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Who We Are

A La Carte Planners, a full-service meeting and event management company, is based in Darien, Illinois, a western suburb 20 minutes outside of downtown Chicago.

A La Carte Planners was founded in 1997 to meet the increasing demand for cost-effective, quality freelance meeting planning services to manage national and local meetings and special events for corporations worldwide.


Company Background

A La Carte Planners adopts a "Start to Finish" approach towards meetings. From site selection, to hotel and airline negotiations, to food and beverage planning, to audio visual set-up, we remember just what counts ... DETAILS, DETAILS, DETAILS!!!

And when it comes to flawless execution, A La Carte Planners always provides experienced and exceptional onsite staff to ensure the success of your meeting or event. Even after your program, we're there with computerized billing to reconcile your account.

  • No headaches.
  • No pressures.
  • No problems.
We enjoy seeing to every detail of your program, to make sure your event not only runs smoothly, but that it's memorable with just the right touch of pizzazz!

Meet Our Owner

Catherine M. Griffin has over 16 years of professional experience in the meeting planning industry. Her expertise is in negotiation, budget planning and creative theme program design. She has extensive experience in producing a wide-range of meetings for large corporate and association clients . . . exhibit tradeshows, corporate board meetings, medical education meetings, training seminars and incentive travel programs.

She has developed exciting meetings and events for a vast array of Fortune 500 companies nationwide. Below is a partial listing of some of the companies she's planned programs for in her career:

Allstate, Bee Chemical, Walt Disney Home Video, Kemper Financial, Abbott Labs, Baxter, Ohio State University, Tyco International, Kendall LTP, Wm. M. Mercer, Hungry Minds (formerly IDG Books Worldwide), Phillips Lighting, MCI, Clune Construction and GlaxoSmithKline Pharmaceuticals.


Our Mission

A La Carte Planners' mission is simple . . . To offer our clients superior meeting and event planning services.

We take great pride in providing our clients with the most responsive, professional, innovative, and cost-effective meeting and event planning services in the industry!


Professional Memberships / Affiliations

A La Carte Planners is an active member in the following organizations:

  • Meeting Professionals International (MPI)

An Independent Meeting Planner with the Following Planning Networks:

  • The Logic Network
  • Current-Temp
  • Meeting Jobs


A La Carte Planners . . . Your First Choice for Meeting and Event Planning Services!

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