Chapter Programs and Events



Thursday, April 12

Industry Xchange & Global Meetings Industry Day

Wintrust Arena
200 E Cermak Rd, Chicago, IL 60616

Industry Xchange is an industry-wide, collaborative education and networking event for the meeting and events industry. Gain new perspectives on key trends and issues facing the meetings industry today and what they mean for your business opportunities and beyond.

In collaboration with Choose Chicago’s Annual Meeting, IX2018 will be held at the Wintrust Arena for an afternoon of education, networking and a blow-out celebration on Global Meetings Industry Day (GMID)!

What is GMID?

Global Meetings Industry Day (GMID) is a global meeting initiative driven through the Meetings Mean Business partnership. Meetings Mean Business is an industry-wide coalition to showcase the undeniable value that business meetings, trade shows, incentive travel, exhibitions, conferences and conventions bring to people, businesses and communities.

By rallying industry advocates, working with stakeholders, conducting original research, engaging with outside voices and more, the coalition brings the industry together to emphasize its importance. Comprised of over 60 members, the coalition unites the meetings industry with one strong and powerful voice. In 2016, MMB partners hosted over 100 events in more than 30 countries in all corners of the globe to showcase the real power of meetings, events, conventions, exhibitions and more.

Learn more

Wednesday, June 13

Educational Program & Networking Reception
Where: Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center Hotel

Monday, August 27

Annual Golf Outing 

Where: Cantigny Golf Club
Wheaton, IL 

Check-in and warm-up: 10:15 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.
Shot gun start with lunch on the course: 11:00 a.m.
Non-golfer’s reception starts 4:00 p.m.
Reception & Dinner (with prize drawings) 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Participation Opportunities
Hole Sponsorship - Early Bird Rate $1200 ($1400 after July 1)
Foursome - Early Bird Rate $1000 ($1200 after July 1)
Individual Golfer- $300  
Member Mixer Reception & Dinner - $55 member/$65 nonmember

Wednesday, November 28  IAEE Midwestern Chapter Holiday Happy Hour
December 11-13 EXPO! EXPO!
Where: New Orleans, LA


Past Events


Date Event
Tuesday, February 13

What's Your Wow? Clearly, Confidently & Concisely Communicate What Sets You Apart From Everyone Else

Educational Program & Networking Reception
~ Earn 1 CEU ~

Tuesday, February 6

IAEE Midwest Chapter Minneapolis Meet Up!
Punch Bowl Social
1691 Park Pl Blvd, Minneapolis, MN 55416

 Thursday, January 25

4th Annual Kickball Tournament - SOLD OUT 

Where: McCormick Place, Hall F1

Registration and warm up begin at 
4:30 PM 
Games Begin at 5:30 PM
• Free Parking •

November 28, 2017

Chapter Reception at EXPO! EXPO!

Where: Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center
Room 007D, River Level
900 East Market Street 
San Antonio, TX 78205

November 15, 2017

IAEE National Concurrent Young Professionals Happy Hour
Butch McGuire's 

October 30, 2017

Midwestern Chapter Annual Meeting 
Marriott Marquis 

 September 11, 2017

28th Annual Golf Outing 

Where: Cantigny Golf Club
11 a.m. shotgun start

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Young Professionals Happy Hour

WHERE: Raised Bar Chicago1 W. Upper Wacker Drive, Chicago, IL 60601

Friday, July 28, 2017

Midwestern Chapter Networking
Cubs v. Brewers Game in Milwaukee 

Thanks to our shuttle bus sponsor:

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Minnesota Networking Event

When: July 27th from 4:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. ish

Where: Brits Pub

1110 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, MN 

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Young Professionals Happy Hour

The Hampton Social | 5 - 7 pm 
353 W Hubbard St.
Chicago, IL 60654

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

To Engage, or not to Engage – You know the Answer
Education Program and Member Mixer

Special thanks to our sponsors: 


Thursday, April 6, 2017


Thursday, March 23, 2017


Young Professionals Meet Up

Where: Kirkwood Bar & Grill
2934 N Sheffield Ave. 
Chicago, Illinois 60657

February 22, 2017

Increased Attendance – How to Get Record Attendance at Your Next Event: 7 Proven Strategies That Won’t cost You a Dime!

Special thanks to our February Speaker sponsor

Thursday, February 2, 2017 2017 Kickball Tournament
December 6 - December 8, 2016 

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Midwestern Chapter Holiday Party and Education Program
Get Your Game On! 

**Attendees earned 1 CEU**

AceBounce, Chicago 
5:30 pm - 8:00 pm 

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Tortoise Supper Club
350 N State St, Chicago, IL 60654

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Annual Meeting 
Go with Your Gut: Effective Decision-Making in an Over-Thinking World
Attendees receive 1.5 CEUs toward their CEM

River Roast
315 N. LaSalle Street
Chicago, IL 60654

Monday, September 12, 2016

27th Annual Midwestern Chapter 
Golf Outing

Seven Bridges Golf Club
One Mulligan Drive 
Woodridge, Illinois 60517

Thursday, August 25, 2016

2nd Annual Concurrent Meet-Up for the Midwestern Chapter

Monday, June 27, 2016

Sweatworking Meet-up 
Wrigley Square, Millennium Park


Sweatworking is the new healthier and interactive form of networking, so come out and join us!  We will have a fitness/yoga session led by a personal trainer in a local Chicago park.

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Talking Like TED II
Educational Program and Networking Event

This program is worth 1.5 CEUs

Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center Hotel

Thanks to our June Program Sponsor:


The speakers for this program were provided through IAEE’s Jim Lynn Chapter Education Fund.

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Young Professionals Happy Hour
4:30 - 7:00 PM

The New Renaissance Chicago Rooftop 
1 W. Upper Wacker Drive
Chicago IL 60601

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Educational Program and Live-stream Broadcast
Worth 1.5 CEU credit hours

The Natural Relationship between Attendee Acquisition and Exhibit Sales

Donald E. Stephens Convention Center

Monday, February 22, 2016

Young Professionals Happy Hour

Bar Louie 
333-335 North Dearborn St.
Chicago, IL 60654

5:00 PM - 7:00 PM 

Thursday, January 28, 2016

3rd Annual Kick Ball Tournament
Networking, Food, Drinks, and Fun!

McCormick Place, Hall F1

December 1- 3, 2015 

Midwestern Chapter Reception at EXPO! EXPO! 

Tuesday, December 1 
5:30 - 7:00 PM 

Hilton Baltimore, Billie Holiday Ballroom, Section 4, Second Floor

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Educational Program and Holiday Party
5:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Midwest is Best

Kendall College Chicago
900 N. North Branch Street
Chicago, IL 60642

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Chapter Charity Sled Hockey Game

IAEE MWC vs The Hornets Youth Sled Hockey Team

Hornets win! 6-3 Final. :-) 

 Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Midwestern Chapter Annual Meeting

Educational Program with Lunch & Networking

Is it realistic for event planners to expect the unexpected?
 Today we encounter everything during our meetings and events: socio-political crisis, civil unrest, protests, food-poisoning and natural disasters…this experienced group of industry colleagues have seen it all! Take part in the discussions as their stories are shared and insights are revealed dealing with untimely crisis or disruption during a convention or an event. 

When and Where:
Harry Caray's Italian Steakhouse
Chicago, IL
11:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. 

These participants shared their stories:

Dustin Arnheim Dustin Arnheim
 Director of Convention Sales
 Visit Indy

Joyce Paschall, CAE, CMP 
Joyce Paschall, CAE, CMP
 Director Education & Meetings
 American College of Occupational and Environment Medicine

George Rosebrock

 George Rosebrock
 Director of Security
 McCormick Place


Scott Walters

 Scott Wolters
 Director Trade Shows & Conferences
 BNP Media 


Lisa Goecke  Lisa Goecke
  Director Trade Shows
  National Restaurant Association

Monday, September 14, 2015

26th Annual Midwestern Chapter Golf Outing 

Seven Bridges Golf Club - Woodridge, IL

Thanks for joining us:

AF Services
Am Dental Association
Audio Visual One
Bank of America Chicago Marathon
Century Cleaning
Choose Chicago
Corcoran Expositions
Donald E Stephens Convention Center
Edlen Electrical Exhibition Services 
Hall Erikson
Helen Brett Enterprises
International Housewares
J&J Exhibitors Service, Inc.
Lifetime Fitness Athletic Events
Map Your Show
Map Your Show
McCormick Place/SMG
Meet Chicago Northwest
Prime Electrical & Exhibition Services 
Rosemont Exposition Services
Rosemont Convention Bureau
Tasty Catering
The Expo Group
USW Local 17 Decorators Union
Valley Expo & Display
Visit Houston
Wm. T. Glasgow

September 9, 2015

Midwestern Chapter Concurrent Meet Up 

Concurrent Meet Ups were held in:

• When: September 9th, From 5-7pm
• Where: Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery (1 W. Grand Avenue).
• What: IAEE MWC Meet Up

• When: September 9th, From 5-7pm
• Where: Central Standard Craft Distillery
• What: IAEE MWC Meet Up 

• When: September 9th, From 5-7pm 
• Where: Parella Uptown Minneapolis located at Calhoun Square at Lake and Hennepin
• What: IAEE MWC Meet Up 

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Young Professionals Happy Hour & Movie Night

4:00pm-6:00pm: Tree House, Tavern at the Park

6:30pm: Millennium Park Summer Film Series – Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory

Don’t miss out on this great opportunity to meet other young professionals in the Midwestern Chapter. No registration fee required! Please contact Sarah Madonia if you are planning to join us.

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Educational Program - Talking Like "TED" 
Swissotel, The Palm Restaurant, Lakeshore Room

Weren't able to join us? Don't sweat it.  We have handouts available for download.

This program was approved for 1 hour of CEM recertification credit - download a certificate 

Special thanks to our generous June Program sponsor:

Wednesday, March 11, 2015 Member Meet Up

Stop by after work for informal drinks, networking, and camaraderie between IAEE members and friends. This event is FREE to members and non-members! 
February 25, 2015

How Big Is Your Pipe? 

Educational Program and Member Mixer - Attend and earn 1.5 CEM credits 

Donald E. Stephens Convention Center

About the Program:

We know we need it, but do we know what “it” is? 

We’re talking about the internet and navigating the terms you hear, but may not fully understand.  


2Gig redundant? 

How do personal hotspots and 3G/4G technology affect your decision? 

Are you paying too much by not asking the right questions for your group?  

This insightful panel will discuss the ins and outs and latest updates in a constantly changing environment.  Whether you’re looking at an in-house meeting at a hotel for 300 people or an event at a convention center for thousands, we’ll help you understand what you need so you can budget correctly and get the best service for your event participants. 

It’s crucial to know the format of the delivery and we’ll tell you why, as well as define commonly used terms and send you off with a quick reference guide to take back to the office and share. 

Thursday, January 22, 2015

2nd Annual Kick Ball Tournament
Networking, Food, Drinks, and Fun!

Where: McCormick Place

December 9 - 11, 2014


Tuesday, December 9, 2014

 IAEE Midwestern Chapter Reception at EXPO! EXPO!
JW Marriott Los Angeles at LA Live

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Annual Holiday Event with Educational Program

Kendall College Chicago

The educational portion of this program is sponsored by:

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Member Social Event 

Theory, Downtown Chicago
5:00 p.m. 

Wednesday, September 24, 2014 

How to Stay Energized in a Changing World 
Annual Meeting Luncheon & Celebration of IAEE MWC's 40th Anniversary 
Maggiano's Chicago

This program was generously sponsored by

Monday, September 8, 2014

25th Annual Golf Outing - Seven Bridges Golf Club

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Member Mixer - Buddy Guy's Legends

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Meetings and Conventions Industry Trends: A Leaders’ Perspective
Navy Pier Chicago

Thursday, June 5, 2014

A Collaboration Between both IAEE and the IAEE Midwestern Chapter
Chicago, IL

Culture is a feeling, a vibe, an extension of your brand

The best way for organizations to produce a meaningful culture is to establish a community in which stakeholders partner to play a role in its strategic direction. It’s the competitive edge that creates trust and inclusion within a group.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Coloring Outside the Lines™...Creating a NEW Association Experience with Jeff Tobe 
Education Program, Volunteer Drive & Member Mixer 

Thursday, January 23, 2014



Kick Ball Tournament

Congratulations Valley - Winners of the 2014 Kick Ball Tournament!

Photo Gallery


• When: September 9th, From 5-7pm a Midwest sports themed celebration 

Is it realistic for event planners to expect the unexpected? Today we encounter everything during our meetings and events: socio political crisis, civil unrest, protests, food-poisoning and natural disasters…this experienced group of industry colleagues have seen it all! Take part in the discussions as their stories are shared and insights are revealed dealing with untimely crisis or disruption during a convention or an event.