Event Snapshots: The Best of the Best

  • Event Snapshots: The Best of the Best

     
    FROM THE Fall 2015 ISSUE
     

    1. Guests Leo Fitzgerald and Kaleigh Kamphuis enjoying a preaward cocktail. 

    <p>1. Guests Leo Fitzgerald and Kaleigh Kamphuis enjoying a preaward cocktail.&nbsp;</p>
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    FROM THE Fall 2015 ISSUE
     

    2. The team at The Drake posing with their award for the Best Hotel Ballroom. 

    <p>2. The team at The Drake posing with their award for the Best Hotel Ballroom.&nbsp;</p>
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    FROM THE Fall 2015 ISSUE
     

    3. Hall of Fame Lifetime Achievement honoree Tom Kehoe and guest Nancy McGowan. 

    <p>3. Hall of Fame Lifetime Achievement honoree Tom Kehoe and guest Nancy McGowan.&nbsp;</p>
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    FROM THE Fall 2015 ISSUE
     

    4. Some of the lush floral arrangements and notecards reminding attendees of the night’s social media activity. 

    <p>4. Some of the lush floral arrangements and notecards reminding attendees of the night’s social media activity.&nbsp;</p>
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    FROM THE Fall 2015 ISSUE
     

    5. Guests enjoying Pinstripes’ waterfront patio. 

    <p>5. Guests enjoying Pinstripes’ waterfront patio.&nbsp;</p>
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    FROM THE Fall 2015 ISSUE
     

    6. Hall of Fame inductee Siddarth Sawhney and ILM+E Editorial Advisory Board members Scott and Cara Nava. 

    <p>6. Hall of Fame inductee Siddarth Sawhney and ILM+E Editorial Advisory Board members Scott and Cara Nava.&nbsp;</p>
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    FROM THE Fall 2015 ISSUE
     

    7. Dupage County CVB’s Nanette Traetow holding the award for Best CVB Outside Chicagoland 

    <p>7. Dupage County CVB’s Nanette Traetow holding the award for Best CVB Outside Chicagoland&nbsp;</p>
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    FROM THE Fall 2015 ISSUE
     

    8. Guests Leah Stover and Terri Reifsteck. 

    <p>8. Guests Leah Stover and Terri Reifsteck.&nbsp;</p>
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    FROM THE Fall 2015 ISSUE
     

    9. ILM+E Editor Selena Fragassi and Linda Whitlock.

    <p>9. ILM+E Editor Selena Fragassi and Linda Whitlock.</p>

Every year we get a chance to fete our own at Illinois Meetings + Events’ Best of Illinois readers’ choice awards, an event that honors the standout suppliers, vendors and venues of the year and also welcomes a new class of Hall of Fame inductees. In May, we celebrated a decade of the awards with our 10th annual edition that introduced new categories and winners and brought back some familiar faces. The party was held at the brand-new Pinstripes in River North, a gaming and dining venue that set the stage for all these tried-andtrue champions.

On March 6, nearly 200 meeting planners, event producers, experiential design experts and vendor partners gathered at Loyola University Chicago’s Damen Student Center to talk cutting edge tech trends, explore new educational topics and connect with friends old and new.

 

Nightlife and hospitality guru Arturo Gomez returns to The Underground with a few new enterprises under his belt.

 

The Quad Cities is brimming with history and affordable activities.