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New Venue Spotlight: Polk Penguin Conservation Center

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Whether or not your event is black-tie, host it at the Detroit Zoo’s Polk Penguin Conservation Center and at least 80 guests will be wearing tuxedos.

The King Penguins, Gentoo Penguins, Macaroni Penguins and Rockhopper Penguins, to be exact. The stunning new center for the four species, designed by Jones and Jones and Albert Kahn Associates, resembles a gigantic Arctic glacier.

Conrad Chicago Goes from Rush to Erie Street

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Sometimes all you need is a change of scenery to feel your best. That is exactly what Conrad Chicago had in mind when planning its latest move. The former Rush Street hotel (which was rebranded into The Gwen almost two years ago) will reopen at a new location at 101 E. Erie Street in September.

New Venue Spotlight: Zio Modern Italian

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On the third floor of Mall of America is Kaskaid Hospitality’s newest culinary venture, Zio Modern Italian, which opened December 2015. “Zio Italian has a welcoming atmosphere and is a space where families and friends can enjoy the authenticity of Italian food, wines and hospitality,” says Vittorio Renda, Zio Italian Brand Ambassador.

New Venue Spotlight: NOAH'S Event Venue

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NOAH’S Event Venue is determined to carve out a niche in the event industry. “We’re unlike any other event venue because we’re national,” says Kirsten Mussi, the venue’s vice president of public relations. “When people walk into NOAH’S, they get the kind of customer service they’d get from a small company but with a lot of the amenities, experience and benefits of working with a larger, established corporation.”

New Venue Spotlight: Smith + The Loyalist

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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.

New Venue Spotlight: Loring Social

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A Minneapolis staple with over 30 years in the culinary industry, D’Amico Catering will be opening a new property this March. Located adjacent to Loring Park, Loring Social features two main rooms for private events. The formal Waverly Room boasts beautiful views of the Basilica of Saint Mary, a refurbished terrazzo marble floor, oversized vintage elevator doors and glass sconces. It can host 165 people for a reception, 90 for a buffet and 110 for a plated dinner.

New Venue Spotlight: The Boathouse at Mercer Lake

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Mercer County Park’s lakefront venue reopens with a stunning backdrop.

Bring a touch of lakeside serenity to your event—or rather, bring your event right to the water. Located on Mercer County Park’s 2,500 acres of land, the newly constructed Boathouse is a scenic location for any corporate affair. The venue features neutral tones, dark wood floors and radiant lighting. The Lakeview Hall accommodates up to 250 people for dinner and dancing, or book the Cove Room for intimate groups up to 40.

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