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Hilton Chicago, Indian Lakes Resort

Hotel Contact:
250 West Schick Road
Bloomingdale, Illinois 60108
United States
Main: 888-217-8377
Email: Email Hotel Randy Whiteside
Director of Sales & Marketing: Randy Whiteside
Website: www3.hilton.com/en/hotels/illinois/hilton-chicago-indian-lakes-resort-ORDILHF/index.html
Elite Rating
Planner Rating: 5.0
Chain Hilton Worldwide
Opened 1980
Renovated 2007
Guest Rooms 308
Kings/Suites/Doubles 114 / 24 / 170
High Season High Season Low Season Low Season Shoulder Season Shoulder Season
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Ideal Group Size 200
Max Group Size 275

Fees/Taxes

Resort Fee N/A
Room Tax 12%
Sales Tax 8.5%

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Meeting Space

Largest Meeting Room 15,128ft²
Indoor Meeting Space 36,000ft²
Indoor/Outdoor Meeting Space 48,365ft²

Airport Proximity

Chicago Midway Airport
45 min 30 miles (48 km)
Chicago-O'Hare Intl Airport
30 min 20 miles (19 km)

Business:

Audio/Visual Equipment Rental
Business Center
Complimentary Printing Service
Express Mail
Fax
Meeting Rooms
Modem
Office Rental
Photo Copying Service
Printer
Wired HSIA in Guest Rooms
Wireless HSIA in Public Spaces

Recreation:

Driving Range
Fitness Room
Golf course
Hiking Trail
Pool
Pool Table
Putting Green
Tennis Court
Video Arcade

Nearby:

Millennium Park
Art Institute of Chicago
Michigan Avenue
Brookfield Zoo
Shedd Aquarium
John Hancock Center and Observatory
Field Museum
Lincoln Park
Rush Street
and Frank Lloyd Wright’s Robie House at the University of Chicago.
Onsite Dining: Capacity
Cave Bar
0
Drinks And Appetizers
Master's Clubhouse
125
Casual Dining
Shiraz
110
Steak And Seafood

F&B Averages:

Breakfast Buffet $23.95 Cont. $18.95
Lunch Buffet $28.95 Plated $26.95
Dinner Buffet $28.95 Plated $34.95
Coffee Break $5.95
2-Hour Open Bar $24
Elite Overview Planner Ratings & Reviews
Elite Rating Average Planner Rating
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5.0
1 review
Arrival Experience:
5.0
Accommodations:
5.0
Food & Beverage:
5.0
Guest Service Experience:
5.0
Conference Services Staff:
5.0
Meeting and Function Facilities:
5.0
Activity or Recreation Options:
5.0
Planner-to-Planner Recommendation:
5.0
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Capacity Charts
Room Name Total Square Meters Room Size(meters) Ceiling Height (meters) Total Square Feet Room Size (feet) Ceiling Height (feet) Classroom Theater Banquet 10 Reception Conference U-Shape H-Square 10 x 10s
Byrne N/A 11.3 x 4 0 481 37.00' x 13.00' 9 30 50 20 25 27 20 20 0
Cyperus Junior Ballroom N/A 30.5 x 16.5 0 5,400 100.00' x 54.00' 9 250 425 300 450 75 60 60 0
East Pavilion N/A 36.6 x 18.3 0 7,200 120.00' x 60.00' 18 0 0 500 750 0 0 0 0
Falling Waters Lounge N/A 22.9 x 4.9 0 1,200 75.00' x 16.00' 20 0 0 120 250 0 0 0 0
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Property News
Illinois Meetings & Events Magazine - Illinois Resorts Round Up
Posted December 20, 2010
[url]http://il.meetingsmags.com/article/feature-mixing-business-pleasure[/url]

Feature: Mixing Business with Pleasure

Belinda Lichty Clarke
Issue: Summer 2010

Chicagoans are a hardy bunch, but after suffering through the requisite eight months of winter, it's no surprise that when summer comes, everyone wants to get outside and celebrate.

For meeting planners, one of the most effective ways of boosting morale (or impressing out-of-town groups who think Chicago is landlocked) is to plan an event that takes full advantage of the warm weather. And Lake Michigan, of course.

Hilton Chicago/Indian Lakes Resort
Ideally located in Bloomingdale, Ill., the Hilton Chicago/Indian Lakes Resort is easy to get to from the city, suburbs and O'Hare. With 250 acres of small lakes, lush green space and an abundance of open areas, meeting planners can get creative with 50,000 square feet of meeting space, including 14,000 square feet of outdoor function space that takes full advantage of the rich landscaping.

If your attendees are golfers, Indian Lakes ranks among the best courses in the area. Blackhawk Trace Golf Club offers three ninehole courses and a brand-new driving range and practice facility with a 10,000-square-foot putting and chipping green and bunkers for green side and fairway practice. For non-golfers, there's also plenty to do, such as indoor and outdoor pools, a fitness center, a full-service spa and a variety of restaurants, including Shiraz on the Water, which offers more than 1,200 wine labels.

According to Julie Behrel, a sales analyst for Bridgestone Bandag Tire Solutions, who helped coordinate the company's annual regional meeting at Hilton/Chicago Indian Lakes last summer, it's the wide variety of activities that sets the resort apart. "Our annual region meeting in August 2009 was a huge success in part due to the beautiful facilities at the Hilton Chicago/ Indian Lakes Resort, the top-notch service of the staff, and the variety of amenities that provided the perfect mix for focused, productive meetings and relaxed, teambuilding opportunities," says Behrel.

Additional Amenities:
Tennis Volleyball Horseshoe Pits Fitness Center Game Room Complimentary Local Shuttle Service Car Rental

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Meetings MidAmerica - Family-Friendly Meetings "Family Matters"
Posted December 20, 2010
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October 2010

Family-Friendly Meetings
Family Matters

by Katie Morell

Gone are the days when kids stayed at home with a babysitter for the weekend while mom and dad ventured to a business meeting. Today, kids are as common as briefcases in the meetings landscape as more and more venues try to make themselves family-friendly.

"I've really seen an increase in families coming along to meetings within the last five or six years," says Joyce Wagner, executive director of the Jefferson City, Mo.-based Missouri Association of Public Employee Retirement Systems (MAPERS). "I am seeing venues becoming more family-friendly and, if families are allowed, it almost always means higher meeting attendance."

Wagner speaks from experience. Eight years ago, the MAPERS annual meeting brought in less than 200 people. Since then, the organization has begun inviting families and has seen interest spike.

"Last July we had 380 registrants," Wagner says, adding that the association holds its yearly event at Tan-Tar-A Resort in Lake of the Ozarks, Mo. "That is almost double in just eight years. I believe it is all because we are family-friendly; people almost see it as a three-day vacation."

Ann Walters, director of sales for Tan-Tar-A Resort, says she's also seen a sharp increase in groups wanting to bring families along in recent years.

"We've definitely seen an upswing," she says. "Families are looking for ways to stretch their vacation dollar and spend more time with their kids. People's schedules are crazy and I think time away on vacation is very important to families right now.

Rossie Williamson, director of sales for the Ramada Tropics Resort & Conference Center in Des Moines, Iowa, has also seen an increase.

"Families don't have a lot of time for vacations anymore," she says. "If mom or dad is going to a meeting and the hotel room is paid for, that is a great opportunity for the kids to come along. We have a water park at our property and I think for that reason we are seeing more and more groups bring their families along for meetings. We are definitely getting more requests lately."

While Walters and Williamson cite an increase in families coming along to meetings, not everyone sees the same trend.

"We don't see families coming along to meetings all that frequently," says Mike Roebuck, director of sales and marketing for the Hyatt Regency Minneapolis. "The only time we see them is if it is a church group in which kids come along anyway or if it is an association meeting and there is something going on in the city such as a Vikings [football] game.

"I would say we see about one in every 10 groups bring their families along," he estimates.


Family Meetings 101
Why do some venues see an increase and others don't? It all comes back to the first rule of meeting planning: choosing an appropriate venue.

Case-in-point: Tan-Tar-A Resort offers a waterpark. The Hyatt Regency Minneapolis, while a well-appointed meeting venue with more than 74,000 square feet of meeting space, does not.

"Planners need to take a close look at what property they are going to," says Bob O'Connor, director of sales and marketing for the Hilton Chicago/Indian Lakes Resort in Bloomingdale, Ill. "For example, an airport property or downtown property may not be the best bet. In my opinion, resort properties are most conducive."

Wagner agrees.

"You really have to consider the venue when kids are involved," she says. "The whole venue and the whole plan have to be kid-oriented. You have to rethink your get-togethers. You may not be able to have cocktail parties or go to the casino or spa. Instead, you have to think of events and venues where there are things for children to do."

According to Wagner, each year the association puts on a kid-friendly reception for its attendees.

"We have a reception that is geared toward kids," she says. "One year we had a Wizard of Oz theme and last year our theme was Wild West. We gave favors to the children such as cowboy hats and stick-on tattoos. It is a lot of fun."

What else should planners consider when inviting the little ones along?

"Make sure to structure the meeting accordingly," O'Connor advises. "If the meeting doesn't allow for any free time at all, it may not be conducive for a family to come along. Also, make sure the meeting lasts around two to four days to allow for time to have fun."

Tan-Tar-A's Walters also says it is a good idea to factor in flextime.

"You could schedule a meeting to start early, then cut it off at noon and let everyone utilize the resort's facilities during the day," she says. "Then, gather everyone together in the evening for a catered event."

Childcare is another important consideration when planning a family-friendly event, Walters says.

"If an organization wants to hold an event that is for adults only, it is important to consider babysitting services," she says.

While figuring out meal arrangements for a group of adults can give planners pause, organizing food service for children is a whole different ball game.

"I really have to watch it when I plan breakfast," Wagner says. "If kids are involved, I always have cereal for them. A lot of kids don't like eggs and you really need to keep in mind that a kid's pallet is completely different than an adult's pallet.

"I try to extend the time of our breakfasts to accommodate families," she continues. "I can expect fewer families in the morning because mom and the kids don't want to get up at 7:30 a.m.; it is their vacation. I usually extend breakfast for at least 30 minutes longer than usual to accommodate them."

What types of meetings are most suitable for family tagalongs?

"I see it mostly with association and SMERF [social, military, education, religious and fraternal] groups," says Hilton's O'Connor. "I don't see it as predominantly in the corporate segment."

Beyond demographics, Wagner says families lend themselves well to general meetings, not those that are top secret.

"I'd say the meeting has to have a large number of attendees, it shouldn't be just a 12-person group that will meet for an afternoon," she says. "It needs to be a few days and the meeting content shouldn't be anything secretive."


Looking Ahead
What does the future hold for family-friendly meetings?

"I think more groups are going to bring their families along in the future," says Ramada's Williamson. "These days, both parents are really involved in their children's lives, not just moms. Families are always trying to find things to do together. And because everyone seems to work more hours than they used to, it offers a great opportunity to spend time together."

O'Connor concurs.

"I don't think our world will ever get back to the point where it was 10 or 15 years ago where people were planning a ton of meetings and had lots of disposable income," he says. "Today, we all have less time and less money to plan our own vacations. Therefore, if a hotel is family-friendly, it will increase its chances of winning business opportunities."

Katie Morell is a Chicago-based freelance writer and former Meetings Media editor: [url]www.katiemorell.com[/url].

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