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CTC Destination Management, a DMC Network Company, would like to thank all of our clients for making 2016 a great year. We successfully operated over 110 programs this year ranging from ten person dinners to large week long multiple event programs. No matter how big or small, each and every program was very important to us. Thank you for trusting CTC with your important clients throughout the year. We look forward to successfully operating your programs in 2017 and beyond. We would also like to extend a special thank you to our supplier partners for all of their hard work and dedication to CTC throughout the year.



Big news! Today, after 27 years, we are proud and excited to release an updated brand identity, which includes a new company name, logo and colors. Our new company name will be CTC Destination Management and our exciting new logo can be seen here. Our new logo has already been rolled out internally and we expect to launch our new website shortly. We are very proud of our rich history and identity in the market. Although our name and logo has changed, we will continue to deliver the top DMC services in the Chicago market.

In conjunction with the CTC Destination Management name and logo change, the DMC Network ( unveiled our exciting new brand and website at IMEX 2016 in Las Vegas. The world is re-arranging and so is the destination management industry. The new DMC Network is poised to capitalize on the opportunity and potential of this marketplace. At a time when nothing is sure in business, the DMC Network guarantees delivery. Unique in the industry, the DMC Network is an LLC of the top-performing, wholly owned DMC’s across North America. With an average of over 23 years in business, each DMC partner delivers unsurpassed knowledge of their market and a confidence that they are a sound, professional organization that consistently exceeds clients’ expectations. With more accreditations than any other organization of DMC’s, strict adherence to ethical and operational standards and ongoing training, the DMC Network is advancing the industry and delivering success again and again. With the DMC Network there is peace-of-mind in knowing that you’ll never have to risk entering into new territory. Through collaboration and technology, your history is delivered to partners in other destinations so that the learnings from the initial engagement with you are leveraged. No matter the DMC Network partner you work with, you can have confidence that you will be known, understood and safe. With an insider’s knowledge, we make it effortless for you to produce meetings and events around the globe. We are your knowledge network and are dedicated to doing business your way, in every way. As a network, we represent many destinations, but only one relationship - the one with you.



The West Loop of Chicago – and more specifically, Fulton Market – is where American steak was born. The team of Boka Restaurant Group, B. Hospitality, Executive Chef Chris Pandel, and world renowned designers, Avroko, have created Swift & Sons – a place that not only elevates what has already been done, but evolves the American Steakhouse for the modern diner.



In 19th century Chicago, the cattle trade was one of the most prestigious businesses of which to be involved, with one of the industry pioneers being Gustavus Franklin Swift. The design for Swift & Sons takes its inspiration from this titan of the industry, re-imagining what this fictitious company's headquarters might look like in the retro-future.

The experience mirrors that of walking into a luxury, old boys' club—turn of the 20th century office building with high ceilings, stained glass lighting, and mosaic marble floors. Raw concrete columns and mushroom capitals are left exposed, providing peeks to the original architecture of the building which was (not un-ironically) once a Cold Storage facility in the middle of the meatpacking center of Chicago.












Located in the heart of the Fulton Market District, Swift & Sons is set to become the premier dining destination in the West Loop. This multi-level floor plan includes an oyster bar, upper and lower level Tavern, an elevated main dining room as well as two private dining rooms with adjacent private bar. World-renowned design firm AvroKO has created a space indicative of a classic Chicago style steakhouse updated with modern finishes and décor.

Contact CTC to arrange your experience at one of Chicago's newest restaurants.



Please join us in congratulating Ally Dinkle, CMP, Manager,

Event Services for CTC Destination Management, on

passing her CMP examination in November 2016.

The Convention Industry Council (CIC) launched the

Certified Meeting Professional (CMP) program in 1985 to

     - enhance the knowledge and performance of meeting


     - promote the status and credibility of the meeting

       profession, and

     - advance uniform standards of practice.

Today, the CMP credential is recognized globally as the badge of excellence in the meeting, convention, exhibition, and event industry. The qualifications for certification are based on professional experience, education, and a rigorous exam.

The CMP exam was developed and is maintained by meeting professionals from all over the world who volunteer their time to ensure that the program reflects the best practices in the meeting management field. More than 10,000 meeting professionals in 55 countries around the globe hold the CMP designation. This unique community represents every sector of the industry—from corporations and associations to government and institutional organizations.

The CMP program aims to increase the professionalism of meeting management professionals in all sectors of the industry by: 

     - Identifying a comprehensive body of knowledge in the meeting management    


     - Promoting industry standards, practices and ethics

     - Stimulating the advancement of the art and science of meeting management

     - Increasing the value of Certified Meeting Professionals to their employers

     - Maximizing the value received from the products and services provided by CMPs

Congratulations Ally Dinkle, CMP!


Our Chicago Connection Newsletter would not be complete without a brief mention of the Chicago Cubs winning the 2016 World Series. The billy goat curse is dead. The Chicago Cubs are World Series champions at long last, winning their first Fall Classic in 108 years, defeating the Cleveland Indians in 10 innings 8-7 in Game 7 at Progressive Field in Cleveland. The curse began in 1945, when William "Billy Goat" Sianis - then the owner of the tavern, which is separately famous as the inspiration for the beloved "cheeburger, cheeburger, no Coke, Pepsi" skit on "Saturday Night Live" — bought two tickets to Game 4 of the Cubs' World Series game against the Detroit Tigers: one for himself, and one for Murphy, the tavern's billy goat mascot.




What does it mean for the Chicago Cubs to win the World Series? “Everything” doesn’t seem like enough.

Our city celebrated like no other. The Chicago River turned Cubbie blue Friday morning, as the city braced for a parade 108 years in the making. Officials estimate that 5 million people showed up to the Chicago Cubs parade and rally Friday, making it the 7th largest gathering in human history.

We can finally say it. After years of pain and suffering. Congrats to the 2016 World Series Champion Chicago Cubs.


Jillene Szostak, DMCP and Ann VerSchave, DMCP will be attending the Association of Destination Management Executives International (ADMEI) Annual Meeting in Barcelona, Spain from January 19-21, 2017.



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