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

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    2. Emcee Cory Jobe takes the stage. 

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    3. Hall of Fame winner Tori Terzakis. 

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

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    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.

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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. 

An empowering approach to leadership makes Jill Torke, director of sales and marketing for The Ritz-Carlton, Chicago, a superwoman in the city’s hotel scene.

 

Think creative F&B always has to be expensive? Think Again. We asked a hotel, a restaurant and a conference center to create three menus at three different price points - and they delivered. 

 

Lucky Strike served as the host venue for the third-annual Hospitality Fest, which gathered more than 750 meeting and event planning professionals for a four-hour evening event. With the goal of spotlighting options across Chicagoland for holiday parties, 74 table sponsors showcased ideas for F&B, event spaces and corporate activities. The teams and volunteers wore bowling shirts with presenting title sponsors’ names on the front to create a fun, laidback atmosphere.