Hello readers,

A hearty congratulations to the esteemed group of N.I.C.E. Award Winners that were feted at the 15th annual celebration on April 12. The N.I.C.E. Awards recognizes Chicagoland members of NACE (National Association for Catering and Events) and ISES (International Special Events Society) in the areas of event planning, catering, entertainment and creative and support services.

This year’s event, held at 19 East, bore a special “Wizard of Oz” theme, and looking at the list of honorees, it was truly a “great and powerful” night. Here is the full list of winners:

Best Buffet Presentation: Catering by Michaels

Best Catered Event: Food for Thought

Best Use of Tenting: Arena Americas

Best Use of Rental Equipment: Arena Americas

Best Use of Production: Carey Smolensky Productions

Best Theme Décor for Social Event or Wedding: Revel Décor, Inc.

Best Theme Décor for Corporate Event: MDM Entertainment

Best Tabletop Design: BBJ Linen

Best Social Event or Wedding: Food for Thought

Best Plated Presentation: Catering by Michaels

Best NICE Team Event: Total Event Resources and Kehoe Designs

Best Musical Entertainment: Magnificent Events

Best Logistical Achievement: LK Events

Best Interactive Entertainment: The Actors Gymnasium Circus and Performing Arts Center

Best Fundraiser/Not for Profit Event: Revel Global Events

Best Festival: Magnificent Events

Best Creative Cocktail: Food Evolution Catering & Events

Best Corporate Event: On The Scene

ISES Rising Star: Ryan Campbell, AFR Event Furnishings

NACE Rising Star: Nicole Hensley, Storybook Weddings and Events

Lifetime Acheivement: David Sandler, Catering by Michaels

Also a reminder that our very own Best of party will be held May 3, 2016 at Rockit Bar & Grill.

Happy Planning!

Greenbuild, the world’s largest green building conference, returned to Chicago for a third time this year. The annual event took place Nov. 14-16 at the LEEDcertified McCormick Place West Building, drawing more than 15,000 attendees and over 350 exhibitors. The U.S. Green Building Council estimates that the conference had an economic impact of $32 million for the city.


Wizard World Chicago Comic Con shows its true colors as a fan-favorite event.


Hello Readers,

Fresh off her Chicago N.I.C.E. award for Best Not-for-Profit Event in 2017, event planner Mindy Loughead (of Perfectly Planned Events) has worked her magic again in a memorable fundraiser for the Home Care Physicians/House Calls program for the Western Region of Northwestern Medicine.