Why Attend? 2018-08-08T21:33:30+00:00

Why Attend?

Hospitality Fest is the perfect time to meet directly with Chicago’s most experienced and qualified event venues & event service providers. This is a fun, but, productive event as you’ll stroll through the aisles and find ideas for your future events including holiday parties.  Food, drink, fun, networking, ideas, giveaways and entertainment. Free for all qualified meeting and event planners.

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Top 10 Reasons to Attend

  1. It’s Fun!
  2. Networking Opportunities at our post show networking reception
  3. Help you find your next job or possibly your next stellar employee
  4. Learn something new at our Learning Lounge
  5. Meet new people in our industry!
  6. Try some great food by our sponsor Lucky Strike
  7. Get your card stamped at  participating sponsors and get a gift card from Lucky Strike for a future visit
  8. Meet members of our Industry Associations Partners and ask your questions about membership
  9. Sample an ice cold beer from Dovetail or spirits from Rush Creek distilling!
  10. Meet Chicago’s top hospitality providers as you stroll the floor of over 50 participating table sponsors representing restaurants, hotels, corporate activity providers, meeting and event venues and service providers!

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!

2017 Sponsors Said…

“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


Benefits of Attending

Hospitality Fest was created with you in mind. Whether you’re looking to network with other individuals within the hospitality industry, gain some inspiration to get your creative juices flowing or just have a good time, #HospitalityFest2018 is the place you need to be! After making your rounds and getting to meet new, fascinating, and creative minds just like your own, grab a drink and some delicious food and enjoy the rest of your night. Best of all, #HospitalityFest2018 is free to all meeting, hospitality, and event professionals currently working in the industry. The question isn’t why attend. It’s why wouldn’t you attend?!

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