BizBash is one of my favorite event planning information resources. I find it to be really interactive via the LinkedIn forums and also very informative. I like that it's broken up into regions/major cities that allows for local information with a general, consistent set up for all the cities. So of course, this year, I think every event planner should look into attending BizBash's Idea Fest. These take place in all of the major cities including Chicago. On November 14th you can sign up for the day event which will be at Merchandise Mart, downtown. Prices vary depending on what events you decide to attend. To find out more information or to register, go to http://www.bizbash.com/bizbash-events/idea-fest/2012/chicago/.