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Pirates Success Leads to Fiscal Success for Pittsburgh

While the Pittsburgh Pirates are done for the series, they did qualify for post-season play, and this qualification, likely led to a significant economic boost for the Pittsburgh area, according to Visit Pittsburgh and Pirates estimates.

Event Snapshot: Young Leadership Committee Oscar Red Carpet Party

This year’s Academy Awards telecast on February 22 was a night filled with stars and fashion but also poignant speeches about equality and the importance of awareness for health issues like ALS Lou Gehrig’s Disease and Alzheimer’s. It was a message echoed by the mission of the annual Oscar Red Carpet Party hosted by the Illinois Young Leadership Committee of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF).

2014 Best of Illinois Readers' Choice Awards

They make an impression without saying a word. They work hard for your business and aim to impress, and when all is said and done, they relish in your shared success. They are simply the best. These are the venues, services and entertainment options that you picked in the 10th annual Best of Illinois readers’ choice awards. All 25 winners represent the best and brightest of the meetings and events industry in Illinois.

Best Audio-Visual/Visual Presentation Provider
Sound Investment

5 Outdoor Spaces Let Diners Enjoy the Summer Sun

Memorial Day is the official kickoff to summer when Illinoisans can temporarily forget polar vortexes and revel in all the sunshine finally coming our way. The holiday weekend puts the extra day off to good use, packed with barbecues, fireworks and a plethora of brews that has everyone in celebration mode.

4 New High-Tech Gadgets Give Events Much-Desired Geek Chic

From digitized notebooks to augmented realities, this is the new frontier of innovative technology that can enhance any event large or small. Illinois Meetings + Events takes a look at three of the latest gadgets on the market that have planners geeking out.

The Aura of Aurasma

Facial Pain Research Foundation Fundraiser Featured Stand-Up for a Standout Event

Imagine if the passing of simple breeze, chewing a bite of food, even receiving a kiss on the cheek could trigger a pain so intense it felt like electrical volts were coursing through your face. That’s life for the 400,000 people in the U.S. suffering from trigeminal neuralgia, a debilitating facial nerve disorder that is all too often called the suicide disease.

Winter Is in the Air

All planners know the importance of looking ahead—the earlier the details fall into place, the less stress one has to deal with as the event nears.

A smattering of event venues have started holding receptions decorated for holiday parties to give planners an idea of what a holiday event would look like there and to have soirees booked far in advance. We know Christmas in July sounds crazy, but it really is a planner’s dream. With all the heat and sunshine, winter feels light-years away.


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