• Winter Is in the Air

     
    POSTED July 14, 2015
     

All planners know the importance of looking ahead—the earlier the details fall into place, the less stress one has to deal with as the event nears.

A smattering of event venues have started holding receptions decorated for holiday parties to give planners an idea of what a holiday event would look like there and to have soirees booked far in advance. We know Christmas in July sounds crazy, but it really is a planner’s dream. With all the heat and sunshine, winter feels light-years away.

One such venue is River Roast in Chicago. The M+E team took a walkthrough (and ate delicious apps—thanks River Roast!) to get a feel of how planners could use the space during the colder months. It was 86 degrees and holidays were nowhere in our minds, but it was fun to see what the team there imagined a holiday event would look like.

Now is the perfect time to start planning such events. Venues might have more availability and taking walkthroughs will help immensely in designing any holiday events you might have in the pipeline. Talk to local venues and places you’re interested in to see if they would be able to show you what a Christmas or holiday party would look like. 

Andrea Hahn, general manager of Chicago’s new MB Ice Arena, knows her way around an ice rink.

 

Held at the United Center Sept. 21-23, 2018, the Laver Cup—a men’s tennis tournament pitting six top European players against six of their counterparts—marked the first time this major event has been held in the United States. Total event attendance was more than 93,000 people, with fans from around the world traveling to Chicago for an unforgettable experience with the game’s best players. “The Laver Cup was a huge win for Chicago,” says Kara Bachman, executive director of the Chicago Sports Commission.

 

Sports tourism in Illinois is much more than just a seat in the stadium.