• Illinois M+E Best of 2019 Winners (Listed)

     
    POSTED July 19, 2019
     

Best AudioVisual Provider

AND THE WINNER IS: AV Chicago

Runners-up:
» PSAV
» FROST

Best Catering Company (On- or Off-site) 

AND THE WINNER IS: Blue Plate Catering

Runners-up:
» Food for Thought
» Tasty Catering

Best Brewery/Winery/Distillery

AND THE WINNER IS: City Winery Chicago

Runners-up:
» Revolution Brewing
» ​CH Distillery

Best Convention & Visitors Bureau (in Chicagoland) 

AND THE WINNER IS: Meet Chicago Northwest

Runners-up:
» Choose Chicago
» ​Rosemont Convention Bureau

Best Conference or Resort Venue

AND THE WINNER IS: Hilton Chicago/Oak Brook Hills Resort & Conference Center

Runners-up:
» Lincolnshire Marriott Resort
» ​Catalyst Ranch

Best Convention & Visitors Bureau (Outside Chicagoland)

AND THE WINNER IS: Greater Galena Marketing Inc.

Runners-up:
» Visit Champaign County
» Rockford Area Convention & Visitors Bureau

Best Destination Management Company

AND THE WINNER IS: 360 Destination Group

Runners-up:
» CTC Destination Management
» ACCESS Destination Services – Chicago

Best Entertainment (Performer or Talent Agency)

AND THE WINNER IS: Beatnix Music

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

Best Event Décor/ Florist

AND THE WINNER IS: Kehoe Designs

Runners-up:
» HMR Designs
» Revel Decor

Best Historic or Cultural Venue

AND THE WINNER IS: Chicago Cultural Center

Runners-up:
» Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago
» The Field Museum

Best Holiday Party Venue

AND THE WINNER IS: The Geraghty

Runners-up:
» Topgolf
» The Drake, a Hilton Hotel

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

AND THE WINNER IS: Chicago Athletic Association Hotel

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

Best New Venue

AND THE WINNER IS: Theater on the Lake

Runners-up:
» The Dalcy
» Tao Chicago (tie)
» Rockwell on the River (tie)

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

AND THE WINNER IS: Palmer House Hilton

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

Best Meeting/Event Venue (No Hotel)

AND THE WINNER IS: Morgan Manufacturing

Runners-up:
» Spiaggia
» 19 East

Best Nightlife Event Space

AND THE WINNER IS: ROOF on theWit

Runners-up:
» Revel Fulton Market
» LH Rooftop

Best Outdoor or Rooftop Venue

AND THE WINNER IS: Chicago Botanic Garden

Runners-up:
» Ignite Glass Studios
» Ravinia (tie)
» Millennium Park (tie)

Best Photography/Videography

AND THE WINNER IS: Rick Aguilar Studio

Runners-up:
» Edward Fox Photography & Video
» Fred Fox Studios (tie)
» Jennifer Girard Photography (tie)

Best Private Dining Space in a Restaurant

AND THE WINNER IS: Carnivale

Runners-up:
» Spiaggia
» City Winery Chicago

Best Renovation

AND THE WINNER IS: The Metropolitan

Runners-up:
» St. Jane Chicago
» Rockit Bar & Grill

Best Rental Service Provider

AND THE WINNER IS: BBJ Linen

Runners-up:
» Hall’s Rental Service
» Windy City Linen

Best Transportation Provider

AND THE WINNER IS: Windy City Limousine

Runners-up:
» Aries Charter Transportation Inc.
» Signature Transportation Group

Best Team-Building

AND THE WINNER IS: Topgolf Naperville

Runners-up:
» Corporate Event Interactive
» WhirlyBall

Best Venue Outside Chicagoland

AND THE WINNER IS: Grand Geneva Resort & Spa

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

Best Venue on the Water

AND THE WINNER IS: Odyssey Lake Michigan Entertainment Cruises

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

Take note of these seven pros who are making their mark in the meetings and events industry. 

Jolene Ihle, Founder
IdeationMKT
Lifetime Achievement 

“I was 10 years old when I received my Muscular Dystrophy Carnival Kit in the mail. The box was filled with cool ideas and colorful materials to  support fundraising efforts. I was completely enthralled with the event planning process. … This experience was my jumpstart into events and I was hooked.”

 

Here's who has been crowned the winners and runners-up of the Minnesota Meetings + Events Best of 2020 readers' choice awards. Congratulations!  

Best Brewery/Cidery/Distillery/Winery with Event Space 
Surly Brewing Company 

 

Take note of these seven pros who are making their mark in the meetings and events industry. Colorado Meetings + Events is proud to introduce our 2020 Hall of Fame inductees, who are among the state's most creative, dedicated and passionate individuals. Our editorial advisory board, composed of 15 industry representatives from around the staste, nominated and selected this year's inductees for their commitment and unique contributions. Now in its 13th year, the Hall of Fame has 90 distinguished members.