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!

Find Your Mid-American Live Music Hot Spot

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Meeting Planning band belt chicago city corn cornfields detroit illinois indiana indianapolis kansas kansas city live live band live music madison Michigan mid-america middle midwest milwaukee minneapolis minnesota missouri peoria rust st.

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

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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.

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.

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?

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.

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 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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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.

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?

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.

How One Association Is Combatting the High Rate of Suicides Among Construction Workers

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1, the Chicago chapter hosted a Suicide Prevention Summit at Maggiano’s restaurant in Oak Brook, Illinois — a frequent venue for CFMA events. A year ago, the U.S.

A Breakout Room of One’s Own

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The principal reason was to save the organization money on smaller meetings, while also creating an additional source of non-dues revenue,” said Kevin Kirberg, manager of the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) Conference Center in Schaumburg, Illinois. “We

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.

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.

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.

Data Lessons Learned From a First-Time Beacon User

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Henkel, the events and marketing manager for Lisle, Illinois–based WQA, which has more than 2,500 member companies that treat and deliver water, understood their reasons. Making Waves WQA was able to track where 90 percent of its 2017 show participants went, thanks to beacon technology.

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 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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Eight Brilliant Meeting Sites Along Solar Eclipse Path

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The eclipse will pass over portions of Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Nebraska, Kansas, Iowa, Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina, but research what specific locations will get to enjoy totality, some of which are very remote and uninhabited.

Puff, Puff, Plan Your Marijuana Policy for Events

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Illinois. Call it what you want— weed , grass, dope, bud, Buddha, keef, reefer, pot, ganga, Mary Jane, that sticky icky. Marijuana has been a hot social and political topic for quite some time now. Yet, as a meeting or event planner , it’s not likely in the forefront of your mind.

13 Great Spots to Watch Christmas Trees Light Up

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A post shared by Chicago, Illinois (@visit.chicago) on Jan 5, 2017 at 6:00pm PST. A post shared by Chicago, Illinois (@visit.chicago) on Dec 19, 2016 at 5:00am PST. ’Tis the season to be jolly , and cities are certainly decking the halls with boughs of holly. We’ve rounded up some of the best tree-lighting ceremonies this season has to offer.

When the Boss is You

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Claire Abrams, CMP Riverwoods, Illinois Time as an independent planner: 5 years. How do you become an independent meeting planner?

PCMA’s 20 in Their Twenties Class of 2017

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Event Manager McCormick Place Chicago, Illinois, USA. Associate Manager, Meetings and Fellowships American Orthopaedic Association Rosemont, Illinois, USA. It’s said that with age comes experience, but PCMA’s 20 in Their Twenties program flips that conventional wisdom on its head.

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And Then There Were 20

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Chicago, Illinois, USA. “Kids today” have always gotten a bad rap, whenever “today” happens to be. Boomer kids were spoiled and rebellious, Gen X kids were spoiled and slackerish, Millennial kids were/are spoiled and entitled, and Gen Z kids are — well, have we agreed on anything yet?

Tailor-Made Team Building

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Topgolf, Naperville, Illinois. Editor’s note: We’re trying something new! We handpicked a few of our stories from the March issue and decided to give you a sneak peek. You can expect the entire issue online the first week of March. Enjoy!

Tailor-Made Team Building

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Topgolf, Naperville, Illinois. Editor’s note: We’re trying something new! We handpicked a few of our stories from the March issue and decided to give you a sneak peek. You can expect the entire issue online the first week of March. Enjoy!

10 Smart Moves: New Appointments at The Chattanoogan, Celebrity Cruises and More

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Hagaman has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Illinois State University. Michele Kephart. Michele Kephart was introduced as sales manager for The Chattanoogan , a Benchmark Hotel in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Kephart is responsible for group and day meeting experiences at the IACC-certified property. Most recently, she served as director of marketing for Bluff View Art District in Chattanooga.