So long, Cobo Hall! Huntington Place is the new name for Detroit’s world-class convention center. Karen Totaro, general manager for ASM Global, which runs the day-to-day operations for the venue, announced the name change. “Our partnership with Huntington Bank brings a wealth of opportunities to our community and visitors,” she said. “As we continue to elevate this Detroit convention center as an industry gold standard, the creative, hardworking team at Huntington Place continues to make diversity a strength as it focuses entirely on the success of every event.”

The 17th largest convention center in the United States, Huntington Place has 723,000 square feet of exhibit space. Originally opened as Cobo Hall in 1960, it completed a $279 million transformation in 2015. Before the pandemic, the convention center attracted nearly 1.5 million visitors annually. During the COVID-19 crisis, the venue became a civic center for the Detroit region, serving as a field hospital, a day center for homeless services, a food distribution center for Food Rescue US, and the city’s largest vaccination site with a drive-through facility in the Atwater Garage.

In 2022 the venue expects to host several big trade shows, including Silicone Expo, the world's first free-to attend commercial trade show and conference for the silicone industry in June, and Connect Marketplace in August. huntingtonplacedetroit.com

Temperatures are starting to dip in Seattle, but if you want to get in one last outdoor gathering before winter, consider The Rooftop at WeWork Cap Hill. Located on the penthouse level on 11th Avenue near Seattle’s storied Pine and Pike Streets, the space offers inviting landscapes and spectacular views of the surrounding mountains. Capacity: 74.  Bring sweaters and scarves!

 

Taking photos of oneself isn’t just a thing you do at an event, it can be the event itself. Case in point: The Selfie Museum of Detroit has opened. The brainchild of Detroit local Kelli Cooke and her 14-year-old daughter, Jordyn Watson, the space features 20 Instagrammable and TikTok-ready interactive backdrops, featuring oversized ice-cream cones, a kissing booth, a red pay phone, a baby blue slide, and more. Group tickets are available. 

 

It began as the first Cadillac dealership outside of Detroit, then became a roller rink in the 1950s. Now, the High Five GR is reopened as a premier event space in downtown Grand Rapids. The original roller rink hardwood floors remain, as do the vaulted ceilings and oversized arched windows that showcase the city lights. What’s new is a state-of-the-art a/v system and an event team that can create custom floorplans and organize set up/teardown and load in/out logistics.