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Partner Spotlight: Meet Ted Boufis

Welcome to Partner Spotlight! A highlight of the diverse and talented individuals in our Chicago Northwest region’s hospitality industry. Meet Ted Boufis, Owner of Local Bar and Grill in Wood Dale Ted grew up in the restaurant business. His parents, along with his aunts and uncles, owned a family…

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Partner Spotlight: Meet Carmie Antongiovanni

Welcome to Partner Spotlight! A highlight of the diverse and talented individuals in our Chicago Northwest region’s hospitality industry. Meet Carmie Antongiovanni, General Manager, Aloft Chicago Schaumburg in Rolling Meadows Carmie grew up in Melrose Park with her five siblings and her parents who…

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Partner Spotlight: Meet Grace Goudie

Welcome to Partner Spotlight! A highlight of the diverse and talented individuals in our Chicago Northwest region’s hospitality industry. MEET GRACE GOUDIE, Executive Chef at Scratchboard Kitchen Chef Grace grew up in the western suburbs of Chicago as the youngest of five siblings. She attended the…

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Partner Spotlight: Meet Joe Podlasek

Welcome to Partner Spotlight! A highlight of the diverse and talented individuals in our Chicago Northwest region’s hospitality industry. MEET JOE PODLASEK, Founder and CEO of Trickster Cultural Center Joe Podlasek got his start in the not-for-profit world as a systems engineer at the Chicago…

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Partner Spotlight: Meet Lisa Gregor

Welcome to Partner Spotlight! A highlight of the diverse and talented individuals in our Chicago Northwest region’s hospitality industry. Meet Lisa Gregor, Owner of Church Street Brewing Company in Itasca Lisa grew up in the small town of Leland, Illinois. She graduated from Lake Forest College with…

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5 Fall Activities in Chicago Northwest

The Midwest is home to some of the best fall activities in the country and the Chicago Northwest is no exception! From pumpkin patches to farmers markets, you’ll have your schedule completely booked this season. The following 5 activities span across the entire region, with many occurring outdoors…

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Partner Spotlight: Meet Michael Larson

Welcome to Partner Spotlight! A highlight of the diverse and talented individuals in our Chicago Northwest region’s hospitality industry. Meet Michael Larson, General Manager, Schaumburg Boomers Michael Larson grew up in west central Minnesota and graduated from Concordia College in Moorhead, MN and…

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Partner Spotlight: Meet Alex Hilton

Welcome to Partner Spotlight! A highlight of the diverse and talented individuals in our Chicago Northwest region’s hospitality industry. Meet Alex Hilton, Co-Founder, Juice & Berry - Meet Chicago Northwest Board Member Alex grew up in Lombard where she met her high school sweetheart, Paris - cue…

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Partner Spotlight: Meet Chip Brooks

Welcome to Partner Spotlight! A highlight of the diverse and talented individuals in our Chicago Northwest region’s hospitality industry. Meet Chip Brooks, Owner, Hey Nonny - Meet Chicago Northwest Incoming Board Member Growing up in Kalamazoo, Michigan, Chip Brooks was exposed to that town’s active…

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Partner Spotlight: Meet Ana Santos

Welcome to Partner Spotlight! A highlight of the diverse and talented individuals in our Chicago Northwest region’s hospitality industry. Meet Ana Santos, Owner, Brazil Express Churrasco Grill Born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Ana and her family were poor but never hungry. Her father owned a small…

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