Spring Wrap Up at Pheasant Run

As Memorial Day weekend approaches, we turn to thoughts of summer with families lounging by the pool, ordering drinks from the splash bar, and hitting the links! We thought we'd take a moment to slow down and savor some of the highlights from Spring at the Run.

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Earth Day


A group of us volunteered at our St Charles Park District's Primrose Farm for Earth Day. We spent the afternoon walking the farm countryside picking up trash uncovered from the recently melted snow. It was a beautiful day to pitch in at the farm and gave us a taste of the Farm Life Experience package we offer to our guests. Although they get to do the fun stuff like groom horses and feed chickens!

Pheasant Run In Bloom

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Our grounds team has been working tirelessly to spruce up Pheasant Run after a long, long winter! Spring came slowly to St Charles, but the grounds team is making us look great!

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The blooms are starting to take root overlooking our putting green. 

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We plant red geraniums as a St Charles citywide initiative to win the American in Bloom Contest held in July. Last year St. Charles was named the winning community in our population category!

A Moment of Zen from our Pond

On The Job Training

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As the spring semester comes to an end, so does the On The Job Training for local St Charles East students. During spring semester they pitched in with housekeeping cleaning and folding towels and were a huge help to sales and marketing folding our never-ending pile of brochures and resort guides. This is such a meaningful program for the students, giving them hands on experience in the workforce, and we're honored to be a part of their growth.


We're ready to welcome summer, how about you? 

Hampton Inn & Homewood Suites West Loop Celebrate Earth Week

In celebration of Earth Week, the hotel’s Promise Committee partnered with Openlands and the students of Morrill Math and Science Elementary School to plant three trees around the elementary school grounds. The money used to plant and feed the trees was raised by the Promise Committee during 2017’s Earth Week, donating $1500 to Openlands, an organization that protects the natural and open spaces of northeastern Illinois and the surrounding region to ensure cleaner air and water, protect natural habitats and wildlife, and help balance and enrich our lives.

The trees were named Bud, Lewis, and Dottie as one tree had several little buds ready to sprout, another Lewis - for Lewis the Duck the Homewood Suites mascot, and Dottie as she had speckled bark.

A big thank you to our Promise Committee, volunteers, and all that supported the hotel’s Earth Week efforts!

Earth Week at George Manierre Elementary School

George Manierre Elementary students, faculty and Holiday Inn Mart Plaza Volunteers

George Manierre Elementary students, faculty and Holiday Inn Mart Plaza Volunteers

Holiday Inn Chicago Mart Plaza is partnering with George Manierre Elementary School again this year for Earth Week due to the fact that we do not have outside space/grounds to plant. Students and Faculty joined us in planting flowers and cleaning the school grounds.

Teaching students to garden

Teaching students to garden

A Tale of Two Trees

In celebration of Earth Day in 2016, Abbey Associates made their way to the Harbor Lawn to plant two new trees. It was a beautiful spring day, they were outdoors for a good cause, and smiles were on the faces of everyone who participated. After learning about the origins of the day and being in such good moods, it was decided by everyone there that these trees deserved to be named after the founder of Earth Day, Gaylord Nelson. 

Earth Day 2016. Abbey associates and Nelson

Gaylord Nelson was a U.S. Senator and former Governor of Wisconsin. He was also present for the groundbreaking of The Abbey Resort back in 1962. You can learn more about him and the founding of Earth Day here.

Senator Gaylord Nelson at The Abbey Resort's groundbreaking ceremony, July, 1962.

Gaylord and Nelson, the two young red sunset maples, thrived on the shores of Lake Geneva for a year alongside family activities, outdoor meetings, and numerous weddings. They soaked up the sun, shared their soil with the tulips, and watched the boats, ducks and geese in the harbor. 

When it came time to celebrate Earth Day once again, it was decided that the two trees should get some special recognition. A dedication and awareness ceremony was held for the associates and Gaylord and Nelson were given stones commemorating their planting dates and their names. 

Commemorative stones laid on Earth Day 2017.

Commemorative stones laid on Earth Day 2017.

The next time you visit The Abbey Resort, be sure to stop by the Harbor Lawn and say hello to our shade-providing, oxygen-producing friends. 

Watch the video from our dedication ceremony below.