The Blues, Oprah and The Magnificent Mile…what more could you ask for? Chicago has it all. Amazing stores, world class shopping, multiple professional sports teams and incredible restaurants that render a foodie both overwhelmed and overstuffed.

So why go anywhere else?

Event Planning Chicago – Event Planners

For obvious reasons, Chicago has some amazing event planners to choose from. A Perfect Event has been featured on Oprah for several years and, let’s face it, who’s going to tell Miss O that she’s wrong?

Started in 1996 by founder and president Debi Lilly, A Perfect Event works with both corporations (Cartier, McDonalds and The Symphony Orchestra) and individuals (Oprah, Brooke Shields and Debra Messing). Debi is involved in every part of the business including, but not limited to, planning, marketing and business development.

As her business has grown, so has her reputation and she has become a sought after source, contributing regularly to both magazines (Martha Stewart Weddings) and television (Oprah).

Event Planning Chicago – Venues

The possibilities are endless in the Windy City! Home to three separate conference centers, there are also hundreds of interesting and exciting meeting spaces.

Although primarily built as a cargo facility, The Navy Pier offers 170,000 square feet of exhibition space, 50,000 square feet of reception space and 48,000 square feet of meeting room space.

Considered the number one tourist destination in Chicago, The Navy Pier includes the famous 150 foot Ferris wheel, an IMAX theater, shops, restaurants, gardens and plenty of entertainment and attractions to keep even the most demanding delegates happy.

Event Planning Chicago – Restaurants

Where to begin…the Chicago restaurant scene is an epicurean delight! There’s a lot more to this city than just deep dish pizza, hot dogs and BBQ (not that there’s anything wrong with that). Chicago is truly a foodies’ city. With over 3,200 restaurants featured on diningchicago.com, there is something to suit every palate.

The view has to be magnificent to live up to the menu. Everest is located on the 40th floor of the Chicago Stock Exchange. Considered one of the top restaurants in the city (lauded by the Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun-Times and Chicago magazine) world class chef Jean Joho is famous for his unorthodox, and delightful, food pairings.

Event Planning Chicago – Start Planning!

Blow into the Windy City because Chicago has it all. The two airports make it easy to access while the abundance of hotels make it easy to accommodate your attendees. The restaurants, venues, shopping, sports and music make it a must attend destination for any meeting or event.

Chicago has everything that planners look for when organizing an event. A beautiful city with access to art, music, great shopping and amazing food. The only downside is that there are way too many options for a planner to choose from!

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