly Hills, The Peninsula Paris, The Peninsula Bangkok, and The Peninsula Manila. Projects under development include The Peninsula London, The Peninsula Istanbul and The Peninsula Yangon. The property portfolio of the Group includes The Repulse Bay Complex, The Peak Tower and St. John’s Building in Hong Kong; The Landmark in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam; and 21 avenue Kléber in Paris, France. The clubs and services portfolio of the Group includes The Peak Tram in Hong Kong; Thai Country Club in Bangkok, Thailand; Quail Lodge & Golf Club in Carmel, California; Peninsula Clubs and Consultancy Services, Peninsula Merchandising, and Tai Pan Laundry in Hong Kong.

Forbes Travel Guide is the only global rating system for luxury hotels, restaurants and spas. Our anonymous professional inspectors evaluate based on up to 900 objective standards, with an emphasis on exceptional service, to help discerning travelers select the world’s best luxury experiences. The only way to get a Five-Star, Four-Star or Recommended rating is by earning it through our independent inspection process. For more information about Forbes Travel Guide, please visit

The Peninsula Chicago Celebrates Expo Chicago 2016 With The Contemporary Art Exhibition Whoville

Exhibition Features Highlights From The Beth Rudin Dewoody Collection Curated By Laura Dvorkin In Collaboration With Circa 1881

The Peninsula Chicago’s Partnership With Circa 1881 And Ms. Dewoody Is A Natural Extension Of The The Peninsula Hotels’ Wildly Successful Art Initiatives Around The World.

10-logo-the-peninsula-chicago-1024x1024-e1443820293325-1The Peninsula Chicago is hosting an exciting art exhibition from noted contemporary collector, Beth Rudin DeWoody’s art collection, curated by Laura Dvorkin in collaboration with Circa 1881. Titled Whoville, this exhibition coincides with the annual EXPO CHICAGO, the International Exposition of Contemporary & Modern Art, taking place at Navy Pier, September 22 to 25, 2016. The installation, featuring a number of Chicago artists, debuted on September 9, 2016 and will be displayed throughout the hotel’s lobby through October 23, 2016, as a part of public art project.

The Peninsula Chicago is a Five Star, Five Diamond hotel located on the “Magnificent Mile” at 108 East Superior Street (at Michigan Avenue), within the city’s premier shopping district. The 339 guest room hotel recently completed an extensive renovation of all guestrooms and suites. The hotel opened in 2001 and features three distinctive restaurants, a popular bar and a world-class spa.


The Peninsula Chicago Whoville Exhibition Salon Wall

Whoville is the latest project from The Peninsula Hotels’ ongoing partnership with Circa 1881 to present rotating art exhibitions of world-class contemporary art for the hotels’ public spaces. Circa 1881 produces art exhibitions and programming in collaboration with noted collectors or from artworks on loan from private collections it has under management.1473721272-418aeed8029963ce3177303463981035-1024x683

Beth Rudin DeWoody’s sizable collection is known for including emerging, established and sometimes overlooked artists and has been featured at the Norton Museum of Art in West Palm Beach and the Parrish Museum in Southampton, among other institutions. Beyond avidly collecting works, DeWoody curates exhibitions and supports several art institutions.


Christina Ramberg, Shadow Panel, 1972_ Bruce Nauman, Justine Time, 1973_ Thomas Beale, E.W.S., 2016

Whoville contains over 30 artworks and is both an exclusive glimpse into the collecting world of DeWoody, one of America’s most notable collectors, and a celebration of Chicago’s distinctive artistic history. The contemporary artworks were handpicked by the curator, Laura Dvorkin, who has worked with the BRD Collection for several years. The exhibition highlights some of Chicago’s most prominent artists, past and present, along with an eclectic selection of works that explore travel, transformative environments or share the fantastical, surreal aesthetic of Dr. Seuss’ fictional land, Whoville. Featured artists include Thomas Beale, Roger Brown, Nick Cave, Liz Craft, Mira Dancy, Ed Flood, Theaster Gates, Art Green, Richard Jackson, Kerry James Marshall, Bruce Nauman, Gladys Nilsson, Ed Paschke, Randy Polumbo, Nathaniel Mary Quinn, Christina Ramberg, Tony Tasset, H.C. Westermann and Karl Wirsum and spans an array of media including drawing, painting, collage, sculpture and an installation in the form of a 1961 Caravel Airstream Trailer with hand blown glass, welded aluminum and LED lights. The latter composes Randy Polumbo’s Love Stream #2, which will be displayed outside the hotel from September 22 through 25. The piece will be open to the public for viewing daily from 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm. The rest of the collection is open to the public and will be displayed on the 5th floor main Lobby Level from September 9 to October 25. The pieces will be located adjacent to The Lobby and The Bar.


Liz Craft, Eyes Without A Face (Brown), 2003 & Art Green, Disclosing Enclosure, 1968

Whoville, is also a playful reference to the noted Chicago artist group, the Hairy Who, most of whom studied at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and exhibited together at the Hyde Park Art Center in the 1960s. The Hairy Who challenged popular taste by producing whimsical, absurd, grotesque and sometimes vulgar imagery. Like the surrealists, they were interested in the stranger and darker aspects of the human mind. Three of the six founding members of the Hairy Who (Gladys Nilsson, Karl Wirsum and Art Green) are included in Whoville.

Many of the other artists featured have connections to Chicago, such as Nick Cave, Ed Flood, Theaster Gates, Kerry James Marshall, Ed Paschke, Nathaniel Mary Quinn, Christina Ramberg and H.C. Westermann.

Select Artists:

  • Kerry James Marshall, considered one of America’s greatest living artists, currently resides in Chicago and comments on the lack of black figures in Western Art and continues, through his work, to amplify the presence of black subjects displayed in museums. Kerry James Marshall: MASTRY is a major survey of Marshall’s work on view at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago through September 25, 2016. (*EXPO CHICAGO will also highlight the work of Kerry James Marshall during the keynote/Dialogues panel discussion at the exposition on Saturday, September 24 at 2:30 pm. Marshall joins writer Sarah Thornton for an in depth conversation on the show floor.)
  • Chicago-based Nick Cave is an artist, educator and choreographer known for wearable art, working in both the visual and performing arts including sculpture, installation, video, sound and performance. Cave is well known for his Soundsuits, sculptural forms named after the noise they make when worn. When worn, Cave’s Soundsuits conceal the body, erasing identity, race, gender and class, causing viewers to look without judgment.


    Gladys Nilsson, A Girl In The Arbor #1, 2013_ Nick Cave, Soundsuit #20, 2005_ Roger Brown, Virtual Still Life #8- Vases With A View, 1995

  • Chicago native Gladys Nilsson attended The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and is one of the 6 original members of the Hairy Who and a noted Chicago Imagist. She was the subject of a 1973 solo show at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York. Over the years, Nilsson’s work has evolved from oil painting to watercolor and collage, and often contains colorful contradictory images, humor and elements from nature. Couple is an early example of her powerful and energetic style.

Of Whoville, DeWoody says, “Collaborating with Circa 1881 on this exhibition has provided an exciting opportunity to share my collection with Peninsula Chicago guests and the greater public. I look forward to attending EXPO CHICAGO and exhibiting the Whoville artists in Chicago, a city to which many of them are historically linked.

Beth Rudin DeWoody, art collector and curator, resides between New York City, Los Angeles and West Palm Beach. She is President of The Rudin Family Foundations and Executive Vice President of Rudin Management Company. Her Board affiliations include the Whitney Museum of American Art, Creative Time, Hammer Museum, The New School, The Glass House, Design Museum Holon, Empowers Africa, New Yorkers for Children and The New York City Police Foundation, among others. She is an Honorary Trustee at the Brooklyn Academy of Music and on the Photography Steering Committee at the Norton Museum in West Palm Beach.


Nathaniel Mary Quinn, Richard, 2014


DeWoody’s collection is composed of her extensive holdings of contemporary art. Her collection is incredibly diverse and includes of both established and emerging artists. Collected artists range from Ed Ruscha, Jamie Wyeth, Sol LeWitt, Jenny Holzer, Jeff Koons to the Bruce High Quality Foundation, Mickalene Thomas, Roxy Paine, Matt Johnson and Lee Bul.

DeWoody has curated numerous exhibitions including I Won’t Grow Up at Cheim & Read, New York; In Stiches at Leila Heller Gallery, New York; Think Pink at Gavlak Gallery, Palm Beach, Hunt & Chase at Salomon Contemporary, East Hampton; Inspired at Steven Kasher Gallery, New York; Bad For You at Shizaru Gallery, London; and Please Enter at Franklin Parrasch Gallery, New York.

Two exhibitions of her collection were recently on view at the Norton Museum of Art: The Triumph of Love: Beth Rudin DeWoody Collects and Still/Moving: Photographs and Video Art from the DeWoody Collection.

Laura Dvorkin has worked with the Beth Rudin DeWoody (BRD) Collection for over eight years, managing the publications and exhibitions that DeWoody curates, and as part of the larger team overseeing the collection. Dvorkin has organized eight exhibitions in the US and abroad for DeWoody. Continue reading

The Peninsula Chicago Celebrates The Holiday Spirit Of Giving With Surprise Gifts And Special Events For the Whole Family

The Holidays Are Nothing Short Of Spectacular at THE PENINSULA CHICAGO, With Delicious Cuisine, Festive Décor, Joyful Celebrations, A Visit From SANTA and PETER BEAR and THE PENINSULA SKY RINK’s Seasonal Return – All Providing The Perfect Backdrop For This Festive Season.

This year, the TREES OF HOPE FUNDRAISING INITIATIVE takes on a designer makeover. The Peninsula’s lovable holiday ambassador SnowPage returns for 2015 – but this time in an inventive new guise. Luxury toy brand Papinee has exclusively designed and created 10 limited edition Peninsula SnowPage plush toys representing each Peninsula destination around the world. Inspired by Chicago’s iconic architecture, The Peninsula Chicago’s SnowPage by Papinee features the jovial snowman with his signature Peninsula Page cap wearing a richly patterned and embroidered jacket with inspiring architectural designs.10-logo-the-peninsula-chicago-1024x1024

Priced at US$ 75 each, the desirable SnowPage gift boxes include the chance to win surprise seasonal gifts. Hidden inside some of the boxes are “Golden Tickets” for memorable Peninsula experiences for all the family. Lucky guests have the chance to win the grand prize of a two-night stay in a Junior Suite for four including dinner, daily breakfast plus a bespoke Peninsula Academy activity or an additional prize of delectable dinner at The Lobby restaurant for four people.

The Peninsula Chicago SnowPage

The Peninsula Chicago SnowPage: Chicago Architectural elements adorn the stylish blue and white jacket worn by The Peninsula Chicago SnowPage.

The limited edition of 300 SnowPage toys by Papinee, plus the classic SnowPage custom crafted glass tree ornament, priced at US$ 75 each, will be available for purchase at The Peninsula Boutique, with a percentage of the proceeds donated to the Make-A-Wish Foundation® of Illinois.logo-dark-bg

PAPINEE began as an incredible Toy & Art Collective with a Social Mission to spread the Gift of Imagination to children the world over. In a short time, through its many collaborations, partnerships and installations, with artists, designers, ambassadors & storytellers, PAPINEE has evolved into a Creative Movement. From the small streets of Bassano de Grappa the journey began. And from the seas of Puntala to the islands of Gocek and Patmos, from the sun of Istanbul to the Thai oceans to the pearl of the orient, Hong Kong, the PAPINEE team of storytellers, brand gurus, craftsmen, artists, and magicians worked tirelessly to create visionary toys and books, gifts and objets d’art to fuse creative inspiration and ideas and cross-cultural education with the appreciation of art and craftsmanship that would last generations and inspire tomorrow’s leaders.DSC_5716

PAPINEE Toys are the best in the world and PAPINEE have worked on incredible projects during Art Basel, at the amFAR – Cannes Film Festival, with Louis Vuitton, at Monocle, Sultan Gallery, Shanghai Fashion Week, ICC Elements, Xintiandi and many more. PAPINEE collections are available at Harrods, Bergdorf Goodman, Lane Crawford, SKP Beijing, Harvey Nichols, and others. To learn more about PAPINEE’s gift of imagination, visit

The Peninsula Sky Rink

The Peninsula Sky Rink

The Peninsula Sky Rink

On Saturday, November 21, 2015 the hotel will officially open THE PENINSULA SKY RINK for the 2015 to 2016 winter season. The 2,100 sq. ft. (200 sq. m) hybrid rink is the only hotel skating rink in Chicago and has been a popular attraction since its debut in December 2012. The skating rink’s outdoor menu features a selection of hot beverages and snacks for purchase. All monies collected (US$ 15 for adults and US$ 10 for children 12 and under) will be donated to two Chicago children’s charities: Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital, and Hephzibah Children’s Association.

Holiday Rates and Winter Packages

Value The Experience

Perfect for an urban escape in The Windy City, guests can enjoy an overnight stay with American breakfast for two and overnight parking with rates starting at US$ 470 per room, per night, plus tax for a Superior Guest Room. For those wishing to experience a newly renovated room, Premier Superior Guest Rooms are available starting at US$ 605. The “Value the Experience” is available now through March 31, 2016.


Guests can pair any of The Peninsula’s holiday festivities with an overnight stay to create a wonderful package to enjoy or give as a gift to someone special. Seasonal room-only rates start at US$ 399 per room, per night, plus tax, or US$ 530 for a newly renovated Premier Guest Room valid January 1 through March 31, 2015.

To make reservations or for more information and additional packages, please call direct at +1 (312) 573 6620, toll-free at +1 (866) 288 8889, visit or e-mail Terms and conditions apply.

The Peninsula Holiday Desk

The experts at THE PENINSULA CHICAGO HOLIDAY DESK are on hand to assist with selecting perfect presents for family, friends and loved ones. Nothing surpasses the gift of a Peninsula experience, and gift cards are easy to customize by calling or visiting the Holiday Desk, located in the lower lobby.

Holiday Desk Hours:

December 1 through 24, 2015

Monday through Friday: 11:00 am to 7:00 pm

Saturday and Sunday: 10:00 am to 6:00 pm

Guests wishing to purchase a holiday gift card may contact the Holiday Desk directly at +1 (312) 573 6985.

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The Peninsula Chicago’s The Lobby Christmas Tree

Tree Lighting Ceremony

To kick off the holiday season, The Peninsula Chicago will host a special Christmas tree lighting ceremony on Friday, November 27, 2015. Guests enjoying the holiday afternoon tea will witness The Lobby’s magnificent Christmas tree being lit for the season. Celebrating the “season of giving,” guests can decorate The Peninsula Chicago’s Christmas tree with a special holiday ornament. Each festive season, Peninsula hotels worldwide raise funds for community charities by embracing the holiday spirit of giving with the “Trees of Hope” campaign. Ornaments are available with a donation of US$ 20 each from the Front Desk with all proceeds donated to The Make-A-Wish® Foundation of Illinois.

Dining Offerings

Thanksgiving Brunch

For the perfect way to start the holiday season, guests can join The Lobby’s famous elaborate THANKSGIVING BRUNCH, which will feature traditional turkey preparations, a grand seafood buffet, and an array of desserts and holiday specialties. Entertainment features a string quartet as well as a special, designated children’s lounge for young patrons. The cost is US$ 160 per adult and US$ 55 per child, 12 years old and under. Prices do not include tax and gratuity.

Holiday Afternoon Tea

Enjoy the spirit of the season with the holiday afternoon tea at The Lobby amid live music around The Peninsula’s joyous Christmas tree and indulge in special delicacies including a selection of house-made scones, finger sandwiches and pastries. For those with dietary restrictions, there is a vegan afternoon tea or a gluten-free afternoon tea option. In addition, each guest will receive a special SnowPage holiday ornament with the purchase of afternoon tea. Commencing Friday, November 27, 2015 the price of the holiday afternoon tea is US$ 75 per adult, including a glass of Prosecco and US$ 35 per child 12 years and under. With each purchase of afternoon tea, a donation of US$ 5 will be made to the Make-A-Wish® Foundation of Illinois. In addition to the holiday afternoon tea, The Peninsula Chicago also offers a CHILDREN’S ANNUAL HOLIDAY TEA priced at US$ 75 for 12 years and under. Available on Saturday and Sunday afternoons beginning December 5, 2015 and until Christmas, children can listen to stories from Mrs. Claus and decorate holiday cookies among other festive activities. Prices do not include tax and gratuity.

Christmas Eve Dinner

For an early Christmas present, food lovers can dine at The Peninsula Chicago and enjoy live music in The Lobby while savoring a prix fixe, five-course dinner. Children under the age of 12 can choose from The Lobby’s children’s menu. Dinner is served on December 24, 2015 from 5:30 pm until 10:00 pm and is US$ 145 per person. Guests interested in traditional Shanghainese and Cantonese cuisine may visit Shanghai Terrace, where a special celebratory menu for the occasion will be available from 5:00 pm to 10:30 pm, priced at US$ 108 per person. Prices do not include tax and gratuity.

Christmas Day Brunch

Celebrate Christmas with an elaborate brunch buffet in The Lobby. The exquisite CHRISTMAS DAY BRUNCH features a variety of carved meats, a grand seafood buffet station, sushi and sashimi, charcuterie and cheeses, and a dim sum station. Eggnog, hot chocolate and a vast array of sweets including crêpes, macarons and pastries will be presented for dessert; while a children’s station with child-friendly delicacies will be available. Entertainment includes The Peninsula string quartet, a children’s lounge and a magician for young patrons, and, of course, a visit from Santa Claus under The Lobby’s magnificent tree. The Lobby will offer three seatings from 10:00 am until 5:00 pm. The cost is US$ 160 per adult and US$ 55 for children 12 years and under. Prices do not include tax and gratuity.

New Year’s Eve Gala

Dance the night away and ring in 2016 at THE PENINSULA CHICAGO’S BLACK TIE GALA. Guests begin their evening with a welcome reception from 7:30 pm to 8:00 pm. After a five-course dinner, attendees will celebrate and dance to the sounds of Front of House, Ken Arlen’s premier 12-piece big band performing in The Lobby.

As midnight approaches, guests will celebrate the New Year with a balloon drop, midnight Champagne toast, dancing and revelry. Dinner and dancing is US$ 325 per person, or US$ 405 per person with wine pairings. Prices do not include tax and gratuity.

The Shanghai Terrace will serve an à la carte Shanghainese and Cantonese menu as well as a celebratory New Year’s Eve menu from 5:00 pm to 10:30 pm, priced at US$ 108 per person. Meanwhile, The Bar will be open and serving guests without a cover charge. Guests can enjoy classic libations, creative elixirs, premium ports, seasonal cocktails, and single-malt Scotch whisky and Scotch flights in front of the roaring fireplace.

New Year’s Day Brunch

Guests can begin their New Year’s resolutions after savoring the extravagant NEW YEAR’S DAY BRUNCH in The Lobby, kicking off the New Year to the sounds of a string quartet with an indulgent feast of favorite festive foods including a complimentary Bloody Mary, served from 11:00 am until 2:00 pm and priced at US$ 115 per person and US$ 45 for children 12 years and under. Prices do not include tax and gratuity.

For reservations to the above referenced dining outlets, please call +1 (312) 573 6685 or e-mail



The Peninsula Chicago And Pearl Lam Galleries Announce Art Installation With Renowned Korean Artist Choi Jeong Hwa In Conjunction With EXPO CHICAGO

To commemorate the opening of EXPO CHICAGO, the International Exposition of Contemporary & Modern Art, The Peninsula Chicago unveiled Alchemy, a significant art installation by renowned Korean artist Choi Jeong Hwa and curated by Pearl Lam Galleries. A celebration of Chicago’s place at the heart of the global contemporary art scene, the installation will be displayed in The Lobby at The Peninsula Chicago through March 20, 2016, as a part of The Peninsula Hotels’ global art and Breast Cancer awareness initiative, The Art of Pink.

The Peninsula Chicago debuts art installation by renowned Korean artist Choi Jeong Hwa for Expo Chicago (PRNewsFoto/The Peninsula Chicago)

The Peninsula Chicago debuts art installation by renowned Korean artist Choi Jeong Hwa for Expo Chicago (PRNewsFoto/The Peninsula Chicago)

An artist, architect and designer of furniture and furnishings, Choi Jeong Hwa creates art from the most humble of materials, finding inspiration in soda bottles, shopping bags and colorful plastic dishes. Inspired by the harmony and chaos of the urban environment, he often goes outside the hierarchy of the museum by installing his pieces on their exteriors. He created a 10-story installation from 1,000 discarded doors and decorated Seoul’s Olympic Stadium with garlands made from 2 million pieces of trash, transforming the building’s surface into a glittering jewel. In other pieces, he explores ideas of artificiality and permanence through the use of plastic food and flowers. He declines to categorize his work, leaving the audience to define his pieces on a personal level. As his motto states: “My art is your heart.

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Renowned for his colorful installations using materials often sourced in Korean street markets, Mr. Choi has exhibited at the Korean Pavilion at the Venice Biennale, the Hayward Gallery in London and in solo shows at museums worldwide. Alchemy, his site-specific light installation for The Peninsula Chicago, consists of found LED lights, plastic bowls and steel in 24 “totem pole” pillars. Mr. Choi personally oversaw the installation of the work in the Peninsula’s main lobby, the heart and social center of the hotel.The-Peninsula-Logo

EXPO CHICAGO/2015, The International Exposition of Contemporary & Modern Art, is presented by Art Expositions, LLC. Now in its fourth year as a leading international art fair, EXPO CHICAGO (Sept. 17 – 20, 2015) is a four-day art event featuring more than 140 leading international galleries and offering diverse programming including /Dialogues, EXPO VIDEO and IN/SITU. Under the leadership of President and Director Tony Karman, EXPO CHICAGO draws upon the city’s rich history as a vibrant international cultural destination, while highlighting the region’s contemporary arts community and inspiring its collector base. Vernissage, the opening night preview benefiting the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, took place Thursday, Sept 17, 6 – 9 p.m.

Additionally, in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Mr. Choi has donated one of the pillars from Alchemy for the hotel to auction to raise funds for Chicago’s Lynn Sage Cancer Research Foundation.

The partnership with Pearl Lam Galleries is the latest representation of The Peninsula Hotels‘ ongoing support of innovative public art around the world. The group has collaborated with museums, galleries and private collectors on pioneering works by established masters and emerging artists at Peninsula’s 10 hotels in the United States, Asia and Europe. Programs include The Peninsula Hong Kong‘s partnership with the UK’s Royal Academy of Arts to a residency program for emerging contemporary artists at The Peninsula Beijing, to a rotating collection of significant contemporary works on display at The Peninsula New York and art-related Peninsula Academy programs in each hotel.

We hope that this collaboration will contribute to Chicago’s position in the international arts community, and the growing recognition of our city as an arts hub,” said Maria Razumich-Zec, Regional Vice President and General Manager of The Peninsula Chicago. “Ultimately, we would like to realize a dream, which is to showcase pioneering public art that excites, challenges and spurs dialogue.” Continue reading

“The Art Of Pink” At The Peninsula Hotels Showcases Pink-Themed Art By Global Artists; Plus Inventive Dining And Events To Raise Funds For Global Breast Cancer Charities

The Peninsula Hotels in Asia, North America and Europe are again thinking pink for a purpose this October, Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Marking its fifth anniversary in 2015, the Peninsula In Pink Charitable Initiative is undergoing a creative makeover to become “The Art of Pink.” In keeping with The Peninsula’s global commitment to the arts, each hotel will exhibit specially commissioned pink-inspired artworks by acclaimed global artists, including internationally celebrated photographer Chen Man in Shanghai, renowned Chinese contemporary painter and installation artist Qin Feng in Beijing, Thailand’s best-known cartoonist Chiratorn Chirapravati in Bangkok, internationally recognized Peruvian artist Grimanesa Amorós in New York, French sculptor Nathalie Decoster in Paris, and prominent Korean artist Choi Jeong Hwa in Chicago.

“The Art of Pink” at The Peninsula Hotels, designed to raise awareness and funds for breast cancer charities in the hotels' local communities. (All Images Courtesy of The Peninsula Hotels Communications Department)

“The Art of Pink” at The Peninsula Hotels, designed to raise awareness and funds for breast cancer charities in the hotels’ local communities. (All Images Courtesy of The Peninsula Hotels Communications Department)

The pink masterpieces exclusively created for Peninsula will be exhibited at each hotel and auctioned, with the proceeds donated to local breast cancer charities.

Supporting innovative public art around the world is an ongoing commitment at The Peninsula Hotels. The Art of Pink Campaign builds on the partnerships each hotel has created with leading art museums, galleries and private collectors to provide guests with privileged access to groundbreaking art by established global masters and emerging local artists.

French sculptor Nathalie Decoster

French sculptor Nathalie Decoster (All Images Courtesy of The Peninsula Hotels Communications Department)

Internationally celebrated Chinese photographer Chen Man

Internationally celebrated Chinese photographer Chen Man (All Images Courtesy of The Peninsula Hotels Communications Department)

Highlights of The Art of Pink in 2015 also include pink-themed gala fundraising events featuring charitable auctions of the pink art masterpieces, plus special Peninsula dining and spa promotions and exclusive items donated by partner brands. Each Peninsula hotel will adopt its own creative theme for the event. Examples of giving back in a fun way include The Peninsula Bangkok teaming up with selected independent restaurants to present an evening of fine cocktails and cuisine in a pop-up format, and The Peninsula Hong Kong partnering with leading global auction house Christie’s for a first-of-its-kind gala and live auction of pink-themed luxury items.

A popular part of every Peninsula in Pink campaign is the Pink Afternoon Tea. This October, guests at The Lobby of each hotel will relish a creatively themed The Art of Pink Peninsula Afternoon Tea, featuring rose-tinted sweet and savory treats served on a tiered silver platter, and accompanied by rosé wines and 252767bubbles.

Guests at Peninsula hotels can also participate by purchasing the specially commissioned pink ribbon pin during October, together with enjoying the collection of pink-infused gourmet dining and spa experiences, with part of the proceeds donated to local breast cancer charities.

The creative theming of each Peninsula In Pink Campaign is designed to raise awareness and funds for breast cancer charities in the hotels’ local communities. In its first four years, the Peninsula in Pink campaign has raised over USD 500,000. A dedicated webpage,, will be launched in October featuring information on all Art of Pink initiatives, including the campaign’s history, photographs and videos.

The funds raised by Peninsula in Pink help local organizations to provide improved breast cancer-care facilities and services to patients in need. Examples include The Peninsula Manila, which is supporting the construction of a new and improved Breast Care Center at the East Avenue Medical Center, and The Peninsula Chicago, which helps transport breast cancer patients to and from medical appointments in the hotel’s fleet of MINI Clubman cars.