Illinois Meetings + Events Magazine

AmpliVox Honored For Disaster Communication System

On Nov. 16, AmpliVox was awarded the ASTOR Award for the Best Disaster Preparedness/Disaster Recovery System, presented at the 2016 ISC East Show in New York.

The AmpliVox Radio Hailer is a transportable system that allows for communication even when other sources have been eliminated. The Hailer joins with two MURS radios, one for receiving the other for transmitting. Additionally, it includes an amplifier, a horn speaker that has 108 dB of sound, and a warning siren with 120 dB.

Canopy by Hilton Prepares To Open In Chicago

A new 223-room lifestyle hotel, Canopy by Hilton in Chicago, will open in fall 2018 on S. LaSalle Street and W. Adams Street, in the Chicago Loop area.

Event Snapshots: A French Twist

At this year’s Alliance Française De Chicago gala, guests had a roaring good time taking in the whimsy of 1920s Paris. The biennial event benefits the nonprofit institution, founded 120 years ago, which has become the Midwest’s leading French cultural and learning center. It’s dedicated to studying the language and exchange of friendship between the two countries, and has one of the largest private French libraries in the area.

Joliet to Host Restaurant Week

Mark your calendars for the Joliet Area’s first-ever Restaurant Week! This winter, The City of Excitement will be heating things up by showing guests around some of the best eateries in the area. The big event, put on by Heritage Corridor Convention and Visitors Bureau, will go through Feb. 17–26.

Dare to be Different with 10 Unique Venues in Illinois

For your next event, it’s time to think outside the hotel box. Here are venues that highlight the great outdoors, working farms and even pingpong.

Karen McGuigan Celebrates 30 Years in Chicago Hotel Industry

Chicago native, Karen McGuigan, general manager at Hyatt Centric The Look Chicago, has just reached a milestone in her career—30 years in the Chicago hotel industry.

McGuigan began her career in January 1987, working at the front desk at Hyatt Regency O'Hare. For 15 years, she worked at various Hyatt locations in the Chicago area in a number of different capacities, including director of security at Hyatt Regency Chicago. In 2014, she joined the pre-opening team for Hyatt Centric, which opened last April.

Meet Nate Johnson, The Ice Man

Ice sculptures are coming back to events, says artist Nate Johnson. The co-owner of Johnson Studios, which opened in 2010, sold his first sculpture back in 1989. In his busy season (from Mother’s Day to New Year’s Eve), he can carve up to 150 blocks a week. “For a while it was a cliché thing with many companies giving clients menus to order. But we’re trying to get away from that,” he says. “We encourage every client to give us an idea of who they are and what interests they have so we can design a special piece for every event.”

Chicagoland has a Timeline of Restaurants That Allow Patrons to Go Back in Time

From 1920s speakeasies to 1950s supper clubs and 1980s game emporiums, Chicagoland has a whole timeline of spots that pair good food with a side dish of nostalgia.

Sweets & Snack Expo Gives a Look at What’s Next in Meeting Munchies

Talk about a sugar rush. After attending the annual Sweets & Snack Expo, held at McCormick Place May 24-26, Illinois Meetings + Events shares all the goodies from the expo floor. Here’s a look at what’s trending in healthy snacks for meetings (or the office) as well as decadent gifts and branded treats that make great client takeaways. 

Healthy Snacks

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