Get the latest meeting and event planning industry news: Chicago named Best Large City in the U.S. three years in a row, a James Beard Award-winning chef helms the new Kostali at The Gwen Hotel, upscale Greek restaurant Avli River North opens, drag venue Lips Chicago debuts in the South Loop, and Chicago is ranked one of the top 10 cities for 2020 meetings and events.

Chicago named Best Large City in the U.S.

August 16, 2019 – Chicago, USA – Cloud Gate, also called “The Bean,” on a summer night surrounded by tourists visiting the city.

For the third consecutive year, Condé Nast Traveler named Chicago the Best Large City to visit in the U.S. The accolade was based on feedback from more than 600,000 Condé Nast Traveler readers across the globe.

Learn more about the Best Large City in the U.S. award.

James Beard Award-winning chef helms Kostali at The Gwen

Noted Chicago chef Carrie Nahabedian helms Kostali, a new restaurant on the fifth floor of The Gwen Hotel. The menu features a blend of Southern European and North African coastal cuisines. The curated wine list includes vintages from Portugal, France, Italy, and Greece.

Learn more about Kostali at The Gwen Hotel.

Upscale Greek restaurant Avli River North opens

The airy Avli River North, serving Greek cuisine with a modern twist, has opened on Wells Street. Dishes like Greek egg noodles with braised short ribs can be paired with a selection of Grecian wines. The two-story restaurant includes private dining space and a breezy patio.

Learn more about Avli River North.

New drag restaurant Lips Chicago debuts in the South Loop

Lips Drag Show
Photo courtesy of Kyle Flubacker

Lips Chicago is the first Midwest outpost of the dazzling drag show-and-dinner venue. The candy-colored South Loop location features a sparkling stage and roomy aisles for the glam performers to sashay down. Plan a drag dinner or diva cocktail party for up to 200 guests.

Chicago ranks on list of top 10 cities for meetings and events

Images from FABTECH 2017 at McCormick Place in Chicago, IL.

CWT Meetings & Events has ranked Chicago #3 on its list of the top 10 North American cities for meetings business next year. The rankings, revealed in CWT’s 2020 Meetings & Events Future Trends report, are based on both proprietary and industry booking data.

Learn more about Chicago’s top meetings and events ranking.