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Q Center news, industry insights, and helpful tips.


  • The Flavors of Winter: Menu Selection for Winter Events

    Creating a menu that offers a little something for everyone to enjoy can be a challenge, especially when hosting guests from across the country or around the world. For the ideal culinary experience, offer a variety of options and include a mix of seasonal ingredients so the food is fresh, flavorful, and nutritionally balanced. Don't believe the…   Read More >

  • The Power of Community: Q Center Partners with United Way in Support of Hunger Relief

    At Q Center, we believe everyone should experience the best in comfort, security, and quality service. For this reason, we support the efforts of local organizations that are making a difference. One of these organizations is Lazarus House, a homeless shelter in mid Kane County, Ill. that provides hospitality, food, safe shelter and support to…   Read More >

  • Putting a Signature Touch on Special Events Catering

    There's an ephemeral beauty to a well-catered event. It's a bit like building castles in the sand. To create something awe-inspiring takes a great deal of dedication and skill, yet it comes with the knowledge that your work will disappear soon after. Caterers, event planners, and chefs know that the more delicious the food and visually-appealing…   Read More >

  • Innovation & Imagination in Meeting Planning

    The next time you are seeking innovative or inspirational meeting planning ideas, we invite you to join us on Pinterest. Pinterest is a popular online resource for special events planners.  Q Center is using this application to share examples of our customized work with meeting professionals around the world. Using our Pinterest boards, event and…   Read More >

  • Tools & Strategies for Blended & Virtual Meetings

    As communication technology continues to evolve, an increasing number of business leaders are seeing the advantages of hosting virtual and blended meetings. Our expert staff has worked with organizations to make the most of these innovative events, at both a national and global level. Blended meetings create many possibilities for event organizers…   Read More >

  • Drive Engagement with Powerful Presentations

    Imagine a world where technology can help to produce a creative and engaging learning environment in which presentations go beyond the use of sight and sound. Envision a presentation so finely tuned that the presenter never even stops to press a button, but navigates through slides, videos and live conversations just by the movement of his hands.…   Read More >

  • Bring Extra Flavor to Your Event

    It's been said that nothing would be more tiresome than eating and drinking, if they weren’t both a pleasure and a necessity. The perception of value and overall cost are top considerations for most groups when it comes to menu selection. As an unfortunate tradeoff, food at many corporate events has earned a reputation for being bland or boring.…   Read More >

  • Engaging and Affordable: Understanding the Modern Meeting Planner

    Companies are seeking innovative yet effective ways to link their teams through in-person, virtual and blended meetings. In response to this trend, meeting planners are looking for the following offerings for 2012: creative meeting spaces, flexible bundled packages, and team building events. Other critical components of selecting the venue include…   Read More >

  • Presenting Our On-Site Support Services

    There are many factors you have to consider when it comes down to selecting a venue for a meeting – location, cost, accommodations, and on-site services.  The ultimate goal for every meeting planner is a successful, cost-effective, well-planned event – along with happy, satisfied guests. Q Center is pleased to feature three on-site support…   Read More >

  • New Year, New Bar, New Drinks

    Happy New Year!  As we move into a new year, we're making new changes here at Q Center.   We have recently added a new bar called Tower Bar.  It's located in Q Tower, right above the main dining room.  We’re excited to have this as another place for our guests to gather over a cocktail and a sporting event on our flatscreen TVs.  Starting…   Read More >

  • Holiday Cobbler Recipe

    Do you know what dessert you’re making for the holidays yet?   In case you don’t, we thought we would share one of our dessert recipes with you: Cranberry and Apple Cobbler.    Whether it’s for a holiday dinner or just to warm you up on a cold evening, this dish is perfect.  The flavors of apples and cranberries complement each other…   Read More >

  • Warning: This meeting may be hazardous to your planet’s health

    There’s been a lot of talk about green meetings in the past few years. And, thanks to some vigilant crusaders, we have seen some really positive change. The three Rs (Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle) are in full use at most meeting venues. A/V equipment manufacturers are producing more energy-efficient gear all the time. And bottled water consumption…   Read More >

  • Home Security Tips for the Holidays

    The holiday season is upon us and with all the visiting, decorating, shopping and celebrating, we sometimes forget about home security just when we need it most. According to the FBI, close to 400,000 burglaries take place in the United States between November and December each year.  It seems criminals shop for the holidays, too… only they do…   Read More >

  • Presenting? Don't leave home without reading this...

    If you're like most people, public speaking is one of the most stressful experiences you can imagine. The last thing you need is for some technical glitch to force you to entertain your audience by making shadow puppets on the projection screen! Before you leave your desk with your presentation, take a look at these tips. One of them just may be…   Read More >

  • Blurring the lines between video and computer images…

    Do you ever wonder how event producers can switch so quickly from one video feed to another? So many types of video signals in all different formats and resolutions… and many times it’s all done live, on the fly. It seems like you’d need some pretty slick gear to pull it off. You do… and it keeps getting better. One of the most important…   Read More >

  • Themes That Thrive

    Now that you’ve been assigned the task of planning your company event, you need to choose the perfect theme.  How do you decide on the perfect theme?  It’s all about your attendees.   Your décor, music, entertainment, and food and beverage, should all encompass this theme and not clash with it.    As you are brainstorming ideas, ask…   Read More >

  • The Monumental Task

    It’s time consuming. It’s tedious. It’s the job that just won’t go away. Of  all the items on the meeting planner check list, tracking of transportation arrangements and guest room reservations is one of the most challenging. Even when the monumental task of recording everyone’s information is done, the job is far from complete.…   Read More >

  • Turkey Tips

    If you’ve hosted Thanksgiving before, you know that being tasked with cooking THE turkey can be stressful.  Not only is cooking it important, but carving the turkey is just as vital.  Have you ever found yourself struggling as you bang into that annoying wishbone when you’re carving the turkey?  Here’s a tip: take out the wishbone before…   Read More >

  • Checking your Checklist

    In today’s world, meeting planners are busier than ever. You are constantly balancing more than the usual share of projects, short-term travel and different event venues.  As a result, you must often rely on the facility's conference planning manager. This helps you stay ahead of key deadlines, identify creative solutions for new concepts,…   Read More >

  • Q Center Kicks Off United Way Campaign

    On Thursday, October 13, we kicked off our annual United Way campaign with two events. Lunches for the Homeless This is the second year we have made lunches for the local homeless shelter, Lazarus House. Staff members contributed various lunch ingredients like bread, cheese and lunch meat.  On Thursday morning, several people teamed up to…   Read More >

The staff at Q Center helped to make this event productive, memorable and comfortable... Thanks very much for your efficiency and professionalism!

Susan O'Dea, Chicago Tube & Iron

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