• Hit the Road to These 3 Destinations with FastToll

    POSTED November 14, 2016

Hello readers,

There’s a new app that lets you travel all of Illinois’ byways without worrying about scrounging around in your console for loose change to pay the tolls. Instead, FastToll is a new platform that allows you to seamlessly traverse through the convenient I-Pass lanes and then tallies up all your pass-throughs so you can pay online up to a week later for a nominal fee. In celebration of the launch of the app, we look at three different communities across the state that are taking our attention—and naturally, tell you how to get there.

Casey, Ill.

This small town just outside Effingham will be in the 2017 Guinness Book of World Records for its oversized attractions including the World’s Largest wind chime, knitting needles, mailbox, rocking chair, and more. They’re in the works of local Jim Bolin whose family has created the larger than life scenery that has drawn people from all over the country.

To get there: IL Route 57

Rosemont, Ill.

The northwest region abutting O’Hare Airport is wrapping up its 60th anniversary in 2016 by looking to the future. City officials recently announced a new professional baseball stadium and the first-ever boutique hotel, “The Rose” opening in 2018. But you can always go now for the MB Financial Park shopping, entertainment and dining.

To get there: IL Route 90

Lake Forest, Ill.

As if the sprawling Lake Forest College campus and Tudor-style downtown district weren’t enough appeal, the Deer Path Inn has just reopened in this North Shore community. The 57-room venue underwent major renovations to the guest rooms, amenities, technology, and various meeting and banquet spaces.

Note: FastToll is an independent app and is not affiliated with the Illinois Tollways.

Happy Planning!
Selena Fragassi
Illinois Meetings + Events

The City of Bryan has announced that Jamie Cox will be the general manager of the Legends Event Center, a 122,300-square-foot indoor event facility scheduled to open in late 2022. Most recently, Cox served as general manager of the Publix Sports Park in Panama City Beach, Florida. 


With meetings returning to normal as the COVID-19 pandemic levels out, outdoor mountain pursuits are finding more time on meeting agendas. Taking events outdoors not only boosts attendees’ comfort level as they ease back into in-person meetings, time spent in nature is proven to improve brain health and stimulate creative thinking as well.

We’ll be looking at this topic in-depth in the Spring/Summer 2022 issue of Mountain Meetings. Consider this as an introduction to some of the possibilities.  


Sheraton Dallas Hotel has introduced a new outdoor event space under its new event programming, Dare to Outdoors. The hotel’s catering team has partnered with Pacific Plaza Park, a 3.7-acre green space in Downtown Dallas. The park features a 31,950 square-foot lawn space and permanent seating, as well as night-sky friendly lights for star-watchers. Three food truck power outlets are available and standard outlets are located throughout the park.