Every two years, this company brings together their global leaders for education, networking opportunities, and to celebrate their achievements, all while providing them with the same hospitality they provide to their own clients each and every day.
We custom-crafted an innovative design inviting attendees to stroll, see, and savor Chicago’s neighborhoods and culture. We focused on Chicago’s icons, such as the silver living statues seen on Michigan Avenue and our famed Chicago percussionists. We also recreated the ambiance of some of the city’s neighborhoods, like Little Italy and Fulton Market with checkered table clothes, Chianti wine bottles, street lamps and city benches. Meanwhile, guests feasted on diverse neighborhood favorites including Chinatown’s dim sum, Pilsen’s empanadas, and Little Italy’s mouthwatering cannoli.
Our non-traditional entertainment included incredible organizations serving inner-city youth. Groups like a youth acrobatic troupe and a youth choir delivered on the client’s desire to tell a story that was iconic and authentic to our destination. During the morning general session, the choir’s talented voices made hearts soar when they delivered a moving performance that had everyone on their feet, without a dry eye in the house.
We were tasked with creating a remarkable design concept for the seven awards dinners, that had to be recreated night after night. However, they had to be tailored to accommodate different attendance sizes based on the various brands. We opted for a trio of gold textured linens, with alternating tabletop décor of gilded lanterns and seasonal blooms to keep things simple, yet stunning.
We aligned with the client’s production team to ensure cohesiveness across all the planning stages. With our client’s goals in mind, we ensured that riders, production schedules, load-ins and -outs, and all other production tasks were in line with union labor needs at all the program’s multiple venues.
Hosts Chicago served as event concierges to deliver on last minute requests for…hair and make-up artists, massage therapists, and even a last-minute request for a singer / songwriter.
This epic undertaking was an epic success. Through every event and every moment, our client was able to deliver a standout experience to their global leaders. Every guest that came through the doors felt celebrated, had abundant opportunities to collaborate and come together, and left feeling the true heart of Chicago. At the end of the program, our client said, “Our partnership with Hosts Chicago truly made the event a success. Your flexibility and creative thinking delivered a truly memorable experience for our guests.”