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101 Best Chicago Events Startups – The Future of Events

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This article showcases our top picks for the best Chicago based Events companies. These startups and companies are taking a variety of approaches to innovating the Events industry, but are all exceptional companies well worth a follow.

We tried to pick companies across the size spectrum from cutting edge startups to established brands.

We selected these startups and companies for exceptional performance in one of these categories:

  • Innovation
    • Innovative ideas
    • Innovative route to market
    • Innovative product
  • Growth
    • Exceptional growth
    • Exceptional growth strategy
  • Management
  • Societal impact

Top Chicago Events Startups

Data sourced from Crunchbase and SemRush.

Gamerjibe

Gamerjibe

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Immersive spaces for the Metaverse

PartySlate

PartySlate

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PartySlate is the first digital platform designed specifically for event professionals for a better way to showcase their work.

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Crafty

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Crafty is a food and drink company that helps offices craft better workplaces with food, beverage, events, and alcohol management.

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Eved

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Eved is an event commerce company built by event experts for event experts.

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Kapow

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Kapow connects companies with venues to book unique client events online in real-time

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EVENTup

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EVENTup is the #1 destination to find and book venues.

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PechaKucha

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PechaKucha is a communication platform that connects people through concise, visual storytelling.

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Vivid Seats

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Vivid Seats operates as an online ticket marketplace that connects fans with event ticket sellers.

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Tagkast

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Tagkast is a photo marketing platform to help event marketers increase social reach and capture consumer data

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Technori

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Technori is a media platform for startups.

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BigMarker

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Full-stack webinar hosting, marketing & automation platform

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M0VE Mobile Application

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M0VE Mobile Application partners with night life businesses in selected cities and provides its users with event updates.

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Storymix Media

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Storymix Media is a crowdsourced automated video creation platform for digital agencies and content marketers.

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Expo, Inc.

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At Expo, we make all kinds of events all kinds of easy with the Expo Pass event technology platform.

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BCD Meetings & Events

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BCD Meetings & Events energize and streamline the business of meetings and events.

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Smith, Bucklin & Associates

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SmithBucklin Culture is the foundation upon which we strive to create value for our client organizations.

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Xtreme Xperience

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Xtreme Xperience makes the world’s best exotic cars accessible for everyone to enjoy on real racetracks.

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Tailgreeter

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Tailgreeter provides individuals with the unique opportunity of joining an existing tailgate while making new friends in the process.

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RSVPify

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RSVPify is a leading event management and ticketing platform, powering millions of events around the globe.

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Bump Club and Beyond

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Bump Club and Beyond is community connecting parents and parents-to-be with the best resources, products and each other BOTH online.

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Elite Personal Chefs

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Elite Personal Chefs is a personal chef, diet consulting, and private events company.

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OnPeak

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OnPeak provides hotel accommodations solutions for conferencing, trade show housing and event management sectors.

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Flowers for Dreams

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Flowers for Dreams designs and sells locally crafted flower bouquets online. Every bouquets benefits charity.

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Techweek

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A technology conference and festival with a mission to celebrate and enable innovation ecosystems throughout North America.

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PromoShare

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PromoShare is a platform that empowers event producers and sports teams to transform their biggest fans into ticket selling ambassadors.

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Czarnowski

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Czarnowski full-service exhibit and event marketing company .

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CTI MEETING TECHNOLOGY

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CTI MEETING TECHNOLOGY is an abstract management and presentation management software for the World leading associations.

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Entertainment Cruises

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Entertainment Cruises is the nation’s leading harbor cruise company.

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CLUBTIX.COM

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Clubtix.com is an online community that provide the easiest ways to sell tickets or handle venue guest-list for venue

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Trytn

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The most reliable activity reservation system for tour operators.

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Proxfinity

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Inspire Conversations. Measure Results.

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Campus Consortium

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Campus Consortium is a leading education association with more than 37,000 higher education institutions and K-12 school district members.

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Conference Solutions

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Conference Solutions is a provider of a platform for managing trade shows and exhibition

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Clarity Group

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Clarity Group specializes in healthcare incident reporting / adverse event software, patient safety, PSO, risk-quality-safety

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Blue Plate Catering

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Blue Plate Catering provides food services for events and weddings.

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Chicago Venture Summit

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Chicago Venture Summit is an event that showcases the best early-stage tech companies in the Midwest.

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MTG Media Group

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MTG Media Group is a publishing company specializing in food articles and recipes.

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Certified Knowledge

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Certified Knowledge is a PPC Tools, Training, and Community system dedicated to profitably managing AdWords in just an hour a day.

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Kerasotes Theatres

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Founded in 1909 with a single storefront nickelodeon, Chicago-based Kerasotes ShowPlace Theatres.

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PRA Business Events

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PRA Business Events operates as an event management firm.

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Marquee Event Group

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Marquee Event Rentals is a premier provider of event services for weddings, corporate, festivals and themed events.

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KemperLesnik

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KemperLesnik a public relations, event marketing, esports marketing and content marketing agency based in Chicago.

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Venue One

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Venue One is a completely customizable space for occasions from small business meetings to large-scale events.

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UMI (Urban Ministries, Inc.)

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UMI is a publishing company providing Biblical resources to African American churches.

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SpeedNetworking.com

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Professional Networking, Targeted Networking, SaaS, Events, Software, Video Conferencing, Virtual Networking, Social Network

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Mevato

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Mevato is a marketing platform that offers internet marketing, events marketing, and social marketing display services.

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React Presents

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React Presents is a producer and promoter of 250+ electronic dance music (“EDM”) events, festivals, clubs, concerts.

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FLIG, LLC

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FLIG, LLC is a platform for an industry-curated community, where talented people come together to create memorable experiences..

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SinLabel

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Sin Label is a Chicago-based company that empowers the electronic dance music industry through social interactions.

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Metro Chicago

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Metro Chicago aims to bring a cross-platform of the best local, regional and national emerging artists.

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Event 360 Inc

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Event 360 Inc is an event management firm mainly offers Event Production & event marketing services.

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EvolveHer

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EvolveHer is a centralized hub that aggregates resources, tools & best in class events to advance women personally & professionally.

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The Signature Room

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The Signature Room is a restaurant that renders dining, lunch, brunch, food & beverage & hospitality services.

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Clustur

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Clustur offers an application that enables college students to search and find events happening on their campus.

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Bonfire Live

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Bonfire Live is an artist-centric platform that sparks connections between artists and fans to create the magic of a live show, virtually.

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Kehoe Designs

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Kehoe Designs is an events services company that offers event décor and design services.

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Tribune Publishing Company

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Tribune Publishing Company is a printing company that provides cold-web offset printing services.

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Tablescapes Event Rentals

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Tablescapes is a provider of party equipment rental services.

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Selenium Conference

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The Selenium Conference is a volunteer-run, non-profit event presented by members of the Selenium Community.

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Hyperlocal

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Event Intelligence Platform

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Dibit

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Dibit is a developer of a technology platform for reserving seats of sporting events

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BarPass

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BarPass is a digital bar promotion platform that allows after-work professionals to receive exclusive deals at the bars and restaurants.

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Social Q&A

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Social Q&A is a mobile, audience response tool that allows participants to submit and vote for the most important questions.

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The Alinea Group

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The Alinea Group offers a wide range of Event and Catering services with one thing in common the event must be uncommon.

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Chicago Creative Space

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Chicago Creative Space showcases creative office spaces located in Chicago.

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Ethnic Events

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Ethnic Events offers event management services.

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Loop

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Loop is a social networking group, helping young professionals expand their networks through casual small-group coffee meetings and events.

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Kenmare Catering and Events; Germania Place, Inc.

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Kenmare Catering and Events; Germania Place, Inc is a caterer and event consultant at Germania Place in Gold Coast, Chicago.

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Pinpoint

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Pinpoint is a private social networking application that allows you to create events, share locations and pictures.

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ENY Ping Inc.

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A software development company responsible for the Social networking app ENY: Events Near You.

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Me So Far

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So Far is a dating platform that enables individuals to meet suitable partners by going to events they are interested in.

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International Special Events Society

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International Special Events Society

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Production Plus

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Production Plus offer decades of experience from skilled event planning specialists.

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AV Chicago

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AV Chicago is a company that provides stage lighting and equipment rentals for productions.

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T60 Productions

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T60 Productions is a full-service production boutique that develops customized marketing, public relations, and corporate event videos.

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WVON 1690AM

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WVON 1690AM is a radio station that offers podcasts, audio broadcasting, events, talk shows, newscast, entrepreneurship and business shows.

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The Founding Moms

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The Founding Moms is a collective of offline masterminds and online resources that helps mom entrepreneurs build better businesses.

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SignMeUp

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SignMeUp.com provides a web service for Event Managers, Race Directors, Associations Managers, Meeting Planners and Marketing Managers.

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Bromance

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Location-based social network

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Buoy

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Creating workplaces that don’t suck with meaningful office perks, events, & experiences.

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Big Buzz Idea Group

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Event Production/Management

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MyWrigleyville

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MyWrigleyville is the lifestyle hub for all things in Wrigleyville.

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On The Rocks Models

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On The Rocks Models is an event management company located in Chicago.

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Executive Travel Directors

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Executive Travel Directors is a connecting professional Travel Directors (TDs) with meeting planning organizations.

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La Raza

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La Raza Leading Spanish news Paper.

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Prime Electrical & Exhibition Services

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Prime Electrical & Exhibition Services is an exhibition contractor that works on plumbing, power, lighting and rigging services.

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FanLyst

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FanLyst empowers fans with professional ticket selling technology to auto-list and easily manage their tickets on all major online sites.

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Evo Exhibits

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Evo Exhibits is an advertising company that provides and facilitates trade show exhibits, booths and displays.

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Apiarie

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The AI-enabled digital hive that connects entrepreneurs with the content and experts that they need to grow.

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Mingle Around

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Mingle Around is an entertainment development company specializing in event planning, marketing, and promotions for single professionals.

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Seat Leap

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Seat Leap is an online platform intended to offer real-time, affordable seat upgrade opportunities at live events.

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Bridal Expo Chicago

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Bridal Expo Chicago is an event management company.

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Socialhood

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Socialhood is a social platform that gives individuals, community organizations, and local businesses a voice in their community.

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Bass/Schuler Entertainment

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Bass/Schuler Entertainment is an entertainment agency that works with schools, colleges, corporations, and communities and private groups.

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Event Creative

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Event Creative is an events services company that provides designing and fabrication services.

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Windy City Fieldhouse

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Windy City Fieldhouse is an events services company offering event planning services.

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The Traveling Photo Booth

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Photography, Party, Party Equipment Rental Service, Wedding Service, Wedding Photographer, Photographer

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GNCDC

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GNCDC conducts workshops, networking, events and interactive sessions for various clients.

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Medici Museums

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Medici Musemus is a company that helps people experience discovering science in a more modern way.

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Total Event Resources

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Total Event Resources provides Special Event Production, Meeting Management, Destination Management & Event Marketing services.

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Riot Fest

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Riot Fest is a multi-genre music fest known for guest performances and booking events for entertainment in Illinois.

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