Four Corners hospitality and TAO Group debuted the fifth iteration of the TAO nightlife concept in Chicago this month. Located in an 1892 building that was originally home to the Chicago Historical Society in River North, the two-level restaurant and nightclub dubbed TAO Chicago occupies 34,000 square feet of space and can accommodate groups of up to 1,800 guests.

Within the space are two venues separated from an operable wall. The rear club features 40-foot ceilings and a 10-foot custom-made Japanese bell (from which a giant disco ball descends), while the more intimate front club centers around an enclosed a DJ booth and Asian-inspired décor.

The opening party last weekend was filled with celebrities, adding to the spot’s heat factor. Among the VIP guests: actresses Kourtney Kardashian, Malika Haqq, Taraji P. Henson mingled with sports stars like Anthony Rizzo, Jon Lester and Israel Idonije. The cast of Chicago P.D. also stopped by, with Chicago Fire star Taylor Kinney in tow.

TAO Chicago is also expected to be a hot spot for corporate events and dinners. The restaurant can seat up to 300 guests, and the full event space accommodates up to 800 for a seated meal. There are also multiple rooms for smaller private dinners. Chef Mike Armstrong oversees the dining program, crafting a robust menu of delicious small plates like crispy rice tuna and Chilean sea bass satay, plus seafood entrees, dim sum, barbecue, sushi, noodles, rice dishes and more.

The PCMA Education Foundation Leadership Committee has elected its 2019 Board of Trustees. Officers and trustees will take office immediately following PCMA’s annual meeting at the 63rd Convening Leaders in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in January 2019.

Convening Leaders 2019 will take place Jan. 6 - 9 in the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

 

The calendar might still say 2018, but meeting professionals know it’s time to start planning for 2019 events. One of the biggest decisions always lies in where to host destination conferences. The best way to help narrow down a city? Take inspiration from the best of 2018.

 

This is the fourth year in a row that I’ve helped with the Colorado Governor’s Tourism Conference and the 12th that I’ve attended. Nothing beats meeting face-to face, seeing friends and colleagues from around the state and beyond, and experiencing great Colorado destinations like Vail.