Mothers and sisters Lori Kay Schoeneman & Tara Schoeneman-Brown are creators of Once Upon A TreeHouse, a line of eco-friendly, handmade, wholesome toys that promote quality playtime, and an interactive website with crafts for the family. They recently sponsored a baby shower and made a custom playhouse for Lisa Ling just last month.
• Select the theme and color scheme based around the nursery decor
• Ask guests to bring along a copy of their favorite childhood book, and they can even inscribe a special message for baby to be
• For a shower activity do a group craft and have the guests create something for the new nursery walls or decorate onesies and burp cloths
• Have a station with an iPad/phone to take a short video of each guest and their special message for the new parents and baby
• Display seasonal planted flowers or herbs in spray-painted pots for centerpieces that double as the party favors
• Have a few quick and easy games like, have each guest cut a piece of ribbon the length they think will best fit around the honoree’s belly, and the closest one without going over wins
• Instead of spending time on watching the honoree open gifts, ask guests to bring the gifts unwrapped or in a gift bag and have a large table or area where they can be displayed.
If you are looking for small & large group spaces in Chicago to plan your baby shower, visit our online resource guide for baby shower restaurants in Chicago.
Berghoff Catering & Restaurant Group
17 W Adams St
Chicago, IL 60603
Have a truly unique event experience within the setting of the historic Berghoff building at 17 West Adams Street in the heart of Chicago’s Loop. The Historic Berghoff building offers individuals or organizations access to four beautiful event rooms. Additionally, we are able to provide off-premise catering at an array of different venues across the city. With over 25 years experience, we’re familiar with each space and have great working relationships to ensure we get you the best value from all involved vendors.
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Total Capacity of Venue and all spaces for private event: **Private Dining specific**
Seated dinner 250; Reception 400 – different combinations of private rooms can be combined depending on event
Total Capacity and Names of Group Rooms:
1. Century Room: 100 seated (with dance floor), 200 reception
2. East Room: 50 seated, 75 reception
3. West Room: 80 seated, 120 reception
4. Chefs Room: 20 seated
Is there Private or Semi private space available? Yes, all 4 rooms mentioned above are available for private events.
How is the room set at capacity (Long tables? Rounds of X per table)
We are flexible with the set up of each room
Do you offer any unique views? Historic building with original woodwork, woodcarvings and bar since 1913. Original light fixtures and Tiffany’s stained glass windows.
Is there an F&B minimum to reserve / use the room (s)? yes, it varies based on the time of year, space needed, etc – please inquire
Is there a rental fee to reserve / use the room? If so, how much is the rental fee? no
Lillstreet Art Center
4401 N Ravenswood Ave
Chicago, IL 60640
Lillstreet Art Center Event Space
Once an industrial gear making factory, our 40-square-foot facilities now house eight art departments, 22 classrooms, 50 artist studios and an intimate gallery space. Private groups can soak up the creative experience during a business meeting, group outing or art party.
Choose an activity from our list of popular workshops or create a custom session unique to your group. Extras such as party planning, catering, digital technology services and professional facilitators are available. Groups can choose to work with a variety of mediums including clay, paint, paper, textiles, photography and digital art forms.
South Branch Tavern & Grille
100 S. Wacker Drive
Chicago, IL 60606
South Branch is one of Chicago’s newest and boldest riverside event venues; ideal for weddings and private weekend events. Envision a lavish outdoor wedding in the warm summer sun on our Pavilion Patio; an oasis in the heart of the city. In colder months, imagine sprawling views of snow falling on the Chicago River to accentuate your occasion.
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UNLIMITED Rides & Attractions*
Race on indoor Go-Karts.
“Zap” the boss in Laser Tag.
Joust on Krazy Bumper Kars.
Join a foursome for Miniature Golf.
Play hundreds of Games and win great Prizes!
plus Pizza & Pop Buffet
for only…$19.95/Person (plus tax)
*UNLIMITED Rides & Attractions Pass available for $15/Person w/o Buffet
Limited time offer. Call for details and miniumum requirements. Advanced reservations required.
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45th Anniversary of Gemini 12 at Adler Planetarium
Friday, November 11 – Tuesday, November 15
Captain James A. Lovell, Jr. and Buzz Aldrin launched into space on November 11, 1966 for the final Project Gemini mission. The objective of the mission was to subject man and equipment to space flight for up to two weeks in duration and perfect methods of re-entering the atmosphere and landing at a preselected point. This successful 6-day mission helped to pave the way for America’s moon landing in 1969.
The fully-restored Gemini 12 spacecraft arrived at the Adler Planetarium in 2006 on loan from the National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC. The spacecraft is the centerpiece of the Adler’s Shoot for the Moon exhibition. This permanent exhibition tells the inspiring stories of space exploration and America’s race to the Moon. Among the collection of Captain Lovell’s personal space artifacts, visitors can see the original flight plans and manuals flown on the Gemini 12 mission.
From November 11 – 15, Adler Planetarium visitors can take a guided tour of the Shoot for the Moon exhibition and participate in free activities. Build and test your own rocket building skills in a family workshop and launch a balloon rocket at an activity cart. Little ones can learn through imaginary play by interacting with the Adler’s own “astronaut” in Planet Explorers and embark on their own mission.
1300 S. Lake Shore Drive
Chicago, IL 60605
The Adler Planetarium is one of Chicago’s major museums in downtown Chicago near Soldier field. For more details, visit www.adlerplanetarium.org
Need to host a holiday party and don’t have the time, space or expertise to cater a crowd?
Give yourself the gift of Arrowhead Golf Club’s social and corporate event professionals’ services.
Arrowhead Golf Club in Wheaton offers a magical setting for holiday parties with warm fireplaces, sparkling decorations and winter-wonderland views of the majestic Arrowhead Golf course just outside.
Sure to impress your friends and colleagues, Arrowhead Gold Club offers a variety of lovely and unique event spaces which can accommodate from 20-300 guests.
Arrowhead’s experienced culinary team uses the highest quality ingredients to create a gourmet meal that feels like a true celebration. Choose from a variety of specially designed menus such as a traditional sit-down, three-course holiday dinner package, a holiday station package for larger group dining or a hors d’oeuvres package for a lighter meal and easy socializing.
The professional, courteous staff at Arrowhead is looking forward to making your holiday party a celebration to remember!
Arrowhead Golf Club is located at 26w151 Butterfield Road, Wheaton.
For more information about your upcoming holiday party, please email our Arrowhead social and corporate event professional
Two Key Ways to Optimize for Local Searches
"When you perform a search at Google or Bing, the results are significantly influenced by your physical location, even on queries where you don't specify a location," writes Ray Comstock at Search Engine Watch. "So if you're in New York and you search for [pizza], or [hot tubs] or [DMV], your results will be very different than if you do the same searches in San Diego."
To help businesses increase the chances they'll show up in local searches, Comstock offers tips like these:
Create pages dedicated to localized content. Identify information that is relevant to certain geographical areas—whether at the state, city or community level. Examples include dealer locations, shipping rates and climate-based recommendations for your product.
"By doing so," he says, "you not only increase your propensity to show up in organic search queries in those places, but you also potentially improve your conversion rate by creating a more custom experience for ... users [that] speaks specifically to their needs."
Create link connectivity with websites relevant to each region. Pursue reciprocity with local business directories and bloggers. "If you want to make Google believe that your site is a great resource for people in New York," he notes, "they expect to see sites that are relevant to New York linking to you."
Avoid the appearance of spam by selecting link partners that provide your visitors with relevant, valuable content. "They should become a seamless part of the user experience of your site for the best results," he explains.
The Po!nt: Think global, link local. When properly constructed, a local search strategy will create value for customers and search engines.
Source: Search Engine Watch.