Illinois Meetings + Events Magazine

4 New High-Tech Gadgets Give Events Much-Desired Geek Chic

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From digitized notebooks to augmented realities, this is the new frontier of innovative technology that can enhance any event large or small. Illinois Meetings + Events takes a look at three of the latest gadgets on the market that have planners geeking out.

The Aura of Aurasma

6 Tips for Planning Your Summer Reunions & Retreats

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Summer can bring people together in the most unexpected of ways, but sometimes those events (like family reunions and church retreats) need some more forethought and planning. Here are a few tips to get you started on the path to a successful soiree.

» Decide whom to invite. Will it be immediate family only or do you want to include descendants of your great-great grandparents? As you branch out on the family tree, you will undoubtedly have more people. Don’t exclude part of a branch. You don’t want hurt feelings.

Planner's Pocket Dictionary: Transportation & Accommodations

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TRAINS, PLANES, AUTOMOBILES-AND HOTELS (lots and lots of hotels). These places often become mobile offices for event planners, even as they’re developing itineraries for thousands of destination travelers year-round. Since travel can be such a large component to production, we spoke with Hanson Ansary, hospitality veteran and president and CEO of AlliedPRA Chicago, to map out some important key words for transportation and accommodations.

Get to Know Chicago Northwest

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Population: 300,000

Location: Meet Chicago Northwest is a hub for eight different communities, including Arlington Heights, Elk Grove Village, Itasca, Roselle, Rolling Meadows, Schaumburg, Streamwood and Wood Dale. These communities sit on the edge of O’Hare International Airport and are centrally located to the Interstate system linking up with I-90, I-94, I-290, I-294 and I-355. Many of the communities are also serviced by Metra Rail service as well as the Pace Suburban Bus Service.

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