Best Audio-Visual/Visual Presentation Provider

THE WINNER IS: Sound Investment
Chicago | 800.720.8545

Runners-up
» The AV Department
» PSAV

Best Catering Company (On- or Off-Site)

THE WINNER IS: Amazing Edibles
Chicago | 312.563.1600

Runners-up
» Blue Plate
» Tasty Catering

Best College or University Venue

THE WINNER IS: The University of Chicago

Chicago | 773.702.1234

Runners-up
» Northwestern University
» Loyola University

Best Conference or Resort Venue

THE WINNER IS: McCormick Place
Chicago | 312.791.7000

Runners-up
» Hilton Chicago/Oak Brook Hills Resort & Conference Center
» Lincolnshire Marriott Resort

Best Convention + Visitors Bureau – In Chicagoland

THE WINNER IS: Choose Chicago
Chicago | 312.567.8500

Runners-up
» Meet Chicago Northwest
» Lake County Convention & Visitors Bureau

Best Convention + Visitors Bureau – Outside Chicagoland

THE WINNER IS: DuPage County Convention & Visitors Bureau
Oak Brook | 630.575.8070

Runners-up
» Lisle Convention & Visitors Bureau
» Champaign County Convention & Visitors Bureau

Best Destination Management Company

THE WINNER IS: Chicago Travel Consultants, Inc.
Chicago | 773.880.5878

Runners-up
» 360 Destination Management
» On the Scene

Best Entertainment (Performer or Talent Agency)

THE WINNER IS: Chicago Corporate DJ
Chicago | 312.600.7669

Runners-up
» Artists, Events & Entertainment, Inc.
» Magnificent Events

Best Event Décor/Florist

THE WINNER IS: Kehoe Designs
Chicago | 312.421.0030

Runners-up
» Heffernan Morgan Ronsley
» Oliveaire Artisan Events

Best Golf Club

THE WINNER IS: Eaglewood Resort & Spa
Itasca | 630.773.1400

Runners-up
» Arrowhead Golf Club
» Harborside International Golf Center

Best Historic or Cultural Venue

THE WINNER IS: Museum of Science and Industry
Chicago | 773.684.1414

Runners-up
» Adler Planetarium
» Chicago History Museum

Best Holiday Party Venue

THE WINNER IS: Adler Planetarium
Chicago | 312.922.7827

Runners-up
» Ignite Glass Studios
» Catalyst Ranch

Best Hotel Ballroom

THE WINNER IS: The Drake Hotel
Chicago | 312.787.2200

Runners-up
» Hotel Arista
» Hotel Allegro

Best Hotel with Meeting/ Event Space (Less than 350 Guest Rooms)

THE WINNER IS: The Langham, Chicago
The Langham, Chicago | 312.923.9988

Runners-up
» Hotel Arista
» Radisson Blu

Best Hotel with Meeting/Event Space (More than 350 Guest Rooms)

THE WINNER IS: Hyatt Regency Chicago
Chicago | 312.565.1234

Runners-up
» Palmer House Hilton
» Westin Lombard Yorktown Center

Best New or Renovated Venue

THE WINNER IS: Moonlight Studios

Chicago | 312.618.5154

Runners-up
» Kaiser Tiger
» River Roast

Best Nightlife Event Space

THE WINNER IS: The Underground
Chicago | 312.943.7600

Runners-up
» Untitled
» Paris Club

Best Outdoor or Rooftop Venue

THE WINNER IS: ROOF on theWit
Chicago | 312.239.9502

Runners-up
» I|O Urban Roofscape at The Godfrey Hotel
» Millennium Park

Best Photography/Videography

THE WINNER IS: Matthew KaplanPhotography
Chicago | 773.769.5903

Runners-up
» Fig Photography
» Carasco Photography

Best Private Dining Space in a Restaurant

THE WINNER IS: Carnivale
Chicago | 312.850.5005

Runners-up
» Spiaggia
» Private Dining by Sepia

Best Rental Service Provider (Tables, Linens, Tents, etc.)

THE WINNER IS: BBJ Linen
Skokie | 847.329.8400

Runners-up
» Halls Rentals
» Tablescapes Party Rentals

Best Sports Venue

THE WINNER IS: United Center
Chicago | 312.455.4500

Runners-up
» Wrigley Field
» Soldier Field

Best Theater Venue

THE WINNER IS: The Chicago Theatre
Chicago | 312.462.6300

Runners-up
» Lincolnshire Marriott Theatre
» Genesse Theatre

Best Transportation (Limo, Motorcoach, Taxi, Shuttle)

THE WINNER IS: Windy City Limousine
Prospect | 866.949.4639

Runners-up
» Aries Charter Transportation
» A1 Limousine

Best Venue Outside Chicago

THE WINNER IS: Chicago Botanic Garden
Glencoe |  847.835.8370

Runners-up
» Morton Arboretum
» Grand Geneva Resort & Spa

The annual readers' choice awards are designed to honor the cream of the crop in the regional meetings and events industry. The awards are a celebration of the hard work and above-and-beyond service of suppliers who help planners to be at the top of their game.

 

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