Business has been booming at Jar Bar since they opened in downtown Northbrook in May. Hungry customers are reeling over the deliciously hip meals from the healthy, fast-casual restaurant that prepares all options in creative packaging. Now, event planners can also join in the fun with the Cake Jar catering program, offering customizable dessert options in convenient glass jars that have various layers outfitted with company or wedding colors. 

With customized options such as the “Bora Bora Blue” (a tres leches cake with Nutella buttercream), Jar Bar promises to add a unique feature to any occasion. Its signature trendy jars have already dazzled guests at all types of events including weddings, corporate gatherings and even a Chicago sports-themed Bar Mitzvah. 

Whether dabbling with an augmented reality app, getting up to speed on the complexities of 5G service or employing cocktail-mixing robots, planners are no strangers to emerging technology. As meetings and events become increasingly tech-driven affairs, we’ve checked in with top event production pros for their takes on the latest event tech trends and what’s to come in the year ahead. 

 

The atmosphere at relaxed Avondale neighborhood eatery Pisolino may remind you of a charming, laid-back European bistro—and for good reason.

Chef and co-owner James De Marte spent over a decade cooking his way through Italy to craft and hone the skills on full display at the cozy restaurant today. “The restaurant is truly his dream-turned-reality and a showcase of his love for Italian cuisine,” says co-owner Rachel De Marte.

 

There’s no better way to build team spirit than with a can of spray paint and a blank canvas. Native 312 Events gives groups a chance to foster community and creativity while learning about one of Chicago’s most widely seen forms of art: graffiti.

Javier Dominguez and Adam Dittman founded Native 312 Events nearly two years ago after working together on events for more than eight years. They now provide Urban Art Workshops to a variety of clientele, including collegiate groups and corporate teams.