• Event Snapshots: Illinois M+E Best of 2018 Awards

     
    FROM THE Fall 2018 ISSUE
     

    1. Guests networked with delicious appetizers and drinks prior to the awards show.

  • Event Snapshots: Illinois M+E Best of 2018 Awards

     
    FROM THE Fall 2018 ISSUE
     

    2. Frank Alba accepts an award for Choose Chicago.

  • Event Snapshots: Illinois M+E Best of 2018 Awards

     
    FROM THE Fall 2018 ISSUE
     

    3. The beautiful space was uplit in purple for the event.

  • Event Snapshots: Illinois M+E Best of 2018 Awards

     
    FROM THE Fall 2018 ISSUE
     

    4. Tana Vettore snapped shots at the photo booth.

  • Event Snapshots: Illinois M+E Best of 2018 Awards

     
    FROM THE Fall 2018 ISSUE
     

    5. Joshua Jones, Kim Bakota Lamb, Mal Marcus, Joey Alissa Berman and Stephanie Fields of Kehoe Designs accept the award for Best Event Décor/ Florist.

  • Event Snapshots: Illinois M+E Best of 2018 Awards

     
    FROM THE Fall 2018 ISSUE
     

    6. Dave Parulo (right), president of Meet Chicago Northwest, networks with Mallory Mondloch of Pinstripes.

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    7. Becca Kaufman, Tammy Bendoff and Mike Weber.

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    8. Mallory Powell, recipi - ent of Up-and-Coming Special Event Professional.

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    9. Digital Content Editor Julianna Fazio and contributing writer Brittany Trevick share a laugh.

Nearly 200 guests convened in the lobby of the stunning Builders BLDG at 222 N. LaSalle in Chicago on May 10 for the Illinois M+E Best of 2018 readers’ choice awards. DJ D. Jones spun upbeat tunes, while MDM Entertainment provided A/V and Tag Prints hosted a photo booth. The event was co-hosted by DineAmic Group and Builders BLDG and emceed by one of the magazine’s associate publishers, Susan Rose. It was a night to remember for all the Best of winners and finalists and Hall of Fame recipients. 

New and recently renovated hotels are cleared for takeoff.

 

 With rich histories and charming amenities, these inns offer a departure from busy downtown hotels.

 

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.