Selena Fragassi

Portillo’s Brings Back Lemon Cake, Rosemont Baseball Team Gets A Name

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Everyone asked and Portillo’s listened! After a plea by a Reddit user that went viral, the popular Chicago-based restaurant group brought back its cult classic lemon cake after a 10-year absence for a limited run this summer. They have since extended the availability window through August (and maybe permanently, if we can dream).

Summertime and the Living is Easy with Group Activities

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It’s the best season of the year, and now’s the time to take advantage of all that summer has to offer with some thrilling group activities.

Meeting Expectations—Four Ways to Always Wow the Crowd

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Sandi Robinson strongly believes that meetings are not just about business but also an opportunity to create an inspiring experience. Having worked in the hospitality industry since she was 16 years old, Robinson knows that the people and ideas behind a meeting can make or break it—after all, a boring meeting can’t be blamed on the space or topic.

Loews Chicago Finds “Satisfaction” as Hotel Partner of Rolling Stones Exhibit

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The Rolling Stones are in town for the next three months with vast amounts of memorabilia and instruments on display in the acclaimed “Exhibitionism” at Navy Pier—and there’s one hotel they won’t be too quick to trash.

One Last Winter Fling: The Area’s Best Ski Resorts

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If we’re lucky, winter will be wrapping up soon. But there’s still time to get in one last seasonal excursion with your group at one of the Midwest’s top five ski resorts. This curated list was provided by travel expert Radek Mista. He’s also the founder of FastToll, an app that allows non-IPASS users to bypass the tollbooth lanes on Illinois roadways and pay later.

Planners, You’ll Want to Take Note of This New Partnership

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Happy New Year! All of us at Illinois Meetings + Events want to wish you a happy, fruitful 2017 with many successful projects to come. We look forward to continuing to provide you with all the latest info about our local industry, including this news item.

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.

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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