Event Snapshots: The Best Party of the Year

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

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    2. Emcee Cory Jobe takes the stage. 

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    3. Hall of Fame winner Tori Terzakis. 

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

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

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    6. Mary Sprow enjoys some of the passed appetizers.

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     7. The awardwinning Kehoe Designs team.

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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. 

Members of The Illinois Hotel & Lodging Association (IHLA) placed their bets for a good cause this summer at the 11th annual Pony Up for the Kids fundraiser event, held at Arlington International Racecourse. Proceeds went directly into a fund for the IHLA Educational Foundation Scholarship program, which provides financial assistance to local students pursuing degrees in hospitality. (See the latest winners on page 45.) To date, the program has awarded $400,000 to deserving students. Guests were able to enjoy the racecourse’s private Beverly D.

 

The work of Bob Doepel and his staff at Chicago Scenic Studios speaks for itself, having produced some of the most iconic sets for museums, TV and film and corporate events.

 

Meeting planners have more options than ever outside the city.