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Signature Drink - The Ten Mile

Get ready for a duel—this drink is meant to be reminiscent of walking into a saloon in the mid 1800s. “The flavors are very classic. The charred wood of the bourbon and the stone fruit of the apricot are deep and rich,” says Robert LaPata, co-owner of Evanston’s newest hot spot. The recipe is even further significant, reflecting on the history of the original Ten Mile House, the town’s “first gathering point,” which opened in 1836.

Renaissance Allentown Opens its Doors

Exciting news for the city of Allentown: the Renaissance by Marriott Allentown has opened its doors and is ready for guests.

The 170-room hotel connects to the PPL Center hockey arena and overlooks Center Square. J.B. Reilly, cofounder and president of City Center Leigh Valley, owns the hotel. A fitness center, free Internet and 10 meeting rooms are just some of the amenities the hotel offers. Capacity for events ranges from nine to 433. Guests can even bring their pets.

Meet Billy Dec, Rockit Ranch Productions

Billy Dec has been working in the restaurant and entertainment industry for as long as he can remember. “In the sixth grade, I started as a coat check kid and eventually moved up the ropes to becoming a host.” So when his father and brother sadly passed away when he started college, Dec added on security gigs at nightclubs to make extra money for his family.

Event Snapshot: Headquarters Beercade Boutique Opening

Game on! The popular arcade-meets-bar-meets-private-event-space Headquarters Beercade now has a second location in Chicago’s River North neighborhood. The new spot, which is just a few miles from the original Lakeview venue, opened at the end of August and features two floors and three bars. The expansive space has room for 1,000 guests reception-style or up to 600 seated and, as such, has become a popular option for corporate and social events looking for flair.

Plan a Successful Charity Event With These Tips

Luscious libations, delicacies from 14 of Chicago’s hottest restaurants, fabulous music and décor guests enjoyed the works at the 22nd annual Cocktails for a Cause gala at Galleria Marchetti last November. Beyond the glitz and glam, though, the real attraction was meeting the goal of $210,000 raised for pediatric research initiatives at the Stanley Manne Children’s Research Institute affiliated with the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago.

O'Hare Makes a Nice Landing Place for Planners

In April 2014, the Chicago Department of Aviation (CDA), in partnership with Mayor Rahm Emanuel, U.S. Senator Dick Durbin and mall development company Westfield Corp., unveiled a $26 million revamp of O’Hare’s International Terminal 5. The overhaul added 24 new luxury retail and dining options as well as Chicago’s first airport spa, XpresSpa. Additional Terminal 5 features now include redesigned restrooms, lounge-style seating with outlets and USB ports, new lighting and signage and fixtures, all of which incorporate sustainable and recycled materials.

Warm Up Your Next Group Meal at these Restaurants with Fireplaces

Chiberia, Snowmaggedon. Plowed In. Last winter gave us a whole new vernacular of cold-isms as well as appreciation for warm places. To prepare you for this season, we’ve compiled a list of positively glowing restaurants that you can consider for your upcoming meeting or event. After all, the hearth was designed as the very first meeting spot.

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

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