• New Venue Spotlight: LOFT 21

    The new Lincolnshire venue takes the spot of the former Cubby Bear North. B

     
    FROM THE Winter 2018 ISSUE
     
  • New Venue Spotlight: LOFT 21

    The new Lincolnshire venue takes the spot of the former Cubby Bear North. B

     
    FROM THE Winter 2018 ISSUE
     

The community of Lincolnshire proudly welcomed LOFT 21 earlier this year, in the former spot occupied by Cubby Bear North. The new private event space is owned and operated by Jazmine Gonzalez, owner of H.Y.P.E. Productions, one of Chicago’s most successful entertainment companies. Gonzalez’s goal was to make LOFT 21 a one-of-a-kind venue that’s flexible enough to host a wide variety of events. 

To do so, the 31,000-square-foot venue offers a host of amenities, such as 11 video screens, cabarets, a sound and lighting designer and venue director that can help coordinate events for up to 600 seated or 1,800 for a reception. LOFT 21 also boasts several customizable features including tailored bar packages and mechanical walls that can transform the space with the push of a button. A towering 22-foothigh brick wall, an outdoor terrace and neighboring forest preserve also provide scenery unlike other event spaces in the area. For those that have a flair for the dramatic, there are also four trap doors in the ceiling for stage-worthy grand entrances. 

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.