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Digital Detox: Tips on How to Log Off and Tune In

As general manager of The Florentine at the JW Marriott Hotel, Amanda Kipp had seen this scene play out a million times before: moments when diners should have been concentrating on the food in front of them and the company around them, but instead had their eyes affixed to their phones. Although rampant, the problem didn’t fully hit home until she dined at another restaurant. “I went out to eat, and I was looking around the room and saw a blue glow on everyone’s faces,” she recalls.

Get to Know: Lisle

Population: 22,390

Location: Lisle’s convenient location is just far enough to retreat to a natural setting while close enough to all of the urban buzz. At the crossroads of I-88 & I-355, the quaint town is only 25 miles from both O’Hare and Midway airports and just 25 miles from downtown Chicago.

Key contact: Robin Friday, director of sales

Phone Number: 630.769.1000 ext 11

New Venue Spotlight: Lowdown on Loews

The Chicago area is gaining not one but two new Loews Hotels, marking the brand’s debut in Illinois. First is the Loews Chicago Hotel, a new development two blocks east of North Michigan Avenue that rises 52 stories with 400 guest rooms and 25,717 square feet of meeting space. It’s slated to open in early 2015 and will be the sixth member of Associated Luxury Hotels International (ALHI) within Chicago providing support, expertise and sales services. 

Signature Drink - Cease and Desist

CH Distillery is proud to say they are “made in Illinois, distilled in Chicago” with local grains that are processed to make small batch vodka, gin and other spirits. At the West Loop location, guests can sit down and enjoy a housemade drink at the cocktail bar and order small plates; group tours are provided as well. This recipe was developed by Food and Beverage Director Krissy Schutte.

9 Questions You Didn't Think to Ask Your AV Provider

Often, the key to the success of a live corporate event is choosing a great audio-visual partner. If you are looking to bring in an A/V partner, it is imperative to qualify the company since in large part you’re relying on them to make the meeting a success. Here are some of the most important questions to ask before you select an audio-visual provider.

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