Illinois M+E Best of 2018 Finalists

Congratulations to the finalists for Illinois Meetings + Events Best of 2018 readers' choice awards. We look forward to celebrating with each of you at the awards celebration on Thursday, May 10 at the Builders BLDG, where the winners and 2018 Hall of Fame inductees will be announced.

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Best Audio-Visual/Visual Presentation Provider                                                                                 

AV Chicago
Sound Investment AV

Best Catering Company (On- or Off-Site)                                                                                

Blue Plate Catering
Food for Thought
Paramount Events

Best College or University Venue

Conference Chicago at University Center
Isadore and Sadie Dorin Forum at UIC
The Theatre School at DePaul University

Best Conference or Resort Venue                  

Eagle Ridge Resort & Spa
Hilton Chicago/Oak Brook Hills Resort & Conference Center
Starved Rock Lodge & Conference Center

Best Convention + Visitors Bureau – Outside Chicagoland                                                                

Bloomington-Normal Area CVB
Rockford Area CVB
Greater Galena Marketing Inc.

Best Convention + Visitors Bureau – In Chicagoland                                     

Chicago's North Shore CVB
Choose Chicago
Meet Chicago Northwest
Rosemont CVB

Best Destination Management Company (DMC)                                             

360 Destination Group  
Hosts Chicago
Total Event Resources 

Best Entertainment (Performer or Talent Agency)                                          

BeatMix Music
Fig Media Inc.
Magnificent Events

Best Event Décor/Florist                                                                     

HMR Designs
Kehoe Designs
Marquee Event Rentals (formerly M&M Special Events)

Best Historic or Cultural Venue                                  

Adler Planetarium
Chicago Cultural Center
The Field Museum

Best Holiday Party Venue                                                                               

The Drake, a Hilton Hotel
The Geraghty

Best Hotel with Meeting/Event Space - Less Than 350 Guest Rooms  

Chicago Athletic Association
The Godfrey Hotel Chicago
The Gwen, A Luxury Collection Hotel
Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel Chicago

Best Hotel with Meeting/Event Space - More Than 350 Guest Rooms                                                                                                                                    
The Drake, a Hilton Hotel
LondonHouse Chicago
Palmer House Hilton

Best New Venue

Ace Hotel Chicago
Marriott Marquis Chicago
Wintrust Arena

Best Nightlife Event Space

LH Rooftop
Revel Fulton Market
ROOF on theWit

Best Outdoor or Rooftop Venue                                                         
Chicago Botanic Garden
Lincoln Park Zoo
Millennium Park

Best Photography/Videography                                                                      

Edward Fox Photography & Video
Jennifer Girard Photography
Rick Aguilar Studios

Best Private Dining Space in a Restaurant      

City Winery
Gibsons Bar & Steakhouse
Little Goat

Best Renovation

Chicago Firehouse Restaurant
The Gwen, A Luxury Collection Hotel
Theater on the Lake

Best Rental Service Provider (tables, linens, tents, etc.)                                                                    

BBJ Linen
Halls Rentals
Windy City Linen

Best Team-Building


Best Transportation (limo, motorcoach, taxi, shuttle)                        

A1 Limousine
Signature Transportation Group
Windy City Limousine

Best Venue Outside Chicagoland       

The Abbey Resort
Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library & Museum
Grand Geneva Resort & Spa

Best Venue on the Water

Anita Dee Yacht Charters
Chicago’s First Lady
Odyssey Chicago

It’s not just the places and providers that make our industry great, but also the people. Here are the seven great minds we proudly celebrate as selected by the Illinois Meetings + Events Editorial Advisory Board.


Every year, we ask you—our faithful readers—to tell us the best of the best in the Illinois meetings and events world. Your votes always result in a diverse crop of winners, from F&B to event décor to A/V and more, and this year is no exception. 

Our winners are located all over the state, from Schiller Park and Chicago to Galena and Northbrook. Some have recently opened while others are passing decades in the business. A team of five work at one company, while another has thousands of employees.  



Best Convention & Visitors Bureau Outside Chicagoland

THE WINNER IS: Greater Galena Marketing Inc.
Galena | 815.776.9200

» Bloomington-Normal Area CVB
» Rockford Area CVB

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