Events

  • Tue
    18
    Aug
    2015
    5:30pm to 8:30pmField Museum

    Sunshine DayDream Here's chicago 2015
    This event is sold out with over 850 Chicago area meeting & event professionals in attendance.  Stay tuned for our upcoming event at Hofbrauhaus in November 2015.  

    SUMMERTIME DAYDREAM

    Join Here’s Chicago and Food For Thought to revel in an evening of food, drink, live music and summer fun!

    Tuesday, August 18th from 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm at The Field Museum

    5:30pm - 6:30pm
    Hors d’oeuvres & libations
    Stanley Field Hall

    6:30 pm - 8:30pm
    Enjoy savory and sweet food stations & more bevvies
    Northeast Terrace with its skyline views

    Designs from HMR Designs, Hall’s Rental, BBJ Linen and Frost Chicago. Photo Booth from Celebration Authority. Entertainment by Audley Reid. Photography by Edward Fox Photography.

  • Tue
    22
    Sep
    2015
    3:00pm to 10:30pmMilwaukee Art Museum Wisconsin

    ises chicago chapter

    We'll be joining with NACE Chicago to travel to Milwaukee to attend a networking event hosted and prepared by NACE Milwaukee.

    September 22, 2015
    3:00 PM to 10:30 PM

    Milwaukee Art Museum
    700 N Art Museum Dr, Milwaukee
    Milwaukee, WI 53202

    The International Special Event Society (ISES) Chicago Chapter’s will join with NACE Chicago and NACE Southern Wisconsin for this popular annual co-event. An opportunity to mix and mingle with industry peers in the picturesque Milwaukee Art Museum.

    Our expert panel includes David Halsey from The Meetinghouse Companies, Inc. and David Caruso from Dynamic Events Inc.

    A charter bus from Chicago to Milwaukee is included in the registration fee. If driving, on-site parking is available at the Milwaukee Art Museum for $9 for 2-3 hours

    TIMELINE:

    3:00 PM Registration and Bus

    3:15 PM Bus Departs Chicago for Milwaukee

    4:30 PM Stop at Mars Cheese Castle

    5:30 PM Bus Arrives at Milwaukee Art Museum

    9:30-8:30 PM Program at Milwaukee Art Museum

    8:30 PM Bus Departs for Chicago

    10:30 PM Bus Arrives in Chicago

    TICKETS

    $45.00 Members

    $65.00 NON MEMBER

  • Thu
    08
    Oct
    2015
    3:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.Abbington Distinctive Banquets

    The 7th Annual 2015 DuPage Hospitality EXPO on October 8th at Abbington Distinctive Banquets is just DAYS AWAY ... we have over 80 exhibitors and over 600 registered attendees to date

    hospitality expo 2015

    Click here for details & to register

  • Wed
    14
    Oct
    2015
    3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.Summit Chicago 500 W Madison, 6th Floor, Chicago, IL

     

    peter sheahan chicago

     

    How do you become the obvious choice in a crowded market?

    The landscape of the world continues to change, and only those who evolve their business with it will thrive in today's economy.

    Peter Sheahan and his associate Julie Williamson recently completed a multi-year study of the companies that have succeeded in the ever-changing marketplace. On October 14, they will be sharing the common denominator of these companies' success in their new presentation: "Matter: How to Move Beyond the Competition and Become the Obvious Choice."

    We and our partners at Summits Chicago invite you to join us for this exclusive event at the Summits' new venue in downtown Chicago, on October 14 from 3:00 - 5:00 p.m. There are 100 seats, and we hope you will be in one of them.

    For more event details and to RSVP, please visit https://petersheahanpresents.splashthat.com/

  • Tue
    20
    Oct
    2015
    5:30 PM to 8:00 PMComedySportz, 929 W. Belmont, Chicago, Il. 60657

    international special events society of Chicago

    Mark your calendars for this Be Educated event as we recount Event Nightmares, like only event professionals can, and the lessons learned in Risk Management and Contingency Planning!

    With ComedySportz as the stage, at least we can laugh about it now!

    For more information or to register, visit: ISES Chicago Event Nightmares

  • Thu
    12
    Nov
    2015
    3:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.Stonegate Conference Centre & Banquet Center in Hoffman Estates 2401 W Higgins Rd, Hoffman Estates, IL 60169

    hospitality expo 2015

    SAVE THE DATE! November 12th … get your tickets NOW!

    For all details, visit 2015 Business Ledger Hospitality Expo 2015

     

  • Thu
    12
    Nov
    2015
    5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.Hofbräuhaus Chicago Rosemont

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    Please join your event & hospitality colleagues for an evening of networking, freshly brewed beer and authentic German cuisine!

    register now

     

  • Sat
    21
    Nov
    2015
    11:00 a.m. to 6:55 p.m.The Magnificent Mile district, Chicago, IL

     

    The 24th Annual BMO Harris Bank Magnificent Mile Lights Festival, the USA’s largest evening holiday celebration, welcomes the 2015 holiday season to Chicago with a day of fun activities for the whole family and an evening tree-lighting parade along North Michigan Avenue.                        

    The celebration features appearances by iconic Disney characters Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse and their friends from the Walt Disney World® Resort in Florida; live musical performances and celebrity appearances, including Verve Records’ new Pop/Soul/Funk phenom Charles Perry; and special offers at district hotels, stores, restaurants and attractions.

    For more information, visit what you need to know about the the 24th Annual BMO Harris Magnificent Mile Lights Festival

     

  • Thu
    17
    Mar
    2016
    5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.Fremont Chicago, 15 W Illinois St, Chicago, IL 60654

    2016 CVENT HEADER

    ATTN: Meeting, Event and Hospitality Professionals. Yes.....you!

    Join us for the 9th Annual Chicago Meetings and Hospitality Industry's St. Pat's BASH at Fremont located at 15 W. Illinois Street in the heart of Chicago's River North.

    When: March 17, 2016 (St. Patrick's Day)

    Where: Fremont, 15 W. Illinois Street, Chicago, Il 60654

    Time: 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

    This is an all inclusive private meeting & hospitality industry event including FOOD, FUN, NETWORKING & BEVERAGES!

    Watch the video of last year's St. Pat's BASH!

    Space is limited. 350 max capacity. We recommend registering today.

    Early Bird: $29/p.p* (register by March 1, 2016)

    After March 1, 2016: $39/p.p.*

    *plus 10% processing fee

    register now

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  • Wed
    30
    Mar
    2016
    5:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.Allstate Arena

     

    Chicago Wolves Here's Chicago VIP Appreciation Night header

    ATTN: Meeting, Event and Hospitality Professionals. Here's Chicago APPRECIATES YOU...Yes, All Of You!

    In the eyes of the Chicago Wolves and the Village of Rosemont, you are a VIP in every sense of the word, and we would like to thank you with a special invitation to our first-ever Here's Chicago Hospitality & Tourism Appreciation Night.

    The Wolves will go head-to-head with rival Rockford IceHogs at the Allstate Arena on Wed., March 30, 2016.  Grab one (1) guest to help us celebrate.

    When: Wednesday, March 30, 2016 

    Where: Allstate Arena 6920 N. Mannheim Road, Rosemont, IL 60018 Home of
    the four-time league champion Chicago Wolves.

    Time: 5:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

    Complimentary transportation:

    As a VIP, we want you to arrive in style. Be sure to register early to save a spot on the ABC Transportation Services Deluxe Motor Coach leaving Harry Caray's (Kinzie St.) at 4:45p.m. Wine and beer included.***

    If the Blue Line is more convenient, we ask you to register too as a complimentary shuttle will be picking you up from the Rosemont Blue Line stop and dropping you off at the Allstate Arena.***

    If you are taking your own transportation, make your way to the Northwest side of the arena to park.***

    This is an all inclusive private meeting & hospitality industry event
    including networking, complimentary food, beverages, a Chicago Wolves hockey game, and gift bags from MB Financial at Rosemont and Fashion Outlets of Chicago for those who attend.

    Be the first 25 guests to register and receive an exclusive picture in the
    Chicago Wolves penalty box.

    ***Additional transportation details about pick up and drop off locations can be found when registering.

    We're sorry we are at maximum capacity and no longer taking registrations for this event.  

    Please save the date for the Here's Chicago Meetings & Hospitality Industry's Summer BASH on June 2, 2016

     

     

  • Tue
    26
    Apr
    2016
    11:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.Navy Pier's Crystal Gardens
    Concierge Preferred Tradeshow 2016

    Concierge Preferred's 15th annual Trade Show returns on April 26, 2016 at Navy Pier's Crystal Gardens.

    The theme this year is Chicago Tourism: Reaching New Heights. It's an all-day affair, running from 11:30 a.m. until 6:30 p.m., and was designed to reinforce relationships between concierge, meeting and event planners, and businesses that cater to both. For 15 years we've helped planners connect with Chicago's top businesses at this must-attend event.
     
     

    RSVP for you and an industry guest today. 

  • Thu
    28
    Apr
    2016
    6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.The Adler Planetarium

    Adler Planetarium Food For Thought

    The Adler Planetarium and Food For Thought are teaming up for Space Bling, a showcase of the museum’s private event spaces on Thursday, April 28, 2016 from 6:00pm-9:00pm.

    With a targeted audience of corporate and convention clients, associations, planners and destination management companies, Space Bling will act as a positive business development opportunity and give industry professionals a taste of Food For Thought’s innovation culinary talents.

    Discounted parking will be available for $13 in the museum lot.

    RSVP directly to Hannah Peterson by Tuesday April 26th at hpeterson@fftchicago.com today!

  • Tue
    24
    May
    2016
    4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.UIC Picnic Grounds

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    You're invited to a complimentary Here's Chicago & Windy City Fieldhouse Event & Hospitality Industry Summer Picnic Kickoff Event. Kickstart the Memorial Day Weekend and the upcoming Summer Picnic and Barbecue Season! This is an event for event & hospitality industry professionals only (no family members please).

    • Free Food and Drinks - welcome in summer with your bbq favorites served hot off the grill! Don't forget to wash it down with a cold beverage of your choice - beer, wine or our specialty summer cocktail!
    • Volleyball and Bags Tournaments
    • Softball Game
    • Kan Jam, Foosball, Bungee Trampoline and More!
    • DJ and Entertainment

     

    Put together a co-ed team with your office or industry colleagues or just show up and we'll place you with a team that will compete against another hospitality industry team - no need to register your team, just show up and we'll make sure to pair up teams on site! Who will have bragging rights this year?  Come and find out! We'll find out how competitive the event & hospitality industry really is during the tournaments.  So bring your "A" game if you would like to compete in one of our tournaments. Don’t worry, you can also just come to enjoy the food and drink along with the company of your colleagues.

     

    This event is sold out. 

  • Thu
    02
    Jun
    2016
    5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.Shay, 222 W Ontario St, Chicago, IL 60654

    SHAY Here's Chicago Summer BASH 2016

    You won't want to miss our 9th Annual Chicago Meetings & Hospitality Industry's Summer BASH!

    Kick off Summer with a FUN evening of cocktails, appetizers, giveaways and networking with your event and hospitality industry colleagues.

    This is a private event and registration is required

    When

    THURSDAY
    JUNE 2nd, 2016
    From 5pm to 8 pm

    Where

    SHAY
    222 WEST ONTARIO STREET
    Chicago, IL 60654

    register now

  • Wed
    17
    Aug
    2016
    5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.Northerly Island Tent

     

    Food for Thought Here's Chicago Summertime Daydream 2017

    register now

  • Wed
    24
    Aug
    2016
    4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.Lake Shore Sport & Fitness, 211 N. Stetson, Chicago, Il

    hospitality fest chicago 2016

    Register Now!  8/24/16

    Meeting and Event planners, come and find the best NEW venues, ideas and event services providers for your upcoming events! 

    Meeting and Event suppliers, you have asked to sponsor a table at our events. Well, we listened to you and we're giving you a chance to showcase your business in front of up to 500 meeting and event professionals.

    We have 50 sponsor tables available.  If you would like to become a Planner Preferred member on Hereschicago.com and feature your event venue or event service at Hospitality Fest, send us an email

    Where: Lakeshore Sport & Fitness, 211 N. Stetson, Chicago, Il.  (near Hyatt Regency Chicago)

    Time: 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. including rooftop reception with food, beverage and entertainment

    Let's celebrate the end of the summer and all of the hospitality industry's accomplishments!

    Visit Hospitality Fest website

    Hospitality Fest is a Here's Chicago Production

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  • Thu
    20
    Oct
    2016
    6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.Hubbard Inn Chicago

    hats and hobnobbing

    Join us for the 4th Annual Hats & Hobnobbing Event.

    This time celebrating Spooky Halloween!

    Great opportunity to network and mingle while enjoying great music, entertainment and fashion.

    Highlights of the evening:

    • Fashion Presentation of Vintage Outfits and Hats from Hopscotch & Soda Vintage, Richard's Fabulous Finds and Store B
    • Chocolate creations and designs by Dessert Concepts
    • Live auction featuring unique and spectacular Chocolate Hats
    • Complimentary Drink with each admission
    • Casino Games and Ambiance
    • Great opportunity to network, meet new people and have fun with friends.
    • Best COSTUME and best HAT Contests to win Great Prizes.
    • Costumes welcomed but not required.

     

    Click here for more information and to register

     

  • Sat
    29
    Oct
    2016
    8:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.AceBounce Ping Pong Bar & Restaurant Chicago

    Halloween at Ace Bounce Chicago

    This Halloween, AceBounce throws down the party event of the year, Stranger Pings, an evening dedicated to almost everyone's favorite show.

    What you get:

    - "Stranger Drinks" aka select cocktails & 80's themed appetizers ON THE HOUSE†

    - UNLIMITED ping pong* all night with AceBounce gurus running huge Stranger Things inspired games

    - Jam to 80’s inspired tunes spun by DJ Barb, going track-for-track with old foe Steve

    - Stranger Things easter eggs and areas to discover if you've got the guts

    - The only spot in town with a UV ‘upside down’ land

    Insanely good prizes for best costumes (including chance to win a year of FREE Ping Pong)

    - Discover the true meaning of friendship

    - Experience sensory deprivation

    Saturday, October 29, 2016

    AceBounce Ping Pong Bar & Restaurant Chicago

    230 North Clark Street

    Chicago, IL 60601

    8pm – Close

    (Mouthbreathers not welcome)

    †Passed drinks and appetizers 8-10pm. FULL CASH BAR and MENU 10pm to close.

    BUY YOUR TICKETS NOW!

     

  • Fri
    10
    Mar
    2017
    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. 

    Schedule:

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

    Networking: 5 - 7 PM 

    Hat Guys: 7 – 9:00 PM

    Menu:

    Corned Beef Sandwiches

    Chef’s Choice of Slider

    Santa Fe Spring Rolls

    Chili

    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
    16
    Aug
    2017
    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 www.hospitalityfest.com 

    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.

    Schedule:

    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: www.hospitalityfest.com  

  • Thu
    05
    Oct
    2017
    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 | Lindsey@viper-alley.com

    RSVP to: info@viper-alley.com by October 2nd, 2017

  • Thu
    12
    Oct
    2017
    3 p.m. to 7 p.m.Abbington Distinctive Banquets

    Business Ledger DuPage Hospitality Expo 2017 

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  • Thu
    26
    Oct
    2017
    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:

    "BUILDING ENGAGED AND ENLIGHTENED COMMUNITIES"

    Panelists:

    JIM GRILLO, CMP: Founder, Here’sChicago.com

    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

    Moderator:

    JD GERSHBEIN

    To learn more about the vision of the show, and claim your spot at the taping, please visit https://www.thebigbanter.com

  • Fri
    16
    Mar
    2018
    5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.Hard Rock Cafe Chicago (Tent)

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    Come and join your Chicago area event and hospitality industry colleagues for a fun & productive networking experience. 

    When:  Friday March 16, 2018

    Time: 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

    Where: Hard Rock Cafe Chicago (in the heated tent in parking lot)

    This is the official kick off event into Spring for the Chicago event & hospitality industry & the 10th year of the Here's Chicago Event & Hospitality Industry's St. Pat's BASH!

    Green Beer, Wine & Passed Appetizers, Networking, Entertainment & Beer Samplings from Dovetail Brewery provided and water samplings from Hello Water.

    Watch the video from 2016 

    Let's awake from the winter hibernation and reconnect with our industry colleagues.  Let's have some fun!  We welcome all meeting, event & hospitality industry newcomers with warm and welcome arms.  You WILL meet a new industry colleague if not 10 of them!

    register now

     

     

     

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  • Wed
    30
    May
    2018
    4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.UIC Picnic Grounds, 800 W. Maxwell St. Chicago, Il.

     

    You're invited to a complimentary Here's Chicago & WCF Events' Hospitality & Events Industry Summer Picnic Kickoff Event.

    Kick start the upcoming Summer Picnic and Barbecue Season! This is an event for event & hospitality industry professionals only (no family members please).

    • Free Food and Drinks - welcome in summer with your bbq favorites served hot off the grill! Don't forget to wash it down with a cold beverage of your choice - beer, wine or our specialty summer cocktail!
    • WCF Events Newest Event Program – Pub Trivia!
    • The Newest in Outdoor Entertainment – Giant Games, New Inflatables and More!
    • Volleyball and Bags Tournaments
    • Softball Pick-up Games
    • DJ and Entertainment

     

    Date & Time:

    Wednesday May 30, 2018

    4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

    Location: 

    UIC Picnic Grounds
    800 W. Maxwell St.
    Chicago, Illinois 60607

    Come down to experience the newest in summer outing entertainment!

    This year we are featuring a Pub Trivia Program that will test your wits and competitive, fun spirit. Bring a team of industry professionals or join a team and meet new people! There will also be a plethora of fun, new outdoor entertainment to check out including Giant Games, Inflatables, Lawn Games, and more! Don’t worry, if activities are not your thing you can also try our specialty summer cocktail, enjoy some great food and spend some quality time with your colleagues and peers. 

    register now

     

     

     

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    Directions to UIC Picnic Grounds
    800 W. Maxwell St. (Corner of Maxwell St. & Halsted) Chicago, IL

    The picnic grounds at the University of Illinois-Chicago (UIC) are located directly west of the intersection of Maxwell St. and Halsted St (800 W. Maxwell St.). To reach the picnic grounds, guests must enter through the east gate located at the end of the cul de sac on Maxwell St. Parking—$2.00 to $10.00 Fee based on time in lot.

    Public Transportation
    Take the Blue Line Subway (Free transfer from Red Line is available at Washington and Jackson stops). Get off at the UIC/Halsted stop and walk 7 blocks south on Halsted to Maxwell Street. Turn right (west) on Maxwell Street and proceed ½ block to the east gate. Parking—$2.00 to $10.00 Fee based on time in lot

    From the Chicago Loop
    Proceed west from the Loop area to Halsted. Turn left (south) on Halsted and proceed to Maxwell Street. Turn left (east) on Maxwell Street and proceed ½ block to the parking garage. From the parking garage, proceed west along Maxwell Street across Halsted and enter the gate at the end of the street. Parking—$2.00 to $10.00 Fee based on time in lot

    From the North
    Take the Kennedy Expressway (I-90/94) east towards Chicago. Exit at Taylor Street/Roosevelt Road. At the second stoplight (Roosevelt Road) turn right. Turn left (south) on Halsted and proceed to Maxwell Street. Turn left (east) on Maxwell Street and proceed ½ block to the parking garage. Parking is available in the parking garage. From the parking garage, proceed west along Maxwell Street across Halsted and enter the gate at the end of the street. Parking—$2.00 to $10.00 Fee based on time in lot

    From the West
    Take the Eisenhower Expressway (I-290) east towards Chicago. Exit at Racine Avenue. Turn right on Racine and immediately make a left onto Harrison Street. Take Harrison Street to Halsted Street and turn right. Then take Halsted to Maxwell Street. Turn left (east) on Maxwell Street and proceed 1/2 block to the parking garage. Parking is available in the parking garage. From the parking garage, proceed west along Maxwell Street across Halsted and enter the gate at the end of the street. Parking—$2.00 to $10.00 Fee based on time in lot

    From the South
    Take the Dan Ryan Expressway (I-90/94) west towards Chicago. Exit at Taylor Street/Roosevelt Road and turn left at the first stoplight (Roosevelt Road). Turn left (south) on Halsted and proceed to Maxwell Street. Turn left (east) on Maxwell Street and proceed 1/2 block to the parking garage. Parking is available in the parking garage. From the parking garage, proceed west along Maxwell Street across Halsted and enter the gate at the end of the street. Parking—$2.00 to $10.00 Fee based on time in lot

  • Wed
    15
    Aug
    2018
    4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.Lucky Strike Chicago

    Register now to attend: 8/15/2018

    Hospitality Fest Chicago 2017

    Hospitality Fest 2016 from hereschicago on Vimeo.

    Join up to 600 of your meeting and event planning colleagues at Hospitality Fest and stroll the aisles of meeting and event venues, corporate activity providers, corporate entertainment and event service providers and meet the event managers of each supplier.

    This is a fun, but, productive event as you’ll find ideas for your future events and holiday parties.  Admission includes food, FUN, drinks, beer and liquor samplings, networking, ideas, education, giveaways and entertainment.

    Believe us, it’s fun and you’ll find someone who will make your next event a great one!

    Who attends and why:

    Association meeting planners, corporate meeting planners, event planners, hotel and corporate concierge, administrative professionals & influential event and hospitality professionals who are seeking new ideas, venues, corporate activity providers and event service providers.

    When: Wednesday, August 15th

    Where: Lucky Strike Chicago, 322 E Illinois St, Chicago, IL 60611

    Time:  4 p.m. - 8 p.m.

    Schedule for the day:

    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.
    • Our growing list of participating table sponsors will also be providing exclusive group deals, raffles and/or giveaways at this year’s event.
    • You’ll meet with Chicago’s top group and private event 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.
    • Learn from Chicago's top industry professionals and speakers in our learning lounge.

     

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

    • Stay for the reception and network with fellow meeting and event professionals 

     

    Click here to register to attend 

    (If you are a working meeting or event planner, the hospitality community is hosting you.  Email us at hospitalityfest@gmail.com to inquire)

    I want to be a table sponsor at Hospitality Fest and showcase my company

    Limited table sponsorship available

    Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and twitter for updates.

  • Wed
    03
    Oct
    2018
    5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.Chicago Sports Museum

    Chicago Sports Museum Bash with Ryne Sandberg

    Join Here’s Chicago and the Chicago Sports Museum for a jam-packed night of sips, bites and interactive activities. You'll also have the chance to go head to head against Cubs Hall of Famer Ryne Sandberg in a game of shuffle board or darts in the Museum's newly unveiled Game Room. The Game Room features a walnut framed shuffleboard, darts, giant jenga and a range of other games along with a wall of TVs and gorgeous leather lounge seating, including baseball glove inspired sofas. The room is perfect for groups looking for a more intimate space than Chicago Sports Museum’s Hall of Legends, but still interested in interactive activities to entertain their guests.  Walk around magic by Sean Masterson. 

    WHEN
    Wednesday, October 3, 2018
    5pm-8pm

    WHERE
    Chicago Sports Museum
    Water Tower Place, Level 7
    835 North Michigan Avenue

    This will sell out quick.

    REGISTER NOW

  • Thu
    11
    Oct
    2018
    3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.Abbington Banquets, 3 South 002 IL Route 53, Glen Ellyn, Il.

     

    Daily Herald Hospitality Expo 2018

    Our friends at the Daily Herald DuPage Hospitality EXPO would love for you to attend. 

    Planning a corporate meeting, event, conference, luncheon, dinner, golf outing, retreat, team building experience or holiday party? Meet with more than 75 exhibitors with complimentary food and drinks from the best restaurants and venues in the marketplace! Try your luck to win great raffle prizes.

    Discover all the options for your next event in the suburbs!

    October 11, 2018
    3 – 7 p.m.
    Abbington Banquets
    3 South 002 IL Route 53 in Glen Ellyn 

    Don’t miss the DuPage Hospitality EXPO!

    The Daily Herald Business Ledger presents the 9th annual DuPage Hospitality EXPO! The DuPage marketplace has a wealth of facilities and accommodations to meet any needs – large or small, business or personal. Admission is FREE, registration is required

    Register

  • Thu
    08
    Nov
    2018
    3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.Stonegate Conference & Banquet Centre

     

    Daily Herald Hospitality Expo 2018

    Our friends at the Daily Herald DuPage Hospitality EXPO would love for you to attend. 

    Planning a corporate meeting, event, conference, luncheon, dinner, golf outing, retreat, team building experience or holiday party? Meet with more than 75 exhibitors with complimentary food and drinks from the best restaurants and venues in the marketplace! Try your luck to win great raffle prizes.

    Discover all the options for your next event in the suburbs!

    November 8, 2018
    3 – 7 p.m.
    Stonegate Conference & Banquet Centre
    2401 W Higgins Rd, Hoffman Estates Free admission | Registration required (below)

    register now

     

  • Fri
    15
    Mar
    2019
    5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.Hard Rock Cafe Chicago

    Chicago Events & Hospitality Industry St. Pat's BASH

    We're rounding the corner to Spring!  That means it's time to come out of hibernation and meet up with your event & hospitality industry colleagues at the 9th Annual St. Pat's BASH!

    Why should I come?

    1. To meet your colleagues and/or develop new industry relationships in the Chicago event & hospitality industry
    2. To have fun. have fun. have fun.
    3. To sip on a green beer and wine
    4. To taste the passed hors d'oeuvres


    Who attends? 

    300 - 400 Chicago area meeting planners, event planners, corporate & hotel concierge, and Chicago's most influential hospitality professionals.

    When: Friday, March 15, 2019 (the night before dyeing the river green!)

    Where: Hard Rock Cafe Chicago (under the tent in the tented parking lot)

    Time: 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

    If you are a Chicago area meeting planner, event planner, corporate & hotel concierge, or Chicago's most influential hospitality professional, we would love to see you there!

    register now

    Our 2019 BASH Sponsors:

    hard rock cafe chicago river north

     

    edward fox photography Chicago

     

    shannon rovers

    A-Z Entertainment Chicago

     

  • Tue
    02
    Apr
    2019

    AGENDA:
    5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Cocktails/Hd's:
    6:30 p.m. to 7:45 Program with Jim and Dafna
    7:45 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Meet & Greet

    Come be part of a candid discussion between renowned Blackhawks National Anthem soloist Jim Cornelison and Dafna Aaronson, Performance Specialist and Behavior Analyst for Player Development.

    Jim Cornelison is recognized in the Chicago area and across the country for his role as the “anthem singer” with the Chicago Blackhawks NHL franchise and as a new face of the Indianapolis 500, but how did he get there?

    How does he stay focused, calm and compelling when performing for live audiences ranging from 200-2,000,000 and when being interviewed by local and national media?

    How does he take his very focused and repetitive work of performing the anthem and put it to work to grow his brand and business and assist other individuals, businesses, organizations and causes across the United States?

    Find out the answers to these questions and more when Jim sits down with Dafna to chat about the “attitude and action” he developed and applied to reach his personal and professional goals.

    In addition to facilitating the discussion with Jim, Dafna will share helpful anecdotes learned from her work with professional athletes from all the major sports and interviews with coaches and team leaders.

    What may surprise you is what she has learned about the incredible value placed on accountability, adaptability, resilience, handling of adversity and a consistent competitive edge. While we hear so much about the focus on metrics and statistics in professional sports and business, these human characteristics are consistently cited as the determining factors between being good or being great.

    In the end, we all perform our own “anthem” in our respective professional and personal endeavors. Hopefully, you can apply some of the insights and information from an evening with Jim and Dafna to fine tune the “attitude and actions” which will help take you to and keeps you at the top of your game!

    GETTING TO AND FROM:

    There is plenty of on street parking on Knox Avenue. We also recommend the Metra (Mayfair Stop) which is the 4th stop out of Union Station. Milwaukee District North (MD-N). Or take a car service to and from.

    WAIVER:

    Event attendees grant 2112 inc and its designees permission to utilize their image or likeness in connection with any live stream or recorded transmission or reproduction of the event, INCLUDING THE PROMOTION THEREOF, IN ALL MEDIA, WORLDWIDE AND IN PERPETUITY.

    INVESTMENT: $150/per person

    REGISTER NOW

  • Wed
    05
    Jun
    2019
    4 p.m. - 8 p.m.UIC Picnic Grounds 800 W. Maxwell St. Chicago, Illinois 60608

    WCF EVENTS AND HERE'S CHICAGO SUMMER PICNIC 2019

    MEETING & EVENT INDUSTRY PROFESSIONALS

    You're invited to a complimentary Hospitality Industry Summer Picnic Kickoff Event hosted by Here’s Chicago and WCF Events! Kickstart the upcoming Summer Picnic and Barbecue Season by sampling some of WCF’s newest summer outing ideas! This is an event for event & hospitality industry professionals only (no family members please).

    • Free Food and Drinks - welcome in summer with your classic bbq favorites along with some great new menu ideas! Don't forget to wash it down with a cold beverage of your choice - beer, wine or something special from our brunch mimosa & bloody mary bar!
    • Featuring elements from WCF Events’ Newest Summer Event Programs – Brunch at the Park & Food Truck Rally!
    • The Newest in Outdoor Entertainment – Giant Games and More!
    • Volleyball and Bags Tournaments
    • Softball Pick-up Games
    • DJ and Entertainment

    Come down to experience the newest in summer outing entertainment! This year we are featuring new summer outing trends geared toward the millennial workforce (that are family friendly too!). Bring a team of industry professionals or join a team and meet new people! There will also be a plethora of fun, new outdoor entertainment to check out including Giant Games, Lawn Games, and more! Don’t worry, if activities are not your thing you can also try our specialty summer cocktail, enjoy some great food and spend some quality time with your colleagues and peers.

    Brought to you by: 

    WCF Corp Sponsors 2019

    Directions to UIC Picnic Grounds

    800 W. Maxwell St. (Corner of Maxwell St. & Halsted) Chicago, IL

    The picnic grounds at the University of Illinois-Chicago (UIC) are located directly west of the intersection of Maxwell St. and Halsted St (800 W. Maxwell St.). To reach the picnic grounds, guests must enter through the east gate located at the end of the cul de sac on Maxwell St. Parking—$2.00 to $10.00 Fee based on time in lot.

    Public Transportation

    Take the Blue Line Subway (Free transfer from Red Line is available at Washington and Jackson stops). Get off at the UIC/Halsted stop and walk 7 blocks south on Halsted to Maxwell Street. Turn right (west) on Maxwell Street and proceed ½ block to the east gate. Parking—$2.00 to $10.00 Fee based on time in lot

    From the Chicago Loop

    Proceed west from the Loop area to Halsted. Turn left (south) on Halsted and proceed to Maxwell Street. Turn left (east) on Maxwell Street and proceed ½ block to the parking garage. From the parking garage, proceed west along Maxwell Street across Halsted and enter the gate at the end of the street. Parking—$2.00 to $10.00 Fee based on time in lot

    From the North

    Take the Kennedy Expressway (I-90/94) east towards Chicago. Exit at 18th Street. Merge onto Union Avenue. Turn right (west) on 18th Street. Turn right (north) on Halsted and proceed to Maxwell Street. Turn right (east) on Maxwell Street and proceed ½ block to the parking garage. Parking is available in the parking garage. From the parking garage, proceed west along Maxwell Street across Halsted and enter the gate at the end of the street. Parking—$2.00 to $10.00 Fee based on time in lot

    From the West

    Take the Eisenhower Expressway (I-290) east towards Chicago. Exit at Racine Avenue. Turn right on Racine and immediately make a left onto Harrison Street. Take Harrison Street to Halsted Street and turn right. Then take Halsted to Maxwell Street. Turn left (east) on Maxwell Street and proceed 1/2 block to the parking garage. Parking is available in the parking garage. From the parking garage, proceed west along Maxwell Street across Halsted and enter the gate at the end of the street. Parking—$2.00 to $10.00 Fee based on time in lot

    From the South

    Take the Dan Ryan Expressway (I-90/94) west towards Chicago. Exit at Canalport Avenue/Cermak Road. Merge onto Union Avenue. Turn left (west) on 18th Street. Turn right (north) on Halsted and proceed to Maxwell Street. Turn right (east) on Maxwell Street and proceed 1/2 block to the parking garage. Parking is available in the parking garage. From the parking garage, proceed west along Maxwell Street across Halsted and enter the gate at the end of the street. Parking—$2.00 to $10.00 Fee based on time in lot

    REGISTER NOW

  • Thu
    29
    Aug
    2019
    4 p.m. - 8 p.m.Millenium Knickerbocker Hotel, 163 East Walton, Chicago

    Hospitality Fest 2019 presented by Gallagher Way

    Museum of Science and Industry ChicagoHospitality Fest

     

    Date:  Thursday August 29th

    Time: 4 p.m. to 6:30 exhibit time, 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Networking reception. 

    Location: Millennium Knickerbocker Hotel Chicago, 163 E Walton Pl, Chicago, IL 60611 

    millennium knickerbocker

     

    Join 600 and more of your hospitality industry colleagues, meeting planners, event planners, corporate/residential/hotel concierge, social media influencers and association marketing partners at Hospitality Fest 2019:

    • Mag Mile Association
    • Meeting Professionals International Chicago (MPI-CAC)
    • Illinois Live Events Association (ILEA Chicago)
    • Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA)
    • Choose Chicago

     

    Additional marketing partners:

    • Chicago Hospitality Professionals (concierge)
    • Concierge Unlimited (corporate/residential and hotel concierge)

     

    In addition, new this year! We are inviting 2200 Association Meeting Planners in addition to the 14,000 meeting and event professionals on our digital list of invitees. 

    Last year we had an attendance of 600 quality professional meeting and event planners, corporate concierge, residential building concierge and hotel concierge visit our table sponsors.   We expect the same this year!

    Click here to view videos of last year’s table sponsors and attendees:

    www.hospitalityfest.com

    Want to be one of 50 vendors by purchasing a table? Limited amount of tables available.  Email info@hospitalityfest.com  

    Registration is required.register now


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