When snow and ice move into the Midwest, all is set for skiing, tobogganing, and indoor parties. But the Great Lakes don't freeze up — and neither do reasons for groups to book this area. After the boom year of 2007, when room rates and facilities construction knew no bounds, the current economic downturn has been a shock, but supply should soon bring more reasonable (and negotiable) prices for groups in Midwest cities. In Chicago, some 7,200 guest rooms are scheduled to be completed by ...

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