• Event Snapshots: The Best Party of the Year

     
    FROM THE Fall 2017 ISSUE
     

    1. Guests James and Michele Gustin enjoy some of the signature cocktails. 

  • Event Snapshots: The Best Party of the Year

     
    FROM THE Fall 2017 ISSUE
     

    2. Emcee Cory Jobe takes the stage. 

  • Event Snapshots: The Best Party of the Year

     
    FROM THE Fall 2017 ISSUE
     

    3. Hall of Fame winner Tori Terzakis. 

  • Event Snapshots: The Best Party of the Year

     
    FROM THE Fall 2017 ISSUE
     

    4. Margaret Minosa-Ryan, Joe Wilkinson and Shaunna Richardson. 

  • Event Snapshots: The Best Party of the Year

     
    FROM THE Fall 2017 ISSUE
     

    5. ILM+E Associate Publisher Susan Rose, Hall of Famer Monika Heppe and Suzanne Lockett. 

  • Event Snapshots: The Best Party of the Year

     
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    6. Mary Sprow enjoys some of the passed appetizers.

  • Event Snapshots: The Best Party of the Year

     
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     7. The awardwinning Kehoe Designs team.

  • Event Snapshots: The Best Party of the Year

     
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    8. ILM+E Editorial Advisory Board member Malaika Martin, Jennifer Jambrosek, Hall of Famer Elaina Vazquez and Erin Dahl Sellers. 

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    9. Guests Amber Kerrigan and Jill Gauthier. 

In May, Illinois Meetings + Events announced the winners of the Best of Illinois readers’ choice awards and the Hall of Fame inductees at our annual event that welcomed industry personnel from all over the state. Festivities were held at Rock Bottom Brewery’s upstairs event space with appetizers and signature cocktails provided by the restaurant and desserts courtesy of the Blue Man Group.

The night’s official emcee was Illinois Office of Tourism Director Cory Jobe who announced winners in 24 categories as well as the seven Hall of Famers, including Lifetime Achievement award winner Tina Carlson, president of Ivan Carlson & Associates. 

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.