Amy Amdur was a budding painter until she realized her true calling was transforming art fairs into a thriving, year-round production.
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).
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
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.
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
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.
Virgin Brand celebrates a milestone with its first hotel in Chicago
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.