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Longstanding General Manager Chris Mander Retiring; Served InterContinental Hotels
Group as Regional Vice President of Operations and General Manager
of InterContinental Chicago


Chicago, Ill. (February 8, 2008) Ė The InterContinental Chicago (505 N. Michigan) will bid farewell to longstanding General Manager Chris Mander this February. Having been in Chicago for twelve years, Mander served not only as General Manager of the property situated along Chicagoís magnificent mile, but also as InterContinental Hotels Group Regional Vice President of Operations for the Midwest and Canada. Since beginning his career in hospitality 35 years ago in Helsinki, Finland, Mander has worked all over the globe in operations, finance and corporate positions in the United States, Europe and the Middle East.
Always active in the community, Mander currently sits on the boards of the Chicago Convention and Tourism Bureau, The Illinois Hotel and Lodging Association, the British American Business Chamber and is a member of the Greater North Michigan Avenue Association. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Hospitality, a Certified Master Innholder and a Freeman of the City of London and is a member of MENSA. 
Having traveled the globe, Mander has decided to stay in Chicago, attesting to his love of and connection to the city. Not one for a laidback retirement, Mander will continue to consult with hotel management firms and plans to be actively involved with local charities and the Chicago 2016 Olympic bid committee.
The InterContinental Chicago is the only hotel with a front entrance on the prestigious Magnificent Mile, Chicagoís most desirable address. Originally built in 1929 as the Medinah Athletic Club, an exclusive luxury menís club, the InterContinental is one of Chicagoís most elegant landmarks. The hotel features 792 recently refurbished guest rooms, including 73 lavishly decorated suites. The hotelís historic, junior Olympic size pool is recognized as one of the best indoor pools in the U.S. and is included in Chicagoís architectural tours. Dining and entertainment options in the hotel include: Zest, a bistro featuring contemporary, American cuisine; the Lobby Bar featuring classic cocktails and ENO, the hotelís upscale, approachable and lively lounge that offers an easily paired selection of wine, cheese and chocolate. For reservations, please call (312) 944-4100 or visit  

Jim Lee
(312) 943-6900

Also See: Sage Hospitality Names Fletcher C. Mayes General Manager for The Blackstone, a Renaissance Hotel; $112 million Renovation of Chicagoís Legendary Hotel Set for Completion Late in 2007 / September 2007
Christian Clerc Named General Manager of The Ritz-Carlton Chicago (A Four Seasons Hotel) / September 2007


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