People/Events/Accounts: News About the Ritz-Carlton, Chicago; Grand Hyatt Miami Beach; 'Women of Food' Dinner Series; and More

CHICAGO: The Ritz-Carlton, Chicago has announced guest room and suite refashioning as the final element of the hotel’s full renovation. The redesign will include an update of the property's 434 guest rooms and suites and is set to be completed by Spring 2020.

LOS ANGELES: Scientist Tyrone Hayes will deliver the keynote speech at the Organic Center's 17th annual benefit dinner on March 4 in Anaheim. Chef Megan Mitchell will curate an all-organic menu; last year's fund-raiser drew 500 people and raised a record $485,000.

Michelle Ellamae has launched Ellamae Productions, a design and production studio focused on social good events.

MIAMI/SOUTH FLORIDA: Miami Beach’s new Convention Center hotel will be operated by Hyatt under the Grand Hyatt brand. The 800-room property is set to open in 2023. 

NEW YORK: Clothing brand Aerie will host its first-ever AerieREAL Summit on March 8, International Women’s Day. The event, held at 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge, will include appearances by #AerieREAL ambassadors Aly Raisman, Lana Condor, and more.

Next Events has named Krishe Van Der Walt as client services manager. She brings over 10 years of client service experience to the role.

WASHINGTON: Resy’s "Women Of Food" dinner series and platform will return in March. It will stop in 11 cities, kicking off at Rose Previte's Maydan in D.C. 

VANCOUVER: Interactive production studio Thinkingbox has acquired digital management agency Aarra, which will be renamed Thinkingbox and led by Thinkingbox C.E.O. Amir Sahba. 

With contributions from Ashton Pike in Atlanta, Claire Hoffman in Los Angeles, and Rayna Katz, Beth Kormanik, and Michele Laufik in New York.

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