Chicago Magic Lounge will soon unveil their bag of tricks with a grand opening in January 2018. As a true testament to Chicago’s rich magic history, the luxurious new entertainment center in Andersonville will dazzle guests with secret entrances, an art deco-style magic lounge featuring a vintage 1920s speakeasy performance bar, a 120-seat cabaret theater with an overlooking mezzanine level and an exclusive close-up performance space that seats 40. Once the venue is open there will plenty of options for event planners including bar packages, group sales, VIP experiences, private theater rentals and full facility rentals. The original show is still in production at Uptown Underground until the end of the year. 

Gain insight from a professional who increased room block bookings by 30 percent over three years. 

 

Scott Castillo-Milburn, owner of mobile bartending service Classic Cocktails by Scott, developed this recipe last summer for a client who was looking for a bourbon-based drink that would feel seasonal and light for an evening party. The night ended with everyone who’d tried it asking for the recipe, and Castillo-Milburn has since replicated it at 10 events. He’s kept the drink a secret—until now. You can hire his company to create this drink for an event, create a new signature cocktail, or even obtain general liability or liquor liability insurance for your venue.  

 

Centrally located in Illinois, about a two and half hour drive from Chicago, the city of Peoria has many exciting developments happening this year. Here are three to put on your radar.

1. The rustic-themed Bearded Owl Brewing opened in January with a variety of unfiltered beers ranging from stouts to India pale ales to sours, using locally grown ingredients wherever possible. While it doesn’t have designated event space, the brewery makes for a good post-meeting gathering spot for a round of beers and various homemade soft pretzels.