• 2016 Best of Illinois Meetings + Events Finalists

    POSTED February 21, 2017

Congratulations to the finalists for Illinois Meetings + Events' 2016 Best of Illinois awards. We look forward to celebrating with each of you at the awards celebration on Thursday, May 11 at Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery, where the winners and 2016 Hall of Fame inductees will be announced.

* Connect with us on social media before, during and after the awards with the hashtag #BestofIL2016

Best Audio-Visual/Visual Presentation Provider                                                                                 

Encore Event Technologies
FROST Chicago
Sound Investment AV                               

Best Catering Company (On- or Off-Site)                                                                                

Catering by Michaels
Food for Thought
Tasty Catering

Best College or University Venue

Gleacher Center at The University of Chicago    
The Theatre School at DePaul University
UIC Forum

Best Conference or Resort Venue                  

Eaglewood Resort & Spa
Lincolnshire Marriott Resort
McCormick Place     

Best Convention + Visitors Bureau – Outside Chicagoland                                                                

Bloomington-Normal Area CVB 
Galena/Jo Daviess County CVB            
Visit Springfield Illinois

Best Convention + Visitors Bureau – In Chicagoland                                     

Chicago’s North Shore CVB
Meet Chicago Northwest
Rosemont CVB                                                            

Best Destination Management Company (DMC)                                                         

360 Destination Group              
ACCESS Destination Services – Chicago
Chicago Travel Consultants

Best Entertainment (Performer or Talent Agency)

BeatMix Music 
Fig Media Inc.
Toast & Jam    

Best Event Décor/Florist                                                                     

The Flower Firm
Kehoe Designs
Phillip’s Flowers & Gifts                                                

Best Historic or Cultural Venue                                  

Adler Planetarium
Art Institute of Chicago 
The Field Museum                 

Best Holiday Party Venue                                                                               

The Drake Hotel Chicago
Navy Pier       

Best Hotel with Meeting/Event Space - Less Than 350 Guest Rooms                                                                                                                                                                        
Chicago Athletic Association Hotel
The Peninsula Chicago             
Trump International Hotel & Tower Chicago

Best Hotel with Meeting/Event Space - More Than 350 Guest Rooms                                                                                                                                                                        
The Drake Hotel Chicago
JW Marriott Chicago                 
LondonHouse Chicago

Best New Venue         

The Barn
Hotel Chicago  
The Kimpton Gray Hotel                                                                 

Best Nightlife Event Space                                                     

Revel Fulton Market
The Underground
Untitled Supper Club                                                                

Best Outdoor or Rooftop Venue                                                         
Cindy’s Rooftop Bar
Lincoln Park Zoo          

Best Photography/Videography                                                                      

Fig Media Inc.  
Fred Fox Studios         
Matthew Kaplan Photography   
Rick Aguilar Studios                       

Best Private Dining Space in a Restaurant                              

Gibsons Bar & Steakhouse                  
Little Goat
River Roast      

Best Renovation

The Peninsula Chicago 
Renaissance Chicago Downtown Hotel
Waldorf Astoria Chicago

Best Rental Service Provider (tables, linens, tents, etc.)                                                                    
Classic Party Rentals    
Halls Rental                              
M&M Special Events    

Best Sports Venue                              

Soldier Field     
United Center               
Wrigley Field    

Best Team-Building

Corporate Event Interactive       

Best Transportation (limo, motorcoach, taxi, shuttle) 
A1 Limousine   
Signature Transportation Group
Windy City Limousine   

Best Venue Outside Chicagoland       
Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library & Museum
BMO Harris Bank Center
Grand Geneva Resort & Spa

Click here to view the photos from the night! Feel free to tag yourself and share on social media! #BestofIL2018


It’s not just the places and providers that make our industry great, but also the people. Here are the seven great minds we proudly celebrate as selected by the Illinois Meetings + Events Editorial Advisory Board.


Every year, we ask you—our faithful readers—to tell us the best of the best in the Illinois meetings and events world. Your votes always result in a diverse crop of winners, from F&B to event décor to A/V and more, and this year is no exception. 

Our winners are located all over the state, from Schiller Park and Chicago to Galena and Northbrook. Some have recently opened while others are passing decades in the business. A team of five work at one company, while another has thousands of employees.