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Issue 7 | December 2016

Happy Holidays from the Staff at J Rudny

Happy Holidays from the Team at J Rudny

At J Rudny, we take pride in working with the travel and tourism industry! This holiday season, we encourage everyone to hit the road with family and checkout the magnificent light displays of some of our partners. As we say goodbye to an incredible 2016, we are thankful for our relationships, look forward to 2017 and wish all of our family and friends a joyous holiday season!

Aurora Area, Illinois

  • Aurora Holiday Festival of Lights - One of the largest free outdoor holiday light displays in Northern Illinois, the Festival of Lights, returns with dazzling displays that will delight both adults and children. Enjoy the magic! This year features a 20' tall "singing" Christmas tree.
  • Holiday Lights at Mooseheart - Holiday Lights at Mooseheart is one of Chicagoland's largest light displays! The lighted route is approximately 1.8 miles and has more than 80 lighted displays to view!

Chicago's North Shore, Illinois

  • Wonderland Express - The Chicago Botanic Garden Wonderland Express is sure to put a smile on everyone's face this holiday season. This event has everything from a light show, a railroad garden with the City of Chicago meticulously crafted Chicago landmarks in miniature, carolers, to elaborate ice sculptures. Bring your camera as this holiday exhibit delights children and parents.

DuPage County, Illinois

  • The Morton Arboretum Illumination - Stroll a mile-long paved path through the winter woods and let award-winning lights and projections spark your imagination at The Morton Arboretum Illumination: Tree Lights.
  • Trolley Light Tours - Take a break from the hustle and bustle of the holiday's and enjoy a trip through the neighborhoods of Downers Grove and enjoy the holiday displays created by homeowners vying for the best decorated home for the holidays in town. Holiday Trolley Light Tours depart Downtown Downers Grove promptly at 5:30 and 7:30 p.m. and expect to be about 90 minutes long.

Elizabeth City, North Carolina

  • ECSU Planetarium Shows - Every Monday - Friday, Khan Planetarium at Elizabeth City State University presents Star shows, Laser light shows, Live Night Sky demonstration, etc.

Ludington, Michigan

  • Pure Ludington's NYE Ball Drop - Evening activities begin at 9:30pm when an entertainment opens for music, dancing and beer tasting. Then at midnight, the ball drops down from high above the main intersection in downtown.

Peoria, Illinois

  • Holiday Poinsettia Show - The holiday season wouldn't be complete without a visit to Luthy Botanical Garden, where the tropical collection blends with hundreds of poinsettias to create a wonderland unmatched anywhere in Peoria!

Pine Mountain, Georgia

  • Fantasy in Lights - Callaway Gardens' Fantasy in Lights, in Pine Mountain, Georgia, is not only the South's most spectacular holiday light and sound show, it is one of the world's "Top 10 Places to See Holiday Lights," as named by National Geographic Traveler.

Oak Park Area, Illinois

  • Holiday Magic at Brookfield - Holiday Magic at Brookfield Zoo is Chicagoland's longest-running lights festival is back and ready to dazzle families with more than one million LED lights.

St. Charles, Illinois

  • Larsen's Light Show - Larsen Light Show is brought to you by County Wide Landscaping. The Larsens were winners of ABC's Great Christmas Light Fight in 2013. The Light Show was also featured on WGN's Morning Show with Marcus Leshock this past winter. The show runs from Thanksgiving night through New Year's Day 5PM - 11:30PM.

Advertising Management

Advertising Management

Looking to increase return on investment for your website? J Rudny custom Content Management System (CMS) provides an add-on for managing advertising within your website. Clients have the ability to set inventory, schedule ad campaigns, and provide advertisers with performance reporting. Inventory can be set as editorial and/or image based campaigns to allow multiple ad possibilities and maximize exposure. For more information on our advertising management module or to schedule a demo, contact us today!


Holiday Inn Express & Suites Aurora - Naperville

Holiday Inn Express & Suites Aurora - Naperville

The Holiday Inn Express & Suites Aurora - Naperville, owned by Midwest Management Inc., draws leisure and business travelers from across the globe to the Aurora - Naperville, Illinois. The property recently underwent a brand transition and renovation that included new décor, updated amenities and a new website.

"We have been using J Rudny design for as long as we have had websites. From state-of-the-art redesigns, multi-screen designs, SEO consultation, you name it, J Rudny has helped us navigate the waters of tourism website design. Their designs are relevant, fresh and inviting. Trying to get your hotel to stand out in a sea of hotels is a challenge. J Rudny has helped us to do this quite effectively," said Rocky Pintozzi, President and Owner of Midwest Management, Inc.

For additional project details, check out our Holiday Inn Express & Suites Aurora - Naperville case study.

Meet Mike

Meet Mike

Mike Steffgen has been with J Rudny since the company started in 1996. Mike is a valuable team member and a lead designer / developer for J Rudny. His abilities to mentor other team members and solve design and development related challenges are superior.

When asked what he likes most about working for J Rudny, Mike stated; "I enjoy the flexibility of working with a wide variety of clients and industries. I enjoy the challenge of working for clients who like to push the envelope and challenge me to learn new ways to design, code, or build a site."

First Job: Paperboy - at 12 it was one of the few ways to make a couple bucks. I put a lot of miles on that blue Huffy!!

Hobbies: With three very active kids it's hard to find time for my own hobbies. When I do find time, I like to play my guitars, tinker or build something around the house and lately I've been doing some drawing again. I also like to play just about any card game . . . keeps the mind sharp!

Favorite Destination: I'm not picky! Any place is great as long as I can enjoy it with friends and family.

Recent Projects: Naperville Marathon, Whiting Corporation, Chicago's North Shore CVB