New Venue Spotlight: Venue One North Shore

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Chicago Bulls fans might remember the former Berto Center—once the basketball team’s training center—but on May 4, 2016, it became the latest fully functional event space in the northern suburbs. Venue One North Shore offers 85,000 square feet that can be used for meetings, celebrations and other private events for up to 1,500 people.

That includes 15,000 square feet of main event space, 7,000 square feet of prefunction space, 7,000 square feet of outdoor garden space and an exclusive wine room, as well as on-site culinary staff and advanced lighting and sound systems. 

In the first year, Venue One North Shore has already been nominated for “Best Wedding Venue” in Make It Better’s Best of 2016 Awards. Additionally, it has held events for a range of clients including Crate and Barrel, Abbott Labs and Kohl Children’s Museum. Talk about a three-peat. 

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.