• 2013 Readers' Choice Best Of Awards Finalists

    POSTED February 14, 2014

Congratulations to all Illinois Meetings + Events' 9th Annual Readers’ Choice Best Of Finalists! We've listed the finalists in each category in alphabetical order, so don't get too excited - yet. Winners will appear in the Spring 2014 issue of Illinois Meetings + Events.

Best Attraction (fairs/festivals, zoo, museum, amusement park, etc.)

Lincoln Park Zoo


Navy Pier

Best Audio-Visual/Visual Presentation Provider

The AV Department

FROST Chicago

Sound Investment

Best Boats/Cruises/Charters

Entertainment Cruises

Odyssey Cruises

Wendella Cruises

Best Catering Company (On- or Off-Site)

Amazing Edibles

Food for Thought

Jewell Events Catering

Best Conference Venue

Catalyst Ranch

McCormick Place

NIU Naperville Conference Center

Best Convention + Visitors Bureau - Town/Area Less Than 40,000 in Population

Geneva Chamber of Commerce

Lisle CVB

St. Charles CVB

Best Convention + Visitors Bureau - Town/Area 40,000+ in Population

Choose Chicago

Lake County CVB

Meet Chicago Northwest

Best Destination Management Company (DMC)

Chicago Travel Consultants

Meetings and Incentives

Total Event Resources

Best Entertainment (Performer or Talent Agency)

Just for Fun Productions

Productions USA

Twin Strings

Best Event Décor/Florist

Heffernan Morgan Ronsley

Ivan Carlson

Kehoe Designs

Best Golf Club

Crane’s Landing Golf Club

Harborside International Golf Center

Ruffled Feathers Golf Club

Best Historic Venue

Chicago History Museum

Cuneo Museum

Museum of Science and Industry

Best Hotel with Meeting/Event Space - More Than 400 Guest Rooms

The Fairmont Chicago, Millennium Park

Hyatt Regency Chicago

Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center Hotel

Best Hotel with Meeting/Event Space - Less Than 400 Guest Rooms

Eaglewood Resort & Spa

The Langham, Chicago

Lincolnshire Marriott Resort

Best New Venue (Opened Between Dec. 1, 2012 - Dec. 1, 2013)

Howells & Hood

Siena Tavern

Firehouse Chicago

Best Photography/Videography

Fig Photography


Matthew Kaplan Photography

Best Rental Service Provider (tables, linens, tents, etc.)

BBJ Linen

Hall’s Rentals


Best Restaurant with Private Dining Space


Fado Irish Pub

ZED 451

Best Teambuilding Activity/Facilitator/Organizer

Corporate Event Interactive


Windy City Fieldhouse

Best Transportation (limo, motorcoach, taxi, shuttle)

Aries Charter Transportation

Windy City Limousine

Your Private Limousine, Inc.

Best Venue Outside Chicagoland

Chicago Botanic Gardens

Danada House

Q Center


The annual Best of 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 be at the top of their game.


Our 2015 Hall of Famers are the strong and steady backbone of the ever-changing meetings and events industry.


We’ve tallied the votes … now it’s time to announce the 2015 Best of Illinois.