• 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. 

An empowering approach to leadership makes Jill Torke, director of sales and marketing for The Ritz-Carlton, Chicago, a superwoman in the city’s hotel scene.

 

Think creative F&B always has to be expensive? Think Again. We asked a hotel, a restaurant and a conference center to create three menus at three different price points - and they delivered. 

 

Lucky Strike served as the host venue for the third-annual Hospitality Fest, which gathered more than 750 meeting and event planning professionals for a four-hour evening event. With the goal of spotlighting options across Chicagoland for holiday parties, 74 table sponsors showcased ideas for F&B, event spaces and corporate activities. The teams and volunteers wore bowling shirts with presenting title sponsors’ names on the front to create a fun, laidback atmosphere.