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!

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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.


It was the day no one thought they would see happen—at least in this lifetime. On Nov. 2, the eternal underdogs the Chicago Cubs won the 2016 World Series Championship, ending a 108-year wait and gaining a whole lot of new appreciation and fans as a result. Just 10 weeks later they would celebrate yet again at the annual fan convention at the Sheraton Grand Chicago, which was an undeniable success thanks to the quick actions of a team of event producers.