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When Pinterest became popular a number of years ago, everyone suddenly became quasi event planners with myriad options directly at their fingertips. Now, PartySlate is the professional industry’s answer to the photo-sharing site. With it, real-life professionals post their ideas and plans for all to see, giving clients and colleagues even more creative ideas.

InterContinental Chicago Magnificent Mile uses the app, saying it’s great for finding ideas you might not even have imagined.

“[PartySlate] is a great tool for planners,” confirms Schmidt. “There are so many websites with photos and imagery, but few that have a lot of actual events to get inspiration ideas for décor and see firsthand how different spaces have been reimagined.”

And though Hyatt Centric The Loop Chicago doesn’t use PartySlate currently, Lewellin says he is hearing more and more buzz about the platform, likening it to a growing number of people wanting out-of-the-box events.

“That’s the nature of the meeting process,” he says. “People don’t want the standard ballroom because it gets old and boring. You have to change it up, and this is where planners now go for inspiration.” 

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