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ILLINOIS RESTAURANT ASSOCIATION HOSTS MEET chicago northwest hospitality iNDUSTRY DAY on JUNE 29 in Schaumburg


On Wednesday, June 29 the Illinois Restaurant Association (IRA) and Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI) will hold a series of events in Schaumburg to celebrate the thriving hospitality industry, kicking off with a round table discussion for industry members, followed by special party for Meet Chicago Northwest area residents.


Schaumburg Round Table

Located at Chicago Prime Steakhouse (1444 E Algonquin Rd.), Schaumburg area Hospitality & Tourism Owner/Operators are invited to participate in a round table discussion from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m.  Guest speakers include Lisa Timbo, General Manager at Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center Hotel and Dan Spears, Vice President of Industry Relations & Licensing at Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI). The discussion will highlight the Schaumburg area convention forecast, best practices for music licensing and current issues facing the restaurant industry.  Admission is free for all Illinois Restaurant Association Operator members, with varying ticket prices for Associate members and non-members.  To register or view additional information, visit


Industry Bash

Later in the evening, the IRA and BMI will host an industry party at Punch Bowl Social (1100 American Ln.) from 5 to 10 p.m., bringing together the music and hospitality industries to celebrate the vibrant businesses in the Schaumburg area.  The event will feature lively food and drink, and a live performance from BMI singer/songwriter Paul McDonald.


The party is open to industry members and patrons alike and tickets are available at


For more information about these events, please email Eric Fine with the Illinois Restaurant Association at or call (312) 380-4115.


About BMI

Celebrating over 75 years of service to songwriters, composers, music publishers and businesses, Broadcast Music, Inc.® (BMI®) is a global leader in music rights management, serving as an advocate for the value of music. BMI represents the public performance rights in more than 10.5 million musical works created and owned by more than 700,000 songwriters, composers, and music publishers. The Company negotiates music license agreements and distributes the fees it generates as royalties to its affiliated writers and publishers when their songs are performed in public. In 1939, BMI created a groundbreaking open-door policy becoming the only performing rights organization to welcome and represent the creators of blues, jazz, country, and American roots music. Today, the musical compositions in BMI's repertoire, from chart toppers to perennial favorites, span all genres of music and are consistently among the most-performed hits of the year. For additional information and the latest BMI news, visit, follow us on Twitter @BMI or stay connected through Broadcast Music, Inc.'s Facebook page.


About Chicago Prime Steakhouse

Chicago Prime Steakhouse is the only independently owned 100% Prime Steakhouse in the Schaumburg area offering the perfect balance of sophisticated ambiance and exquisite cuisine, serving only USDA Prime-Aged Steaks and fresh seafood flown in daily. Chicago Prime Steakhouse offers guests an award winning wine list and live music.  For more information, visit


About Punch Bowl Social

Punch Bowl Social brings classic entertainment and adept culinary chops together under the same roof, in an environment that is playful, classy and surprisingly intimate. We like to say that Punch Bowl Social is where Paul Bunyan meets Don Draper. Punch Bowl Social’s scratch kitchen serves four meals – counting our late-night snacks! – while the in-house mixologists focus on the craft of cocktails. For more information, visit


About Meet Chicago Northwest

Meet Chicago Northwest is the official destination marketing organization for eight vibrant and sophisticated communities conveniently located on the northwest edge of Chicago and offering destination amenities including 62+ hotels with over 9,600 guest rooms, over 25 major attractions and more than 400 restaurants. The organization’s mission is to make a positive economic impact by marketing and selling the region to groups and individual travelers.  Information about Meet Chicago Northwest is available at


About Illinois Restaurant Association

Founded in 1914, the Illinois Restaurant Association is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting, protecting, educating and improving the restaurant industry in Illinois. For more information, visit and follow on LinkedInFacebook and Twitter.



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