©CITY OF CHICAGO Since the establishment of the first permanent settlement nearly 250 years ago at the mouth of the Chicago River, Chicago has been a place where people meet. Today’s Chicago is a vibrant 21st century city where opportunities and experiences abound. Chicago offers the largest convention center in North America, two international airports that offer 1,450 daily direct flights to 245 cities nationwide and more than 100,000 hotel rooms featuring best-in-class accommodations. Visitors are encouraged to take advantage of Chicago’s 26 miles of lakefront framing an iconic skyline, a world-class restaurant scene, more than 250 theaters, 225 music venues and 56 museums. More than 54 million people from all over the world visited Chicago last year, and that number continues to grow. We hope you and your organization will soon join in the excitement and success of meeting in Chicago. We look forward to welcoming you soon, and welcoming you home to Chicago. Rahm Emanuel Mayor of Chicago Home is not just where you are from – it’s where you can be your best. Choosing Chicago can help facilitate that. Chicago offers meeting professionals and attendees an incredible variety of unique venues, accommodations, top-notch service providers, acclaimed dining options and never-ending entertainment. Our central, convenient location; burgeoning new hotel supply and venue openings; McCormick Place campus expansion; and calendar of upcoming events combine to make Chicago the premier destination in which to host your next gathering. This guide isn’t the only planning tool Choose Chicago offers. Online, advanced hotel and venue searches home in on your ideal facilities, while an RFP submission tool makes reaching out easier than ever. Offline, our award-winning team of dedicated experts can develop your bid strategy, source venues and provide comprehensive on-site services. So, whether you’re planning an intimate gathering of 10 or an international convention for thousands, Choose Chicago is prepared to streamline your planning process, help your event run smoothly and wow your attendees. Let us help you plan your most successful meeting ever. Chicago is at your service – Welcome Home. David Whitaker President and CEO, Choose Chicago
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