• New Venue Spotlight: LOFT 21

    The new Lincolnshire venue takes the spot of the former Cubby Bear North. B

     
    FROM THE Winter 2018 ISSUE
     
  • New Venue Spotlight: LOFT 21

    The new Lincolnshire venue takes the spot of the former Cubby Bear North. B

     
    FROM THE Winter 2018 ISSUE
     

The community of Lincolnshire proudly welcomed LOFT 21 earlier this year, in the former spot occupied by Cubby Bear North. The new private event space is owned and operated by Jazmine Gonzalez, owner of H.Y.P.E. Productions, one of Chicago’s most successful entertainment companies. Gonzalez’s goal was to make LOFT 21 a one-of-a-kind venue that’s flexible enough to host a wide variety of events. 

To do so, the 31,000-square-foot venue offers a host of amenities, such as 11 video screens, cabarets, a sound and lighting designer and venue director that can help coordinate events for up to 600 seated or 1,800 for a reception. LOFT 21 also boasts several customizable features including tailored bar packages and mechanical walls that can transform the space with the push of a button. A towering 22-foothigh brick wall, an outdoor terrace and neighboring forest preserve also provide scenery unlike other event spaces in the area. For those that have a flair for the dramatic, there are also four trap doors in the ceiling for stage-worthy grand entrances. 

Dawn Young first joined Choose Chicago in June 2005 as director of association sales, and in May this year, was promoted to vice president of hotel sales. It’s a perfect example of rising up the ranks for someone who’s so passionate about moving tourism forward. Though her experience in the industry runs deep, she’s got her work cut out for her to keep the numbers growing: Chicago set a tourism record in 2017 with more than 55 million visitors. A major reason for that? “Chicago just rocks accessibility,” says Young.

 

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