Welcome to NACE Chicago!

The Greater Chicago Chapter of NACE is made up of event industry professionals just like you; from hospitality, venue managers, sales & catering, entrepreneurs, entertainment, planners, décor, & rentals- from Downtown to “the burbs.”

What could YOU get out of the oldest, largest professional association for the catering, events and convention services industries?  NACE gives you the resources you need when you need them. We offer outstanding benefits in education, networking, and leadership both locally and nationally. At our monthly meetings we highlight important topics & trends and foster your professional growth through the exchanging of ideas with other top industry professionals.

From practical tips that you can use to provide better service to your clients, to recognition and marketing programs that enhance the credibility and professionalism of the field, NACE is on the forefront. From educational programs to standards, to ethics, to legislative monitoring, NACE leads the way. NACE’s mission is to be the premier resource and community for catering and event professionals.

"Our NACE membership has been invaluable to me and our company.  We are a strong industry here in Chicago, and through NACE I have learned so much personally and professionally on how to improve my business and create lasting relationships with event professionals.”

Tamara Sims - Business Development at Elegant Event Lighting 

Hospitality starts with the right people. It’s a labor of love for those of us crazy enough to choose a career in Catering & Events, so why not get the best support out there? NACE brings together the most passionate and dedicated industry professionals - sharing experiences, resources and educational content. Whether you are just starting to build your network, or a veteran looking to stay sharp, NACE is the place to be empowered to drive your success.    

 Christie Springer- Sodexo at Museum of Science and Industry

 I have really enjoyed being a member of NACE Chicago. As a vendor member, meaning one who sells services to the event community, not the end-user, NACE has been invaluable in helping me better understand the needs of these clients. By being involved I have met wonderful people and formed many mutually beneficial relationships and friendships.

Laura Wrasman - Chicago Stye Weddings/Nei Turner Media Group

"NACE - By far one of my favorite professional organizations!"  An organization where you can go and grow personally and professionally!"

Antoinette Gonzales - Pontarelli Chicago Limousine Service

NACE COVID -19 TASK FORCE - ILLINOIS & CHICAGO - PHASE 4 GUIDELINES 

NACE Chicago has formed a Task Force to address Covid -19.  The task force is led by member Megan Estrada.  

Phase 4 Guidelines:

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This document is taking into consideration guidelines from both the City of Chicago and the State of Illinois.  We have highlighted and simplified the guidelines for an easy one page, but you are encouraged to check out the city of Chicago's Hotel/Accommodations guidelines and Food Service Guidelines: 

Hotel and Accommodations Food Service and Bars

Also, see the state of Illinois' meeting and event guideline

Meetings and Social Events

We encourage each business to consider all the guidelines presented and incorporate them into a Covid-19 Phase 4 plan for reopening and providing services.  We understand that everyone will have slightly different interpretations of the guidelines, but overall the goal is to create safe environments for events, in Illinois and Chicago, so that vendors and guests can feel comfortable working and attending events and that proper precautions and communication have been provided.

"Transferring to Chicago in 2001 and not knowing anyone in the industry was difficult. By continuing my membership in NACE and joining the Greater Chicago Chapter of NACE I immediately felt welcomed. The monthly meetings, whether educational or networking allowed me to meet people in the industry and continue growing my career.

Whenever looking for a vendor the first place I look is the NACE website, from florist to photographer to linen to music, I know I will find some I would want to recommend to another colleague!"

Daniel Jack
Senior Catering Manager

Upcoming Meetings

"Being involved in NACE has allowed me the opportunity to work with the most talented event professionals from some of the most well respected  companies in our business.  As our industry continues to evolve so does the need to interact with our colleagues and continue to work with and support each other.  We are so fortunate to have such a wonderful group of event professionals in the Chicago Chapter of NACE."

Valerie Braun
Industry Relations Manager
Arena Americas