Illinois Meetings + Events

Intern 101: Tips for Picking the Best in Class this Summer


School's out for summer—and that means it’s prime time for interns. While planners can greatly benefit from the abundance of free help practically begging for a shot, it’s also the most competitive time of the year for internships. That means you’ll soon be inundated with a number of emails that you’ll have to sort through and then make tough decisions in choosing the right candidate. Before you get overwhelmed, Milk Studios Events Director Marcia L.

Lillstreet Ignite Workshops Bring Work and Art Together


If you’re playing a lot of hide and seek in finding the right team-building activities for your corporate group, consider Lillstreet Ignite. An extension of the Lillstreet Art Center in Chicago’s Ravenswood neighborhood, the Ignite program offers hands-on workshops, taught by a professional artist, that bring art and business together. Each teaches the effectiveness of collaboration and communication as well as creativity and mindfulness, according to Program Director Samantha Hostert.

New Venue Spotlight: Smith + The Loyalist


It’s the long-awaited return of culinary duo John B. and Karen Shields—and they are making quite the re-entrance in Chicago’s culinary scene after almost a decade away. The married pair recently moved back to the city to unveil Smyth + The Loyalist in the West Loop, a respective restaurant and downstairs lounge that carries on their legacy of 30 years in the business.

Event Snapshots: Green Tie Ball 24


Green Tie Ball 24 turned into Studio 54 at its annual gala function held at Venue One in the West Loop last October. The event was hosted by Chicago Gateway Green, an organization that works to maintain 107 gardens along area expressways that travel to and from downtown Chicago. The night’s proceeds added to the more than $50 million in donations raised to date—money that has been used to beautify the landscapes and pick up 1.5 million pounds of litter since its inception.

Get Your Kicks and Food Fix on Route 66


Encompassing 421 miles in our state alone, Route 66 is the perfect road trip to map out attractions and food options that prove there’s definitely more than corn in Illinois.

The great outdoors surround you in these four top-level spaces


Talk about taking it to a higher level. While Chicago is no stranger to rooftop terraces, these latest four show there’s no limit to how high some venues are willing to go to stand above the rest. Here’s the scoop on where to go to get a taste of the great outdoors this spring and summer.

The Terrace at GreenRiver

How to Host a Pop-Up Event and Keep Them Guessing


Pop-ups are now appearing in almost all sectors of business, from retail and dining to entertainment and the arts. These special, limited-time events are a great way to attract attention and buzz with relatively limited means and budgets. We talked to several experts and experienced planners about the popularity of the trend and how it’s best utilized—and also received some tips for how to execute them yourself to get the most bang for your buck.


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