When groups are convening south of
Chicago, they can check out Major League
Soccer’s Chicago Fire Soccer Club in action
at Bridgeview-based Toyota Park, which
welcomes groups of every size and has
luxury boxes available for groups.
“The Chicago Fire Soccer Club
offers a wonderful night out for
groups with major-league fun
at minor-league prices,” said
Juston Teach, communica-
tions manager for the Chi-
cago Southland CVB. “We
encourage any first-time
visitor to sit in Section 8
and cheer with the best
fans in the league.”
Flossmoor Station Restaurant
& Brewery, which hosts private
events and crafts award-winning beers, is
part brewpub and part train museum.
“With amazing food and world-renowned craft beers, this long-standing
institute in the Chicago Southland is perfect for groups large and small,” Teach said.
One of the best events after a day of
meetings in the Heritage Corridor is a
progressive dinner called the Trolley Trio,
according to Dan Mulka, marketing manager for the Heritage Corridor CVB.
“Everyone begins the journey boarding
a trolley at Starved Rock Lodge,” he said.
“Groups get to experience the nightlife at
three different locations, with transporta-
tion taking them from place to place.”
The first stop is August Hill Winery, sec-
ond stop is The Lone Buffalo (by Tangled
Roots Brewing Co.) and the final stop for
dessert is back at the Starved Rock Lodge &
And Bolingbrook’s iPic Theater and Salt
Sports Bar, according to Mulka, will satisfy
different personalities in the group.
“The foodie will enjoy the great menu,
and everyone can have a great signature
cocktail,” he said. “If attendees want to see
a movie, they’ll enjoy the very plush seating. Or they can skip the movie and either
shoot pool or watch the big game.”
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Briefly state what your job entails.
My job as director entails ensuring all
details of the professional log-rolling
tournament are planned, coordinated
and executed. In Chicago Southland, this
started with the search for the site to host
the event. I coordinate all production for
television. I work to obtain sponsorship
from both local companies and national
companies for the event. I work to ensure
all athletes are informed, registered
and prepared to compete. I oversee and
schedule all staff, and market the event.
Anything that needs to be done to make the
tournament a success, I have a hand in.
What type of meeting did you hold in
KRICK, LLC, held a professional log-rolling tournament that was televised on
Was anyone particularly helpful in
executing your event?
Joel Koester from the Chicago Southland
CVB was amazingly helpful. I met Joel and
Jim Garrett, president/CEO of the CVB, in
New York City for the STIHL Timbersports
Series in 2015. Joel helped with everything from the initial site visits to find a
location, to details the day of the event.
The entire Chicago Southland CVB team
was instrumental in the success of the
event. Ryan Collins in the development ser-
vices department at the Village of Orland
Park helped to coordinate all the details
with the village along with Joe La Margo,
assistant village manager.
What do your attendees seem to enjoy
the most about Chicago Southland?
Spectators seemed to enjoy that there was
something unique and outdoors to check
out. Competitors enjoyed the expansion of
the competitive sport into a new market.
This was the first tournament to be hosted
in Illinois for professionals.
Are there any experiences you would
recommend for groups meeting in
Reach out to the CVB. They are incredibly
helpful and will match what a group is
looking for with their region.
How does Chicago Southland compare to other destinations where you
have hosted meetings?
The relationship with the CVB and the
cities in their region is great. They are well
integrated and the office really works as a
team to support the events.
Would you return to Chicago Southland and recommend it to other
Yes, we are planning to return for the
second annual on June 10, 2017.
Katie (Katherine) Rick
Owner & Director, US Log Rolling Open
KRICK, LLC, Onalaska, Wis.