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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.

Greenbuild, the world’s largest green building conference, returned to Chicago for a third time this year. The annual event took place Nov. 14-16 at the LEEDcertified McCormick Place West Building, drawing more than 15,000 attendees and over 350 exhibitors. The U.S. Green Building Council estimates that the conference had an economic impact of $32 million for the city.

 

Jennifer Dalsbo, recreation sales manager for Grand Geneva Resort & Spa, just north of the Illinois border in Wisconsin, shares her best advice for planning a golf outing for a group.