• Illinois M+E Best of 2018 Readers' Choice Award Winners (Listed)

     
    POSTED May 11, 2018
     

THE SUPPORT SYSTEMS 

Best Convention & Visitors Bureau Outside Chicagoland

THE WINNER IS: Greater Galena Marketing Inc.
Galena | 815.776.9200

Runners-up:
» Bloomington-Normal Area CVB
» Rockford Area CVB

Best Convention & Visitors Bureau

THE WINNER IS: Choose Chicago
Chicago | 312.567.8500

Runners-up:
» ​Rosemont CVB
» Chicago’s North Shore CVB (tie)
» Meet Chicago Northwest (tie)

Best Destination Management Company

THE WINNER IS: 360 Destination Group
Chicago | 312.600.4005

Runners-up:
» Hosts Chicago
» ​Total Event Resources 

THE NECESSITIES

Best Audio-Visual/Visual Presentation Provider

THE WINNER IS: PSAV
Schiller Park | 877.696.2360

Runners-up:
» AV Chicago
» Sound Investment AV 

Best Catering Company (On- or Off-Site) 

THE WINNER IS: Blue Plate Catering
Chicago | 312.421.6666

Runners-up:
» Food for Thought
» ​Paramount Events

Best Event Decor/Florist

THE WINNER IS: Kehoe Designs
Chicago | 312.421.0030

Runners-up:
» M&M Special Events
» ​HMR Designs

Best Entertainment (Performer or Talent Agency)

THE WINNER IS: BeatMix Music
Northbrook | 847.892.4150

Runners-up:
» ​Fig Media Inc.
» ​Magnificent Events

Best Photography/Videography

THE WINNER IS: Rick Aguilar Studios
Chicago | 773.478.6607

Runners-up:
» Jennifer Girard Photography
» ​Edward Fox Photography & Video

Best Rental Service Provider

THE WINNER IS: BBJ Linen
Niles | 847.329.8400

Runners-up:
» ​Halls Rentals
» ​Windy City Linen

Best Team-Building

THE WINNER IS: Topgolf
Naperville | 630.596.1000

Runners-up:
» ​WhirlyBall
» ​Pinstripes

Best Transportation

THE WINNER IS: Windy City Limousine
Broadview | 847.916.9300

Runners-up:
» Signature Transportation Group
» ​A1 Limousine

THE CLASSIC SPOTS

Best Conference or Resort Venue

THE WINNER IS: Eagle Ridge Resort & Spa
Galena | 815.777.5000

Runners-up:
» Starved Rock Lodge & Conference Center
» ​Hilton Chicago/Oak Brook Hills Resort & Conference Center 

Best Hotel with Meeting/Event Space (Less Than 350 Guest Rooms) 

THE WINNER IS: Chicago Athletic Association
Chicago | 312.940.3552

Runners-up:
» Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel Chicago
» The Gwen, A Luxury Collection Hotel (tie)
» The Godfrey Hotel Chicago (tie)

Best Hotel with Meeting/Event Space (More Than 350 Guest Rooms) 

THE WINNER IS: Palmer House Hilton
Chicago | 312.726.7500

Runners-up:
» The Drake, a Hilton Hotel
» ​LondonHouse Chicago 

Best Private Dining Space in a Restaurant

THE WINNER IS: Little Goat
Chicago | 312.600.9601

Runners-up:
» City Winery
» ​Gibsons Bar & Steakhouse

Best Venue Outside Chicagoland

THE WINNER IS: Grand Geneva Resort & Spa
Lake Geneva, Wisconsin | 877.741.9598

Runners-up:
» ​The Abbey Resort
» ​Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library & Museum

THE FRESH IDEAS

Best New Venue

THE WINNER IS: Marriott Marquis Chicago
Chicago | 312.824.0500

Runners-up:
» ​Wintrust Arena
» ​Ace Hotel Chicago

Best Renovation

THE WINNER IS: Theater on the Lake
Chicago | 312.414.1313

Runners-up:
» ​Chicago Firehouse Restaurant
» ​The Gwen, A Luxury Collection Hotel 

THE OUTSIDE-THE-BOX VENUES

Best College or University Venue

THE WINNER IS: Isadore and Sadie Dorin Forum at UIC
Chicago | 312.413.9875

Runners-up:
» ​Conference Chicago at University Center
» ​The Theatre School at DePaul University

Best Historic or Cultural Venue

THE WINNER IS: The Field Museum
Chicago | 312.922.9410

Runners-up:
» ​Chicago Cultural Center
» ​Adler Planetarium

Best Holiday Party Venue

THE WINNER IS: The Geraghty
Chicago | 312.967.2520

Runners-up:
» ​Carnivale
» ​The Drake, a Hilton Hotel

Best Nightlife Event Venues

THE WINNER IS: LH Rooftop
Chicago | 312.357.1200

Runners-up:
» ​ROOF on theWit
» ​Revel Fulton Market

Best Outdoor or Rooftop Venue

THE WINNER IS: Chicago Botanic Garden
Glencoe | 847.835.5440

Runners-up:
» ​Lincoln Park Zoo
» ​Millennium Park

Best Venue on the Water

THE WINNER IS: Odyssey Chicago
Chicago | 312.321.7600

Runners-up:
» ​Chicago’s First Lady
» ​Anita Dee Yacht Charters

The annual readers' choice awards are designed to honor the cream of the crop in the regional meetings and events industry. The awards are a celebration of the hard work and above-and-beyond service of suppliers who help planners be at the top of their game.

 

The annual readers' choice awards are designed to honor the cream of the crop in the regional meetings and events industry. The awards are a celebration of the hard work and above-and-beyond service of suppliers who help planners be at the top of their game.

 

Congratulations to the finalists of the Northeast M+E Best of 2018 readers' choice awards. We look forward to celebrating with each of you at the awards celebration on Thursday, August 16 at Upstairs at the Pennsy, where the winners will be announced. Click here for event information. 

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