While you can always view the city of Chicago from one of the tallest buildings in the world, the Willis Tower, there’s a new way to see the vast landscape—from a helicopter hovering 100 stories high. Chicago Helicopter Experience is the latest option for meeting and event professionals to take their event to a whole new level. Guests can enjoy dinner, cocktails and entertainment before taking flight on a unique day or night tour that also provides a little history. 

“We provide a convenient way for visitors to take in all the wonder the city has to offer, within a small window of time,” says Trevor Heffernan, founder and CEO of Chicago Helicopter Experience. “It provides meeting and event professionals with an unrivaled, high-touch experience to forever impress attendees.”

To promote the service, a regular afterhours bi-monthly event called HeliNights takes place at the Chicago Helicopter Experience Heliport with food from DineAmic Group, décor from Kehoe Designs and entertainment from The Music Trust. The inaugural event, held July 14, unveiled the newest addition to the fleet: the Airbus EC130 helicopter.

Rocky’s Ginger Beer and Russian Standard Vodka were also sponsors of the July event. Look for it to resume in the spring.

Nearly 500 people from Illinois and the greater Midwest gathered at the stunning Palmer House Hilton Feb. 26-28 for the annual Illinois Governor’s Conference on Tourism. During the three-day event, attendees had the chance to hear from key industry officials, including an opening keynote from Carroll Rheem, vice president of research for Brand USA; a luncheon talk on crisis management and tourism security from Dr. Peter E. Tarlow, founder and president of Tourism & More; and an address by Cory Jobe, director of the Illinois Office of Tourism, at the closing breakfast.


By training her team to view every guest as an individual, Catherine Mrowiec is changing the impersonal perception of large hotels.


New venues in this iconic neighborhood are a grand slam.