• Event Snapshots: The Best Party of the Year

     
    FROM THE Fall 2017 ISSUE
     

    1. Guests James and Michele Gustin enjoy some of the signature cocktails. 

  • Event Snapshots: The Best Party of the Year

     
    FROM THE Fall 2017 ISSUE
     

    2. Emcee Cory Jobe takes the stage. 

  • Event Snapshots: The Best Party of the Year

     
    FROM THE Fall 2017 ISSUE
     

    3. Hall of Fame winner Tori Terzakis. 

  • Event Snapshots: The Best Party of the Year

     
    FROM THE Fall 2017 ISSUE
     

    4. Margaret Minosa-Ryan, Joe Wilkinson and Shaunna Richardson. 

  • Event Snapshots: The Best Party of the Year

     
    FROM THE Fall 2017 ISSUE
     

    5. ILM+E Associate Publisher Susan Rose, Hall of Famer Monika Heppe and Suzanne Lockett. 

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    6. Mary Sprow enjoys some of the passed appetizers.

  • Event Snapshots: The Best Party of the Year

     
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     7. The awardwinning Kehoe Designs team.

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    8. ILM+E Editorial Advisory Board member Malaika Martin, Jennifer Jambrosek, Hall of Famer Elaina Vazquez and Erin Dahl Sellers. 

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    9. Guests Amber Kerrigan and Jill Gauthier. 

In May, Illinois Meetings + Events announced the winners of the Best of Illinois readers’ choice awards and the Hall of Fame inductees at our annual event that welcomed industry personnel from all over the state. Festivities were held at Rock Bottom Brewery’s upstairs event space with appetizers and signature cocktails provided by the restaurant and desserts courtesy of the Blue Man Group.

The night’s official emcee was Illinois Office of Tourism Director Cory Jobe who announced winners in 24 categories as well as the seven Hall of Famers, including Lifetime Achievement award winner Tina Carlson, president of Ivan Carlson & Associates. 

Dawn Young first joined Choose Chicago in June 2005 as director of association sales, and in May this year, was promoted to vice president of hotel sales. It’s a perfect example of rising up the ranks for someone who’s so passionate about moving tourism forward. Though her experience in the industry runs deep, she’s got her work cut out for her to keep the numbers growing: Chicago set a tourism record in 2017 with more than 55 million visitors. A major reason for that? “Chicago just rocks accessibility,” says Young.

 

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