• Event Snapshots: A Day at the Races

     
    FROM THE Winter 2018 ISSUE
     
  • Event Snapshots: A Day at the Races

     
    FROM THE Winter 2018 ISSUE
     
  • Event Snapshots: A Day at the Races

     
    FROM THE Winter 2018 ISSUE
     
  • Event Snapshots: A Day at the Races

     
    FROM THE Winter 2018 ISSUE
     
  • Event Snapshots: A Day at the Races

     
    FROM THE Winter 2018 ISSUE
     
  • Event Snapshots: A Day at the Races

     
    FROM THE Winter 2018 ISSUE
     
  • Event Snapshots: A Day at the Races

     
    FROM THE Winter 2018 ISSUE
     
  • Event Snapshots: A Day at the Races

     
    FROM THE Winter 2018 ISSUE
     

Members of The Illinois Hotel & Lodging Association (IHLA) placed their bets for a good cause this summer at the 11th annual Pony Up for the Kids fundraiser event, held at Arlington International Racecourse. Proceeds went directly into a fund for the IHLA Educational Foundation Scholarship program, which provides financial assistance to local students pursuing degrees in hospitality. (See the latest winners on page 45.) To date, the program has awarded $400,000 to deserving students. Guests were able to enjoy the racecourse’s private Beverly D. Suite with incredible views of the activity below as well as a chef’s table, premium open bar, private teller and networking opportunities. A horse racing professional was also on hand to offer winning selections and betting strategies. Here are some sights from the night:

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.