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Archive for January, 2014

Speaking of Speakers

Posted on: January 31st, 2014 by Dan Hixon

Clients ask us about having a Speaker at a Corporate Event. Are they effective? Certainly, the right Personality can motivate, inspire & entertain, which is the goal of anyone planning a Special Event. Over the years, we’ve provided Politicians, such as Ronald Reagan, John Anderson, Gerald Ford & Bill Clinton; we’ve booked Journalists, Astronauts & Athletes. & of course, lots of Entertainers. Each one has had an impact of their own, but there are a few elements that we have learned are important, when deciding who you would like to invest in, for your event.

What do you want to accomplish? Do you want to entertain or inspire? Believe it or not, there are people that accomplish both, extremely well. Do you want someone who will interact with your people, shake hands & give you personal contact. Many celebrities are very shy or private & will not do any meet/greet. Your Production Company should know this & advise you.

Does the personality you’re interested in do this all the time? Many Celebrities are skilled in one area only & do not regularly do Speaking Engagements. You may like them on the screen, television or the field, but they might have no experience or skill at speaking. It’s very important to get good advise on this as well.

A final extremely important element in maximizing your experience, is the production aspects. Your Keynote Speaker needs to be presented properly, with the best possible staging, lighting & media support. When hosting in a major metropolitan area such as Chicago, you can take advantage of local “talent” & local Production Companies that have experience with this talent. Their recommendations go a long way in guiding you to the best personality & value, as well as coordinating production & labor.

All these things combine to creating a larger than life experience. Supported with the right production, you will create an incredible amount of excitement & wow your participants!

Having the Blues can be fun!

Posted on: January 23rd, 2014 by Dan Hixon

Every big city has something that distinguishes it. What do people think of & want to experience when they come to Chicago? Deep dish pizza. Italian Beef. The Cubs. & of course, Blues. In fact, having the Cubs as our team has made us really understand the Blues! We have such a wealth of great Blues Bands here & they can be the core of a great party.

One very popular Corporate Networking Event, is to recreate a Blues Club. This can be done with an openhouse type of feel, where guests are drawn in by food & beverage stations & the promise of some great entertainment. This is accomplished with a club type atmosphere, which can be made even more enticing with something like Close Up Magicians working the room, along with perhaps Caricature Artists or Psychics. Then, the Main Stage entertainment performance takes over with short shows or vignettes, after which your guest can mingle again, but are encouraged to stick around “for the next set”.

This format is really effective & gives your people the Chicago feel, while still staying in your Hotel or facility & getting to know each other or making new contacts!

What’s LIVE in Chicago?

Posted on: January 15th, 2014 by Dan Hixon

When the cold wind blows in our beautiful city, you wonder: what is there to do, but freeze? We here in the Jewel of the Midwest know how to make the most of whatever Mother Nature sends our way & in the winter, the rhythm of life for us changes a little. When it’s too nasty to be outside, we head to the fabulous Live Entertainment that Chicago is known for, with the Seasons of our Resident Companies beginning in September & ending in May.

The Lyric Opera of Chicago is a world class Opera Company & attracts the world’s greatest singers. There’s always something thrilling to marvel at, including the historic Opera House. We have Broadway in Chicago, an annual assemblage of the best of Theater, what’s new & what’s classic. The Theater District has beautiful houses & all within walking distance of each other, as well as restaurants & charming boutique hotels.

Move to the entertainment hub of Navy Pier on Lake Michigan & you find our Shakespeare Theater, hosting innovative & creatively dazzling productions of not only Shakespeare plays but a wide variety of shows, both original & classic. It NEVER disappoints.

We have quite a few resident Dance Companies, including the world renown Joffrey Ballet, headquartered here & performing at the stunning Roosevelt University Auditorium. They exquisitely combine classical with modern, dance with live music & full productions to ensemble pieces. The costuming, staging & lighting is nothing short of fantastic.

Of course, we have our world class Museums: the Art Institute, Museum of Science & Industry, the Field Museum, the Adler Planetarium, to name the colossus, along with a myriad of smaller museums & galleries. & we can’t leave out the Lincoln Park Zoo, open all year round & the last free Zoological Garden in the world.

Is it any wonder that our Chicago is a year round destination? It’s the perfect place to find LIVE Entertainment!

Welcome to our 2014 Website

Posted on: January 10th, 2014 by Dan Hixon

Happy New Year & welcome to our 2014 Website!  We hope that you find our company your One Stop Shop for all your Entertainment Needs in Chicago.  For over 30 years, Prism Entertainment has produced the very finest in Corporate Entertainment, Theme Parties, Motivational Speakers, Fundraisers & any type of gathering that calls for an unforgetable event.

The incredible talent that is available in the Chicagoland area is almost limitless & Prism Entertainment is your premium source.  Have you ever thought of reaching for a Star?  Our Name Entertainment Roster is the very Best in Corporate Entertainment.  We provide every aspect of the most complicated Production, from ground transportaton to standing ovation.  You sit back & enjoy the Show, only interupted by congratulations for an unbelievable triumph.

Our Theme Parties provide your guests with an unforgetable event, with a “WOW” thrown in.   Again, we coordinate as much as you want & need, including Sets, Scenery, Decor in addition to just the right Entertainment to delight your guests.  Chicago has an international blend of neighborhoods with entertainment to go with it & our Chicago Neighborhoods Party is amazing, featuring  authentic costuming, dancing & music from our rich ethnic diversity.

When it comes to Live Music, well, you really have come to the right place.  Our Hip Hop Pop, Show/Dance & Retro Bands are the perfect fit for whoever you need to please.  & of course, Blues.  High energy & proficient skill will prove why Chicago is the Blues Capital of the U.S. & we the very Best to you.

Round it out with every kind of Magician, Comedian, Cirque Performer, Classical Ensemble, Novelty Performer, Circus Act, Dancers & any other kind of Professional Performer needed to make your event the very best it can be & you have the reason that Prism Entertainment has been the number one source for Entertainment Needs in Chicago for over 30 years.  Full time, experienced Consultants await your call!