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Chicago Strategic Meetings Summit Prevue's Strategic Meetings Summit, held this past August in Chicago, gave meeting planners from organizations ranging from McDonald's to the Young Presidents Organization an elevated view. Session topics ran the gamut of strategic meeting planning-from unexpected contract clauses to next-level meeting budgeting-and were interspersed with elegant networking opportunities, a site inspection of the city's newest property and more. BY BARBARA SCOFIDIO Three of Chicago's Kimpton Hotels-Hotel Palomar, Hotel Allegro and The Gray- rolled out the red carpet for the VIP group. Attendees had the chance to take a sneak peek of The Gray, which was opening in just two weeks. At Kimpton's Hotel Palomar, educational highlights included a session by Dianne Devitt of DND Partners on Designing Event Experiences for the Senses, after which roundtable groups had a chance to storyboard their own original meeting designed around a single color. Jed Mandel of Chicago Law Partners shared advice on how to prepare for the unexpected in meeting contracts, while Mark Benson, president of Applied Meeting & Hospitality Solutions, took a deep dive into budgeting and RFPs. Other sessions included a panel discussion featuring EventWorks' Janet Elkins, Kellogg's Cecile Mutch and International Meeting Managers' Lynne Tiras on managing change internally and externally. Open Space-style roundtables focused on topics chosen in advance by the group. An opening reception in the Hotel Allegro's clubby Savoy Room showcased socially responsible amenity options from HHR/Helping Hand Rewards. All attendees received a free pair of Revo sunglasses, with $10 from each pair going to support a Bono-endorsed charity, the Brien Holden Vision Institute, to stop to preventable blindness. A highlight of the evening was artist John Bukaty, who painted an original piece of art as the group mingled. 76 | prevuemeetings.com http://www.prevuemeetings.com

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