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.

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.

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Take Your Next Chicago Meeting to New Heights

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Destinations acebounce building buildings cac cerise chicago chicago architecture center flight club illinois londonhouse midwest midwestern roof skyscraper tallest thewit windy city

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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ASAE Knows a Thing or $69,000 about Giving Back to Chicago 

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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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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.”

College and Universities That Prove the Midwest is Best

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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.

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


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.

Learnings from Our First International Event Marketing Strategies

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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.

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.

2019 67 expands US coverage with Carr Workplaces partnership

Event Industry News 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., the global leader in meeting venue discovery and bookings is delighted to announce the addition of Carr Workplaces to the platform.

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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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?

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.

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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.,

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.

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


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


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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

America’s Scariest Haunted Houses Are Just Around the Corner

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Erebus Hell’s Gate, Lockport, Illinois The adventure begins by shuttling guests into the woods. The jack-o-lanterns are coming out, rubber masks are stocking store shelves, and even the most timid among us are looking for a bit of that frightful Halloween spirit.

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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.

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

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.

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.

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.

25 Creative Hackathon Ideas


HackSI was founded by Dav Glass, a software architect and engineer who sought to make a tech community in southern Illinois, a location where technology isn’t a focused area of study. Inspire your next hackathon with these 25 creative hackathon ideas.

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?

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!