Waldorf Astoria Chicago Hosts 4th Annual Tree Lighting Celebration

November 13, 2018



The Courtyard Holiday Fête Benefits Ann & Robert Lurie Children’s Hospital, Previews New Holiday Market

WHO: More than 200 guests of Waldorf Astoria Chicago and Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago will join together for the hotel’s 4th Annual Tree Lighting Celebration inside the hotel’s lobby and Parisian café, Petit Margeaux. The award-winning Waldorf Astoria Chicago is a 60-story hotel and residence located in the historic Gold Coast neighborhood adjacent to the most exclusive shops, restaurants, nightlife, recreation, and businesses.


WHAT: The main attraction of the Gold Coast’s most anticipated holiday event is an eye-catching 20-foot Christmas tree adorned with over 14,000 twinkling lights in the center of the Waldorf Astoria’s cobblestone courtyard. The family-friendly evening invites guests to gather inside the hotel’s lobby and outside in the stunning cobblestone courtyard to enjoy live music, face painting, passed sweet treats from Petit Margeaux’s pastry chef, Ashley Torto, and savory canapes from Margeaux Brasserie, the hotel’s French restaurant, throughout the evening. In the spirit of the season, guests are encouraged to bring a toy or gift card to be donated to the Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders at Lurie Children’s hospital. A child from the hospital will have the honor of officially lighting the tree as well.


The Tree Lighting also doubles as an exclusive preview to the inaugural Petit Margeaux Holiday Market. This pop-up winter market will debut the following weekend where guests will be able to enjoy a raclette station for grab and go cheese sandwiches, a mulled wine station, bags of spiced nuts, a special Petit Margeaux Holiday Market mug for purchase, offerings from Waldorf Astoria spa, and more festivities on select weekends in November and December.


WHEN: Wednesday, November 14th

5:30pm - 7:30pm

**Tree Lighting to occur at 6:15pm**


WHERE: Waldorf Astoria Chicago

11 E Walton St, Chicago, IL 60611


VISUALS: Setting in the center of the hotel’s iconic cobblestone courtyard with holiday-themed decorations covering the hotel’s exterior.

  • 14,000 lights on the 20-foot tall Christmas tree (largest in the neighborhood) being lit by a Lurie Children’s cancer patient. It will also be the first tree lighting to take place in the Gold Coast neighborhood this holiday season.

  • Children partaking in the face painting festivities.

  • Live music from the Apollo Choir performing holiday classics and Christmas carols.

  • Guests enjoying passed savory canapes from Margeaux Brasserie, refreshments, and sweet treats from Petit Margeaux’s Pastry Chef Ashley Torto.

  • An exclusive preview of the upcoming holiday market setup on Petit Margeaux’s patio with a raclette station and mulled wine.

  • Notable Chicago influencers and media members in attendance, including Helen Berkun, Jennifer Worman, and the Consulate General of France Monsieur Guillaume Lacroix.



  • Ashley Torto, Petit Margeaux’s Executive Pastry Chef

  • Ryan Baldwin, Margeaux Brasserie’s Head Sommelier

  • Todd Temperly, Waldorf Astoria Chicago General Manager

  • If available, select influencers who are in attendance



For more information contact Allison Wessel at allison@chromecitypr.com or (312) 772-0182. // VIP Media RSVP to pr@chromecitypr.com



Please reach out to Allison for special accommodations or requests.


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