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w w w . c o n v e n t i o n s o u t h . c o m J U N E 2 0 1 5 ⎜ ConventionSouth ⎜ 45 D A L L A S / F O R T W O R T H recognized as "The Best-Run Convention Center in America," and was the first con- vention center in the world to offer wireless Internet services for exhibitors and meeting professionals. STAY IN COMFORT With more than 70,000 hotel rooms in the market, including 5,000 in the downtown area, there are seemingly infinite lodging choices for meeting attendees. The Hilton Anatole Hotel recently under- went a $125 million transformation and now boasts some spectacular new features, includ- ing a stunning kinetic sculpture, Nebula by Reuben Margolin. A baroque masterpiece built in 1912 by beer magnate Adolphus Busch, The Adolphus is The Grande Dame of Dallas hotels, combining old-world luxury with a dynamic downtown location. The Warwick Melrose Hotel Dallas, located near the Uptown, Turtle Creek and Oak Lawn areas, is a AAA Four-Diamond property that offers modern comforts in the historic 1924 building. In the heart of the Dallas Arts District, near the convention center, the Sheraton Dallas has 230,000 square feet of meeting space. The Westin Galleria Dallas puts attendees inside the Galleria shopping complex while providing ample space for meetings and con- ventions. ENTERTAINMENT, ARTS & SPORTS Diverse cultural and entertainment districts near the convention center and the downtown core offer family-friendly attractions and quaint settings as well as vibrant nightlife in a cutting-edge atmosphere. With $20 billion in development underway throughout the city, meeting attendees can expect an increasing number of dining, shopping, arts, culture and entertainment options each year. The Dallas Arts District, a 68-acre, 19-block area with museums, concert halls, churches and restaurants, is home to four buildings designed by Pritzker Architecture Prize-winning archi- tects. These include the Winspear Opera House and the Wyly Theatre (which form the AT&T Performing Arts Center), the Nasher Sculpture Center, and the Meyerson Symphony Center, designed by I.M. Pei. The district is anchored by the Dallas Museum of Art. Public ArtWalk Dallas, a free, self-guided 3.3-mile tour, highlights 30 pieces of art and architecture in the Arts District and down- town Dallas. In the midst of a true renais- sance, the Downtown Dallas en- tertainment district has exciting nightclubs, Four-Star restaurants, bars and live music. Visitors can shop at the flagship Neiman Marcus or enjoy an al fresco beverage at Main Street Garden. For a bird's-eye view of the city skyline, an elevator climbs to the top of Reunion Tower. The Dallas Museum of Art (DMA) has a collection span- ning the third millennium BC to the present day. Artists on dis- play include O'Keeffe, Pollock, Rothko, Warhol, Renoir, Van Gogh, Cezanne and Monet. At its Paintings Conservation Stu- dio, visitors can watch conser- vators preserve and restore the museum's extensive collection. In addition, the museum has pro- gramming for kids of all ages and after-hour events for adults. Dallas is also home to professional teams in five major league sports as well as many minor league and college teams. Additionally, Dallas offers more than 9,000 restaurants and is home to several celebrity chefs. Food Tours of America sponsors several Uptown Dallas tour options including a 2.5- hour West Village Restaurant Hop and the 3.5- hour Uptown Foodie Walk. MEET IN MCKINNEY Just 30 miles north of Dallas, McKinney is a fast-growing destination, with tree-lined streets, a historic downtown and a tight-knit community giving it a small-town feel. Meeting facilities are available in quaint historic settings, outdoor facilities, community buildings or private party rooms. More than 800 hotel/motel rooms and several bed and breakfast inns offer a variety of accommo- dations. The recently opened Sheraton Hotel & Conference Center will offer 186 guest rooms and just over 20,000 square feet of meeting space. The 45-room Grand Hotel & Ballroom, located on the historic downtown square, built in 1886, originally housed the Heard Opera House and Heard Mercantile store. For special events, the McKinney Perform- ing Arts Center, in the restored Collin County The Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center, one of the largest in the nation, is the site of major national and international conventions, meetings, concerts, and antiques and auto shows. Features include: • More than 1 million square feet of exhibit space including 726,526 square feet of prime, contiguous space • The nation's largest column-free exhibit hall: 203,000 square feet • A 9,000-seat arena, theater and hundreds of meeting rooms • A high level of technical support and services • LEED-certification • Service by the DART light rail system • Proximity to entertainment districts, dining, shopping and attractions • More than 5,000 downtown hotel rooms in properties from Marriott, Hyatt, Sheraton, Fairmont, Westin and Omni DALLAS CONVENTION CENTER AT A GLANCE Texas Sculpture Garden