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David Sonntag
04 Feb 2013

2013 The Special Event Chicago, IL

Do you remember that feeling when you were a kid and your parents let you walk through the toy section of a store? The pure joy and excitment of the latest and greatest thing? That is exactly how it felt to walk through The Special Event in Chicago a few weeks ago.

The Special Event is one of the largest trade shows and conferences for event professionals.  Vendors bring their “ A-Game” to show the industry what they are capable of.  Thousands from around the country and world come together to see the best of the best in our industry.

The trade show floor had a little bit of everything. Different types of lighting to cater to any event, linens of every fabric, software for anything from layouts to registration, and much more in between.

We found quite a few potential vendors within the trade show and look forward to working with them in the future. Here are a few pictures from the tradeshow floor.

The conference portion was both interesting and informative. We learned a lot about the trends and issues in the event industry and are excited to bring the knowledge back to our clients.

We were also able to attend one of the “extra” events during the show.  The ballroom was setup by some of the best vendors in the industry to resemble an upscale reception.  Some of the best aspects included the ice DJ Booth by Nadeau’s Ice Sculptures, the live music from the Becca Kaufman Orchestra, and modern furniture from Cort Event Furnishings and AFR Event Furnishings.

The Special Event was a great experience that every event professional should have at some point in their career.  We learned a ton and met a lot of great people. Cannot wait until 2014 when the conference will be held in Nashville, TN at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel & Convention Center.

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