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Annual Industry Xchange 2018 @ Wintrust Arena
Apr 12 @ 1:30 pm – 5:30 pm
Annual Industry Xchange 2018 @ Wintrust Arena | Chicago | IL | United States

Meetings Mean Business. Trends matter. You are key.

The meetings industry in Chicago is big and bold. Be a part of your meeting community at this year’s Industry Xchange. Join us at the new Wintrust Arena on Thursday, April 12, 2018 and participate in the most important day in Chicago’s meetings and event industry. This year’s Industry Xchange (IX) will explore today’s most compelling issues and celebrate our industry as we again collaborate with Choose Chicago. It will be a truly unique, exciting and very different experience!

In partnership with Choose Chicago, we show the world how Chicago celebrates Global Meetings Industry Day (GMID). Get an update on Chicago’s tourism and meeting initiatives during the Choose Chicago Annual Meeting. After that, you will play an active role in the discussion at a unique IX session where we will unpack three issues facing our industry today.

Jack Johnson, Chief Advocacy Officer for Destinations International will share his perspective on alarming research regarding travel bans and their impact on our industry. Industry expert Joan Eisenstodt will then talk about #metoo in the meetings industry and how we have or haven’t moved the needle on diversity and inclusion. In celebration of GMID, Christy Lamagna, Founder of Strategic Meetings and Events, will lead us through a new thought process on how we tell our story, both internally and externally to all our stakeholders. You must weigh in on these issues at IX 2018 as we dig deep into perceptions, messaging our value and articulating how meetings and events are changing our world.

Event Information
Where: Wintrust Arena
When: April 12, 2018

Schedule of Events (Subject to Change)
1:30 PM: Doors open
2:00 – 3:30 PM: Choose Chicago Annual Meeting
3:30 – 4:00 PM: Break/IX Registration
4:00 – 5:30 PM: IX 2018 Education Session
5:30- 7:30 PM: Networking reception (no program)

2018 NICE Awards @ Theater On The Lake
Apr 17 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm
2018 NICE Awards @ Theater On The Lake | Chicago | IL | United States

We look forward to seeing you at Theater on the Lake to celebrate, yet again, an INCREDIBLE year of events in Chicago. This year we have received over 65 submissions for awards!

Are you ready to step into the Carnival on the Lake and take home a 2018 N.I.C.E. Award?

Registration Opens at 5:50pm
Cocktail Hour: 6:00pm – 7:00pm
Awards: 7:00pm – 8:00pm
Reception, Food Stations, and Live Music: 8:00pm – 10:00pm

Thank you to our amazing sponsors for making this evening possible!

A Dash of Joy
BBJ Linen
BeatMix Music
Blue Plate
Drape Kings
Drawing Booth
Food for Thought
Garrett Popcorn Shops
Halls Rental
IDEA Marketing Group
Marquee Rentals
Shutterbooth Chicago
Spin-Spun All Natural Confections
Stemline Creative
Theater on the Lake
The Lakefront Restaurant

Take a peak at for more information and follow us on social media to see all the photos from last year and all the up to date information. Cocktail attire is recommended.

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