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  • New Venue Spotlight: Wells St. Market

    This deluxe dining hall is cooking up something special.

    FROM THE Summer 2017 ISSUE

There’s something extra special to be excited about this summer: The highly anticipated Wells St. Market is set to open at 205 W. Wacker. This 10,500-square-foot boutique food hall will be one of its kind in the city and an ideal location for guests of all kinds to enjoy.

“We want the concept to be a go-to destination for residents, professionals and visitors alike to dine, drink and shop for ingredients, products and upscale-casual food and beverages at one of the busiest gateways to the Loop,” says Victor Alvarez, founding partner of Alvarez & Marsal Property Investments, which is behind the development.

Although the names of vendors have yet to be announced, residents have been chiming in on social media about what food they would like to see in the concept. Rental spaces at Wells St. Market may also be available upon request.

A new trend is sweeping across the Chicago event industry, unifying the people that take part in producing live experiences with the places that host them. Established event production and catering companies have ventured into opening their own well-equipped spaces, designed for planners, by planners. We took a look at three trailblazers—Kehoe Designs, Paramount Events and The Revel Group—that are making events feel right at home.

The Geraghty from Kehoe Designs


It was the day no one thought they would see happen—at least in this lifetime. On Nov. 2, the eternal underdogs the Chicago Cubs won the 2016 World Series Championship, ending a 108-year wait and gaining a whole lot of new appreciation and fans as a result. Just 10 weeks later they would celebrate yet again at the annual fan convention at the Sheraton Grand Chicago, which was an undeniable success thanks to the quick actions of a team of event producers.


Rockford residents and visitors now have reason to venture into the rain with the city’s latest public art installation. Rockford Rain Art is on display at 12 locations throughout the downtown, River and Midtown districts, where community-inspired images like the Rockford IceHogs mascot become visible when sidewalks are wet. First installed in September of 2016, the project has had substantial public success, and a second round of Rain Art is anticipated this summer.