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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.

“The inspiration came from the Rockford Area Convention & Visitors Bureau’s Forest City Beautiful initiative, which aims to beautify and enhance the street-level experience for pedestrians in the downtown core,” says Josh Albrecht, director of marketing and public affairs for the Rockford Area CVB. “We want to create a sense of place for our visitors and residents, and projects like this do just that.” 

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.

 

This deluxe dining hall is cooking up something special.