It’s Never Too Early to Plan for the Holidays

As I pore over this letter, I have to take several breaks to wipe the sweat from my brow.Yes, it’s hot out.

It’s summertime in Chicago, after all. A time when you are undoubtedly grilling hot dogs, playing beach volleyball and swimming in Lake Michigan (if you are the courageous type).

Even with the thermometer sometimes nearing triple digits, it’s never too early to begin thinking about the holidays. In fact, THIS IS THE TIME for planners to take advantage of holiday party booking incentives that are offered by venues looking to get an idea of how their fourth quarter is shaping up. In my history, I’ve seen multiple booking incentives that start in the summer! Along those lines, you can find booking incentives on

Our goal with Here’s Chicago is to provide venues and ideas for your upcoming holiday parties. For the past 14 years, we have been presenting holiday party planning venue and group idea options with our widely popular and trusted event planning resource,

Our Holiday Party Planning Guide, which is in its second year of existence, was created as an extension of our online presence. Just as is the go-to resource for holiday party, meeting and event ideas year-round, this publication aims to dispense the best holiday planning ideas and locations in Chicago while doing so in an entertaining fashion.

This guide not only gives you a thorough listing of all the businesses in the Here’s Chicago community, it contains stories that offer tips on how to host a fantastic soiree. If you are looking for charitable party ideas, outside-the-box party suggestions, or are looking for fun and unique food and cocktails to serve at your event, this is the guide for you.

I would like to thank Jeff Gayduk, Theresa O’Rourke, Jason Paha, Cairo Lewis and the entire team at Premier Travel Media for making this guide possible. I hope you enjoy the publication and find something (or many things) that will help you plan your upcoming office or company holiday party.

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to slather some relish on my hot dog and jump in the pool while I still can. After all,

December is right around the corner.

Happy Holidays,

Jim “Santa” Grillo, CMP

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