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New Venue Spotlight: Venue One North Shore

Chicago Bulls fans might remember the former Berto Center—once the basketball team’s training center—but on May 4, 2016, it became the latest fully functional event space in the northern suburbs. Venue One North Shore offers 85,000 square feet that can be used for meetings, celebrations and other private events for up to 1,500 people.

Experience Nature in Illinois with a Trip to Historic State Parks

In 2016, the National Park Service turned 100 years old, having spent the last century preserving some of the United States’ most unique, stunning and ecologically diverse sites—much to the delight of visitors. 

In fact, a new report shows that roughly 21 million people made a trip to National Parks in the Midwest Region in 2015, spending $1.3 billion in communities within a 60-mile radius of the chosen destination, supporting jobs and local economies. In Illinois alone, that figure tallied around 233,000 recreation visits and a total visitor spending of almost $14 million.

Wanderland Popup Delivers Glamping for Special Events

For those of us looking for something a little more glamorous than the traditional tentand-sleeping-bag experience, there is Wanderland Popup

Jason Thomson and Sonia Jozajtis founded their Asbury Park-based business with the motto “rest wild” in mind. Wanderland Popup offers three unique spaces: the Lotus Bell, the Sibley and the Mobile Guest Room. Perhaps the most popular tent, the Lotus Bell is handmade in New Zealand and was named after its Lotus-like shape. 

Get Creative Juices Flowing with Awe-Inspiring Art Venues

There are places in the U.S. mountain west and western Canada that are so stunning, they can’t help but inspire brilliance. The Rocky Mountain backdrops and vivid contrasts of seasons have long drawn artists who come to spark their imagination. Meeting planners also can stimulate inventiveness by hosting gatherings in these three communities of varying sizes where creativity thrives. 

Take Your Group to a Higher Level with Elevated Meetings

If meetings and events have fallen into a rut, you may simply need a higher calling. The Rocky Mountains are so stunning and the sunsets so vibrant that reaching a vantage point to enjoy them is a great way to rise above the blasé. Check out these venues to help gain this unique per - spective for upcoming get-togethers.

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Chicagoland has a Timeline of Restaurants That Allow Patrons to Go Back in Time

From 1920s speakeasies to 1950s supper clubs and 1980s game emporiums, Chicagoland has a whole timeline of spots that pair good food with a side dish of nostalgia.

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