• Event Snapshots: A 007 Masquerade

     
    FROM THE Spring 2018 ISSUE
     
  • Event Snapshots: A 007 Masquerade

     
    FROM THE Spring 2018 ISSUE
     
  • Event Snapshots: A 007 Masquerade

     
    FROM THE Spring 2018 ISSUE
     
  • Event Snapshots: A 007 Masquerade

     
    FROM THE Spring 2018 ISSUE
     
  • Event Snapshots: A 007 Masquerade

     
    FROM THE Spring 2018 ISSUE
     
  • Event Snapshots: A 007 Masquerade

     
    FROM THE Spring 2018 ISSUE
     
  • Event Snapshots: A 007 Masquerade

     
    FROM THE Spring 2018 ISSUE
     

Guests came together for two important reasons at Hilton Chicago/Oak Brook Hills Resort & Conference Center last October: to celebrate the 55th anniversary of the 007 James Bond franchise and Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The first annual “En Noir: A Casino Royale Masquerade” event was designed to benefit Imerman Angels, a one-onone cancer support community that pairs a cancer fighter, survivor or caregiver with someone who has fought and survived the same type of cancer. Guests dressed in black-tie or masquerade attire and were treated to themed cocktails from a premium bar and chef-driven hors d’oeuvres. The night’s entertainment included casino tables, aerialist performances and singer Erin Boheme, who delivered renditions of Bond’s most memorable movie songs. 

Held at the United Center Sept. 21-23, 2018, the Laver Cup—a men’s tennis tournament pitting six top European players against six of their counterparts—marked the first time this major event has been held in the United States. Total event attendance was more than 93,000 people, with fans from around the world traveling to Chicago for an unforgettable experience with the game’s best players. “The Laver Cup was a huge win for Chicago,” says Kara Bachman, executive director of the Chicago Sports Commission.

 

Sports tourism in Illinois is much more than just a seat in the stadium.

 

Planners are putting wellness at the center of events.