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I Love The 90’s Event

On Tuesday, October 10th, the 90’s decade was brought back to Chicago. Mercer, the world’s largest HR consulting firm, tasked PWE with producing their Workday Rising event.

Over 500 Mercer employees, clients & VIPs enjoyed incredible 360-degree views of Chicago from the 82nd floor of the iconic Willis Tower, which was transformed into a celebration of the Mercer brand through an “I Love The 90’s” theme. Every element, i.e., food & beverage, décor and entertainment were entrenched in this decade. PWE strategized on all of the possible ways to activate the Mercer brand within the space, giving guests a small sense of Mercer’s culture. The branded environment included custom bars, custom food stations, wall art installations, branded food service, custom waters, a custom dance floor & a custom photo booth.

Ledge Tours, which extend out 4 feet and 1,353 feet in the air, were offered to guests on the 103rd floor if they dared.

The entertainment for the evening was a mash up of one-hit-wonders from The 90’s. The artists included Sugar Ray, Young MC, C & C Music Factory, SNAP & Tone Loc. The guests had a blast dancing & singing with the entertainment and a lucky few were even invited on stage.


Peak6 20th Anniversary Event

This year’s anniversary party for PEAK6, was centered around the theme of TV show families. Held in a large helicopter hangar, there were different vignettes throughout the venue dedicated to a selection of TV shows centered around guest engagement tied into the theme. With over 1,200 guests for this 20th anniversary celebration, the entire venue was utilized to keep guests engaged and to house not one, but two surprise name entertainment performances that night.

The entrance into the venue was nothing less than extraordinary – the entrance was a luxuriously decorated tent with a Partridge Family party bus inside of it, with the nose of the bus inside the venue itself. The open concept of the entrance led guests through registration and into the party. The bus housed a carpool karaoke set up where guests were able to perform their favorite hits as if they were a part of the infamous hit television show.

The event décor completely transformed the helicopter hangar with two stages facing each other at opposite ends of the venue for both the headliner entertainment and the late night performance. Between the stages was a plethora of interactive activities for guests, food stations for each themed area and stunning lounge seating areas to tie the whole thing together.


The Park At Wrigley Grand Opening


On the morning of the Chicago Cubs first Opening Day as World Series Champions in 108 years, the team and Hickory Street Capital (HSC) celebrated the opening of The Park At Wrigley. Located adjacent to Wrigley Field, the newest offering of the 1060 Project campaign is a community-oriented, open-air plaza featuring landscaping, welcoming green space and a playful water feature.

PWE was engaged to produce the Grand Opening Event, which culminated with a ceremonial ribbon cutting.

Upon guest arrival, VIPs were credentialed and offered Starbucks Reserve Coffee & delicious Green City Market crepes. Green City Market, a proud partner of the Park, also set up an interactive element where guests had the opportunity to plant seedlings, which signified the beginning of The Park At Wrigley.

Old Town School of Folk Music, another partner of HSC, provided entertainment throughout the celebration. The entertainment consisted of an 8-piece instrumental band that played various songs, including the famous “Go Cubs Go” song as part of the ceremony. Clark the Cubs also made an appearance that added to the excitement of the festivities.

When it was time for the ribbon to be cut, the stage participants including, Crane Kenney, Tom Ricketts & Mayor Rahm Emanuel took their positions and each held branded, oversized scissors ready to make the cut. More than thirty children from the local community were invited to sit on stage in front of the stage participants to be a part of this celebration.


PartySlate Launch


PartySlate is the ultimate guide to help you discover stunning event ideas, beautiful spaces, and top event pros to make your next event more meaningful and memorable. On August 25th, more than 800 Chicago VIPs, including media, socialites and event pros celebrated the launch of PartySlate with a dynamic celebration at Moonlight Studios in Chicago’s hip River West neighborhood.

It was a memorable night for all who attended, thanks to the delicious cocktails, incredible performances, interactive entertainment, and out-of-the-box décor. The theme of the evening focused upon “Inspiration” and what drives and stimulates the imagination for events. Paulette Wolf Events (PWE) produced the event, from overall concept and theme development to on-site management and coordination of logistics. PWE managed three décor companies, six caterers, entertainment, production, sound & lighting, and worked with each of them to insure they all blended with the underlying theme.

Inside the spacious, industrial-like Moonlight Studios, some of Chicago’s top caterers partnered with some of Chicago’s best décor companies to create spectacular rooms where guests mingled, partied, and enjoyed sophisticated food and innovative cocktails. Entertainment included a gospel choir, an international drum line and a DJ with a strolling violinist from BKO BeatMix Music, along with servers on stilts, a champagne chandelier and a living red carpet from New Moon Chicago. Sound Investment filled the entire space with great sound, lighting, video, and wallscapes of strolling event images.


Superheroes vs. Villains Anniversary Party


PEAK6, an asset risk management firm, tasks PWE to reinvent their anniversary celebration each year. Every anniversary event is focused on a particular theme with surprise name entertainment that must be held in a unique space that enables constant engagement for the 600 guests. This year’s theme was Superheroes vs. Villains.

The event was held in a large raw warehouse space that began with a dramatic entrance. The entrance décor replicated alleyways and crime scenes in Batman or Spiderman films featuring spider webs, garbage cans on fire and a vintage phone booth with Clark Kent’s change of clothes to transform into Superman.

As guests checked in they received an LED wristband that was programmed green for villains and blue for heroes to set the tone upon arrival. A hanging spiderman inside New Moon’s champagne chandelier poured glasses of champagne while performing acrobatic spidy-like tricks and an authentic Batmobile was displayed as the perfect photo opportunity for guests to show off their costumes. Waitstaff passed hors d’oeuvres and specialty cocktails including dry ice smoking Mr. Freeze drinks as well as Anti-Hero IPA to keep with the theme.


What PWE Did This Summer…


What Paulette Wolf Events Did This Summer… The summer of 2016 was a busy and exciting time for Paulette Wolf Events (PWE). The PWE team produced events that hit all of our target markets: corporate events, product launches, public festivals, conferences, incentive travel and elegant, high-end luxury weddings. PWE did it all! Here is just a short summary of this amazing and exciting summer.

This summer season started with a four-day conference for Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Inc. where the goal was to foster teamwork and honor those who contributed greatly to the company for the 700 attendees. This event featured full conference event management including a few social engagement receptions for networking at their loop headquarters.

Ikram, a Chicago fashion high-end clothing boutique celebrated its 15th anniversary by entertaining over 800 guests including Mayor Rahm Emanuel, George Lucas, Rodarte’s Kate and Laura Mulleavy and many other celebrities within the fashion world. PWE coordinated this high fashion block party event that featured a bevy of food trucks, a 90-piece marching band and full Ikram signature red décor all under a tent outside The Geraghty.

In one crazy weekend, PWE coordinated, produced and executed four different events. This first event was for SalesForce who hosted 25 sales incentive contest winners and their guests for a fun filled weekend in Kohler, WI. We were tasked with producing this weekend getaway that included hotel travel accommodations, golf, spa treatments and networking dinners at the American Club Hotel.

On that same weekend, we provided event management services for G&W Electric’s 600 person family picnic where everything from food & beverage, tenting, climbing walls, a petting zoo, a game show, incidental entertainment and food trucks created a family fun atmosphere for all their employees.


National Conference Of State Legislatures

Since 1975, NCSL has been the champion of state legislatures. They’ve helped states remain strong and independent by giving them the tools, information and resources to craft the best solutions to difficult problems. The Legislative Summit is the biggest and best gathering of state legislators and staff in the county. Every year NCSL holds a summit for approximately 5,000 legislators and staff with over 300 speakers and 50 educational sessions. This August, they engaged Paulette Wolf Events to produce the social events surrounding the conference as well as provide volunteer management and ground transportation for the NCSL summit.

The opening night networking reception was a celebration of Chicago Sports. Prior to the reception, Wayne Messmer, the frequent singer of the National Anthem for the Chicago Cubs, kicked off the Opening General Session with his stirring rendition of the song. Later, just as the Opening Session adjourned, attendees were surprised as a 70-piece marching band from Kenwood Academy, which played through the room, performing a medley of sports-themed standards. They then led the guests from the session ballroom to the opening night reception where they were greeted by the mascots from nearly all of Chicago’s professional sports teams.


Corporate Anniversary Event ~ Wild West Style

2015 marked the 18th anniversary of PEAK6, a Chicago-based asset risk management company. Because of crazy schedules and specific talent interests, we planned this year’s event in just 3 weeks. This much-anticipated annual event for 700 employees, clients and friends took place at The Geraghty. The vast space, extensive technology and production elements transported the guests into a country chic Wild West rock town.

Cowboys astride live horses greeted guests as they entered to the sounds of a fiddler fiddling. They then had to go through the gun inspection station where “county sheriffs” searched them & had their weapons checked. We created a western world that took the guests back to a time of gun spinning, trick roping and all things Wild West.

Highlights of the evening included jaw-dropping décor, themed food & beverages, a whiskey tasting station, a mechanical bull, a saloon setting with poker tables, a virtual shooting range, the 2015 World Champion Flair Bartender showcasing his craft and the chance to be jailed with Wild West robbers.


Peak6 Anniversary Event

We have been producing events for PEAK6, a Chicago-based asset risk management company for over 10 years. Their anniversary event is always the crown-jewel of their social calendar. Each year we are tasked with creating a theme and weaving that theme through all elements of the event – the venue, décor & name entertainment as well as the food & beverage. Coming up with the theme is the initial challenge each year, as the aim is always to outdo the previous year’s event. The next major challenge is coming up with the venue. As the company has continued to grow, so has the event, making it difficult to find a venue that can accommodate the guest count, as well as the extensive décor and production needed for BIG name talent (which is always a surprise).

For the 2014 event, we created a James Bond theme at the Redmoon Event Venue in Pilsen. The venue has a barren warehouse feel and features high ceilings and an open floorplan, which lent itself well to a Bond-themed setting, essentially providing a blank canvas for us to employ various décor, technology & production elements.