Mart Plaza Executive Chef Teaches Culinary and Etiquette Class to Students

In the ongoing partnership between the Holiday Inn Chicago Mart Plaza and George Manierre Elementary School, the Mart Plaza's Executive Chef, Gabriel Ortega, is teaching a 4-week Culinary and Etiquette class for the students of George Manierre. 

The first Culinary and Etiquette class was conducted on Wednesday, March 14th as Chef Gabriel demonstrated how to prepare a tossed vinaigrette salad as well as proper table etiquette. Fifteen students were in attendance. Classes will be held once a week on  Wednesday from 3:30pm to 5:00pm and will continue until April  4, 2018.

Please join us in thanking Chef Gabriel for volunteering his time at George Manierre Elementary School!

Read Across America Day

Violet Murillo (Merchants Market), Liliana Ayala (Catering), Frank Alba (Sales), Tina Beverly (Human Resources), Florence Gardner (Accounting)

Violet Murillo (Merchants Market), Liliana Ayala (Catering), Frank Alba (Sales), Tina Beverly (Human Resources), Florence Gardner (Accounting)

Earlier today, members of the Holiday Inn Chicago Mart Plaza's Promise Committees read to the students of George Manierre Elementary School in celebration of #ReadAcrossAmericaDay, which also happens to be Dr. Seuss's birthday!

Thank you Violet, Liliana, Frank, Tina and Florence for volunteering your time! It was greatly appreciated by the students and faculty.


American Red Cross Blood Drive

On July 14  the Holiday Inn Mart Plaza hosted its annual Blood Drive with the American Red Cross.


A big THANK YOU to the 53 volunteers that signed-up for the Blood Drive. 41 of the 53 were able to give blood for this amazing cause!

Ronald McDonald House Charities® Pop Tabs Program


The Holiday Inn Chicago Mart Plaza has joined in the journey of becoming a member of the Ronald McDonald House "Thanks-a-Million" Club. 

Background Information

"Thanks-a-Million" Club was created with the needs of families in mind. The mission of RMHC-CNI is to care for families of children with complex medical needs by providing comfort, compassion and a sense of community. RMHC-CNI keeps families of hospitalized children together in a ‘home away from home’.

Through this program 153 families are able to stay close to their loved ones that are experiencing illness that requires lengthy hospital stays. Pop tabs are recycled by the Ronald McDonald recycling partner, United Scrap Metal, and the charity will then receives the market value of the recycled materials, plus a charitable match from United Scrap Metal.

The Impact of this amazing charity

In 2014, RMHC-CNI raised more than $40,000 from this program, which provides 800 nights of care and comfort for families. This allows families to save $160,000 in hotel and food costs.

As of June 23, 2017 the Holiday Inn Chicago Mart Plaza has collected 29.6 pounds which totals over 37,000 pop tabs!

Would you like to be a part of our journey?

Start collecting pop tabs and send them to Tina Beverly, Director of Human Resources at the Holiday Inn Chicago Mart Plaza.

Together we can reach the one million goal!

Ronald McDonald "Meals From The Heart"

On June 20th, the Holiday Inn Mart Plaza team went the Ronald McDonald House near Lurie Children's Hospital. The Ronald McDonald House created the "Meals from the Heart" program to help feed families after a long day spent at the hospital with their loved ones. Their goal is to provide families a chance to unwind and de-stress in order to be their best for when their children need them. The Holiday Inn Team prepared lunch and served over 40 families and their loved ones. A big thank you to all who participated in this amazing event!


“Cookies from the Heart” at Ronald McDonald House

On March 28th the HIMP's Promise Committee  baked over 250 delicious cookies for the children and families at Ronald McDonald House in the Streeterville neighborhood. Thank you to all the volunteers. A special thank you to our Chef Gabriel for providing the cookie dough!


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