When thinking about what type of venue we were trying to select, the planning team had a couple priorities. Of course, if you read the blog post about why we selected the location for the event, you know that we’d already decided on Chicago. We thought that a location out of the city would help save on cost for our attendees as well as allow a retreat-style, getaway feel. Ideally, the hotel and it’s grounds would be relaxing and inviting and the conference space would also be beautiful and a place we would like to spend more than just a day or two.
We reviewed several responses to RFP submissions from Chicago-area venues. We narrowed down the available options at that point to three venues. Since we needed a core team member to take a look in person and since she is located there, Chicago WIT user Group leader, Salesforce MVP & Director of Operations for #WITConf17, Jocelyn Fennewald, went out to take a look at those options.
Eaglewood resort was the clear winner among those she visited and after reviewing her executive summaries of the three venues, the core planning team agreed. As of December 2016, we had a venue selected with dates we could announce… Next all we needed was a WordPress theme, someone who knew how to deploy it, a beautiful logo, website hosting, all so we had a website to announce the dates and allow for registration. But let’s talk more about the venue…WITness Success isn’t just about sessions and networking. Check out all the wonders of Eaglewood Resort & Spa, located at 1401 Nordic Rd, Itasca, IL. Book your stay now!
Take the journey towards pure tranquility. Schedule a relaxing massage or get centered in the yoga room. Find your balance. Find your harmony. Find you. Call to schedule today: 630.694.5903.
Spa Amenities include:
The Golf Club at Eaglewood is a Par 72 championship USGA-certified course that offers private and group lessons, golf packages, annual passes and golf outings. You can even schedule Night Golfing! How fun!! Call 630-773-3510 to schedule.
Daily Digital Hole in One Challenge: For just a $5.00 entry fee, players can win up to $10,000 for a Hole in One on hole #8. All Hole in One winners receive an HD Video of their swing, shot and celebration to share with the world.
Eaglewood Resort & Spa can help you find the balance between healthy and fun. Enjoy state-of-the-art fitness center and pool, private bowling alley and magnificent acres of landscape. There are so many other things to do as well!
The Fitness Center has a Cardio Room, a Fitness Class Room (where we will hold yoga, if we can arrange it!), and a Free Weight Room. There’s also a 23 meter heated, indoor lap pool, naturally lit with sun deck!
Bowling or billiards? Enjoy a homemade pizza and full-service bar while you challenge your fellow community member skills! Individual rates for guests are $30 per lane, per hour. Up to 6 people per lane. Kegler’s Bowling Alley – Retro – Style Bowling, Bar and Billiards. To book a private party at Kegler’s call 630-694-5933.
Prairie River Fire Pit and Patio
Prairie River offers remarkable views of the golf course, as well as an intimate outdoor patio and grand fire pit. Dining offers American cuisine with a full-service bar, carrying the latest, popular local brews.
Conveniently located next to the lobby, the Market is a great place to eat, drink and connect. Menu items feature freshly prepared hot and cold meals, Lavazza coffee drinks and healthy smoothie options. Guests can order ahead and pick up their food, or even have it delivered to their rooms. It’s a new, modern form of in-room dining!
Ogden’s Lobby Bar
Ogden’s Lobby Bar features creative martinis, artisan wines and hand-crafted beers in an upscale setting. Enjoy Ogden’s small plate menu while sipping on a glass of red wine, while watching the sun set on over the golf course.
See website for hours and reservation information.
Don’t forget to book your stay today!
1401 Nordic Rd, Itasca, IL 60143
Don’t hesitate to get in touch if you have additional questions on the #WITConf17 resort venue or amenities, find us on Twitter at @WITnessSuccess, the Women in Tech group in the Success Community, find our Facebook page or comment below!
Co-authored by #WITConf17 Volunteer Lead & team member Jean Velonis.