• 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

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. 

 

The newly renovated, French-inspired Sofitel Chicago offers innovative F&B and modern meeting spaces in the Gold Coast.

 

Nearly 500 people from Illinois and the greater Midwest gathered at the stunning Palmer House Hilton Feb. 26-28 for the annual Illinois Governor’s Conference on Tourism. During the three-day event, attendees had the chance to hear from key industry officials, including an opening keynote from Carroll Rheem, vice president of research for Brand USA; a luncheon talk on crisis management and tourism security from Dr. Peter E. Tarlow, founder and president of Tourism & More; and an address by Cory Jobe, director of the Illinois Office of Tourism, at the closing breakfast.