Small Market Meetings

JAN 2017

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L a k e E l l y n B o a t h o u s e G l e n E l l y n , I l l i n o i s 28 Heartland Meeting Guide 260.426.4100 Let's write yours. Your experience here will set a new standard: • Divisible, carpeted, fully-equipped event spaces • On-site masters in AV, Event Management, and Catering • 500 attached guest rooms and covered parking • Free high performance WiFi and Room setup Create some buzz in downtown Fort Wayne, IN FORT WAYNE METALS COMPANY MEETING Marcy McKinley Director of Sales Babette Record Event Manager Jeremy Bugge AV Technician Every event has a story ... until nearly 60 years after Wright first proposed the plan and almost 40 years after his death. But the building also sits on the banks of Lake Monona, and its curving white walls and arching building-high windows front the water, making both the structure's design and its natural setting strik- ing features. "In addition to being located on the water, we're also in the heart of downtown Madison with restaurants and shopping," said director of sales Laura MacIsaac. "You have the breathtaking views and the feeling being over and on the water," she said. "It helps with being receptive to the education you're receiving or contributing to the fun you're having." The semicircular building has five indoor levels, topped by rooftop gardens, each with space where the water is the focal point. The first level includes the 3,500-square-foot Lakeside Commons, with water views as well as a 37,000-square-foot divisible exhibit hall. On the second level, the 5,500-square-foot Community Terrace overlooks the water. And the fourth level features the 7,000-square-foot Grand Terrace, with lake views as well as a flexible ballroom, an event hall and several meeting rooms. The sprawling rooftop terrace and gardens offer groups more than 40,000 square feet of event space as well as expansive views of Lake Monona and the city skyline, and the rooftop Lake Vista Café menu features casual gourmet fare. Lake Ellyn Boathouse Glen Ellyn, Illinois Sitting on the shoreline of Lake Ellyn, and a landmark of Lake Ellyn Park, the historic Lake Ellyn Boathouse recently underwent a $2.8 mil- lion renovation and restoration that undid decades of "updates" and restored the 1937 building to its original appearance. Wooden doors replaced metal ones, and a new cedar-shingle roof and new windows restored much of its period charm. The building was designed in 1935 and completed two years later as a Works Progress Administration project, the Great Depression-era federal pro- gram meant to put Americans to work. Over the decades, various projects covered up or gnawed away at the building's original architectural features. After restoring it to its near-original appearance, a project that was completed this summer, officials planned to apply for designation as a National Historic Landmark. Inside, the main hall is 1,840 square feet of space that can seat about 120 people for events. There, guests will find a stone fireplace, vaulted ceilings and rows of windows facing the lake and the deck, where new minimalistic cable railings replaced bulky wooden fencing to improve the view. The facility also has a kitchen and bar area. Courtesy Monona Terrace The distinctive architecture of Monona Terrace is a signature of Madison's waterfront.

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