There’s no better way to build team spirit than with a can of spray paint and a blank canvas. Native 312 Events gives groups a chance to foster community and creativity while learning about one of Chicago’s most widely seen forms of art: graffiti.

Javier Dominguez and Adam Dittman founded Native 312 Events nearly two years ago after working together on events for more than eight years. They now provide Urban Art Workshops to a variety of clientele, including collegiate groups and corporate teams.

“Every time we do our Urban Art Workshop, it never fails to amaze me how people of different artistic skill sets work together to create something awesome,” Dominguez says. “It’s almost like people draw inspiration from one another and build on top of it, which is essentially how you want your team to work together to tackle problems in the workspace.”

Dominguez says their Urban Art Workshop encourages teams to work together in an organic manner while flexing their creative muscles. Plus, he jokes, it doesn’t hurt that they’re able to work in some bar packages.

“Our goal is to provide entertaining and immersive ways to experience Chicago and highlight some of its culture and creative circles that may be new to locals and visitors alike,” Dominguez says. “We work with some of the most highly regarded artists in Chicago."

Whether dabbling with an augmented reality app, getting up to speed on the complexities of 5G service or employing cocktail-mixing robots, planners are no strangers to emerging technology. As meetings and events become increasingly tech-driven affairs, we’ve checked in with top event production pros for their takes on the latest event tech trends and what’s to come in the year ahead. 

 

The atmosphere at relaxed Avondale neighborhood eatery Pisolino may remind you of a charming, laid-back European bistro—and for good reason.

Chef and co-owner James De Marte spent over a decade cooking his way through Italy to craft and hone the skills on full display at the cozy restaurant today. “The restaurant is truly his dream-turned-reality and a showcase of his love for Italian cuisine,” says co-owner Rachel De Marte.

 

For professional speakers, engaging with an audience can begin months before stepping out onto the stage. 

Their first audience interaction might come through a teaser video in an event promotion email, says professional speaker and author David Fisher. Or they might also begin cross promoting the event on social media, according to Rich Gibbons, president of SpeakInc., a company that books event speakers and headline entertainers.