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Beyond the Games


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What Do They Offer Those Who Don’t Like to Gamble?


The Social and Economical Impact of Native American Casinos


by Linda Gorman Poker Speak What’s New - Midwest Casinos


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Make a Splash What’s New - Midwest Waterpark Resorts Without the Kids? Bring the Family


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West of Chicago is Du Page County, where their team of experts can help you plan your event from start to fi nish. With easy access to both Chicago O’Hare Airport and Midway Airport, this suburb has over 16,000 hotel rooms and a variety of dining and entertainment options from cruises to events and team building at one of the resorts or entertainment com- plexes that offer indoor go karts, laser tag, and more.


North of Chicago, Ravinia Park is one of the prettiest and most relaxing concert venues


you’ll fi nd. Tickets go fast, but purchase a block of tickets ahead of time and your attendees will have a night to remember. Their summer concerts run from May-September. You can carry in everything from wine to candelabras and sit back to enjoy the magical tunes from the likes of Train to Sara McLachlan. For those looking for a little “Vegasy” fun in the Midwest go for a cruise on one of the Hol-


lywood Casino Riverboats or Harrah’s Joliet Casino & Hotel. No matter what your interests you’ll be sure to fi nd something for everyone in Illinois.


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ith the appropriate slogan, Illinois Mile after Magnifi cent Mile, visitors to one of the largest states in the Midwest will not be disappointed. Groups of all sizes will fi nd something to do during their free time. Let your guests hit the streets of Chicago to enjoy some of the best art in the world at the Art Institute of Chicago or check out the Field Museum and Shedd Aquarium which guarantee delight for children of all ages. For visitors who don’t mind heights, a visit to the Skydeck on the 103rd fl oor of the Willis


Tower is a defi nite must to capture the ultimate view of the city. Venturing out of the city, there are numerous charming cities and towns offering some fast paced fun or relaxing days in the park. Galena is well-known for its charming shops, quaint restaurants and old world feel and is a great place for a planned tour where your attendees can explore the eclectic shops and restaurants.


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Best Western Clock Tower Resort .......82 Bloomington-Normal Area CVB ........72 Burr Ridge Hotels .............................73 Chicago Southland CVB ...................74 Effi ngham CVB .................................82 Heritage Corridor CVB .....................75 Kankakee CVB .................................71 Lincoln Park Campus ........................82 Lisle CVB .........................................76 McHenry County CVB .......................77 Naperville CVB ................................78 Peoria Area CVB ..............................79 President Abraham Lincoln Hotel


& Conference Center ......................81 Springfi eld, IL CVB ..........................81 Starved Rock Lodge ..........................75 The State House Inn ..........................81 Stoney Creek Inn ..............................80 Quad Cities Event Center ..................80 TeamBonding ...................................82 University Center Conference


Chicago .........................................74


Woodfi eld Chicago Northwest CB .................................78


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Danada House ..............................D-99 Ditka’s Restaurant ........................D-108 Eaglewood Resort and Spa ..........D-103 Glen Ellyn Park District...................D-98 Hilton Garden Inn/DuPage Expo Center ..............................D-104 Hotel Arista ........................D-100, 101 IIT School of Applied Technology ................................D-110 Lucky Strike Lanes Lombard ..........D-106 Marriott Hotels of DuPage ....D-111, 113 Naper Settlement ........................D-109 Oakbrook Terrace Hotels .............D-102 Odeum Expo ................................D-98 Pheasant Run Resort & Spa ..........D-105 Phillips Flowers & Gifts ................D-110 The Public Landing Restaurant ......D-110 Weber Grill Restaurants ...............D-112 Westin Lombard Yorktown Center ........................D-108 Wyndham Lisle Naperville ...........D-107


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uper Bowl 2012 helped the capital city, Indianapolis, capture thousands of new visitors, as well as bring the com- munity together to make the guests feel welcome. A city and state known for its sports teams and car racing, Indiana offers sports enthusiasts thrills, but also has much more to offer.


Conference planners and attendees will feel that this city was designed for them, and right they are. With the goal of being a fi rst tier city for events, city planners focused on creating an environment that fosters to groups and visitors, from one of the largest convention centers in the United States to the strategically built hotels, restaurants and night life within walking distance, it’s a city that caters to the convention market.


From the Children’s Museum and Zoo to the six cultural districts where you’ll fi nd stores for the artsy and indepen- dent to the jazzy and historic, there really is something for everyone.


Venturing out of the city you can fi nd unique towns sure to charm any of your attendees. In Columbus you can ar- range time to tour some of the famed gardens and plan a stop in at Zaharakos Ice Cream Parlo and Museums, named “The #1 Thing Every Hoosier Must Do” by Indianapolis Monthly Magazine (Aug. 2010). There are also some great historic sites and attractions throughout the state, from covered bridges to Amish communities and crafts. History buffs can visit Bedford well-known for its Limestone, Bedford and Bloomington showcase the rich quarry and carving history that has contributed to such famous national structures as the Lincoln Memorial, the Empire State Building and the new Yankee Stadium.


Art and music lovers will want to plan a trip to Bloomington and Nashville where art museums, eclectic shops and music are plentiful. Foodies will appreciate and savor delicious food at the Restaurant Tallent. As part of the “Slow Food Movement,” this culinary duo uses locally grown and seasonal organic foods to create the ultimate food experience for their customers, perfect for a unique group dining experience. More than just the Indy 500, the state of Indiana offers a something for everyone’s style and taste.


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Top- Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, Lake Michigan Middle - Stream Cliff Herb, Comminsky Right - Oldfi elds-Lilly House and Gardens, Indianapolis


Belterra Casino & Resort ......................................... 122, 123 Centre - Evansville, The ................................................... 128 French Lick Resort ............................................................ IBC Grand Wayne Conv Center .................................... 118, 119 Hendricks County CVB .................................................... 125 Indianapolis Zoo ............................................................ 128 Kosciusko CVB ............................................................... 126 Lafayette - West Lafayette CVB ........................................ 124 Radisson Hotel Star Plaza ............................................... 127 Visit Fort Wayne CVB ..................................................... 117 Visit South Bend Convention District ......................... 120, 121 Wyndham Indianapolis West .......................................... 128


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