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Thursday, March 19, 2020

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Kroger, Amazon, and several 'essential' retailers are hiring for thousands of positions to meet overwhelming demand in the face of the coronavirus pandemic

Posted: 19 Mar 2020 10:20 AM PDT

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As retailers around the nation shut their doors in an effort to curb the spread of the coronavirus, "essential" businesses like grocery stores and pharmacies are seeking support to accommodate overwhelming demand.

Companies including Kroger, Dollar General, and Amazon have listed thousands of job openings for sales associates, distribution workers, and delivery drivers, among others. The jobs — many of which are available immediately and require no background experience — are meant to alleviate overrun stores and warehouses dealing with an influx of orders from panicked Americans stocking up on items like canned goods and toilet paper.  

The open positions also come as many workers find themselves suddenly without jobs, in some cases without pay and benefits, as a spate of stores close indefinitely. According to the Economic Policy Institute, an estimated three million jobs will be eliminated by this summer alone as a result of the economic impact of the coronavirus. Other figures from IHS Markit show that the US unemployment rate is on track to nearly double from 3.5% in February to 6% by mid-2021. 

As the country braces itself for a possible recession, the economic turbulence is also exposing a lack of social safety net for many workers who can't afford to be out of work. On social media, a rash of recently laid-off employees have voiced their concerns, leading to a growing number of posts on job openings

While policy changes to support these workers may be far off, in the short term, see below for a list of companies seeking immediate employment. 

Domino's

Reuters

In a press release on March 19, Domino's announced that it would be hiring for several immediate positions including "delivery experts, pizza makers, customer service representatives, managers and assistant managers."

"While many local, state, and federal rules are closing dine-in restaurants, the opportunity to keep feeding our neighbors through delivery and carryout means that a small sense of normalcy is still available to everyone," Domino's CEO Richard Allison said in a statement.

He continued: "Our corporate and franchise stores want to make sure they're not only feeding people, but also providing opportunity to those looking for work at this time, especially those in the heavily-impacted restaurant industry."

Interested candidates can apply here



Dollar General

AP Photo

Dollar General is hiring for a "number of full and part-time positions" in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak, according to a post on its website.

"For any individual whose job has been temporarily impacted by the effect of COVID-19, we currently have a number of full and part time positions available across our stores, distribution centers and private fleet network," the post reads.

Interested candidates can apply here



Kroger

AP

Kroger has several openings at its retail stores, factories, and distribution centers across the US. Candidates "could be placed for employment within several days of applying," a Kroger spokesperson said in a statement to Business Insider's Hayley Peterson.  

Interested candidates can apply here

 

 




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How to adjust the volume of a Google Hangouts call, or mute your own microphone

Posted: 19 Mar 2020 10:18 AM PDT

google hangouts logo computerIsabella Paoletto/Business Insider

  • To adjust the volume on a Google Hangouts call, you'll need to adjust the volume of whatever device you're listening on.
  • You can also mute and unmute yourself on any Google Hangouts call, although this won't change anyone else's volume.
  • Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.

Google Hangouts is one of Google's many communication apps. Unlike others, however, Hangouts prioritizes video chatting over all else. This is useful if you want to talk face-to-face with someone you're not near.

However, one of the downsides of any sort of over-the-internet calling is that no one ever seems to know how loud they're speaking. And while you could keep adjusting your microphones until you hit the right volume, there's an easier method.

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Your Alexa device can play radio stations — you just need to enable the feature on the Alexa app

Posted: 19 Mar 2020 10:13 AM PDT

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  • Your Alexa speaker can play radio stations if you enable the skill on the Alexa app. 
  • While Alexa is known for its ability to stream pre-recorded music and podcasts, the device also has access to tens of thousands of radio stations.
  • You can also ask your Echo to play some stations without using the app.
  • Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.

Amazon's Alexa-enabled devices have been heralded as multi-purpose audio devices. Along those lines, they can stream songs, audiobooks and podcasts from sources such as Amazon Music, Spotify and Apple. 

Moreover, Alexa can also play live radio from tens of thousands of stations. All you have to do is to enable the skills on the app. Alexa has access to a universe of international sites, but some sites are already built into Alexa's streaming capabilities.

See the rest of the story at Business Insider

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How to return a Kindle book and receive a full refund in 2 steps

Posted: 19 Mar 2020 10:11 AM PDT

Amazon Kindle PaperwhiteHollis Johnson/Business Insider

  • You can return a Kindle book that you accidently bought on Amazon within seven days of purchase. 
  • After seven days, you won't be able to get a refund for any Kindle book.
  • To begin returning a Kindle book, you'll need to head to Amazon's "Digital Orders" page.
  • Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.

It's way too simple to click "Buy" next to a Kindle book, only to realize that the wrong book has made it into your library. 

To remedy these accidental purchases, Amazon allows buyers to return a Kindle book for a refund within seven days. After seven days, you'll have to either keep the book or delete it without a refund. 

See the rest of the story at Business Insider

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Your emergency fund is more important than ever

Posted: 19 Mar 2020 10:09 AM PDT

contemplating thinkingOliver Rossi/Getty

 

As the coronavirus continues wreaking havoc on the United States, your emergency fund is more important than ever.

The economic fallout caused by the coronavirus has been swift, with investors, service-industry workers, and small business owners taking an especially hard hit. When it's all said and done, the financial ramifications of this global health crisis will likely spare few.

See the rest of the story at Business Insider

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LATIN AMERICA FINTECH LANDSCAPE: An inside look at 5 of the most innovative regions propelling the LATAM fintech market to surpass $150 billion

Posted: 19 Mar 2020 10:01 AM PDT

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Fintech has had a staggering influence globally, catapulting to new highs in major financial markets like the UK and the US, but Latin America (LATAM) has lagged behind — until now. 

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These aerial photos show San Francisco's abandoned schools amid a 3-week 'shelter in place' to contain the coronavirus

Posted: 19 Mar 2020 09:59 AM PDT

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  • The San Francisco Bay Area is on Day 3 of a three-week "shelter in place" order designed to stifle the spread of the coronavirus disease throughout the city.
  • Residents have been directed to remain indoors as much as possible, leaving only for essential needs like grocery shopping.
  • San Francisco's 113 public schools have shuttered as well, leaving about 57,000 students to adjust to remote learning from their homes.
  • Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.

San Francisco is one of many Bay Area cities that is on Day 3 of a three-week "shelter in place" in an effort to contain the coronavirus.

The order directs residents to remain indoors as much as possible, with those who are able to work from home. Many of the city's residents have been steadily adjusting to remote work in the weeks preceding the order.

But many who are also parents have a lot more on their hands since the city's public school district was shut down for at least three weeks. 

California Gov. Gavin Newsom said Wednesday that schools across the state are unlikely to re-open before the summer break, and kids are adapting to learning remotely in their home.

Justin Sullivan with Getty Images photographed the empty schoolyards of schools across San Francisco from an aerial view.

Here's what they look like.

San Francisco's 113 public schools were closed Monday for at least three weeks.

Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

Source: San Francisco Chronicle



The closures affect the estimated 57,000 students of the city's public school system.

Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

Source: NBC Bay Area



School officials and families are still figuring out how to enforce digital learning for students now that schools have closed.

Justin Sullivan/Getty Images


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13 photos of New York City looking deserted as the city tries to limit the spread of the coronavirus

Posted: 19 Mar 2020 09:58 AM PDT

Empty New York CoronavirusREUTERS/Jeenah Moon

  • New York City looks more like a ghost town than a bustling metropolis with empty streets and fewer people outside since the outbreak of the coronavirus. 
  • The state of New York declared a state of emergency March 7. Since then, schools, bars, and event spaces around the city and state have shut down and restaurants are only accepting take-out and delivery orders.
  • Here are 13 photos that illustrate the impact these measures have on New York City's streets.
  • Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.

The city that never sleeps is starting to look a little sleepier these days as streets around the metropolis of New York City quiet down amid the coronavirus outbreak.

The state of New York declared a state of emergency March 7. Since then, life around New York has taken new form with New York City public schools shut down, public gathering of 50 people or more banned, and restaurants and bars within the city limited to take out and delivery only. Event spaces and gathering spots such as night clubs, theaters, concert venues in the city are also closed.

There were over 4,000 cases statewide as of Thursday, the most of any state, with 20 people dead, according to Bing's COVID-19 tracker.

Governor Andrew Cuomo advises that New Yorkers stay home and get no closer than 6 feet within others in public in an effort to limit the spread of COVID-19.

While New York's usual bustle has slowed, other cities have taken more drastic measures, such as San Francisco, which instituted a "shelter in place" mandate.

Here are 13 photos that show how deserted the streets of New York look within the last several days.

An empty Times Square is seen on the street following the outbreak of coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in New York City, U.S., March 18, 2020.

REUTERS/Jeenah Moon

A pedestrian walks on Wall St., as concerns about coronavirus disease (COVID-19) keep more people at home, in front of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in New York, U.S., March 18, 2020.

REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

Closed restaurants and shops are seen along a nearly deserted Mulberry Street in the Little Italy neighborhood of Manhattan during the coronavirus outbreak (COVID-19) in New York City, New York, U.S., March 18, 2020.

REUTERS/Mike Segar


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The UK's largest grocery store chain instructs shoppers to stand behind a taped area at checkout to prevent the spread of the coronavirus

Posted: 19 Mar 2020 09:58 AM PDT

tesco empty shelvesPhil Noble/Reuters

  • Tesco, the UK's largest grocery store chain, has rolled out new social-distancing measures at its checkouts. 
  • Customers in the store are instructed to drop groceries at the checkout and then stand back behind a taped area, which is mapped out on the floor. 
  • A spokesperson said this change is meant to reduce contact between customers and workers and prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus.  
  • Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.

The UK's largest grocery store chain is instructing customers to stand back from its checkout counters in order to protect its workers. 

Photographs shared by customers on social media show new taped-off areas mapped out on the floor by its cashiers. The idea is that the customer should come to the checkout, drop their groceries, and stand back behind the tape. 

See the rest of the story at Business Insider

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Read the exact email a financial planner sent his clients when the market dropped

Posted: 19 Mar 2020 09:56 AM PDT

Eric Roberge Official Headshot   Sept 2017Photo by Dina Konovalov

 
  • Eric Roberge, a certified financial planner, sent an email to 250 of his clients in early March as the stock market began to plummet, offering some advice.
  • He reminded clients not to act on their emotions — making financial decisions based on fear is never wise.
  • He also told clients to consider their time horizon. The goals they've set are long term, and history shows that the market always goes up if you can wait out the dips.
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Eric Roberge is a Certified Financial Planner and founder of Beyond Your Hammock (and a regular contributor to Business Insider). Earlier this month, when the markets began to quake, he sent out an email to 250 of his clients advising them on what to do as stocks plummeted.

Along with sticking to your investment strategy, Roberge told his clients to stay calm and avoid letting fear drive them to make decisions that could derail their future financial plans.

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China says admonishing doctor and coronavirus whistleblower Li Wenliang was 'improper,' calls for punishing local officials

Posted: 19 Mar 2020 09:55 AM PDT

A view of a photo Chinese doctor Li Wenliang at a vigil following his death.AP Photo/Kin Cheung

  • Authorities in Beijing have wrapped up an investigation into the death of Li Wenliang, the doctor who blew the whistle on the coronavirus outbreak, and his admonishment by local law enforcement.
  • The National Supervisory Commission said on Thursday that investigators concluded that local authorities in Wuhan mishandled the situation and followed "irregular" and "improper" law-enforcement procedures, state media reported.
  • Li, one of eight doctors reprimanded by the police, was forced to sign a letter acknowledging that he was "making false comments." He died from the coronavirus in early February.
  • Investigators recommended that officers involved in reprimanding Li should be punished. State media reported that the Wuhan Police Department had issued a formal apology to the doctor's family.
  • Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.

Chinese investigators have determined that Wuhan law-enforcement officials' admonishing of Li Wenliang, the doctor who blew the whistle on the coronavirus outbreak, was "improper," state media reported on Thursday.

The National Supervisory Commission said investigators looking into the young ophthalmologist's death concluded that local authorities in Wuhan mishandled the situation and followed "irregular" and "improper" law-enforcement procedures.

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Marriott announces CEO Arne Sorenson's salary will be suspended for the rest of the year and senior executives' salaries will be reduced by 50% as the coronavirus ravages the hospitality industry

Posted: 19 Mar 2020 09:55 AM PDT

Arne Sorenson - Marriott CEODrew Angerer/Getty Images

  • On an investor call on Thursday, Marriott announced that it will suspend the salaries of its CEO and Executive Chairman for the remainder of 2020 to cut costs amid global hotel closings and low occupancies due to the coronavirus pandemic.
  • Marriott will also reduce the salaries of top executives by 50%.
  • Marriott expects to furlough tens of thousands of employees in the coming weeks, Craig Karmin reported for the Wall Street Journal.
  • The US hospitality industry as a whole is facing an unprecedented decline in occupancies, which could lead to a loss of 4 million hotel jobs, according to the American Hotel & Lodging Association.
  • Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.

In a conference call with investors on March 19, Marriott's Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer Leeny Oberg announced that the company will suspend the salaries of President and CEO Arne Sorenson and Executive Chairman Bill Marriott for the balance of 2020 to offset revenue losses due to the coronavirus pandemic.

A November 2018 Marriott data breach revealed that Sorenson took home close to $12.9 million dollars that year, David Goldman reported for CNN Business. 

See the rest of the story at Business Insider

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National Guard chief says 'tens of thousands' of Guardsmen expected to be called up to fight the coronavirus

Posted: 19 Mar 2020 09:54 AM PDT

Florida National Guard Soldiers prepare to open South Florida’s first COVID-19 drive-thru test location at C.B. Smith Park, March 19, 2020Photo by Sgt. Michael Baltz

  • There are more than 2,000 National Guard members responding to the coronavirus in 27 states, but the number is expected to rapidly increase.
  • "We anticipate that number going up relatively quickly, in fact doubling by this weekend," Air Force Gen. Joseph L. Lengyel, chief of the National Guard Bureau, said Thursday.
  • Lengyel said he expects "tens of thousands" of National Guard personnel to eventually be called up to respond to the outbreak.
  • Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.

As the coronavirus spreads in the US, "tens of thousands" of National Guard troops could be called up to assist efforts to combat the disease, the National Guard chief said Thursday.

There are more than 2,000 National Guard members on state active duty in 27 states, but the number is expected to increase. As of last Friday, only 400 Guardsmen were active in just six states.

See the rest of the story at Business Insider

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A malaria pill from the 1940s has caught the eyes of doctors, analysts, and even Elon Musk as a potential coronavirus treatment

Posted: 19 Mar 2020 09:54 AM PDT

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  • As the coronavirus pandemic rages on, some drugs are showing promise in treating patients with COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus.
  • There are no approved treatments or vaccines for COVID-19, but researchers are testing a slew of existing drugs to see if they could work.
  • One of those drugs is called chloroquine, a widely used anti-malaria pill that was first approved in the US in 1949.
  • Countries including China, South Korea, and Belgium have added it to COVID-19 treatment guidelines as anecdotal reports have suggested that it might work.
  • There is no peer-reviewed clinical data showing that chloroquine works against COVID-19. But that hasn't stopped doctors from using it or US prescriptions from spiking. Even Elon Musk tweeted that it could be a treatment.
  • Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.

In the scramble to find drugs to treat COVID-19, the illness caused by the novel coronavirus, one drug has been flying relatively under the radar despite promising early results.

The drug is chloroquine, a widely prescribed anti-malaria pill that was first approved in the US in 1949. Early laboratory research and anecdotal reports about using it for people with COVID-19 have shown encouraging signs that it may work to fight the virus.

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'It is unclear why quality control did not detect this issue': Early CDC tests couldn't distinguish between coronavirus and water

Posted: 19 Mar 2020 09:51 AM PDT

Trump CDCTom Brenner/Reuters

As government authorities faced a looming coronavirus epidemic in February that has now turned into a full-blown crisis, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention botched its development of testing kits, according to government emails seen by the Wall Street Journal.

In particular, some of the CDC's tests wrongly detected the new coronavirus in laboratory-grade water. The email, sent from a CDC official to state public-health-lab officials, said some labs found "sporadic reactivity in the negative control of one of the three assay components."

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How the coronavirus is impacting the advertising business as sports TV viewing evaporates and consumers stop spending

Posted: 19 Mar 2020 09:48 AM PDT

Los Angeles Clippers forward Montrezl Harrell, left, shoots as Denver Nuggets forward Torrey Craig, center, and forward Jerami Grant defend during the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Feb. 28, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Associated Press

  • The coronavirus pandemic is upending the advertising business, along with other swaths of the economy.
  • Here is a breakdown of how the pandemic is impacting advertising, from events cancellations to buzzy startups whose sales are tanking.
  • Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.

The advertising business has been upended by the coronavirus, along with other sectors of the global economy. Events and in-person pitch meetings have been cancelled, advertisers have hit the breaks in spending as sales plummet, audiences for live sports have fallen, and the threat of layoffs at impacted companies looms.

Amazon experts and sellers say that brands that sell essential goods are advertising more on the e-commerce platform while brands that sell discretionary items like clothing are struggling for sales.

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The best hotels in Chicago

Posted: 19 Mar 2020 09:48 AM PDT

  IP Best Hotels Chicago 4X3

  • Chicago's booming tourism, attractions, and business opportunities attract millions of travelers to the city every year.
  • As the city has surged in popularity, hundreds of hotels have opened across the city. From boutique stays to cheap minimal hotels and huge luxury towers, there's a wide range of accommodations for every taste and budget. Most feature historic architecture and stunning rooftops.
  • We chose our top hotels based on a myriad of factors including our own experience staying at these properties. We coupled our research with reviews and rankings from sites such as Trip Advisor and Booking.com, as well as local intel, and affordable price points starting at around $100 per night in low season.
  • Read all Business Insider Hotel Reviews here.

A note from your Insider Reviews travel editor: Coronavirus has interrupted travel on a global scale forcing travelers to cancel and reassess plans in the coming weeks and months. We understand that right now is a challenging time to plan travel. But when this time passes and things return to normal, we know you'll be eager to explore the world again.

Whenever that happens for you, and we know it will, we hope our travel content helps you make informed, useful, and inspiring choices on the best places and hotels to book. So whether you use our reviews now, bookmark them for the future, or simply need an escape from the news, we'll continue to share the world with you. In the meantime, we encourage all travelers to stay safe, follow guidelines from the CDC website, and take precautions.

 

As you might expect from one of the world's greatest cities, Chicago is home to architectural marvels, an award-winning dining scene, innovative museums, and stunning lakefront scenery. Since I moved here more than 20 years ago, I'm constantly impressed by the rich cultural offerings the city provides, and the deep pride my fellow residents and I have for this city.

With a record-breaking 57.6 million visitors in 2018, according to the Chicago Sun-Times, the largest city in the Midwest has grown to include numerous compelling hotel choices. From intimate boutiques to world-renowned opulence, Chicago offers an enormous selection of accommodations for business travelers, luxury seekers, families, and tourists of all sorts. In fact, the central business district alone has approximately 145 hotel properties with 45,039 rooms — and counting.

As a self-proclaimed ambassador for Chicago who's always encouraging friends to visit, I'm always asked for recommendations on where to stay. My answers typically depend on the person's style preferences, location requirements, reasons for visiting, and of course, budget. These factors similarly fueled the following list, to highlight the hotels that best tick all those boxes: stylish, centrally located, near business and leisure, and are reasonably priced.

On the latter, hotel prices in Chicago run the gamut. In low season such as winter, some of the best hotels can start around $100 per night (excluding the holidays). Of course, they go up from there. Be prepared for many hotels to jump up a couple hundred dollars in summer.

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Whenever you visit Chicago, consult our list of the best hotels, selected based on actual stays and previous Insider Picks hotel reviews, as well as criteria such as hotels that are highly rated (mostly four or five stars), well-reviewed on Trip Advisor and Booking.com, and typically available at an affordable price point (think under $400, nightly). 

Our picks are found in prime locations and have special amenities you'll love with elevated design. In Chicago, that routinely means historic architecture and excellent rooftops. Prefer Airbnb? Here are some of our favorites in Chicago.

Mostly, they're worthy of your hard-earned cash — or reward points.

Keep reading to see why we were so impressed by these Chicago hotels, sorted by price from low to high.

LondonHouse Chicago, Curio Collection by Hilton

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Book LondonHouse Chicago starting at $105 per night

I recently stayed at the LondonHouse Chicago and now consider it one of my favorite hotels in the city. The hotel is located only steps from the corner of Michigan Avenue and Wacker Drive in a Chicago landmark building, the former London Guarantee and Accident Building.

Many of the plush rooms in this Hilton Curio Collection property overlook the Chicago River and I highly recommend my Vista Suite for the prime river views and comfortable accommodations. Though, the real scene-stealer is the rooftop bar, arguably the best in the city with 360 panoramic views and three levels, at the top of which is a columned cupola — expect to witness daily marriage proposals in the summer.

Trip Advisor Ranking: 7 out of 205

Booking.com Rating: 9.2 out of 10

Pros: You can get a pretty posh stay for around $100 a night in the low season. You can't beat the location, amenities like a fitness center and full spa, and the majorly impressive views from the rooftop bar.    

Cons: Because of its popularity with locals, the rooftop can get absurdly busy in the summer with long waits. If you're booking solely for this feature, be patient with access.

Read Business Insider's full hotel review for LondonHouse Chicago



The Gwen, A Luxury Collection Hotel

The Gwen

Book The Gwen starting at $143 per night

Located right on iconic Michigan Avenue, The Gwen, a Luxury Collection Hotel from Marriott Bonvoy, is set in a 1920s Art Deco landmark building (yes, it's a common theme in Chicago).

Bright and modern rooms come with ultra-luxe Frette linens and a plush bed. Amenities excellent on-site restaurants from one of Chicago's most celebrated chefs and the sleek rooftop terrace has fire pits and a unique "curling" rink in winter. 

Trip Advisor Ranking: 9 out of 205

Booking.com Rating: 9.4 out of 10

 Pros: The trendy rooftop terrace is a highlight of staying here, as is the perfect location right on Michigan Avenue. You can even head right into the adjacent mall without stepping foot outside. 

Cons: Being right on busy Michigan Avenue can also mean its not the quietest spot. Some guests complain of blaring horns and street noise.

Read Business Insider's full hotel review of The Gwen



Virgin Hotels Chicago

Virgin Hotels Chicago

Book Virgin Hotels Chicago starting at $159 per night

Created by Sir Richard Branson, the very first of the Virgin Hotels opened in Chicago in 2015 inside the Old Dearborn Bank Building. Steps away from Michigan Avenue in Chicago's Loop, the downtown boutique hotel offers a refreshed approach to modern luxury and comfort, catering to younger business types and tech-savvy travelers. An app is utilized for check-in, room service requests (which is actually handled through delivery services like Door Dash), and it also serves as your TV remote control.

Each room (they call them chambers) in the 26-story hotel is separated in two areas, with a large dressing area, closet space, and shower separated by a set of sliding privacy doors from the sleeping area. The vibe is cool and no-nonsense. I love the fact that Virgin has no hidden fees and they offer "street-level" pricing on minibar items and videos on demand, without the typical upcharge found at similarly elevated hotels.

Trip Advisor Ranking: 15 out of 205

Booking.com Rating: 9.3 out of 10

Pros: The on-site Commons Club is a cool hybrid bar, lounge, and co-working space that feels nothing like a hotel. The rooftop lounge offers panoramic views of the skyline, which feel like an added perk.

Cons: The hotel can be noisy. As it's right in the Loop next to the El tracks, you can hear trains going by, and thumping music from the rooftop bar tends to filter down to rooms on high floors.




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The upcoming Playstation 5 will only play 2.5% of the Playstation 4's library. Microsoft's new console will play the vast majority of your current Xbox library. (SNE, MSFT)

Posted: 19 Mar 2020 09:45 AM PDT

PlayStation 5 (Mark Cerny)Sony

  • The PlayStation 5 is Sony's next major video game console, and it's scheduled to arrive this coming holiday season.
  • In a new, hour-long video detailing the console's internals, lead architect Mark Cerny revealed that — despite previous statements to the contrary — the PlayStation 5 will only play a limited selection of PlayStation 4 games: Just 2.5% of the PS4's library will work on PS5.
  • Sony says it "will continue the testing process and expand backwards compatibility coverage over time."
  • Microsoft's next-gen console, the Xbox Series X, offers backwards compatibility going all the way back to the original Xbox.
  • Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.

The PlayStation 4 is Sony's second-best-selling console of all time, only behind the PlayStation 2 in popularity. There are over 100 million PlayStation 4 consoles in the wild, and over 4000 games have been published on the PS4.

But when the PlayStation 5 arrives this holiday, it won't be able to play the vast majority of those games. Somewhere in the realm of 2.5% of those 4,000-plus games will work.

See the rest of the story at Business Insider

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