VENUE CONNOISSEURS – PURVEYORS OF CRAFTBAR EXPERIENCE – EXPERT EVENT CONSULTATION

VenueLogic takes pride in being Chicago’s premier Venue and Event management company.

The VenueLogic team is the Venue Connoisseurs for Chicagoland. We offer services from Venue Search & Management to expert Event Consultation while being purveyors of our popular CraftBar Experience.

Our venue management team offer services including design and build-out consulting with a turn-key approach for managed venues. Our clients, both the venue owner and the end-user, benefit from our knowledge and in-depth experience in the venue and event industry along with our strong third party partnerships.

Our Venue Sales team specializes in finding the ideal space for your event. Whether it’s a wedding, mitzvah, non-profit, corporate, or social event, our roster of timeless and unique venues offer our clients several options to choose from.

And we go one step further and help clients with event details by suggesting vendors from catering to production companies to entertainment. VenueLogic works with the best of the best and we execute multiple successful events each year.

So whether it’s for the management of your venue or for the consulting of your event at one of our managed venues, we are here when you need us!

Our Team


Jim Boardman

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Jim is Founder, Managing Partner, and CEO of Venue Logic. He is a veteran with 30 years in the event business as a chef, caterer, and multi-business owner. He is also a lover of DIY and an avid painter/crafter with a passion in sharing new and noteworthy information on all things "events". […]

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Kate Gueorguieva

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Kate Gueorguieva is a Partner and specializes in Operations and our Beverage Program. Because of her prior experience in the food operations industry, she applies best practices for her clients. Eager to share her talents, her warmth and sense of style is apparent in the events she produces […]

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Gretchen McGinn

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Gretchen is expert in relationship and partnership development and ensures that client’s dreams become a reality. With her prior corporate background in the U.S. and Europe, she has honed her skills as a professional connector. Building on that, she has launched McGinn Premier Services, planning […]

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Astra Gamsjaeger

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Astra has been instrumental in moving Venue Logic’s presence as one of the premier venue search, management and consulting companies in Chicago. Using her previous corporate experience in relationship marketing for clients such as United Airlines, First Card Bank (Chase), and Ameritech (AT&T) […]

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Shannon Egan

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As a recent graduate from the University of Dayton, Shannon is bringing her enthusiasm, energy and strong work ethic into her position as Venue Specialist. Day to day, she conducts site visits, creates client contract forms, and manages client relationships [...]

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Marcelo Arellano

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A Food and beverage specialist with extensive experience in planning and execution of catering events for both social and corporate clients. Marcelo orders, executes and oversees events for over 60 000 people a year. He has outstanding organizational skills and capabilities in coordination of multiple functions simultaneously with a great [...]

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Advisory Board


Mike Winfrey

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Mike has 30+ years experience in consulting for supply chains and healthcare operations. In addition, Mike has participated in 5 start-ups and brings his analytic expertise to the Venue Logic board. With 2 daughters in college and one in high school, he is eventually going to experience the reality of wedding planning so working with […]

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Gary Radville

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Gary is Co-Founder of Lively Custom Water Bottle, which combines his passions for the environment, art and fitness. He recently competed in his first Chicago Triathlon. He also is a CPA and MBA and a veteran with 30 years on the operations and finance sides of the food and beverage businesses as COO and CFO.
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Perry Fotopoulos

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Perry has always had one foot in the wine business and the other in event production. Voted “Retail Wine Consultant of the Year” at the Midwest International Wine Exposition and certified as sommelier by the Master Court of Sommeliers in 1993. His midnight booze cruises were infamous, but eventually banned from Lake Michigan. He built […]

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