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

    1. Guests networked with delicious appetizers and drinks prior to the awards show.
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    2. Frank Alba accepts an award for Choose Chicago.

    2. Frank Alba accepts an award for Choose Chicago.
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    3. The beautiful space was uplit in purple for the event.

    3. The beautiful space was uplit in purple for the event.
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    4. Tana Vettore snapped shots at the photo booth.

    4. Tana Vettore snapped shots at the photo booth.
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    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.

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

    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.

    7. Becca Kaufman, Tammy Bendoff and Mike Weber.
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    8. Mallory Powell, recipi - ent of Up-and-Coming Special Event Professional.

    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.

    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. 

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.