Chicago Suburban Resort wins Prestigious Dick Busse Business of the Year Award, Prompting it to increase Workforce by Six Digits!

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Hilton Chicago/Oak Brook Hills Resort & Conference Center engages 110,000 workers; Village of Westmont applauds initiative

Chef Sean Curry assembling housing for new workers starting soon at Oak Brook Hills

This primarily food-driven initiative is sure to create a buzz.

The Hilton Chicago/Oak Brook Hills Resort & Conference Center is committed to growing its workforce and supporting its mission of becoming a uniquely sustainable destination. The resort’s uncommon practices are evident throughout hotel operations, but none more so than what’s taking place outside on its grounds, comprised of a 150-acre Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary and the Championship Willow Crest Golf Club. Today, the multi-faceted west suburban resort announced the implementation of a highly unusual work program for the anticipated 110,000 new members of its workforce, launching with the emergence of spring. Spearheaded by Executive Chef Sean Curry, self-proclaimed “Godfather” of the program, this primarily food-driven initiative is sure to create a buzz.

Unlike with a typical work program, the participants of this initiative do not expect any sort of compensation other than on premise housing and free food. “Accommodating 110,000 workers poses a unique challenge on the resort’s 150 beautifully landscaped acres, but we know just how to get that done,” said Stefan Mühle, general manager of Oak Brook Hills, last week’s recipient of the prestigious Dick Busse Business of the Year Award. “Those workers won’t need much space; they really like close quarters anyway!” he added.

Larry Forssberg, Executive Director of the Westmont Chamber of Commerce and Tourism Bureau, agrees. “This large of an expansion of labor is a huge plus for our community, and we embrace the resort’s initiative to get that large a group of new workers into our neighborhood. As most know, bees are very hard working, which makes the positive impact of this new initiative even more un-bee-lievable!”

The program begins with the advent of spring, and will escalate as the season continues. Workers’ housing conditions and productivity will be closely monitored through the season. Chef Sean will utilize their honey output for his “modern farm cuisine” recipes, and their pollination skills for a chef’s garden. To learn more about Oak Brook Hill’s new bee program, contact hotel publicist Jody Grimaldi at

About Hilton Chicago/Oak Brook Hills Resort & Conference Center:
Just west of downtown Chicago and nestled into the quiet suburb of Oak Brook, Illinois, Hilton Chicago/Oak Brook Hills Resort & Conference Center (3500 Midwest Road, Oak Brook, IL 60523) is a preferred destination for getaways, golf trips, family vacations, weddings and business events. With over 42,500 square feet of IACC certified meetings and event space, the hotel is an ideal venue for business meetings, conferences, retreats, banquets and social functions. The 348 rooms and 38 suites are complemented by extensive and flexible event space including a tented outdoor pavilion, exercise facilities, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, numerous dining options, and the award-winning Willow Crest Golf Club. The property is managed by Westmont-based Portfolio Hotels & Resorts. Visit for reservations or more information, or call the hotel direct at 630.850.5555.

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