New Venue Spotlight: LOFT 21

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

     
    FROM THE Winter 2018 ISSUE
     
  • 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. 

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.