• Meet Chicago Northwest Partners Gather at 2019 Annual Partnership Meeting

     
    POSTED May 16, 2019
     
  • Meet Chicago Northwest Partners Gather at 2019 Annual Partnership Meeting

     
    POSTED May 16, 2019
     
  • Meet Chicago Northwest Partners Gather at 2019 Annual Partnership Meeting

     
    POSTED May 16, 2019
     
  • Meet Chicago Northwest Partners Gather at 2019 Annual Partnership Meeting

     
    POSTED May 16, 2019
     
  • Meet Chicago Northwest Partners Gather at 2019 Annual Partnership Meeting

     
    POSTED May 16, 2019
     

At the Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center Hotel, Meet Chicago Northwest, professionals gathered to celebrate Chicago Northwest tourism at the 2019 Annual Partnership Meeting. The flourishing Chicago Northwest area wasn’t the only cause for celebration. Partners of the Meet Chicago Northwest organization also convened to celebrate National Travel & Tourism Week and recognize the merit of five of the area’s hospitality industry professionals.

For the past several years, this event has served as a networking event for the partners of Meet Chicago Northwest. President Dave Parulo describes the meeting as a great way for their partners to build relationships. “I believe our partners find value in sharing quality time together. It is also our opportunity to get them excited about the high impact that Chicago Northwest tourism has on each of our lives,” he says. 

The following honorees were recognized for their admirable work in the industry:

Andy-John Kalkounos Chicago Prime Italian Restaurant
Past Board Chair Award
 
Sarah BillmeyerHyatt Regency Schaumburg Chicago
Sales Leader of the Year Award
 
Maral Sosi Abrahamian Westin Chicago Northwest
Support Leader of the Year
 
Antoinette GonzalesAries Charter
Service Leader of the Year

Linda Karch - Retired
Chairman’s Award

As with most facets of the meetings and events industry, the art of managing an event budget is a true balancing act. And while it’s easy to get wrapped up in the nitty-gritty, Eventbrite revealed a pleasant surprise in its 2018 Pulse Report (which surveyed 1,200 planners), finding that event budgets overall appear to be on the rise. But where exactly are those budget dollars going these days and how can planners best spend to craft memorable moments?

 

According to the Illinois Department of Agriculture, about 1.5 million Illinois workers are employed in the food and fiber system, ranking it as one of the top states in dependency on agriculture. The state’s 72,500 farms utilize 75 percent of Illinois land, including some of the most fertile soil in the world. While nicknamed “The Prairie State,” Illinois is truly a land of plenty and a hub for agritourism—with some of the largest agriculture-focused events (holding the potential for major economic impact) taking place inside its borders.

 

Set 27 stories above Chicago’s iconic theWit hotel, ROOF on theWit is paying tribute to Andy Warhol’s 1980 ad campaign for Absolut Vodka at Chicago’s original rooftop. What better way to celebrate than with a specialty cocktail; the ROOF is offering guests its very own crafted Absolut Warhol. The drink combines Absolut Elyx, Strawberry-Infused Bergamot Liqueur, St. Germain and House Lemon Sour, along with a lemon peel garnish as a nod to Andy’s blonde bangs.