Bring Your Next Meeting Home to Chicago

Chicago is known by many names, “The Windy City”, “Chi-Town”, The City by the Lake, and most recently, “The City that Feels Like Home”.

Voted the best large city to visit for the third year in a row by Conde Nast Magazine, Chicago boasts award-winning restaurants, world class museums, beautiful beaches, exciting nightlife and some of the most pleasant people you will find anywhere. Home to more than 77 unique neighborhoods and representing over 100 different languages, Chicago offers both culture and comfort to all who visit here.

Accessibility
Chicago resides in the heart of the Midwest, and is home to two international airports and an impressive transportation infrastructure that makes getting to and around the city a breeze.

O’Hare and Midway airports have daily flights to over 240 destinations, providing easy access from anywhere in the world. Midway Airport is located just 11 miles from downtown Chicago and services domestic point to point flights. O’Hare International Airport is one of the busiest airports, with three domestic and one international terminal, and is currently working on an ambitious $8.5 billion dollar renovation plan. Amtrak and Greyhound transportation stations are also conveniently located within the city.

Once you arrive in the city, Chicago provides a wide range of local transportation options including: Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) Trains and Buses, Uber, Lyft, Taxi, Water Taxi and Divvy Bikes. (Hint: The CTA Blue Line will get you to/from the City and Airport.)

Hotel, Conference and Event Space
The largest convention center in the United States is located in Chicago. McCormick Place covers an astounding 2.6 million square feet of exhibit halls, 173 meeting rooms, four ballrooms and a 4,249 seat Arie Crown Theatre. Additional Convention space is available at Navy Pier and the Donald E Stephens Convention Center.

Event space is also available for smaller or more unique events. Corporate Meetings, Training or Workshops work well at venues such as Attune- Chicago. Creative Collaboration? Try Catalyst Ranch. Looking for Fun and Games? Consider Spin Chicago For additional event venue ideas click here.

Chicago has 177 hotels with over 50,000 available sleeping rooms. Hotels range from moderate to luxury and provide numerous hotel options for every event size and budget.

Culture
Chicago is home to over 250 Theatre companies and hosts of 73 music festivals.

Art and History buffs will enjoy the expansive Museum Campus that showcases the Field Museum, Shedd Aquarium and Adler Planetarium. The Art Institute and the Museum of Science and Industry are also located nearby.

Dining & Entertainment
With over 7,300 restaurants, 26 Michelin-starred restaurants and 40 James Beard Award-winning establishments, Chicago has a dining option for every occasion and budget.

Entertainment options in Chicago are unlimited, from shopping on the Mag Mile, photo ops at “The Bean” , hanging out in one of the up and coming neighborhoods, or dancing the night away, the choices are endless!

With so much to do, see and enjoy, why not bring your next event home to Chicago?

Beth

Beth Becker has more than 21 years’ experience in the travel/hospitality and meetings industry.  Beth works full time as the Global Meeting Services Manager for Attune focusing on high visibility, enterprise-wide training programs, meetings and events.  Active in the Meeting community, Beth currently serves as a moderator for MeCo and a Global Correspondent and Talent Bench member for i-Meet, the online business community for people who plan meetings and events.  You can connect with Beth via Linkedin.

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