Source a year’s worth of meetings in just a single day! You’ll meet face-to-face at up to 15 sourcing appointments with your pre-selected hotels and destination matches, and share your exact meeting requirements. Plus, between appointments, you’ll have a chance to meet with other hotels and network with your fellow planners, earn CEUs and get a first-class peek at today’s hottest event inspiration including decor, F&B, entertainment features and so much more!
Earn CEUs and uncover tips, trends and strategic tactics from industry power players and inspiring keynote speakers! Our masterclass speaking sessions are chock full of concrete takeaways designed to advance meeting planners’ careers and inspire your next brilliant experience. Planner favorites include industry trends, workplace negotiations, strategies for organization and so many more!
When you attend a Smart Meeting event, you’re guaranteed to build connections with senior meeting professionals and premier hotels and destinations. Mix, mingle and talk shop (or don’t!) at themed after-parties and powerful breakout sessions. It’s the easy, fun way that meeting planners love to boost your career circle and add important names to your little black book.
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In the heart of the Chicago Loop, Convene is an all-new property opening January 31 with premium, full-service meeting and event spaces as well as flexible, membership-based workspaces. Convene’s world-class meeting and conference venue includes everything that you need to plan your most important meetings and events. At Convene, they take care of everything: space, furniture, technology, food, and staff—all before your program even takes place.
The most conveniently located meeting, event, and flexible work space sitting in between two subway lines at the nexus of Chicago's 'L' system and within close walking distance to the city's best restaurants and hotels, Convene is inspired by the city grid, organic curves of the lake and provides an upscale work environment to maximize comfort, productivity, and collaboration.
Convene offers 30,000 total sq. ft. and hosts up to 280 people with a variety of tech-enabled meeting rooms along with lounge, dining, and reception areas. The brand new venue is changing the way Chicago meets with unmatched levels of service, luxury, and comfort in a contemporary, industrial-chic environment.
Get inspired with your complimentary swag bag filled with today’s hottest incentive gift ideas and awesome giveaways. Past goodies have included planner favorites like yummy eats and treats, sparkling beverages, beauty products and trendy water bottles—complete with liquid-proof bluetooth speakers!
Relax and recharge at a chic wrap party. You’ll nosh on tasty eats, sip on fizzing cocktails and network with your fellow attendees. These classic post-event parties are favorites for planners and suppliers, alike. Tie a bow on your day of power sourcing and education with the perfect end to a fabulous day. More details coming soon!
2018’s event features included a customized candy box, penthouse after-party, happy hour photo booth experience and psychic readings!
|5:30 pm - 7:00 pm||Networking Reception|
|7:30 – 8:30 am||Registration & Welcome Breakfast|
|8:45 – 10:00 am||Welcome Remarks and Keynote Address|
|10:15 – 11:30 am||One-on-One Business Appointments|
|11:30 am – 12:00 pm||Morning Refreshment Break|
|12 – 1:30 pm||One-on-One Business Appointments Continue|
|1:30 – 2:30 pm||Lunch|
|2:30 – 3:00 pm||Tour of Convene at 16 West Adams Street|
|3:00 – 5 pm||Networking Meet-Up|