• Event Snapshots: The Zoo Ball

     
    FROM THE Winter 2016 ISSUE
     
  • Event Snapshots: The Zoo Ball

     
    FROM THE Winter 2016 ISSUE
     
  • Event Snapshots: The Zoo Ball

     
    FROM THE Winter 2016 ISSUE
     
  • Event Snapshots: The Zoo Ball

     
    FROM THE Winter 2016 ISSUE
     
  • Event Snapshots: The Zoo Ball

     
    FROM THE Winter 2016 ISSUE
     
  • Event Snapshots: The Zoo Ball

     
    FROM THE Winter 2016 ISSUE
     
  • Event Snapshots: The Zoo Ball

     
    FROM THE Winter 2016 ISSUE
     
  • Event Snapshots: The Zoo Ball

     
    FROM THE Winter 2016 ISSUE
     
  • Event Snapshots: The Zoo Ball

     
    FROM THE Winter 2016 ISSUE
     

The 38th Annual Zoo Ball was a wild success on July 10, raising more than $1.1 million to benefit the conservation and education efforts of Chicago’s Lincoln Park Zoo. Specifically, this year’s contributions will support the development of an innovative new education center designed to enhance learning outside of the traditional classroom and cultivate the next generation of conservation scientists.

The black-tie affair was hosted by the Zoo’s Women’s Board, which welcomed 850 guests to a night of dining and dancing, all coordinated with an Arctic Blast theme. HMR Designs created a space filled with shades of white, silver and blue, while Jewell Events Catering crafted a signature Aurora Borealis cocktail served at an ice bar created by Jewell Events that was complemented by an eight-foot polar bear ice sculpture from Nadeau’s. Further lighting and staging was provided by FROST Chicago, and other sponsors included Lathrop and Gage LLP, Jennifer N. Pritzker/Tawani Foundation/Pritzker Military Museum & Library, and Make It Better and Michigan Avenue magazines

On March 6, nearly 200 meeting planners, event producers, experiential design experts and vendor partners gathered at Loyola University Chicago’s Damen Student Center to talk cutting edge tech trends, explore new educational topics and connect with friends old and new.

 

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.

 

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.