Chicago Hotel Employees Walk Out

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Thousands of downtown Chicago hotel workers went on strike Friday morning after contracts expired at 25 downtown convention and boutique hotels.

Take Your Next Chicago Meeting to New Heights

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Crowne Plaza Receives Patent for ‘Guest Room of the Future’

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Photo credit: InterContinental Hotels Gr (IHG). Crowne Plaza Hotels & Resorts has received a patent for its “guest room of the future ,” which is designed to help meeting professionals and other business travelers enhance their productivity in a space that fits their lifestyle.

Get InsPIred to Take A Slice Out of Pi Day

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Illinois: Pumpkin Pie. Although some may argue that Connecticut is the go-to pumpkin pie destination, this fall classic became the official state pie of Illinois in 2015. Bring your ap-PIE-tite to meetings today!

What is Your Group’s Pizza Personality?

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Live Updates: Focus on ASAE18 in Chicago

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Events Industry Events asae ASAE18 chicago illinois industry live pizza updates windy cityCouldn’t make it to Chicago for ASAE’s annual conference? Or even if you did, this is your hub for updates on news, session highlights and lessons learned.

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Find Your Mid-American Live Music Hot Spot

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4 Ways For Women to Love Traveling Alone

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Women travelers are among the most enthusiastic users of offerings such as Hilton’s Five Feet to Fitness rooms, now at 10 properties— Parc 55 in San Francisco, plus three Hiltons and six DoubleTrees in Texas, Virginia, New York, Florida and Illinois. As a woman, are you afraid of traveling alone? Actress Shirley MacLaine once said, “The more I traveled, the more I realized that fear makes strangers of people who should be friends.”

Press Release: We’re Open : Redefining Room Block Management

MeetingPool

Chicago, Illinois, October 2, 2017 – Resiada™ announces the public launch of its revolutionary new room block management software for event planners, Destination Marketing Organizations (DMO/CVB) sport organizations and events rights holders.

College and Universities That Prove the Midwest is Best

Unique Venues

In this region, the University of Illinois Conferences & Special Events is home to a 1,400-acre campus with high-tech classroom spaces, lounges, and overnight accommodations for up to 1,800 people and a dedicated event staff to help plan it all.

Catering Outlook for 2019

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Sarah Arel, assistant event producer at Feast & Imbibe catering in Evanston, Illinois, agrees that comfort foods are very much still top-of-mind, but with an ethnic twist. When it comes to catering, there are trends that are fleeting and some that stick. Sustainability is here to stay.

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The Woman Behind Chicago’s Most Creative Event Space

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Magazine ’s Top 100 fastest growing private companies in Illinois. In 2006, 2012 and 2013, Catalyst Ranch won the Most Unique Venue and Best Conference Venue, respectively, in Illinois Meetings & Events Best Of Awards.

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Midwest Venues for the Best Receptions

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Whether you’re planning a business meeting and reception that needs a dose of inspiration on a Top Ten campus like the University of Notre Dame in Indiana or a scenic wedding in a quaint locale such as a vineyard in Galena, Illinois, there’s no shortage of Midwestern charm available.

Learnings from Our First International Event Marketing Strategies

Tito Blog | An Event Blog for Organisers

We hosted it in Chicago, Illinois, making it our first major marketing activity in the United States. As Annie outlined in an earlier post on this blog, Admission became a smaller event than we'd originally planned, which became a success.

Study Up On Our Top Picks For Academic Camps In North America

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Illinois State. The challenge with coordinating an academic camp is picking a venue that will immediately set the stage for learning. Spaces have to include all of the features you need to accomplish your specific goals for your group.

The Latest Catering Trends

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Sarah Arel, assistant event producer at Feast & Imbibe catering in Evanston, Illinois, agrees that comfort foods are very much still top-of-mind, but with an ethnic twist. When it comes to catering, there are trends that are fleeting and some that stick. Sustainability is here to stay. In fact, a 2018 article by the Stanford Innovation Social Review reported that more than 90 percent of CEOs state that sustainability is important to their company’s success.

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Freeman Focuses on New Data Solutions Following Sale of Encore to PSAV

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PSAV, which is headquartered in Schiller Park, Illinois, is in 1,500 on-site venues and has 49 branch offices in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Europe, the Caribbean and the Middle East.

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Global expansion for newly rebranded DRPG

Event Industry News

Creative communications group DRPG are opening four new offices, including Cologne, Illinois, Dublin and Belfast, increasing the groups locations to seven. The group has also announced a multimillion-pound expansion plan for 2019, this includes a 15,000sqft extension to the Worcestershire Global Headquarters, which will include digital design and motion graphics studios, a team wellbeing centre, dedicated space for the DRPG training academy and a roof top recreational terrace.

Meetingsbooker.com expands US coverage with Carr Workplaces partnership

Event Industry News

Meetingsbooker.com customers can now book meeting spaces online at any of the Carr Workplaces extensive portfolio around the United States including California, Washington DC, New York, Florida, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, and Virginia. Meetingsbooker.com, the global leader in meeting venue discovery and bookings is delighted to announce the addition of Carr Workplaces to the platform.

Mastering Servant Leadership

PCMA Convene

Such performance benefits are backed up in research by the University of Illinois at Chicago , which found that when managers create a culture where workers know the boss puts employees’ needs over his or her own, there are measurable improvements in multiple facets of a business.

3 Ways to Foster Better On-Site Engagement

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Here are a few suggestions: Find someone who lives in Illinois. (3 Minute Read). 3 Ways to Foster Better On-Site Engagement: Maintaining Interest Levels Throughout the Event.

U.S. Music Cities for Your Event

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Chicago, Illinois. Music has a powerful connection to human emotion. That makes picking the right tunes a make-it-or-break-it aspect of any event. A successful playlist requires asking the right questions long before you crank up the volume. Who are you trying to please?

Reflect on Your Brand Champions With Michele Wierzgac

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She has a master’s degree in educational administration and leadership from Illinois State University, where she also earned an undergraduate degree in physical education and athletic coaching while playing volleyball on an NCAA scholarship.

4 Smart Moves at Omni, Sofitel, Conrad & Aqua-Aston

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He previously worked for Hostmark Hospitality Group in Shaumberg, Illinois, Larkspur Hotels & Restaurants, Sheraton Hotels and InterContinental Hotels Group. Daniel Surette Omni Hotels & Resorts named Daniel Surette vice president of sales.

The Best New Hotels of 2017

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Illinois. Illinois. Four Seasons Maldives Private Island at Voavah. From a long list of 675 properties spanning more than 50 countries, Condé Nast Traveler has selected its best hotel openings from the past year.

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6 Striking Bowling Alleys for Events

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With locations in Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, Washington and Washington, D.C.,

20 Best and Worst Airports in America

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Chicago O’Hare International, Illinois (ORD). JFK International Airport, New York. What airports experience the worst delays and most cancellations? Which have the shortest security lines? Which are the easiest to get to from the city center?

How You ‘Move’ Through Life Affects Everything

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In 2009, University of Illinois psychology professor Alejandro Lleras, along with Laura Thomas of Vanderbilt University, conducted a study on problem-solving and body movement. They tested 52 University of Illinois students. Right now, whether you are aware of it or not, your body is adjusting to meet the demands of the moment. That could mean shifting positions in your seat to get more comfortable while reading this article.

The Top 8 Conferences Event Professionals Have to Attend

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Location: McCormick Place – Chicago, Illinois. I just love to travel, even if it’s for events or business trips. Well, there are certain aspects I don’t love — I’m not particularly a fan of flying. It has nothing to do with the flying part, that doesn’t bother me.

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A Visual Guide to 18 of the Best Summer Venue Ideas

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Location: Chicago, Illinois. Location: Chicago, Illinois. From breezy ocean views and city rooftops to twinkling string lights in the woods, we’ve created a visual summer venues guide so you don’t have to look far to be inspired for your next event. Location, location, location!”

Certain, Inc. announced Gold Level Sponsorship of Modern Customer Experience

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San Francisco, CA, April 6, 2018 – Certain, Inc., an Oracle Partner Network (OPN) member, announced it will be a Gold level sponsor at Modern Customer Experience 2018 , Oracle’s annual conference dedicated to helping customer experience (CX) professionals advance their careers.

How You ‘Move’ Through Life Affects Everything

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In 2009, University of Illinois psychology professor Alejandro Lleras, along with Laura Thomas of Vanderbilt University, conducted a study on problem-solving and body movement. They tested 52 University of Illinois students. Right now, whether you are aware of it or not, your body is adjusting to meet the demands of the moment. That could mean shifting positions in your seat to get more comfortable while reading this article.

Texas, West Virginia Chefs Win Copper Skillet Awards

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cook-off featured impressive talent from eight chefs who competed from around the country,” said Dan Techman, director of sales and marketing for President Abraham Lincoln Springfield-a Double Tree by Hilton in Illinois and board member of the IACC-Americas chapter. Roanoke, Virginia.

Top 10 Most Beautiful Cities to Host a Meeting

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Chicago, Illinois. Get your passport ready! Conde Nast Traveler has released a list of the 50 Most Beautiful Cities in the World, many of which would make great meeting destinations. The list highlights cities rich in history, architecture and natural beauty.

6 Ways to Celebrate National Boss’ Day

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Four years later, Illinois Gov. It seems like every month there is a “new” holiday everyone is talking about: National Doughnut Day, National Pizza Day, National Poetry Day, etc., and October is no different. Thanks to Patricia Bays Haroski, we celebrate National Boss’ Day every Oct. In 1958, while working at State Farm Insurance Company, Haroski registered National Boss’ Day with the United States Chamber of Commerce.

7 Smart Moves at Loews Hotels, Duke Energy Convention Center and More

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Hans Ritten Loews Hotels & Co announces Hans Ritten as the new general manager of Loews Chicago O’Hare Hotel in Rosemont, Illinois. He blew over from another Windy City property, Omni Hotel Chicago, where he was general manager.

Best Food-Truck Catering for Your Next Event

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Babycakes, Chicago, Illinois. Food trucks are fun, convenient, serve delicious food at a fraction of the cost of a sit-down meal, and are a great addition to any event. Is it any wonder, then, the concept has caught on big time, with an ever-expanding fleet of these kitchens-on-wheels in operation on any given day? Here are some mobile catering stars across the country. Rasta Rita Margarita Truck, Southern California.

Tarsus’ Operations Manager Tricia Barglof Thinks Big

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25-27 in Rosemont, Illinois. When you talk to Tricia Barglof, CEM, U.S. operations manager at Tarsus, it’s hard to believe she grew up in Forman, North Dakota , a town of less than 600 people. “I I wouldn’t change my upbringing for anything,” says Barglof. But it was small.”. That changed when Barglof moved an hour and a half away to attend North Dakota State University in Fargo.

The 30 Biggest Fintech Conferences of 2019

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Date and Location: September 16 - 17 in Chicago, Illinois. Date and Location: August 26 - 28 in Chicago, Illinois. Ready to attend a fintech conference in 2019? These are the 30 biggest and best events happening in the financial technology industry this year.

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Top 6 Quirkiest Summer Festivals of 2017

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Where: Chicago, Illinois. Summer is almost here, meaning it’s time to brace yourself for barbecues , beaches and long-awaited festivals ! Planning an event in a city holding a food, music or cultural festival is a fun way for planners to get attendees involved in local experiences.

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