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Crystal Ballroom at the Millennium Knickerbocker Hotel Chicago

The Millennium Knickerbocker Hotel History

August 8th, 2019 | hereschicago

The Roaring Twenties, a booming metropolis and a $3,000,000 architectural masterpiece––for certain, it was history in the making. The Knickerbocker Hotel, then named the Davis Hotel after the original General Manager, opened its doors to anticipating Chicagoans on Monday, May…

Ryan Campbell AFR Furniture

Ryan Campbell, Chicago Hospitality Professional of the Month (August 2019)

August 7th, 2019 | hereschicago

Tell us your current position, company and describe what you do? I work for AFR Furniture Rental as the Chicago and Milwaukee Account Executive.  I work with venues, planners, designers, and companies to incorporate unique lounge furniture and strategic design…

Jim Grillo CMP Chicago Certified Meeting Professional

What do meeting and event planners want from you?

June 28th, 2019 | hereschicago

What do meeting and event planners want? I have worked alongside meeting and event planners for over 20 years and have multiple meeting and event planner friends and colleagues.  I have been in the hospitality industry all of my life…

Tania Paez Lucky Strike Social

Tania Paez, Hospitality Professional of the Month (June 2019)

June 13th, 2019 | hereschicago

Tell us your current position, company and describe what you do? I’m the Area Director of Sales for Lucky Strike Social… I just sell Fun.  Best job ever! What aspects of hospitality do you incorporate in your business today?  We…

Linda Whitlock

Linda Whitlock, Hospitality Professional of the Month (May 2019)

May 30th, 2019 | hereschicago

Can you tell us your current position, company and describe what you do? My name is Linda Whitlock and I am President/Co-Owner of Corporate Event Interactive.  I oversee business operations for CEI. What aspects of hospitality do you incorporate in…

Micayla Diener CMP CSEP

Event Planner Spotlight with Micayla Diener, CMP, CSEP

April 29th, 2019 | hereschicago

How did you get into meeting & event planning? What were some of the hurdles you experienced? I actually “fell” into the events industry 11+ years ago. My talented mother is an established Association and Non Profit Planner in the…

Lauren Cali

Lauren Cali, Hospitality Professional of the Month (March 2019)

March 20th, 2019 | hereschicago

First and foremost, can you tell us your current position, company and describe what you do? I am the Communications Manager at SOGO Marketing. SOGO Marketing helps to promote brands and events in the hospitality industry. I work with clients…

Top Golf Naperville Bay Seating

Spring and Summer Group Outing Ideas around Chicagoland

April 9th, 2018 | hereschicago

Spring and Summer Group Outing Ideas               Let’s face it; we need warmth and sunshine after a long cold winter, right?  I know I do.  I hibernate like a Chicago Bear in the winter!  However, when it comes to May through…

JON Wool Chicago Hospitality

The employees had commandeered his ship and were steering off course

March 7th, 2018 | hereschicago

I recently participated in a panel discussion before a group of hospitality executives on the topics of leadership and employee motivation. Following the discussion came a Q&A session where attendees asked advice on a run of familiar subjects: kitchen management,…

JON Wool Chicago Hospitality

HOLIDAY SUCCESS …fill dates promptly and manage sharply!

October 16th, 2017 | hereschicago

The holiday season is quickly approaching. For most, this will be a joyful time for shopping, festivity, and warm cozy drinks. For caterers, though, this will be prime time, when a robust event calendar and delighted clients are essential. Moreover,…

JON Wool Chicago Hospitality

Standing Up To Harvey & Irma

September 14th, 2017 | hereschicago

  In the midst of the tragedies and devastation taking place in Houston and in the Caribbean, we are reminded of the vital importance of disaster preparedness for our own businesses.   We are reminded that the security and safety…

Hospitality Fest 2017

Hundreds Attend 2017 Hospitality Fest

August 17th, 2017 | hereschicago

Chicago area event & meeting planning professionals join forces to share ideas and have fun By Jason Paha   The brightest minds in the Chicago hospitality industry united Wednesday, Aug. 16, for an evening of festive networking, hearty laughter and…


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