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Meet ILEA Chicago Member - Mary Lynne Ferrara of The Skydeck Chicago


Tell us a little bit about yourself…

Who/ what inspired you to go into event planning?

I have been in sales my entire career, so it was just another transition.  I can’t say that there was anything that inspired me but it turned out to be the best decision!

Tell us one thing we might not learn about you right away?

I adopted a baby from China, 24 years ago.

What do you love the most about what you do?

I love to see the results of all the planning that go into the events.  The wow factor when people come in and see the incredible view from the 99th floor – and see the city from a totally different perspective. We live in an incredible city.

Where did you grow up?

Upstate NY – Syracuse. So no issues with Chicago winters, because they are mild compared to what I grew up with.

What's your event gone wrong horror story?

It just happened the other night when – for some unknown reason – the lights on the 99 floor went out during the event.  Luckily Willis Tower is staffed 24 hours a day, so engineering got things back on track, but it was a little disruptive, as you can imagine

What made you interested in participating in ILEA? 

The wonderful industry people that I have met, who have become friends along the way.

To learn more about The Skydeck Chicago, visit their website, Instagram or Facebook!