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AceBounce is an immense ping pong playground and restaurant with award winning chefs and mixologists, creating an unprecedented experience. The curated menu by James Beard-awarded Chef, Rick Gresh, pair nicely with energetic and inventive beverages from chief mixologist Peter Vestinos. AceBounce is a destination for groups or individuals who are seeking something out of the ordinary without sacrificing taste or quality. The formula is simple: combine the unexpected fun of ping pong, with impeccable hospitality to provide a legendary experience. Perfectly positioned in downtown Chicago, AceBounce has tailored spaces and custom options for parties from 6 to 550.

Broadway In Chicago presents a full range of entertainment, including musicals and plays, on the stages of five of the finest theatres in Chicago’s Loop including the CIBC Theatre, James M. Nederlander Theatre, Cadillac Palace Theatre, the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University and just off the Magnificent Mile, the Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Place.

Buddy Guy's Legends

buddyguy.com700 South Wabash312-427-1190

Buddy Guy’s Legends is Chicago’s Premiere Blues Club featuring live music every night along with full food menu and great drink list.

Game Room is exactly that — a sprawling space on the second floor of the Chicago Athletic Association packed with shuffleboard, foosball, bocce, billiards, checkers, chess, and more. Accompanying the games is a playful menu of creative takes on street food favorites, including burgers, fried pickle pops, falafel, fried chicken sandwiches, chicken wings, and more. Includes access to Topgolf! 

Hot Tix: Half-Price Theatre Tickets

www.HotTix.org72 East Randolph312-977-9483

Hot Tix offers half-price tickets to a wide variety of Chicago theatre productions for the current week as well as future performances. The half-price tickets are available online or by visiting one of Hot Tix’s in-person locations in downtown Chicago. A service of the non-profit League of Chicago Theatres, Hot Tix is unique to Chicago and has been serving Chicago theatres and audiences for 40 years.

House of Blues Restaurant & Bar features a harmony of Southern cuisine and re-imagined American favorites that are bold and classic, yet contemporary. Indulge in genuine culture with cuisine that is as illustrious as the talent on the stage, and as inspiring as the art on the walls. Whether you’re in the mood for a juicy Smoked BBQ Bacon burger, fire-grilled flatbreads, or our signature Voodoo shrimp, there’s a little something for everyone on the menu. Full restaurant and bar with live blues seven nights a week, Gospel Brunch every Sunday, and so much more! Present your conference badge to take advantage of the following special offers:

• Buy 3 Get 1 Free tickets to Gospel Brunch (every Sunday at 10AM and 12:30PM, subject to capacity)

• Free Appetizer with purchase of an Entrée in House of Blues Restaurant and Bar (one per table)

International Museum of Surgical Science

www.imss.org1524 N Lake Shore Drive 312-642-6502

The International Museum of Surgical Science, a division of the International College of Surgeons (ICS), maintains over 10,000 square feet of public galleries committed to the history of surgery, and an exquisite permanent collection of art and artifacts from the history of Medicine. The Museum supports its Mission through medically themed exhibitions and programs, in addition to a strong contemporary art exhibition program.

Lyric Opera of Chicago

lyricopera.org20 N Wacker Drive312-827-5630

Lyric Opera of Chicago is one of the world’s great opera companies. It is renowned internationally for its artistic excellence and financial strength. Founded in 1954, Lyric has always distinguished itself by presenting the finest international singers, conductors, directors, and designers in classic and less-familiar operatic repertoire and in world-premiere productions.

Milk Room, located on the second floor of the Chicago Athletic Association and operated by Land and Sea Dept., is an exclusive, eight-seat micro bar focusing on classic, spirit-forward cocktails that utilize extremely rare, vintage spirits and hard to find ingredients. A deep and unique spirits list is also available for pours. A refined menu of shared plates is also available nightly.

Museum of Broadcast Communications

www.museum.tv/360 North State Street312-245-8200

Stay Tuned: Rock on TV

The exhibit explores how the square screen framed and facilitated the emergence of rock styles, including the British Invasion, counterculture spirit and more.

October – April 2020


Located in the Fulton Market District, this 30,000-square-foot meatpacking factory turned grown-up adult playground is the place to perfect your game. Grab a bite of culinary nirvana or show off your shuffleboard, ping pong, karaoke, bocce, virtual reality, or bowling skills. With private event options for groups of 16 to 1,200 Punch Bowl Social promises to show your guests a unique and fun experience they are sure not to forget!

Reggies is a vibrant live music complex located in the South Loop just blocks from McCormick Place. There’s something for everyone in this lively multi-room fun house: a bar and grill with live music nightly, a concert hall featuring both local and touring acts and a rooftop bar complete with free pool table and basketball game. Reggies is known for our comfort food, particularly our award winning wings and our huge craft beer selection. Get the party started right with our graffiti painted buses available for rentals to transport guests to/from your event.

Teatro ZinZanni and Spiegeltent ZaZou

www. zinzanni.com/chicago32 W Randolph St708-790-6753

Teatro Zinzanni has been getting rave reviews since its opening in June 2019. It is a spectacular combination of international cirque, cabaret, comedy and live music with a multi course dinner all in a 100 year old stunning Belgian spiegeltent. You will leave your worries behind and be transformed into a unique space where an amazingly talented group of performers will take you on an enjoyable journey of delight and amusement. The show can accommodate individuals as well as groups up to 320.
Teatro ZinZanni will be in Chicago for a minimum of 10 years with the acts changing every six months so you can book well over a year in advance and always get to see a fresh show.

The Bassment is a live music cocktail lounge, located in the River North neighborhood of Chicago below The Hampton Social. Guests enter through a secret door & into a welcoming greeting room. It’s when the black curtain is pulled back that a large, yet comfortable, modern lounge awaits. With the 1960s British Invasion movement in mind, The Bassment’s design includes gold accents throughout, brick walls, a mixture of uniquely designed velvet and leather couches and a full stage.

The Redhead Piano bar is the perfect spot for live music, lively conversation, classic cocktails and a quality cigar. Located off of Ontario and State Street, Chicago’s most iconic piano bar attracts both locals and tourists alike. Open late night until 4AM, this upscale nightclub provides a warm and swanky setting, Chicago’s top entertainment, a custom walk-in humidor with 150+ cigars for purchase, private cigar program and a heated, and an outdoor smoking lounge. Come see why Redheads really have more fun.

With a secret alleyway entrance, Three Dots and a Dash is a speakeasy-style take on the traditional tiki bar—ready to transport you to the bygone eras of Trader Vic, Stephen Crane and Don the Beachcomber. Descend underground to discover a retro subterranean hideaway with an island vibe, classic and original tiki cocktails, more than 200 different rums and a small menu of Polynesian-inspired bites.

Brought to Chicago by the James Beard nominated Concentrics Restaurant Group, VU Chicago is a 13,000 Sq Ft Concept located 22 stories above bustling McCormick Place. VU Offers modern design, a chef driven menu and beverage program and unparalleled views of the lake and downtown. The bird’s eye location is designed for al fresco and indoor drinking, dining, and lounging with soft seating, fire pits, a wood fired oven, and several private event areas such as a karaoke room, board room, and club bar.

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