About Hospitality Fest

Hospitality Fest is produced by Hereschicago.com, Chicago’s #1 lead generation resource guide that delivers qualified leads to it’s listing members.  Celebrating 14 years, Here’s Chicago has been producing popular industry networking events in addition to delivering leads online. You may recognize some of our events (St. Pat’s BASH, Summer PICNIC, Summer BASH and now Hospitality FEST).

Hospitality Fest replaced Hereschicago.com’s award winning and most talked about industry event “Here’s Chicago Meetings and Hospitality Industry’s End of the Summer BASH!  The reason we changed this widely popular them to Hospitality Fest was because so many of Chicago’s top industry suppliers were approaching us to have a table at our events.  Therefore, we listened and now have the perfect event to showcase products and services that service our industry in Chicagoland and are extremely happy and excited to do it!

Types of events our attendees plan

  • Corporate Events & Meetings

  • Corporate & Social Group Outings

  • Office Parties

  • Birthday Parties

  • Bachelorette Parties

  • Fundraisers

  • Wedding Rehearsal Dinners

  • Wedding Receptions

  • Team Building Events

  • Client Events & Receptions

  • Networking Events

Highlights for 2018

  • For attendees, you can now come to our events and find new ideas from event venues and service providers.

  • For tables sponsors, you can now get in front of 600 of Chicago’s top meeting & event professionals. All attendees are key decision makers and/or influencers in planning corporate and social meetings & events in Chicagoland.

Our 2018 Event Specialists

Jim Grillo



Melissa Hahn

Meetings & Incentives Worldwide

Alicja Burek

Alicja Events

Alicja Events

Jeff Durocher

U.S. Poker & Casino Parties

U.S. Poker & Casino Parties

Mike Bojesen

SourceOne Events

SourceOne Events

Garry Howell

SOGO Marketing

SOGO Marketing

Annie Freedman

Lucky Strike


Jack Scafide

Marquee Event Rentals


Christie Springer

MSI Chicago


Stay Social with Us!

We are very excited about this year’s event and we know you are too! So tell us about it!

Whether you have a question about the event, need help with registration, want a little pre-show exposure or just want to share a cool photo- we encourage you to use the hashtag #HospitalityFest2018 and tag us @HospitalityFest

Come join us & share the 2018 experiences with before, during and after the event!

Stay Social!

“I just saw the invitation to Hospitality Fest 2017 and it took me back to last year’s event. It was the first year for both Hospitality Fest and The Caroling Connection, the new holiday offering from With A Voice Like This.
As a direct result of contacts made at Hospitality Fest, The Caroling Connection sang at The 25th BMO Magnificent Mile Lights Festival and appeared on ABC7’s Great Chicago Light Fight. All in its first year!
With events like Hospitality Fest and more, five stars isn’t enough for Here’s Chicago.. It goes to 11!
Thank you to Jim Grillo and everyone at Here’s Chicago.”

Jim Goodrich


With a Voice Like This

“Oh my GOODNESS! What a great event on Wednesday!!!! Thank you so much for having us be a part of this awesome event. We loved doing the photo and video AND having a table at the event. I talked to so many great people! You always have the best events!”

Jessica Lindberg

Event Sales/Marketing Communications Manager

Edward Fox Photography & Video

“Yes, it exposed us to an audience that did not necessarily see the Museum of Science and Industry as a meeting and event venue. We received 82 business cards. Yes we are returning next year. We feel the audience is a quality audience that will lead to booked event business in the future.”

Museum of Science & Industry

“A belated thank you for the opportunity to represent WINiT at your inaugural Hospitality Fest in Chicago! It was certainly valuable.  New members joined and networking opportunities opened up for existing members.  Anytime we can spread the word about our incredible organization and meet new organizations, is wonderful!”

Dawn Repoli

Director of Program Management

Mentor Program Facilitator

WINiT-WomenInTravel, Inc.

“Once again. Thank you for having us! It was a great event. Looking forward to attending next year.”

Nicole S. Berry

Marketing Manager

Regional Transportation Authority

“Thank you so much for another incredible event! It was an absolute joy to represent Ravinia amongst so many talented and creative individuals in the event industry. As a young professional, it was so wonderful to make connections (while having so much fun)! I can only estimate how much time, energy and effort went into making yesterday a reality – and I just wanted to reach out and thank you and your team for an outstanding event! Looking forward to the next!”

Jamie Mangiameli

Groups Assistant