What’s new in corporate events?

As the year is really starting to roll, we’re finding one major trend in the event industry thus far. 2016 is bringing increasingly savvy clients. With the ever-growing popularity of Pinterest, clients become more and more savvy when it comes to event design (gasp!). It’s no longer solely up to the designer to translate client’s goals and • Read More »


Get To Know Us… Staff Spotlight Style

We, at Ivan Carlson & Associates, are proud to say that we’re “a group of really fun people.” It’s a saying you can find almost anywhere, our business cards, website, Facebook and Instagram, you get the picture. They say people do business with people, not businesses, and we couldn’t agree more so we decided that, in • Read More »


Holiday Magnolias at Morgan Manufacturing

For a corporate holiday party at Morgan Manufacturing, we complimented the cool, industrial design & vibe of the space with rich magnolia leaves, bronze lanterns and candlelight. Understated elegance with an urban flair. Photos by Eric Craig Photography.  


Shimmer & Shine

For a corporate holiday party at Paris Club, we complemented the room’s existing features with gold & silver accents and candlelight. A little seasonal shimmer & shine for the holidays!


“Kellogg On Growth”

We were thrilled to take part in the inaugural “Kellogg on Growth” forum at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. It was a one-of-a-kind, multi-day program that included headline speakers, opening and closing ceremonies and receptions.


Bicycle Give-Away

In partnership with Chicago Is…, we incorporated the client’s bicycle give-away into thematic decor featuring bike wheels, vintage bicycles and found objects. Floral elements and candlelight soften the look. Photos by Eric Craig Photography.


Gothic Elegance

In partnership with Chicago Is…, the University Club of Chicago was the setting for the second evening of our client’s multi-day program. The gothic architecture and brilliant stained glass inspired an elegant design featuring candelabras and seasonal floral in shades of deep red.


Skyline Magic & Modern Art Masters

The Art Institute’s Modern Wing was a stunning setting for the first night of a corporate client’s multi-day program. In partnership with Chicago Is…, we featured a striking black & white design in The Terzo Piano. Meanwhile, Griffin Court hosted bold colors found in the client’s logo. The Chicago skyline was a magnificent backdrop on • Read More »


Chicago Street Festival-esque

In partnership with Hosts Chicago, we were thrilled to convert McCormick Place into a classic, Chicago-style street festival. Thematic pavilions featured decor, food, games and entertainment representative of the unique cultures of the City. Photos by Eric Craig Photography.


Spooky In The Suburbs

It was a beautiful Fall day when our crew arrived to “wreak some havoc” in a northern suburb. Our clients were gone for the day.. and more than ready to see the spooky transformation when they got home. We were thrilled to convert their respectable home into a haunted haven. The sidewalk has inhabited with • Read More »