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Event Snapshots: Grand Chef’s Gala Cooks Up Something Special

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February marked the 20th anniversary of the Grand Chef’s Gala, an annual black tie event that benefits the Greater Illinois Chapter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. This special “Platinum Affair” continued the tradition of the popular event, which, in addition to being a major fundraiser, is also regarded as one of the city’s best culinary gatherings. It draws upwards of 50 noted chefs and mixologists such as Blackbird’s Ryan Pfeiffer, RPM Steak’s Doug Psaltis and Monteverde’s Sarah Grueneberg, who provided signature plates and cocktails. 

3 New Venues Designed by Planners for Planners

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A new trend is sweeping across the Chicago event industry, unifying the people that take part in producing live experiences with the places that host them. Established event production and catering companies have ventured into opening their own well-equipped spaces, designed for planners, by planners. We took a look at three trailblazers—Kehoe Designs, Paramount Events and The Revel Group—that are making events feel right at home.

The Geraghty from Kehoe Designs

Cubs Receive a Hearty Homecoming at the Annual Fan Convention

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It was the day no one thought they would see happen—at least in this lifetime. On Nov. 2, the eternal underdogs the Chicago Cubs won the 2016 World Series Championship, ending a 108-year wait and gaining a whole lot of new appreciation and fans as a result. Just 10 weeks later they would celebrate yet again at the annual fan convention at the Sheraton Grand Chicago, which was an undeniable success thanks to the quick actions of a team of event producers.

Rockford Sidewalks Get Some Color in Dismal Weather

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Rockford residents and visitors now have reason to venture into the rain with the city’s latest public art installation. Rockford Rain Art is on display at 12 locations throughout the downtown, River and Midtown districts, where community-inspired images like the Rockford IceHogs mascot become visible when sidewalks are wet. First installed in September of 2016, the project has had substantial public success, and a second round of Rain Art is anticipated this summer.

Signature Drink: Green Mountain Dynamite

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Guests of the JW Marriott in Chicago can feel better about indulging in an after-dinner drink when choosing selections from the hotel’s Cocktails with a Purpose program. Recipes like “Green Mountain Dynamite” were created by Tippling Bros. with the guidance of nutritionist Keri Glassman. The idea: to create healthier cocktails that still provide a tasty experience

INGREDIENTS
—1.5 oz. Absolut Citron
—.75 oz. fresh lemon juice
—.75 oz. maple syrup
—a pinch of cayenne powder
—3 dashes of Urban Moonshine Organic Maple Bitters 

10 Things You Didn't Know About SafeHouse and EscapeHouse

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Calling all wannabe spies! SafeHouse and EscapeHouse are now open in Chicago. These fully immersive experiences take a cue from America’s time honored intelligence operations, offering team-building entertainment alongside savory food and drink. Here are 10 things we’ve been cleared to tell you about these “top secret” destinations.

Olympia Hotel Management to Manage New Hyatt Place & Hyatt House Quad Cities

Olympia Hotel Management has been chosen to manage Hyatt Place & Hyatt House Quad Cities in East Moline, Illinois. The showcase hotel project features the 134-room Hyatt Place hotel and 99-room Hyatt House hotel.

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