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Chicago Department of Aviation

The Chicago Department of Aviation (CDA) administers all aspects of two major airports- Chicago O'Hare and Midway International. The CDA is also charged with the management of the O'Hare Modernization Program (OMP), which will overhaul O'Hare's intersecting runway system into a parallel runway configuration.
The CDA is self-supporting, using no local or state tax dollars for operations or capital improvements at O'Hare and Midway International Airports. Together Chicago's airports generate more than $45 billion in annual economic activity and create 540,000 jobs for the region. Chicago's airports are excellent places for businesses to partner with government.

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Choose Chicago®
Choose Chicago® is the official destination marketing organization for Chicago, Illinois.

Our mission is to bring regional, national and international business and leisure visitors to Chicago for the economic benefit of the City, the community and our membership.

Choose Chicago is a private, nonprofit organization that is responsible for marketing the greater Chicago area as a business and leisure visitor destination. Choose Chicago is contracted by the City of Chicago and the Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority to act as the official sales and marketing agency for McCormick Place and Chicago.



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Brand USA
Brand USA is the public-private partnership responsible for promoting the United States as a premier travel destination and communicating U.S. entry/exit policies and procedures. Established by the Travel Promotion Act in 2010, the organization's mission is to increase international visitation to the United States while working in partnership with the travel industry to maximize the economic and social benefits of travel. These benefits include creating jobs essential to the economy and fostering understanding between people and cultures.
For industry or partner information about Brand USA, visit www.TheBrandUSA.com. For information about travel to and around the United States, please visit Brand USA's consumer website at www.DiscoverAmerica.com.


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Discover Illinois
Every journey begins somewhere. And the journey to discover America-the real America-begins in a place called Illinois. With big city excitement and small town charm, Illinois is the perfect mix of stunning architecture, endless shopping and renowned museums. It is also the place to start the Route 66 journey, explore Mississippi River Country, discover presidential history, and experience outdoor adventure. From Chicago and Rockford to Springfield and Alton to all points in between, Illinois attractions reveal the American way of life.


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United Airlines

With more than 85,000 employees around the world, Chicago-based United Airlines is a leading global carrier, focused on giving its customers a flyer-friendly experience. United and United Express operate an average of more than 5,300 flights a day to more than 360 airports across six continents. Business Traveler magazine awarded United "Best Airline for North American Travel" for 2013, and readers of Global Traveler magazine have voted United's MileagePlus loyalty program the "Best Frequent-Flyer Program" for 10 consecutive years. United is also a founding member of the Star Alliance, which provides service to 195 countries via more than 25 member airlines. For more information, visit www.united.com




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Blue Plate

Blue Plate, Chicago's Caterer, is celebrating 30 years of creating great food at fabulous locations around the city. We are deeply devoted to our Chicago roots and take great pride in bringing a passion for food and service to every event we cater. As Chicago's first Green-Certified caterer, Blue Plate puts an emphasis on fresh, seasonal ingredients.

Blue Plate is proud to work with clients from around the world and around Chicago and our culinary team is comprised of equally diverse backgrounds hailing from 4-star restaurants nationally and internationally. As a preferred caterer at more than 85 unique venues in and around the city, Blue Plate offers full-service catering and hospitality for groups of 10 to 10,000 and can help clients find the perfect Chicago venue for their special event.

Blue Plate also owns and operates two widely acclaimed restaurants in Chicago. tesori, located in the historic Symphony Center, offers Italian-inspired flavors alongside a stellar wine list and seasonal cocktails Park Grill is an award winning destination restaurant located at the entrance to Millennium Park. Both restaurants offer Al Fresco dining in two of Chicago's most iconic locales.



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Event Creative

Event Creative is a full service event design and production agency with the ability to design, fabricate and execute any size event, branded environment or tour. Event Creative's designers, carpenters, seamstresses, and graphic artists comprise one of the most comprehensive teams in the industry. With complete floral, fabric and set design studios, in conjunction with an extensive inventory of lighting, furniture, sound and video equipment, Event Creative is the one stop shop for all event design and production needs. 


Kendall College is a private, accredited college offering programs in hospitality management, culinary arts, business, and early childhood education. Kendall takes pride in graduating students who are "Ready for the World" and is ranked the No.1 Chicago program for preparing students for hospitality management and culinary arts careers.
Kendall College is honored to have been selected by Choose Chicago to create specialized hospitality training for IPW Conference volunteers. A member of Laureate International Universities, a global network of more than 75 graduate and undergraduate institutions in 30 countries, Kendall College also offers 4-8 week English language learning opportunities through its English Language Institute.


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Museum of Science & Industry

The largest science museum in the Western Hemisphere! Housed in the only remaining building from the 1893 World's Fair, MSI is a Chicago must-see! You'll experience 14 acres of hands-on exhibits and have the chance to stand before a 40-foot tornado; climb aboard a World War II German submarine; take a run in a human-sized hamster wheel; board a 727 hanging from the ceiling; transmit your pulse to a 13-foot, 3-D beating heart; and much more! 



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Broadway In Chicago

Broadway In Chicago, in its 14th year, is the largest commercial touring home in the country. A Nederlander Company, Broadway In Chicago lights up the Chicago Theater District, entertaining up to 1.7 million people annually. In the words of Mayor Rahm Emanuel, "Broadway In Chicago has established itself as a leader in its field and is an integral part of our cultural landscape." The Broadway blockbusters, pre-Broadway engagements and long-run hits keep coming including MOTOWN THE MUSICAL, THE LAST SHIP and NEWSIES with dozens more each and every year.
Founded in 1896, the Chicago Federation of Labor represents 300 labor unions who in turn represent more than half a million working men and women in Chicago and throughout Cook County. Under the leadership of President Jorge Ramirez and Secretary-Treasurer Robert G. Reiter, Jr., the CFL defends the middle class, pursues aggressive legislative and political strategies, and helps working people remain a highly-skilled, sought-after workforce in the ever changing economy of the 21st Century.
In Partnership With:
  • Chicago Regional Council of Carpenters
  • IATSE Local 2
  • International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 134
  • International Union of Operating Engineers Local 399
  • Machinery Movers, Riggers & Machinery Erectors Local 136
  • Teamsters Joint Council 25
  • US Steelworkers Local 17
  • UNITEHERE Local 1  


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Chicago Film Studios

Located on the West Side of downtown Chicago, Cinespace Chicago Film Studios specializes in the development, management & operation of studio facilities. The Studio offers highly functional studio space; Multiple soundproof stages varying in sizes; Production offices; Carpentry shops and paint areas; Sizable parking for film units; Storage facilities; Casting, wardrobe & dressing room spaces; On-site dining areas; In-house prop & decor rental; Equipment rental facility & On-site catering. 


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Edelman is the world's largest public relations firm, with 67 offices and more than 4,800 employees worldwide, as well as affiliates in more than 30 cities. Edelman was named Advertising Age's top-ranked PR firm of the decade in 2009 and one of its "A-List Agencies" in both 2010 and 2011; Adweek's "2011 PR Agency of the Year;" PRWeek's "2011 Large PR Agency of the Year;" and The Holmes Report's "2013 Global Agency of the Year" and its 2012 "Digital Agency of the Year." Edelman was named one of the "Best Places to Work" by Advertising Age in 2010 and 2012 and among Glassdoor's top ten "Best Places to Work" in 2011 and 2012.

Edelman owns specialty firms Edelman Berland (research), Blue (advertising), BioScience Communications (medical communications), and agencies Edelman Significa (Brazil), and Pegasus (China). Visit edelman.com for more information. 



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Goose Island Beer Company

Founded in Chicago in 1988, Goose Island is one of the most successful craft breweries in the Midwest and produces some of the most popular, and award winning, beers in the U.S. Since 1989, Goose Island beers have won a variety of awards at acclaimed beer events including the World Beer Championships, World Beer Cup, World Expo of Beer and the Great American Beer Festival (GABF). 


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Hyatt Hotels and Resorts

Hyatt Hotels Corporation, headquartered in Chicago, is a leading global hospitality company with a proud heritage of making guests feel more than welcome. Thousands of members of the Hyatt family strive to make a difference in the lives of the guests they encounter every day by providing authentic hospitality. The Company's subsidiaries manage, franchise, own and develop hotels and resorts under the Hyatt®, Park Hyatt®, Andaz®, Grand Hyatt®, Hyatt Regency®, Hyatt Place®, Hyatt House®, Hyatt ZilaraTM and Hyatt ZivaTM brand names and have locations on six continents.

Hyatt Residential Group, Inc., a Hyatt Hotels Corporation subsidiary, develops, operates, markets or licenses Hyatt Residences® and Hyatt Residence Club®. As of December 31, 2013, the Company's worldwide portfolio consisted of 548 properties in 48 countries. For more information, please visit www.hyatt.com.  



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Kehoe Designs
"Transforming the world of event design"

A nationally recognized company, Kehoe Designs has elevated the standard of excellence in event décor for more than 17 years. From transforming contemporary designs into legendary events, to driving brand campaigns and creating one-of-a-kind galas, we develop high-style concepts that are authentic and captivating. We are a full-service event design company and our capabilities include creative strategy, custom fabrication, signature furniture collections, lighting environments, floral design-fine details, mixed media-artwork, and on-site support. 


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Macy's is America's department store, known for delivering magical moments to customers every day! With over 800 stores nationwide and an exceptional selection of fashion and affordable luxury, Macy's is a popular shopping destination for travelers coming from all over the world - that's why Macy's Tourism Marketing & Development offers special programs just for our out-of-town guests, including Macy's 10% Off Visitor Savings Pass! Visit us at VisitMacysUSA.com for more information. 


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Orbitz Worldwide (NYSE:OWW) is a leading global online travel company using technology to transform the way consumers around the world plan and purchase travel. Orbitz Worldwide operates the consumer travel planning sites Orbitz, ebookers, HotelClub and CheapTickets. 




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360 CHICAGO (formerly John Hancock Observatory)

360 CHICAGO soars 1000ft above Chicago's lakefront and The Magnificent Mile®. Offering 360°views spanning four states, interactive learning opportunities and ‘TILT' - The exhilarating way to experience Chicago from a whole new angle. 360 CHICAGO is the ultimate way to see Chicago at its best! 


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CityPASS ticket booklets bundle prepaid admission to a city's top attractions into one easy-to-use pass whose price is up to half off what it would cost to purchase those same admissions separately. Launched in 1997, the CityPASS program is now available in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Houston, New York City, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Seattle, Southern California and Toronto.  

CityPASS ticket booklets, which have a 95 percent customer recommendation rating, were the idea of company co-founders Mike Gallagher and Mike Morey, whose respective backgrounds in destination marketing and tourism industry research armed them with insight into how travelers want to experience a destination: without a lot of fuss and at significant savings. 


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Garrett Popcorn Shops

Garrett Popcorn Shops®, a Chicago tradition since 1949, serves only the finest, handcrafted Popcorn. Every small batch of Garrett® is hot air popped throughout the day for ultimate freshness. Using only the highest quality, wholesome ingredients, cooks coat every kernel with their secret family recipes in old-fashioned copper kettles. Their Signature Flavors include: CaramelCrisp® (which can be selected with almonds, pecans or cashews), CheeseCornTM, Buttery, Plain and the famous "Chicago Mix," which blends the sophisticated sweetness of CaramelCrisp® with the savory goodness of CheeseCornTM. Our Popcorn is thoughtfully prepared all day, every day. Like no other, Garrett Popcorn. 


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Hilton Worldwide

Hilton Worldwide (NYSE: HLT) is a leading global hospitality company with a portfolio of ten world-class brands, including Hilton Hotels & Resorts, comprised of more than 4,000 properties in over 91 countries and territories. The company also manages an award-winning customer loyalty program, Hilton HHonors(r).


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Illinois Hotel and Lodging Association

"The Illinois Hotel & Lodging Association (IHLA) is a not-for-profit, 501(c)(6) trade association that represents the lodging industry in Illinois. IHLA provides significant benefits to its nearly 500 hotel members and their employees throughout the state by protecting against government intrusion, educating through quality, relevant seminars and training materials, and promoting member hotels to both public and private sectors. IHLA members receive promotional exposure and access to current industry news, resources, and contacts through IHLA's database, marketing initiatives, member programs, and networking events."  


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Illinois Restaurant Association

The foodservice industry in Illinois is the largest private sector employer in the state, with projected employment in 2013 of 517,900 people and over $21.7 billion in annual sales. To serve the needs of this important industry and support its future, the Illinois Restaurant Association works to provide restaurant operators and suppliers in Illinois with valuable business services, networking opportunities, cost saving programs, and vital advocacy. 

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Experience counts. At Jam ECS, we offer clients the confidence of working with a partner whose history spans five decades that has produced over 30,000 events of every imaginable kind. Our talented, skilled and fun production team offers a depth of experience and wealth of strategic partnerships qualifying our success in producing high-profile, public and private events. We back up our talent buying and production expertise with unparalleled international scope and we enthusiastically leverage our strength on behalf of clients.
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The Shops at North Bridge is Chicago's most stylish shopping and dining destination with 50 world-class stores and Eataly, the country's largest Italian food and wine emporium offering 23 eateries in one location. 
Fashion Outlets of Chicago is a fusion of fashion, food and art with a world-class art installation and two fine dining restaurants. Shuttles are available to and from O'Hare, The Shops at North Bridge and downtown hotels making it the perfect layover shopping destination. 
Marriott International, Inc. is a leading lodging company based in Bethesda, Maryland, USA, with more than 3,900 properties in 72 countries and territories. The company operates and franchises hotels and licenses vacation ownership resorts under 18 brands, including Marriott Hotels, The Ritz-Carlton, JW Marriott, Bulgari, EDITION, Renaissance, Gaylord Hotels, Autograph Collection, AC Hotels by Marriott, Courtyard, Fairfield Inn & Suites, SpringHill Suites, Residence Inn, TownePlace Suites, Marriott Executive Apartments, Marriott Vacation Club, Grand Residences by Marriott and The Ritz-Carlton Destination Club. For more information or reservations, please visit our website at www.marriott.com.  
Located at Water Tower Park on the "Magnificent Mile," the city's premier shopping district, The Peninsula Chicago is the city's most luxurious and sophisticated hotel, offering guests all possible amenities and services. The Peninsula Chicago is a proud recipient of the Forbes Five Star and the AAA Five Diamond awards, for more than ten consecutive years in addition to numerous other awards.
Production Transport offers superior shuttle bus & ground transportation programs in major convention destinations across the U.S. & Canada. Our focus is designing programs that meet clients' needs & work within their budget. We are headquartered in Los Angeles, with offices in Las Vegas & Orlando. 


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Qatar Airways

Qatar Airways is the national carrier of the State of Qatar and is one of the world's fastest growing airlines. In its 17th year of operations, Qatar Airways has a modern fleet of 129 aircraft flying to 134 key destinations across six continents.  

In 2013, Qatar Airways joined the oneworld Alliance, becoming the first Gulf carrier to join the global airline alliance, enabling its customers to reach almost 1,000 airports in more than 150 countries, with 14,000 daily departures. 

Qatar Airways was presented with three honors at the annual Skytrax 2013 World Airline Awards held during the Paris Air Show. The airline was awarded World's Best Business Class, World's Best Business Class Lounge and, for the second consecutive year, Best Airline Staff Service in the Middle East.The airline will move into its new hub and home, Hamad International Airport from early 2014. For more information, visit www.qatarairways.com.

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The Signature Room at the 95th®

Located atop the John Hancock Center, The Signature Room at the 95th® offers diners exquisite food, superb service, and a dazzling skyline view. The elegant wood designs and art deco interior create an inviting and intimate atmosphere, while the floor-to-ceiling windows exhibit the stunning Chicago skyline and 360 degree views of the entire city.  

Dine with us during lunch, dinner, or Sunday brunch and experience why we are "the restaurant Chicago looks up to!"®.


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Venue One

Venue One is Chicago's only all-inclusive meeting and event center. The venue offers 25,000 square feet of event space, 8,000 square feet of meeting rooms and facilities equaling over 33,000 square feet of customizable space. With a state of the art kitchen and an executive chef on site Venue One is a one-stop-shop for fully customizable business meetings to large scale branded events. Venue One was imagined and designed by Chicago's leading event professionals at Event Creative. 




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City Winery

Once a refrigerated food distribution warehouse, City Winery has transformed this 1911 building into a haven for those who are passionate about wine, music and culinary arts. Built with re-used material, such as the original wood beams, masonry and brick, this fully functional winery, restaurant and concert venue has become a focal point of West Loop nightlife. City Winery hosts wine making classes, wine dinners and tastings, intimate music concerts, private events and small plates dining. A patio is open during the summer months. 

City Winery Chicago was recently honored with a 2013 vision award by the Urban Land Institute Chicago, attributed to a unique design and adaptive re-use of the 33,000 square foot, 100-year old building. City Winery Chicago is the second location of City Winery, LLC, which operates in New York City with Napa Valley and Nashville opening in 2014.


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Gibsons Restaurant Group

Gibsons Restaurant Group provides diners with great food and uncompromising service at each of their unique restaurants. It is the only restaurant group in the country to have its own USDA Certification. The beef is breed specific, Black Angus, and raised on sustainable farms in the Upper Midwest.  

Gibsons Bar & Steakhouse embodies the big city dining experience with USDA Gibsons Prime Angus beef, fresh fish daily and enormous lobster tails-all matched with an extensive wine list. Gibsons offers three distinct dining locations: Chicago, Rosemont and Oak Brook. 

Located in Chicago's Gold Coast, LUXBAR has revolutionized the neighborhood bar. LUXBAR features "feel good" foods with fresh, natural ingredients utilizing local and sustainable produce and identity assured meats and seafood. 

Quartino Ristorante & Wine Bar offers diners an authentic, urban Italian food and wine experience. The menu features a wide range of items including Artisanal Salumi, Pizza, Pasta in Casa (house-made), Seafood and regional Italian specialties.


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Great Lakes USA

Regional DMO made up of Illinois, Indianapolis, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio & Wisconsin. Only targeting UK/Ireland and Germany/Switzerland/Austria.


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InnerWorkings, Inc.

InnerWorkings is a leading global marketing supply chain organization, founded and headquartered in Chicago. With more than 1,500 employees in more than 50 countries, we maximize our clients' marketing efforts through fully integrated global marketing execution across all branded materials, experiences, formats and geographies. Our unmatched expertise and unique technology power brand growth for hundreds of multi-national companies in industries including retail, financial services, hospitality, nonprofit, healthcare, food and beverage and more. At InnerWorkings, we make marketing happen. 


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Intercontinental Hotel Group

IHG is a global hotel company whose goal is to create Great Hotels Guests Love. IHG is one of the world's leading hotel companies - we have 679,000 rooms in over 4,600 hotels in nearly 100 countries and territories around the world. We operate nine hotel brands - InterContinental, Crowne Plaza, Hotel Indigo, Holiday Inn, Holiday Inn Express, Staybridge Suites, Candlewood Suites, EVENTM Hotels and HUALUXETM Hotels and Resorts.


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Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants

Kimpton Hotels is the leading collection of boutique hotels in the United States. Kimpton aims to inspire with touches like yoga mats in every room and hosted evening Wine Hour.


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Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises, Inc.

Based in Chicago, Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises Inc. (LEYE), is one of the nation's leading independent restaurant groups, owning, managing or licensing more than 100 establishments in Illinois, Arizona, Minnesota, Maryland, Nevada, Washington D.C., California and Virginia.  


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Simon Shopping Destinations

Simon Shopping Destinations: More than 100 world-class shopping experiences across the nation at Simon® Malls, Premium Outlets® and The Mills®. www.simon.com/travel

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Sound Investment

Sound Investment AV is a full-service production and rental/staging firm committed to the implementation of technical and creative design across the broad spectrum of special events.

As a leading supplier partner to the live-events industry, Sound Investment AV provides complete show solutions including: project design and management; audio, video, projection and lighting systems; and set and scenic design. With a strong emphasis on the creative application of new technologies, optimization of the impact of content delivery and a focus on developing interaction, Sound Investment AV has pioneered its way through the industry by heightening sensory experience.

Across the vast range of events - from media launches for highly visible brands to sales meetings to concerts and national tours - there is a common thread; every project originates with a vision. Sound Investment AV's design works closely with clients to create the vision while seamlessly integrating all aspects of production.  


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Toque & Bottle

Toque & Bottle Advisory is a food and beverage consulting firm, known for creating unique tasting and service experiences for conventions and large events.

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Trinchero Family Estates

When you are surrounded by excellence, the difference is in the details. Timing, observation and best practices are just as important as passion and intuition. Making great wines demands just that: passion and care for details. 

Avissi is a delectably fresh sparkling wine made from 100% Prosecco grown in Italy's legendary Veneto region. In every glass, Avissi captures the very best of Italian style-it's sexy and elegant, easygoing and friendly, delicious and delightful. 

Sourcing fruit from California's major growing regions, and beyond, gives us more options for blending our wines, and the more options we have the more complex wines we can make. Small lots from carefully selected vineyard sites in California, Oregon and Washington enable our winemaking team to craft elegant wines with finesse.


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Chicago & Cook County Building & Construction Trades Council 

The Chicago & Cook County Building & Construction Trades Council is a central body labor organization and an affiliate of the Building & Construction Trades Department, AFL-CIO. The Council represents 100,000 working men and women from 24 affiliated organizations in the union construction trades for the Chicago & Cook County area. The purpose of the Council is to work as a representative on behalf of its affiliates to enhance the position of organized labor, serving the building trades in particular, and its issues in business, government and education.  


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Levy Restaurants

Levy Restaurants is recognized as one of America's fastest growing and most critically acclaimed restaurant companies, and is the leader in premium sports and entertainment dining. The company's diverse portfolio includes award-winning restaurants such as James Beard Award-winning Spiaggia in Chicago, Fulton's Crab House, Portobello and Wolfgang Puck Grand Café at Walt Disney World Resort, renowned sports and entertainment venues like Wrigley Field in Chicago, Churchill Downs in Louisville, STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, and American Airlines Arena in Miami, and events including the Super Bowl, World Series, U. S. Open, Kentucky Derby, NHL, MLB and NBA All-Star Games and the GRAMMY® Awards.  


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Mayer Brown

Mayer Brown is a leading global law firm with offices in key business centers across the Americas, Asia and Europe. Our in-depth understanding of the travel sector has been developed through working on high-profile projects all over the world, and handling essential construction, regulatory, transactional and dispute resolution concerns. Visit www.mayerbrown.com to learn more.  


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Nuts on Clark

Tourists choose "NUTS ON CLARK" Popcorn-Nuts-Chocolate. 35 years at 3830 N. Clark St. WRIGLEYVILLE, 2 blocks north of CUBS. www.nutsonclark.com


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   Potbelly Sandwich Shop

Potbelly is a Chicago based restaurant serving toasty warm sandwiches, craveable salads and freshly baked cookies. Visit www.potbelly.com to find a location nearest to you.