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A Former Candy Factory Transforms into a Brand-New Luxury Hotel

In 1898, Joseph B. Funke opened a candy company in La Crosse, Wisconsin. It operated until 1933 when the doors were closed and no more candy shipped out. That is until this past September, when the building reopened with a new name and new idea. 

Brighten up winter tablescapes with these gem-inspired accessories

Whether it's turquoise, tigers-eye, malachite, lapis or amethyst, we’re loving gems this winter. Embrace Earth’s natural beauty, and add a touch of elegance to your dinner parties, meetings and white winter days with these gem-inspired accessories. They’re sure to make any event sparkle.

1 Be a cut above with these diamondshaped crystal glasses.
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Guest of a Guest Works to Create largest directory of event photos

The definition of famous is changing thanks to Guest of a Guest (GofG). The boutique digital media company, with a recently launched presence in Chicago, is working on creating the largest online directory of event photos, meaning everyone has their chance in the spotlight. We talked to founder Rachelle Hruska MacPherson to get the full picture.

Hotel Properties See Change After Stalled Renovations

After years of stalled renovation projects due to the economy, change is a-comin’ to a number of hotel properties in Illinois—and it couldn’t be better news for groups

Meet Adolfo Garcia, Son of a Butcher

The name of Adolfo Garcia’s latest restaurant hints at his humble upbringing as a third-generation restaurateur but also displays his rebel spirit in breaking from tradition.

Be Inspired To Start Your Own Planning Business by 3 Successful Self-Starters

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Kapow Events Makes Its Way From Chicago to Minneapolis

Kapow Events, a unique online marketplace for corporate outings, kicked off operations in Minneapolis with the launching of its website on June 1. Kapow offers a wide range of event options, featuring highly regarded venues with reputable locations including cultural institutions, spectator events, restaurants, bars and many more.

Event Snapshots: The Best of the Best

Every year we get a chance to fete our own at Illinois Meetings + Events’ Best of Illinois readers’ choice awards, an event that honors the standout suppliers, vendors and venues of the year and also welcomes a new class of Hall of Fame inductees. In May, we celebrated a decade of the awards with our 10th annual edition that introduced new categories and winners and brought back some familiar faces. The party was held at the brand-new Pinstripes in River North, a gaming and dining venue that set the stage for all these tried-andtrue champions.

5 Unique Dining Spots Serve Up Impressive City Views

By now everyone knows that if you want the most iconic view of Chicago, you head to The Signature Room. Situated on the 95th and 96th fl oors of the John Hancock Center, you can’t get much higher above the city’s ground level, says Director of Sales and Marketing Tricia Bryant. “Our private dining rooms are more than 1,000 feet above the city. On a clear day you, can see all the way to Indiana, Wisconsin and Michigan.” 

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