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Signature Drink: The Silent Partner

Chicago’s Barrelhouse Flat, part tavern/part speakeasy, focuses on a casual atmosphere and massive drink menu. Along with more than 60 classic cocktails, the bar prides itself on a rotating menu of seasonal and experimental drinks, like The Silent Partner, a fall-inspired twist on a Manhattan. The recipe was developed by Bar Manager Mark Brinker.

INGREDIENTS
—1 oz. Laird’s Apple Brandy
—1 oz. Rittenhouse Rye Whiskey
—1 oz. Cocchi Di Torino Sweet Vermouth
—dash of Angostura bitters

What to Expect at SPiNCon 2015

SPiN:Senior Planners Industry Network is the world’s largest association of senior-level planners (those with 10-plus years of experience). The network offers two membership levels along with branch events around the country, such as online learning opportunities (SPiN:Labs and SPiN:Roundtables) and virtual hosted buyer appointments. We pride ourselves as being an association by planners and for planners.

Get to Know: Quad Cities

Population: 350,000

Pirates Success Leads to Fiscal Success for Pittsburgh

While the Pittsburgh Pirates are done for the series, they did qualify for post-season play, and this qualification, likely led to a significant economic boost for the Pittsburgh area, according to Visit Pittsburgh and Pirates estimates.

2014 Best of Illinois Readers' Choice Awards

They make an impression without saying a word. They work hard for your business and aim to impress, and when all is said and done, they relish in your shared success. They are simply the best. These are the venues, services and entertainment options that you picked in the 10th annual Best of Illinois readers’ choice awards. All 25 winners represent the best and brightest of the meetings and events industry in Illinois.

Best Audio-Visual/Visual Presentation Provider
Sound Investment

5 Outdoor Spaces Let Diners Enjoy the Summer Sun

Memorial Day is the official kickoff to summer when Illinoisans can temporarily forget polar vortexes and revel in all the sunshine finally coming our way. The holiday weekend puts the extra day off to good use, packed with barbecues, fireworks and a plethora of brews that has everyone in celebration mode.

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

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

Winter Is in the Air

All planners know the importance of looking ahead—the earlier the details fall into place, the less stress one has to deal with as the event nears.

A smattering of event venues have started holding receptions decorated for holiday parties to give planners an idea of what a holiday event would look like there and to have soirees booked far in advance. We know Christmas in July sounds crazy, but it really is a planner’s dream. With all the heat and sunshine, winter feels light-years away.

6 Tips for Planning Your Summer Reunions & Retreats

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.

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