Upcoming Programs and Events 



Thursday, February 29, 2024


February Education Program - Beyond the Booth: Elevating Event Marketing Strategies for Maximum Impact
Rosemont, IL

Join us for an educational session that aims to provide attendees with valuable insights and strategies to take their event marketing efforts to new levels. Whether you are an event planner, marketer, or supplier, this event promises to equip you with the knowledge and tools necessary to maximize the impact of your events. Approach Marketing will share their experiences, best practices, and innovative approaches to event marketing in a fun and interactive session. From harnessing the power of social media to leveraging brand advocates, you'll discover cutting-edge techniques to attract, engage, and convert attendees.

Join us at "Beyond the Booth: Elevating Event Marketing Strategies for Maximum Impact" to unlock the secrets to creating exceptional and impactful events. Mark your calendar and stay tuned for further updates!

Don't miss this opportunity to transform your event marketing efforts and make a lasting impression on your target audience.


 January 25, 2024


9th Annual Midwestern Chapter Kickball Tournament 
McCormick Place - Hall F2 of the West Building 

The Annual Kickball Tournament is back! Start putting your teams together! 
Registration and warm-up begin at 4:30 PM 
Games Begin at 5:30 PM 

Kickball Teams: All teams must have a minimum of six players with at least two female players on the field during play. Eight players are included in the registration fee. 

$350 Member Team / $400 Non-Member Team 





PAST Chapter Programs and Events

September 20, 2023


Three quarters into the year, B2B exhibitions are full throttle ahead. Inflation is easing but is still elevated. Threats of a recession from tightening monetary policies and credit conditions remain. Furthermore, new technologies are creating uncertainty. When IAEE Midwest Chapter meets, what about this outlook will hold and what will change? This session will inform attendees with the latest state of the industry insights based on the CEIR Index 2023 quarterly results, some news from CEIR Predict and other CEIR research.

Register now and earn 1 CEM Credit for attending!  Event Planners attend free.

Wednesday, September 20, 2023

American Dental Association, Hillenbrand Auditorium
211 East Chicago Avenue, 2nd floor
Chicago, IL  60611

12:30 p.m.   Registration Opens, Prefunction space
1:00 to 2:30 p.m.   Educational Program, Hillenbrand Auditorium
2:30 to 4:00 p.m.   Reception, Prefunction space

Special thanks to our sponsors


August 24, 2023  Top Golf 2024


Join us on August 24 for the IAEE Top Golf Outing!  You don't have to be a golfer to join the fun!  Top Golf makes golfing easy and fun with their creative outings.  All you have to do is show up!  They provide the clubs, the drinks, the food and the FUN!  Even if you don't want to golf, you can still come and enjoy the food, drinks and fun!  You'll network with some of the best professionals in the industry while snacking on some appetizing food and delicious drinks. 

Looking to foster meaningful connections with your industry colleagues? Want to make a lasting impression on your peers all while enjoying some fun in the sun? Registration is open for golfers and sponsorships!  Don't miss out on this great opportunity! Click HERE for more info and registration. 

Schedule of events:
4:00 - 4:30 pm  Registration
4:30 - 4:45 pm  Welcome & a Special Thank You to Our Sponsors
4:45 - 6:45 pm  Golf Games & Reception
6:45 - 7:00 pm  Prizes!

March 30, 2023

Industry Exchange




                                                         REGISTER HERE!




February 15, 2023

IAEE February Education Event
Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, Rosemont

DEI: Shifting Approaches, Actions and Practices for Lasting Change
Learn about organization culture transformation through new initiatives and efforts. The topic of diversity and culture have become important conversations since the summer of 2020. While there has been changes in the industry as well as within organizations to support these efforts; there are still barriers and challenges facing this work. Often, these commitments come with a lack of resources or understanding that makes it difficult to sustain success.

 Learner Outcomes:

We will learn how Fortune 1000 companies are applying DEI into their strategic planning. And get examples of how companies are focusing on equitable initiatives while focusing on creating healthy work cultures. We will also get valuable insight on how a DMO is using DEI to attract new partners, business opportunities, and clients into their destination.

Please join us as our speakers will take us on a journey on the value and impact of DEI. This panel will discuss what efforts are working and share where we need to improve. We are excited to have this great panel, don’t forget to bring your questions.

Registration: 1:00 pm
Program: 2:00pm – 3:30pm
Networking/Reception: 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm

First 40 meeting planners receive complimentary registration.
$65.00 for Supplier
$25.00 for Students/Facility

This event has been approved for 1 CE credit.

Registration Now!

  PAST Chapter Programs and Events

January 26, 2023


 Kickball header

The 8th Annual Kickball Tournament is back! 

Let the Games Begin!

Join us for the 8th Annual Kickball Tournament to “kick” off the new year with networking, food, drinks and fun! Come and play on kickball fields set up in the exhibit hall at McCormick Place. Who will be the 2023 champion? Start recruiting your team today. Space is limited to 8 teams. Not a kickball player? Attend as a benchwarmer and cheer on your favorite team!

Thursday, January 26, 2023
Registration and warm up begin at 4:30 PM
Games begin at 5:30 PM
December 13, 2022
December 7, 2022
November 10, 2022
Connect & Share
Thursday, November 10, 2022
11 - 11:45 PM CST
Paris Scott, J.D., is fundraising and program management professional with a formal background in law, social justice, health equity, and education advocacy. Prior to joining the American Red Cross in 2018, Paris worked for several years as a traditional front-line fundraiser and program manager at two education policy nonprofits located in Washington, DC. Paris is a proud graduate of Emory University and the University of Wisconsin Law School, and currently spends her time between Atlanta, GA and Washington, DC.
From your own personal uniqueness to the organization and events you represent, we’ll explore this topic together at this Fall’s Connect & Share. Get ready for some great actionable takeaways!
These highly interactive sessions are meant to provide a space for everyone in the industry to learn from each other, so please come ready to share your experiences and learn from others as we adapt to these changes in our industry.
October 20, 2022
Join us for our IAEE Midwest Chapter Annual Meeting and Fall Education
Putt Shack Oak Brook
1828 Oak Brook Center, Oak Brook, Illinois
2:00 pm to 5:30pm
We will be joined by our IAEE CEO, David DuBois to learn what he is hearing about the state of the exhibition and event industry, latest trends including digital transformations and international trends as well as the latest in CEIR research.
 This program will earn you one CEM credit.
2:00 - 3:00 – Networking & Putt Putt
3:00 – 3:30 – Annual Meeting, Recognition of Board and Awards
3:30 - 4:30 – Program with David DuBois, CEO International Association of Exhibitions & Events
4:30 – 5:30 – Reception
First 40 Event Planners Attend For Free (Sponsored by Visit San Antonio)
Suppliers = $65 per person
Faculty and Students = $25 per person
We will be raffling off a complimentary registration to IAEE's Expo! Expo! taking place in Louisville, Kentucky this December.  Raffle tickets will go for $10 each.
Additional sponsorships and exhibit spots are available.  Reach out to Julie Ichiba at [email protected] for details.

September 15, 2022
Taking a Measured Approach to Exhibitions and Events
Thursday, September 15 | 3:00 pm - 3:45 p.m. EDT
Free for IAEE members / $10 for non-members
Join the New England and Midwestern chapters of IAEE for a 45-minute webinar on the value of live events.
Conference centers, hotels, and event spaces are buzzing with activity again! We have emerged from behind our screens and are ready to attend live events. But for all the planners out there who are genuinely excited to be back to face-to- face, there are one or more executives or senior leadership behind them questioning what the value, or Return on Investment, is for the organization.
Our industry knows the value of live events, so let’s prove it. This session will cover the principles behind the ROI methodology set out to prove the value of a meeting, go over how that can be used in a real-world setting, and how speaking this common language on all sides of the event helps us ensure our prosperity into the future
September 8, 2022
IAEE MWC Sponsored Product Demo with Hopskip
Sep. 8 | 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm 
Grab your lunch and come learn how HopSkip is going to empower you to streamline the way your business events are booked with hotels!  HopSkip is a tool designed by and for meeting/event planners, specializing in streamlining the sourcing of hotels.  HopSkip offers RFP personalization, cost proposals & proposal comparison, reporting & analytics, sourcing & supplier management and SO MUCH MORE!!!  The demo will show how HopSkip can centralize all your RFPs, their data, automate the proposal process, all while generating financial reporting and tracking cost savings to save 30-40 hours per hotel RFP.  HopSkip Empowers planners to achieve more while staying in control.
September 7, 2022
Annual Golf Outing
Top Golf, Naperville
4:00 - 4:30pm  Registration
4:30 - 4:45pm  Welcome & a Special Thank You to Our Sponsors
4:45 - 6:45pm  Golf Games & Reception
6:45 - 7:00pm  Awards
$125 for a per golfer
Aug 11, 2022
YP Event
838 W Kinzie St, Chicago, IL 60642
Calling all IAEE Young Professionals! Join us at Recess in the West Loop, home of Chicago’s largest patio. This creates a great opportunity to network, share new ideas, and meet other young professionals in our industry. This event is hosted by the Young Professionals, but all chapter members are welcome! Don’t forget to RSVP!
Jun 1, 2022

IAEEMWC & PCMA GMC are spinning the hottest tracks of summer!
Collaborate with your peers at our (7) round table, sizzling, hot topics.
This meeting won’t miss a beat!
  • Delivering BIG while understaffed with limited resources
  • F&B trends in meetings & exhibit floor drivers
  • Reimaging your event schedule
  • The changing face of city wide / annual meetings
  • Strategy for attendee & exhibitor retention Y2Y
  • Event tech & association technology management
  • Registration trends and how it impacts budgeting & supply chain

Event Schedule: (2 CE Credits)
June 1, 2022 @ The Renaissance Schaumburg
12:00pm –1:00pm – One World Transportation: Downtown Chicago to Renaissance Schaumburg
1:00pm – 1:20pm – Registration / Badge Pickup
1:00pm – 1:45pm – Showcase Sponsors
1:45pm – 2:00pm – Opening Presentation!
2:00pm – 4:10pm – Stop! Collaborate & Listen Breakout Sessions
4:15pm – 4:30pm – Closing Presentation
4:45pm – 6:00pm – Networking Reception!!
6:15pm - One World Transportation: Renaissance Schaumburg to Downtown Chicago

Sponsored by:

Event Host Sponsors:

Event Organizer Sponsor:
Breakout Session Design & Décor Sponsor:

Breakout Education Sponsors:

Afternoon Caffeine Buzz Sponsor:

Showcase Sponsors:
Networking Cocktail Reception Sponsors:

Hotel Transportation Pick Up Sponsor: 
Transportation Sponsor:
 June 16, 2022
National Young Professional Meet Up
Join IAEE YP’s for the Summer Young Professionals Meet Up! The Meet Up will be held on 16 June 2022 at 2:00 pm CT. Dr. Alexander Alonso, Ph.D, SHRM-SCP, Chief Knowledge Officer, Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) will discuss current trends in the workplace, why we are seeing them, and the conversations to be had because of them. He will also offer insight on how to leverage your qualifications for future career growth!
 All IAEE members who are 35 or younger are encouraged to join.
 June 15, 2022
Virtual Demo by Campfire Social
June 15 | 9:00 am - 9:45 am
Are you and your members, show attendees, & exhibiting partners ready to own the voice of your industry? Healthcare? Food Technology? Restaurants & Hospitality? Manufacturing? Education & Professional Learning? Recreation? (to name a few)
Grab a cup of coffee & get an inside look at CampfireSocial! Join us for a live demo and Q&A on Wednesday, June 15th @ 9am!
CampfireSocial engages professional thought leadership and growth 365/24/7! Their member-based & attendee-driven organization platform drives community, content, & commerce while providing new revenue streams for you. Organizations have described CampfireSocial as "At the most basic level it is a community engagement platform. But, where it’s unique is in the way that it helps supplier communities reach potential customers. Think … supplier guide … but WAY better.” and "the best combined digital community & marketplace I've seen to date'.
Erica Bishaf, Founder & CEO CampfireSocial
May 4, 2022
Reg Ready: Trends in Today's Registration Experience
1:30-2:30pm CST
Whether it’s an attendee excited for the education and content or an exhibiting company showcasing their products & services, registration is the one stop that everyone goes through to attend your eventIt sets the first impression both online and onsite.  How seamless was the experience?  How engaging was it?  Did registering for the event generate a sense of excitement to attend the event?  Join us for a discussion on trends we’re seeing in the registration experience of live, hybrid, and virtual meetings and events as we move into the endemic phase of COVID-19. 
These highly interactive sessions are meant to provide a space for everyone in the industry to learn from each other, so please come ready to share your experiences and learn from others as we adapt to these changes in our industry.
April 7, 2022
Industry Xchange
2:30-7:30 p.m.
Thursday, April 7
The Old Post Office

Come collectively celebrate #GMID with IAEE Midwestern chapter and industry colleagues. IX brings together various chapters active in Chicago’s meetings & events industry, for a fun-filled, education-packed evening of continued learning and networking.
Learning labs include topics such as:
good health + well-being
decent work + economic growth
industry innovation + infrastructure
sustainable cities + communities

For those unable to join in-person, this hybrid event will allow you to learn, enjoy and network virtually! In addition, IX Chicago has been selected by MPI Global's Virtual GMID event as a featured city to be live-streamed to the global audience. More details to come!

February 23, 2022
Education Program 
Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, Rosemont, IL
~This program is eligible for one clock hour towards CEM recertification~
The first 50 event organizers who register, attend at no cost!
Hybrid meetings offer the best of what virtual and in-person meetings have to offer and can improve the carbon footprint of an organization’s event. 
Our panel of industry experts will help you learn:
• How planners can make smart decisions around technology and logistics to create the best outcome for their organization, their attendees, and their exhibitors all while leaving a positive mark on the world. We will touch on topics like sustainable materials on the show floor
• How to incorporate sustainability in your hybrid RFP
• How to best reach your event KPIs without blowing your budget
    Erica BishafFounder & CEO, CampfireSocial 
        Josh Luman, Vice President, Technology and Data, PCMA
     Brooke Wilson, CMPExperience Design Manager,
                                        360 Live Media 
   Jake Stevens, Founder, Climastry 
Thank you to our Promo Sponsor 

February 9, 2022
Event Vaccination Verification - Best Practices
11:00 am - 11:45 am
Join us for the next in our series of Connect & Share discussions. We will be discussing Event Vaccination Verification. Are you unsure how to process vaccination verification at your event? Looking for vendor recommendations?  Have YOU had an in-person event with vaccination verification or covid-testing? Join the conversation and collaborate with your peers on best practices. 
Discussion Leaders:
Anthony Maggiore, CMP, CED, DES, HIMSS
Moriah Hathaway, CEM, HIMSS
Gretchen Thielen, CEM, AAN
January 27, 2022
Thursday, January 27, 2022
The Annual Kickball Tournament is back! Start putting your teams together!
Registration and warm-up begin at 4:30 PM
Games Begin at 5:30 PM
Kickball Teams: All teams must have a minimum of six players with at least two female players on the field during play. Eight players are included in the registration fee.

$350 Member Team / $400 Non-Member Team

Individual Players: Individual players are encouraged to attend. Team assignments will be made on-site
$45 per person

Not a Kickball player? Join us anyway and be a benchwarmer! Root for your favorite team as you enjoy plenty of food and drinks and of course, networking.
$45 per person
Please note: kickball participants and attendees are required to be fully vaccinated due to the City of Chicago Public Health Order 2021-2, which took effect on January 3, 2022.
Thank you to our Kickball sponsors!
The Armageddon Group

McCormick Place
December 7-9, 2021
Chapter Reception
Join the Midwestern chapter on Tuesday, December 7th from 5:30 - 7:30 as we toast & cheers to thank our vendors, suppliers, and meeting planners for one heck of a year, collaborating, persevering, and never giving up during a time of change.
Marriott Downtown - Salon D, Level 5!(one level above the other chapter receptions)
Sponsored by 
 Drink tickets to toast with Champagne & the "Champagne" of Beers - High Life, A taste of Philly "Mini Cheesesteaks" + cash bar
December 1, 2021
~Wednesday, December 1, 2021
   14 W. Calendar Ave.
   LaGrange, IL (Just off the LaGrange stop on the BNSF Metra line)
~5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
~$35 for members and nonmembers
This year more than ever, we want to get together to toast 2021 goodbye and welcome 2022! 
 The Holiday Mingle was generously sponsored by: 
October 28, 2021
Sponsored Product Demo with        
 Evolio Event Measurement powered by Explori
Evolio Marketing and Explori have teamed up to provide the most advanced tradeshow, event and exhibit measurement solution in the industry. Evolio powered by Explori incorporates an extremely easy-to-use survey builder that includes pre-defined survey questions based on common event objectives with reporting that is by far more superior than other survey platforms in the market today. With Evolio powered by Explori you get benchmarks to compare your attendee and exhibitor survey results against, dashboards and quadrant analysis for data visualization and impactful interpretation of results (plus execs love them!). While survey software is a dime a dozen, with Evolio powered by Explori, your research investment, time, and outcomes go beyond next-level.
Demo Leader:
Joe Federbush, Evolio Marketing 
October 13, 2021
Join us at The Tap at the Hyatt Regency McCormick Place
Time to be authentic to you! Join us for an enlightening and engaging conversation on how to modernize your personal brand, take risks, fail, succeed and anticipate change.
Being the cutting edge is no longer going to cut it.
3:00 pm - 3:30 pm - Annual Meeting
3:30 pm - 4:30 pm - Panel Discussion
4:30 pm - 6:00 pm - Networking Reception with Family Feud activity
                                                        Julie Ichiba  
      Jen Salerno, CMP, DES     

General meeting sponsor:   
Event Organizer sponsor:    
September 1, 2021
Annual Golf Outing
Be a part of our fun, energetic 32nd annual Golf Outing!
A meeting planner favorite, this event provides ample opportunity to network and engage with your fellow IAEE
Midwestern Chapter members. 
  • Hole sponsor with foursome - $1,100
  • Foursome - $700
  • Golf pair with supplier & planner -$325
  • Individual golfers - $175
  • Non-golfing hole sponsor - $500
            Here's who's already joining us:
Winsight Media        National Funeral Directors
AMC                           Freeman
SmithBucklin             CompuSystems
W T Glasgow             Roc Exhibitions
CORT                          Ichiba & Associates
BNP Media                Century Trade Show Services
Choose Chicago       Visit Salt Lake      
McCormick Place     Prime Electrical 
HIMSS                        Property Loss Research Bureau 
RSNA                         Chicago Event Management
American Academy of Implant Dentistry 
Thank you to our sponsors:
Visit Fort Worth        Meet Chicago Northwest
Montreal                    Visit Lauderdale
WT Glasgow              Unity Event Solutions
The Palm Beaches    Oscar & Associates
 July 27, 2021
Virtually Everyone is Doing It! Where Do Live and Virtual Meetings Meet?
1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. CT
 Live meetings are coming back and the industry is rejoicing, but how much of the virtual world do we need to keep around? And for how long? Join us for a discussion on what works after lockdown and how to maximize your event’s engagement. These highly interactive sessions are meant to provide a space for everyone in the industry to learn from each other, so please come ready to teach others about your experiences and to learn from other’s experiences as we adapt to these changes in our industry.
This program is generously sponsored by:
June 2, 2021
3:00pm - 3:45pm - Mini Exhibit Showcase!
4:00pm - 5:00pm - Panel - Case Study Central 
5:00pm - 6:00pm - Reception with Young Professionals Collaborations! 

Approved for 1.0 CE unit 
Join us IN-PERSON! Yes, face to face, not through our computers! First experience our Mini Exhibit Showcase.  Check out innovative solutions that our industry vendors are bringing to the market!  Following this experience, hear from a panel of meeting planners and vendors as we discuss their case studies and actual experiences producing live, in-person events, over the past few months.  We will review what they’ve learned, procedures, protocols, and what not to do! Finally, we will celebrate being together again with a reception on the beautiful Renaissance terrace, while interacting with activations created by our very own Young Professionals.



Tricia Barglof, CEM, Executive Director, OFFPRICE Division, Tarsus
Debra Brendich, CEM, Vice President Client Solutions, Freeman
Chuck Grouzard, Executive Vice President – Exhibition Sales, GES
Amanda Gustafson, Account Executive, CDS
Erik Hallberg, Director of Sales, Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center Hotel


  Moriah Hathaway, CEM, Manager, Exhibit Services, HIMSS

Exhibitions and Events Organizers - Free!
Exhibitions and Events services - $20
Live Stream - $10
Mini Showcase Exhibitors:

               Interested in being a part of the mini exhibit showcase. Contact Gail Brooks.
  • $150 Exhibitor Fee Includes:
    •  logo representation- on-site signage, pre-marketing material and website
    • In-person recorded interview OR company branded promo-sizzle reel (commercial) two-minute video
    • One registration to attend full event
  • $250 Exhibitor Fee Includes:
    • Includes all above
    • Attendee list-opt-in
    • Two registrations to attend full event

Education program sponsored by: 

First 50 meeti
ng planners receive complimentary registration, sponsored by:   

Registration platform provided by: 

Event production sponsored by: 
May 4, 2021
1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Dust off your work clothes.. in-person events are coming back!
Exhibitions and events are slowly starting to return, and our chapter could not be more ready for this transition. While this is very exciting news, there is still a lot to consider to ensure you are hosting a safe meeting and appropriate protocols are met. But what does that even mean? Join your fellow Midwest chapter colleagues in an idea-sharing session around best practices for live events that keep COVID-19 protocols in place. This is an interactive session, so please come prepared with your ideas, thoughts, and questions. Our industry is only made stronger if we can lean on each other and learn from each other!
February 28, 2021
Winter Walk: A Mile in Her Shoes
February 24, 2021
Exhibitions Industry Update: The Road to Recovery
This program is worth 1.5 CEUs
1:00 CST – 2:30pm CST
Suffering from Zoom fatigue?  Craving face to face interaction?  So are we!  As we creep up on the one-year anniversary of our industry shutting down, we feel there is no better time to discuss what the road to recovery looks like in 2021.  How are hotels, destinations and labor unions preparing for the comeback? What essential steps is our industry taking in order to ensure safety, efficiency and success?
This is a must attend event to kick off 2021! Join us as we hear from our fellow industry leaders with the Illinois Hotel & Lodging Association, ESCA and Destinations International.


Michael Jacobson 
President and CEO,
Illinois Hotel & Lodging Association (IHLA)

Kevin McLaughlin 
National Business Representative,
United Brotherhood of Carpenters & Joiners of America



Bob Ryley 
Senior VP, GES & President-Elect,


Pete Carroll
General Manager,
Central Division, GES


Don Welsh
President and CEO,
Destinations International


Moriah Hathaway, CEM 
Exhibit Services, HIMSS
Heather Larson, CMP 
Director of Sales,
Meet Chicago Northwest
9, 2021
Young Professional's Virtual Meet-up
12:00 - 1:00 PM (CST)
Young Professionals - Emotional Intelligence is key, awareness is everything. The more you understand you, the more you can build and excel your Personal Brand.
Join us February 9th, 2021 to learn how the Enneagram Personality Assessment reveals how emotions drive our lives and how we engage with others.
Step 1: Take the super quick and easy assessment to determine your enneagram type: https://www.crystalknows.com/enneagram-test 
 What is the Enneagram Personality Assessment?
  • The Enneagram is a personality system that reveals how emotions drive our lives and how we engage with others.
  • The Enneagram defines nine personality types, each with its own set of strengths, weaknesses, and opportunities for personal growth.

Why?  Being able to understand the basic motivations of different personality types can help one communicate and relate to others. Understanding similarities and differences between personality types can give you the skillset necessary to work better with colleagues and can improve how you show up to your coworkers. Everyone has fears and desires; we may seem different on the surface, but in reality, we are all seeking similar things: connection, understanding, support and acceptance.
 When? Tuesday, February 9, 2021 from 12:00 -1:00 PM CST
Sponsored by:     
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