It’s All About the FUN at Biz Bash


It takes a lot of planning and imagination when a planner has a event to execute.  Some might think that it might be the cost factor, but there is an awful lot of elements that go in to an event. There is everything from the venue, the food, the decorations , and that is just the beginning.  Last week, we got to experience the world of event planners at Biz Bash.

Biz Bash is a place where event planners and vendors can network and exchange ideas.  But it just isnt a an event, its an ongoing directory of venues, vendors, and idea people to assure the event the best outcome.  Cities like Washington, Los Angeles, and New York also have such events.  We all have one thing in common, we all want our events to be unforgettable and fun.  People came in from all over the country to Chicago as either a vendor or event planner. The event started with a pre party at John Barleycorn River North. This allowed participants a chance to relax before the big event.

Wednesday morning,  Merchandise Mart  was transformed into a trade floor.  Vendors consisted of venues and restaurants soliciting potential customers.  As we strolled along, we noticed some very familiar names like the Hyatt Regency and Rockit Ranch.  All of the vendors found clever ways to catch the guests attention with cute treats and games.  I actually won a bottle of wine from Rosati’s Restaurant and Jen won two passes from the folks for Opening Day at Wrigley Field from Wrigley Rooftops.  Not too shabby I must say.

It wasn’t just eating delicious food and drinking cocktails. The conference also included experts in the event planning field like Sam Toia, President of the Illinois Restaurant Association,  Debi   Lilly, A Perfect Event, and Cassius Wright of Venue One.  These and other professionals focused also on marketing and the importance of social media on the industry.  A light lunch was also provided from the folks at A Pure Kitchen Catering.

After this, it was party time.  Attendees got to attend the holiday party complete with snacks from Jewell Events and great entertainment from Magnificent Events.  Cuvee was the perfect place to  unwind after a busy day of networking.


It isn’t a Chicago event with out Garrett Popcorn. The famous caramel and cheese corn mix is usually a staple in goody bags at the finest Windy City events.


The folks at Rockit Ranch were great. They allowed attendees to play a game so they could win gift certificates and discounts for their own events.   Of course, we had to tell them how awesome we think they are.


I have been to a few events at Castle.  They let attendees sample some of the foods they serve. As a newer place, it is quite popular.


Check out this fun way to serve maragaritas from the folks at the Museum of Science and Indsutry.  Great for a geek party!

CAM00362This delicious brisket slider was courtesy of the people of Old Crow Smokehouse, the newest member of the John Barleycorn family.  Yummy

CAM00328 What a clever idea! Jewell Catering celebrates the season with Pumpkin Mousse served in these hollowed out pumpkins

CAM00335 The Museum of Broadcast Communications took attendees back in time with a chance to play the famous grand prize game made famous by the Bozo show.

CAM00317 I love this table setting from the folks from BBJ Linens.  They were also the folks who provided the linens for the luncheon and holiday party.

1384419640840 The party kicked into high gear with these really cool glasses filled with beverages. Everyone was given either little crowns , hats, or sparkly santa hats.  Speakers educated while patrons were entertained by great groups like Four C Notes.



About chitownstarconnections

Melanie Christy is am actress/singer who came to Chicago to pursue her dreams of acting. Coming from a small town in Ohio she has been enjoying the things that city life has to offer like great cuisine from all parts of the globe, parties with great people including celebrities, gorgeous fashions and of course fun! Follow her, read her blog and learn about all the amazing adventures you can be a part of throughout Chicagoland! Jennifer Hedrick is the photographer and techie for our blogs. She was born and raised here in Chicago. Her love of photography started when she was a child. She has photographed many celebs, events, fashion shows and more. She also considers herself a bit of a foodie and loves food porn. Her other loves include her nieces and nephews, animals and the shows Castle, Chicago Fire, Chicago PD, Grey's Anatomy and Scandal.
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