Event Snapshots: HeliNights Provides a Whole New Perspective on Chicago

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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.

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.