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    1. Annie Freedman.

    1. Annie Freedman.
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    2. Emily Gilbert.

    2. Emily Gilbert.
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    3. John Caron and Natalie Kay.

    3. John Caron and Natalie Kay.
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    4. Caitlyn Danforth and Jinny Mergl.

    4. Caitlyn Danforth and Jinny Mergl.
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    5. Scott Littleson, Mark Aston and Melissa Lipton.

    5. Scott Littleson, Mark Aston and Melissa Lipton.
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    6. Jessica Lindberg, Laura Wrasman and Kim Bronder.

    6. Jessica Lindberg, Laura Wrasman and Kim Bronder.
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    7. Donna Mitsos, Gail Orfanos, Aileen Laracuente and Monika Janiak.

    7. Donna Mitsos, Gail Orfanos, Aileen Laracuente and Monika Janiak.
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    8. Event games.

    8. Event games.
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    9. Attendees brainstorming.

    9. Attendees brainstorming.

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. Hospitality Fest also included several 20-minute TED Talk-like education sessions on topics like customer service, branding and mentoring. The event was organized by Jim Grillo, CMP, who founded Hospitality Fest to replace the Here’s Chicago Meeting & Event Industry’s End of Summer Bash.

Andrea Hahn, general manager of Chicago’s new MB Ice Arena, knows her way around an ice rink.

 

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.