(no, this look is not *on-brand* but…)
I can’t help myself!
I keep reflecting on how amazing you all are and how I want this trip to be really special, just like you! It’s a celebration. And, when I think about what goals and aspirations I have for The Adventure Agency, celebrating, bright colors and reflective designs is what comes to mind! The brand is staying as it is, but internally the focus for The Adventure Agency 2024 is…
THE 2024 WORD OF THE YEAR IS
Did you know the headline on our website is “We design brands that magnify your unique magic and empower confidence in you and your business.”? For 2024, I don’t want to just do that for our clients, but I want to help magnify the unique magic in our team! SO when thinking about magnifying, magic, lenses, celebrating – it just screams iridescence and opulence.
So that’s the theme of the retreat 🙂
Now a few details about the trip…
- Megan, Olivia, Alyvia and Tammy arrive via car or train on Friday (probably by noon?)
- Kalina will be arriving at O’Hare around 1/1:30 and cabbing downtown.
- Jessica will be coming downtown on Friday.
We are staying at the London House in downtown Chicago. From their website: At the corner of North Michigan Avenue and Wacker Drive, LondonHouse sits as one of the “Big Four” skyscrapers surrounding the Michigan Avenue bridge. To the north is the Chicago River and Magnificent Mile. To the east is the lakefront. To the south and west are the Chicago Loop and nearby Millennium Park, Art Institute, Merchandise Mart and the restaurants of West Randolph Street. When you start here, at the center of it all, you’ll find everything the city has to offer is just a short walk, bike, train or cab ride away.
Valet Parking available.
85 East Wacker Drive At North Michigan Avenue Chicago IL 60601
Check-in starts at 4pm | checkout is at noon
Friday, January 12
33 N Dearborn, STE 2300, Chicago, IL
PCA America is having a photoshoot. They are purchasing shirts, and they would love to have us model them. I believe this photoshoot is taking place at their office. I’ll update you all if it changes. (This is billable, FYI).
85 E Wacker Dr, Chicago, IL 60601
Get our rooms at the hotel.
180 N Field Blvd, Chicago, IL
Dinner at Avli on the Park! Diane will be joining us for dinner.
Saturday, January 13
1300 N Dearborn, Chicago, IL 60610
Brunch at 3 Arts Club Café! Here is their brunch menu (food will be on me). 3 Arts is a 12 minute walk or a 3 minute cab ride to our photoshoot.
1524 N Lake Shore Dr, Chicago, IL 60610
Brand photoshoot! Since we will all be together, I’d love for us to get some branded photos we can use on the website, in pitch decks, on social media, etc. You can see the location here. I am still building the Pinterest boards, but you can check them out below for some outfit ideas and to get the vibe. This is the link to our photographer’s website, if you want to take a look!
626 N State St Chicago, IL, 60654
Dinner at Quartino! This is a cozy Italian restaurant that’s a 14 minute walk (or 4 minute cab ride) from the hotel. From the website: Opened in 2005 by Gibsons Restaurant Group in Chicago’s vibrant and bustling River North neighborhood, Quartino features a menu of Italian shared plates that focus on regional specialties made in-house when possible with the highest respect for Italian culinary traditions. I’ll get the food.
Saturday night I’d love for us to just hangout and get to all know each other irl. We can go out, we can stay in, whatever.
Sunday, January 14
12p CT: Hotel Checkout
3p CT: Kalina’s flight leaves out of O’Hare
You may want to hop on the train or grab a cab around 12 or 1p, depending on traffic!
At some point Diane will be meeting up with us, I’ll let you know when and where!
I CAN’T WAIT.
But, in the meantime, have a great holiday, a Happy New Year and let me know if I can answer any questions!