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When we first started, we had what we thought to be a lofty goal of working with one hundred companies in the Chicago area. When we met that goal quickly, we aspired to increase our efforts and reach a new, more ambitious goal of working with three hundred. Since 2009, we have continually exceeded expectations and have gradually built up our clientele to over 1,000 organizations. We are currently working with Fortune 500 companies, hospitals, and government agencies.
The reason for our growth is simple. We have created an exclusive savings program that provides corporate employees with great local deals. We set up an access code for each organization and the employees can shop our site for an allotted time. Once the password expires, the employees no longer have access to the site. What makes us unique is that we only offer this service to companies and never to the general public. This is why over 100 local merchants are willing to give us great deals for corporate employees in the Chicago area.
We also credit our success to our culture. If we could describe ourselves in a few words they would be youthful, friendly, hardworking, and customer oriented. Our small business culture has allowed us to build personal relationships with all of our clients and maintain quality customer service. We look forward to increasing our clientele and continuing to offer great deals to hard working corporate employees.
Terms & Conditions
Appreciation Events, LLC, a Delaware limited liability company ("Appreciation Events," "we," "us," "our"), operates this website, https://appreciationevents.com/chicago (the "Site"). This Terms and Conditions Agreement (the "Agreement") contains important information setting forth the terms and conditions that apply to the use of this Site by you.
BY USING THIS SITE, YOU ACKNOWLEDGE THAT YOU HAVE READ, UNDERSTAND, AND AGREE TO THE TERMS OF THIS AGREEMENT. IF YOU DO NOT AGREE TO THE TERMS OF THIS AGREEMENT, PLEASE IMMEDIATELY STOP USING THE SITE.Site Accessibility and Site Modification
Appreciation Events may, in its sole discretion, deny access to the Site to anyone for any reason. While we use reasonable efforts to keep the Site accessible, you acknowledge that due to circumstances both within and outside of our control, Site access may be interrupted, suspended, or terminated from time to time.
Appreciation Events may change or discontinue any aspect of our services or the Site, including but not limited to content, hours of availability, and requirements for access or use.Site Registration
Appreciation Events circulates a unique password to each participating company. The unique password expires after a period of time, which is indicated by us when we circulate the unique password to each participating company. You may register on our Site by entering your email and the unique password given to your company. Your unique password is non-transferrable and may not be sold or otherwise shared with any person outside of your company. You are responsible for protecting the confidentiality of your unique password.
We may terminate your ability to register if we determine in our sole discretion that your conduct is unacceptable or that you have violated this Agreement. If we terminate your ability to register, you may not re-register using a different email address unless we give you written permission. If you commit fraud or falsify information in connection with your use of the Site, we may terminate your ability to register immediately, hold you liable for any and all damages that we suffer, pursue legal action through relevant local and national law enforcement authorities, and notify your Internet Service Provider of any fraudulent activity we associate with you or your use of the Site.Information Transmission
We are not responsible for the security of information that you communicate with Appreciation Events while it is being transmitted, because we do not control the security of the Internet or other networks you use to access the Site or communicate with us. In addition, Appreciation Events is not responsible for any data lost during transmission.User Conduct on the Site
The Site is private property. The Site provides for the purchase of discount certificates by anyone who registers on the Site after receiving a unique password. As a condition of your registration with this Site, you agree that:
You may not engage in any unlawful activity or any activity with an unlawful purpose in connection with this Site. Doing so is strictly prohibited on this Site and constitutes an express violation of this Agreement. Other activities that are strictly prohibited and constitute an express violation of this Agreement include:
By purchasing any discount certificate from the Site, or accepting, using, or attempting to use any discount certificate purchased through the Site, you agree to the terms of this Agreement and the terms printed on the discount certificate. Any attempt to redeem a discount certificate in violation of this Agreement will render the discount certificate void unless the terms printed on the discount certificate otherwise provide. In the event of a conflict between this Agreement and the terms printed on the discount certificate, the discount certificate's terms control.
Discount certificates that you purchase through our Site are offered by participating merchants. The merchant is the sole issuer of the discount certificate and is solely responsible for all services it provides to you and for any and all injuries, illnesses, damages, claims, liabilities, and costs it may cause you to suffer, directly or indirectly, in full or in part, whether related to the use or redemption of a discount certificate or not. You waive and release Appreciation Events and its officers, directors, employees, and agents from any liabilities arising from or related to any act or omission of a merchant in connection with your use of a discount certificate or the services the merchant provides in connection with the discount certificate.
Discount certificates are not redeemable for cash, unless required by law. Unauthorized or unlawful reproduction, re-sale, modification, or trade of discount certificates is prohibited.Processing and Cancellation
Appreciation Events may, in its sole discretion, verify a user's identity prior to processing a purchase. Appreciation Events may also refuse to process or may cancel a purchase as reasonably deemed necessary to comply with applicable law or to respond to cases of misrepresentation, fraud, or known or potential violations of the law or this Agreement. Refunds for cancelled orders may be issued where appropriate.
If a discount certificate becomes unavailable between ordering and processing, Appreciation Events may cancel the order and notify you by email. We may otherwise have to cancel an order before your discount certificates are delivered; if this happens, we will promptly contact you at the email address you provided upon registering and refund you the amount you paid for the discount certificate.Shipping and Delivery
Appreciation Events sends discount certificates via the United States Postal Service on the business day following the day your order is placed. $1.99 is added to each order to account for shipping and handling costs. Delivery dates vary.Returns and Refunds
Once you have confirmed your purchase, your order is final and non-refundable. However, you may change your shipping address within 5 hours of purchase by using the "Contact Us" tab on the Site.
If you have any questions regarding refunds, please refer to the customer service information on the discount certificate or use the "Contact Us" tab on the Site.Pricing
The discount certificates have two separate values: (1) the amount paid, and (2) the total value. The total value is the value of all of the offers if all offers are used to their maximum extent. The discount certificate may not be combined with any other discount, coupon, or promotion, and it does not cover tax or gratuity.
Prices may be tied to a particular merchant's current or former price; they are not necessarily representative of the current prices of other merchants in the area. Appreciation Events does not guarantee that it offers the best available rates or prices and does not guarantee against pricing errors.
Occasionally, there may be an error or omission related to the pricing or description of discount certificates. We will use reasonable efforts to correct any errors or omissions as soon as practicable after learning of them. We reserve the right to change, modify, substitute, suspend, or remove without notice any information related to discount certificates. If we made an error or omission regarding the pricing of a discount certificate and you have already purchased that discount certificate: (1) if the actual price of the discount certificate is less than the stated price at the time of purchase, we will charge you the lower price, or (2) if the actual price of the product is higher than the stated price, we will contact you and allow you the option to pay the correct higher price or cancel your order and receive a refund.
Appreciation Events reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to not process or to cancel any orders placed for a discount certificate with a price that was incorrectly posted on the Site as a result of an error. If this occurs, Appreciation Events will notify you by email. In addition, Appreciation Events reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to correct any error in the stated total value.Warranties and Other Information
While we work to ensure that the information on the Site is correct, we cannot guarantee that service descriptions are accurate or complete. All information is provided for informational purposes only and we encourage you to read all information presented accompanying the services before use.Intellectual Property
The content and information on the Site is the exclusive property of Appreciation Events or is used with express permission of the respective owner of the intellectual property. We grant you a limited, personal, non-transferable, non-exclusive, revocable license to access and use the Site pursuant to this Agreement and to any additional terms and policies set forth by us. You agree not to reproduce, distribute, create derivative works from, publicly display, publicly perform, license, sell, or re-sell any data, content, information, or services obtained from or through the Site without the express permission of Appreciation Events. In addition, you may not make any use that exceeds or violates this Agreement.
This Site contains copyrighted material, trademarks, and other proprietary information, including but not limited to text, photos, and graphics, and the entire content of the Site is protected by copyright laws of the United States. Appreciation Events owns a copyright in the selection, coordination, arrangement, and enhancement of such content, as well as in the content original to it. You may not modify, distribute, publish, transmit, publicly display, participate in the transfer or sale of, create derivative works from, or in any way exploit any of the content or information, in whole or in part, obtained from or through the Site without the express permission of Appreciation Events. Any violation of these restrictions may result in a copyright, trademark, or other intellectual property right infringement that may subject you to civil and or criminal penalties.Unsolicited Ideas
Do not send us any unsolicited ideas, suggestions, material, images, or other work in any form ("Unsolicited Materials"). If you send us Unsolicited Materials, you understand and agree that the following terms will apply, notwithstanding any cover letter or other terms that accompany them:
You expressly agree that use of this Site is at your sole risk. Neither Appreciation Events, its third-party service providers, the merchants nor any of their officers, directors, employees, or agents warrant that use of the Site will be uninterrupted or error free. Nor do they make any warranty as to the results that may be obtained from use of this Site or the accuracy, completeness, reliability, or content of any information provided through this Site.
This Site and its content are accessible and available on an "as is" and "as available" basis without warranties of any kind, either express or implied. Appreciation Events disclaims any and all representations, warranties, and conditions, whether express or implied, as to the operation of the Site, its content, or the services available through the Site. Appreciation Events does not warrant that the Site, information, content, materials, products made available to you are free of viruses or other harmful components. Appreciation Events will not be liable for any damages of any kind arising from the use of the Site, including, but not limited to direct, indirect, punitive, and consequential damages.
In no event shall Appreciation Events, its third-party service providers, the merchants nor any of their officers, directors, employees, or agents be liable for any indirect, incidental, special, consequential, or punitive damages arising out of or related to your use of the Site, its content, or the services available through the Site. In no event shall Appreciation Events' liability in connection with a discount certificate exceed the amount paid for such discount certificate.Indemnification / Release
You agree to defend, indemnify, and hold harmless Appreciation Events and its respective directors, officers, employees, and agents from and against any and all claims and expenses, including attorneys' fees, arising out of or related to your use of the Site in violation of this Agreement.
You are solely responsible for your interactions with the merchants on the Site. To the extent permitted under applicable laws, you release Appreciation Events from any and all claims or liability related to any service of a merchant, any action or inaction by a merchant, including a merchant's failure to comply with applicable law and/or failure to abide by the terms of a discount certificate.Modifications to this Agreement
We may modify this Agreement as necessary at our discretion. If we decide to modify this Agreement, we will post those modifications on this page. Modifications are effective as soon as they are posted. It is your responsibility to review the Agreement periodically. Your continued use of the Site after modifications become effective constitutes your acknowledgement and acceptance of the modified terms. Modifications will not apply to discount certificates purchased prior to the effective date of modification. Modifications will apply to all discount certificates purchased after the effective date of modification. We suggest you revisit this Agreement from time to time to ensure that you stay informed of any such modifications.Termination of this Agreement
Appreciation Events may terminate this Agreement at any time.Arbitration
We will make every reasonable effort to resolve any disputes that you have with Appreciation Events. You agree to first direct any dispute you may have that arises out of, relates to, or is connected in any way with this Agreement, this Site, or the purchase of any discount certificates through the Site, to the "Contact Us" tab to give Appreciation Events a reasonable opportunity to resolve the dispute.
If efforts to resolve the dispute fail, you agree that any dispute arising out of, related to, or connected in any way with this Agreement, this Site, or the purchase of any discount certificates through the Site will be settled exclusively by final and binding arbitration administered by the American Arbitration Association (the "AAA") under its then prevailing rules. You agree further that (1) a single arbitrator shall conduct the arbitration; (2) the arbitration shall be held at a location determined by the AAA (provided that such location is in the state of Illinois) or at such other location that you mutually agree upon with us; (3) the arbitrator shall apply Illinois law consistent with the Federal Arbitration Act and applicable statutes of limitations, and shall honor claims of privilege recognized at law; and (4) your claims may not be arbitrated on a class or representative basis and the arbitrator may not consolidate or join the claims of other parties who may be similarly situated. You therefore expressly waive any right you may have to arbitrate a dispute as a class representative or class member on any class claim you may have against the company, including any right to class arbitration or any consolidation of any individual arbitrations.Choice of Law
Any dispute arising out of, related to, or connected in any way with this Agreement and/or any use by you of the Site or Appreciation Events' services is governed by the internal laws of the State of Illinois without regard to its choice of law rules and without regard to conflicts of laws principles, except that the arbitration provision is governed by the Federal Arbitration Act.Waiver
No waiver by either you or Appreciation Events of any breach, default, or failure to exercise any right allowed under this Agreement is a waiver of any preceding or subsequent breach, default, or failure to exercise any similar or future rights under this Agreement.Headers
The section headings are for convenience only and are of no legal force or effect.Severability
If a court of competent jurisdiction holds any provision of this Agreement invalid, such invalidity shall not affect the enforceability of any other provisions contained in this Agreement, and the remaining portions of this Agreement shall continue in full force and effect.
We collect Personal Information and Non-Identifying Information from you when you interact with the Site, including when you register on the Site, use the Site, purchase services on the Site, or open or respond to emails sent in connection with the Site.
Personal Information means information about you that specifically identifies you or, when combined with other information we have, can be used to identify you. This includes but is not limited to your name, mailing address, billing address, email address, and telephone number. It also includes financial information collected from you and entered by you as needed to process payments for services that you buy.
Non-Identifying Information means information that alone cannot identify you. Non-Identifying Information may be derived from Personal Information.How do we collect your information?
You provide us with your Personal Information and Non-Identifying Information when you register with the Site and purchase Appreciation Events discount certificates from the Site. We may also collect Personal Information when you contact us online for customer service support or if you enter it when interacting with us.What do we use your information for?
Any of the information we collect from you may be used in one of the following ways:
To operate, maintain, and improve our Site based on your information and feedback;
To improve customer service, answer your questions, and respond to your requests;
To process transactions, including facilitating and fulfilling orders placed on the Site;
To send periodic emails, including emails to inform and update you regarding your orders; emails regarding company news, offerings, updates, and any additional information that may be of interest to you about Appreciation Events; and emails regarding reminders, technical notices, security alerts, support and administrative messages, and requested information;
PLEASE NOTE that we may also use information collected with your consent or as otherwise required or permitted by law.What are your choices regarding your Personal Information?
In order to view the discount certificates offered by Appreciation Events, you must register with the Site by providing your email address. You do not have to provide any other Personal Information to Appreciation Events unless you decide to purchase any of the discount certificates offered, at which time further information will be requested to process payments. You may also provide Personal Information if you contact us with customer service requests.
By registering on the Site, you consent to Appreciation Events sending you emails in connection with the Site. You can limit the communications that Appreciation Events sends to you by following the unsubscribe instructions at the bottom of each email. Please note that even if you unsubscribe from emails sent by Appreciation Events, we may still need to contact you with important transactional information related to your purchases. For example, even if you have unsubscribed from our email messages, we will still send you confirmations when you make purchases on the Site.How do we protect your information?
We implement a variety of security measures to maintain the safety of your Personal Information. Your Personal Information will not be sold, exchanged, transferred, or given to any other company for any reason whatsoever without your consent other than for the express purpose of delivering the discount certificate(s) requested and as described in the following section regarding outside parties.Do we disclose any information to outside parties?
In general, we do not sell, trade, or otherwise transfer to outside parties your Personal Information. However, this does not include trusted third parties who perform business operations on our behalf (the "Vendors"). Vendors may perform functions on our behalf. Examples include fulfilling orders, analyzing data, processing credit card payments and providing customer service. They have access to personal information needed to perform their functions, but may not use it for other purposes. We, or our Vendors on our behalf, may also share your Personal Information or Non-Identifying Information as required or permitted by law:
To report or collect on debts owed to us;
To comply with the law, legal orders, and government requests, or as needed to support auditing, compliance, and corporate governance functions;
To combat fraud or criminal activity, to protect our rights, and as part of legal proceedings affecting Appreciation Events;
In response to a subpoena or similar legal process, including to law enforcement agencies, regulators, and courts in the United States;
With your consent.Can children use the Site?