• Small Gatherings Invited to Enjoy the Views at Fairmont Chicago, Millennium Park

     
    POSTED October 6, 2014
     
Fairmont Chicago, Millennium Park, now offers guests the opportunity to to drink in the view during their next holiday party or company dinner with exclusive access to the Grand Suites located on the 37th floor of the hotel.
 
These stunning, recently-renovated Grand Suites feature naturally awe-inspiring views of the city skyline from both Grant and Millennium Park to the south and Lake Michigan to the east. The suites are perfect for holiday gatherings of 15-50 guests and provide a unique, sophisticated experience. 
 
Planners who book their party by Oct. 10, will receive early bird suite rates and a complimentary swag bag for each guest.
 
Designed by Looney & Associates, the earth-tone palette of the Grand Suites features vibrant works of art and custom furniture designed by Mark David, a Kohler Company. Each of the four Grand Suites offers its own unique design elements that create a distinct personality: sleek, private, chic, and awe-inspiring. 
           
For larger gatherings of up to 1,100, the hotel also offers a newly renovated 63,000 square foot event space.
 
All meetings between Nov. 5 and Dec. 31, 2014 will also benefit children in need through the Room Nights for Rascals program. During that time, Fairmont Chicago, Millennium Park will donate one gift to a child in need for every $150 spent on rooms and catered events. The toys will be donated to the group’s 501(c)(3) charity of choice or Fairmont’s preferred charity.

Toni Roberts, award winning executive pastry chef at theWit Hotel Chicago, is satisfying everyone’s sweet tooth this holiday season with the reintroduction of an exclusive Thanksgiving to go dessert menu. Whether you’re currently embracing everything pumpkin spice or a self-proclaimed chocolate connoisseur, the menu features a little something for everyone.

 

As with most facets of the meetings and events industry, the art of managing an event budget is a true balancing act. And while it’s easy to get wrapped up in the nitty-gritty, Eventbrite revealed a pleasant surprise in its 2018 Pulse Report (which surveyed 1,200 planners), finding that event budgets overall appear to be on the rise. But where exactly are those budget dollars going these days and how can planners best spend to craft memorable moments?

 

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