• Fri
    5 p.m. to 8 p.m.Hard Rock Cafe Chicago

    Join us on March 10, 2017 for the Chicago Meetings & Hospitality Industry's 9th Annual St. Pat's BASH! 

    When: Friday March 10, 2017 (5 p.m. to 8 p.m.)

    Where: Hard Rock Cafe Chicago (in the tent)

    Why: Fun & Networking with Chicago's top meeting and event professionals

    Attire: Business Casual or Casual as this is a FUN event  (wearing anything green encourage but not necessary)

    Watch the videos of the St. Pat's BASH

    2016 Here's Chicago Meeting & Event Industry St. Pat's BASH from hereschicago on Vimeo.

    Expected attendance: 

    400 meeting, event & hospitality professionals. 


    The event is 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

    Networking: 5 - 7 PM 

    Hat Guys: 7 – 9:00 PM


    Corned Beef Sandwiches

    Chef’s Choice of Slider

    Santa Fe Spring Rolls


    Tupelo Chicken Tenders

    Mini Hot Dogs

    Green Beer and Wine

    Cash Bar begins at 8:00 PM

    Please thank our host and sponsors:

    Hard Rock Café, Edward Fox Video/Photography, Celebration Authority Oxygen bar, US Poker & Casino Parties, Windy City Linens, The Hat Guys, Shannon Rovers, PSAV, Teambonding

    Eventbrite - Chicago Meetings & Hospitality Industry's St. Pat's BASH!

    Registration required.  This  private event is for those currently and actively working in the event & hospitality industry event.  No family members or professional party crashers please.  This event is not for outbound travel or tour operators.  Our event staff reserves the right to politely ask you to leave.

  • Wed
    4 p.m. to 8 p.m.Montgomery Club Chicago

    Hospitality Fest Chicago 2017

    Like our Hospitality Fest page for details or visit our website at 

    Come join over 500 of your industry colleagues at this fun, but, productive event as you stroll through the aisles from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. and find new ideas for your upcoming events. There will be plenty of food and beverage, networking, f&b samplings, giveaways and entertainment.

    Be sure to stay afterwards for the networking reception following at 6: 30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on the terrace sponsored by Gibson’s Restaurant Group.

    What: Hospitality Fest 2017

    Where: Montgomery Club Chicago

    When: Wednesday August 16, 2017

    Time: 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

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    Watch the video from Hospitality Fest 2016

    Hospitality Fest 2016 from hereschicago on Vimeo.


    4:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

    • Come for the food, drinks, networking and fresh ideas presented by our table sponsors for your upcoming meetings, group outings and events. Participating table sponsors will also be providing exclusive group deals and/or giveaways at this year’s event. You’ll meet with Chicago’s top planner preferred venues, activities and service providers who are eager to help you make your events an absolute smash!

    • Visit with Chicago’s leading industry associations and get all of your questions answered about the benefits of becoming a member.

    • This is the perfect time to find your holiday party venues and ideas as well!

    • The first 100 qualified meeting and event planners to register will receive a $25 gift card from Gibson’s Restaurant Group. You will be notified if you were in the first 100 to register.

    6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

    • Stay for the reception and network with fellow meeting and event professionals on the terrace. Food and beverage sponsored by Gibson’s Restaurant Group.

    "Hospitality Fest exposed us to an audience that did not necessarily see the Museum of Science and Industry as a meeting and event venue. We received 82 business cards. Yes we are returning next year. We feel the audience is a quality audience that will lead to booked event business in the future."

    Stan Hansen, Museum of Science & Industry/Sodexo

    A belated thank you for the opportunity to represent WINiT at your inaugural Hospitality Fest in Chicago! It was certainly valuable.  New members joined and networking opportunities opened up for existing members.  Anytime we can spread the word about our incredible organization and meet new organizations, is wonderful!

    Dawn Repoli, Director of Program Management, Mentor Program Facilitator, WINiT-WomenInTravel, Inc.

    Once again.  Thank you for having us!  It was a great event.  Looking forward to attending next year.

    NICOLE S. BERRY, Marketing Manager, Regional Transportation Authority

    Thank you so much for another incredible event! It was an absolute joy to represent Ravinia amongst so many talented and creative individuals in the event industry. As a young professional, it was so wonderful to make connections (while having so much fun)!

    I just wanted to reach out and thank you and your team for an outstanding event! Looking forward to the next,

    Jamie Mangiameli, Groups Assistant, Ravinia

    Oh my GOODNESS! What a great event on Wednesday!!!!

    Thank you so much for having us be a part of this awesome event.

    We loved doing the photo and video AND having a table at the event.

    I talked to so many great people! You always have the best events!

    Can we please do the same for next year?

    We would love to sponsor a table, do video and photo for you again!

    Jessica Lindberg, Event Sales/Marketing Communications Manager, Edward Fox Photography & Video


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    If you would like more information on becoming a table sponsor at Hospitality Fest 2017, please visit:  

  • Thu
    4:30pm - 7:00pm275 Parkway Drive, Lincolnshire, IL

    Viper Alley Event Venue Lincolnshire Il

    Join Viper Alley

    Escape the formal and ordinary look and feel of a traditional meeting space for your next Corporate Seminar, Team Building Event, or Employee Recognition Awards Dinner. Take a tour through our warm, casual, and upscale “Industrial Chic” atmosphere while enjoying complimentary drinks and appetizers. Meet our staff and start planning your next event or holiday party.

    Who Should Attend

    • Meeting and Event Planners
    • Human Resources
    • Those who plan Team Building Events, Keynotes & General Session Openers, Award & Recognition Functions, and Holiday Parties

    Enter to win our “Date Night” gift basket.

    Estimate value $350

    For more information contact:

    Lindsey Stanton at 847-499-5009 |

    RSVP to: by October 2nd, 2017

  • Thu
    3 p.m. to 7 p.m.Abbington Distinctive Banquets

    Business Ledger DuPage Hospitality Expo 2017 

    Hospitality Expo Business ledger

  • Thu
    4:30 pmHard Rock Cafe Chicago


    The Big Banter with JD Gershbein

    Join JD Gershbein on the evening of Thursday, October 26, 2017 for the SERIES PREMIERE of his Internet TV show, THE BIG BANTER WITH JD GERSHBEIN, which will be filmed in front of a LIVE audience at the iconic Hard Rock Cafe in Chicago. (The content will be edited and archived online for viewing.)

    Billed as the FIRST-OF-ITS-KIND SOCIAL BUSINESS VARIETY SHOW, The Big Banter combines education, entertainment, and networking.

    Panel Discussion:



    JIM GRILLO, CMP: Founder, Here’

    VINCE WILLIAMS: Membership Director, Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce

    BETH PETERSON: Founder, The Yummie Network

    TONY PAOLELLA: Founder,  Tony P’s Networking Events

    WENDY LEE: Chicago Chapter Director, The Co-Opvertising Network



    To learn more about the vision of the show, and claim your spot at the taping, please visit

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