Destination: Chicago

583 - 7162 ft

10° f - 88° f

About Chicago

Greater Chicago Area: Meetings, Conferences and Conventions

Smart Stats:

Number of Meetings Hotels: 380
Total Hotel Rooms: 100,000
Number of Special Events Venues: 388
Local Convention Centers: McCormick Place Convention Center
Local Airports: O’Hare International Airport (ORD), Chicago Midway International Airport (MDW)
Local CVB: Choose Chicago, Chicago’s North Shore CVB, Chicago Southland CVB, Lisle CVB, St. Charles CVB

Smart Snapshot:

Chicago: Why Chicago is the Perfect Conference, Convention or Meeting Destination

Chicago’s skyline is a feat of architectural vision—an oasis of soaring skyscrapers crafted by the greatest minds in design. It should come as no surprise, then, that Chicago is a top choice for destination meeting planners across the country. With meeting venues and meeting room options situated in skyscrapers overlooking its impressive architecture, Chicago impresses attendees with its unconventional beauty.

Its architectural history traces back to the 1880s, after the Great Chicago Fire destroyed many of the city’s original structures and a cadre of architectural pioneers moved in to rebuild downtown. Marked by steel frames, masonry cladding and other features that broke the mold of conventional building, the distinct style was originally known as the Commercial Style but has since been dubbed Chicago School. In addition to its Chicago School designers, the city has also hosted such architectural legends as Frank Lloyd Wright, who left his indelible stamp on many of the city’s residential structures.

Attending a destination meeting or conference at the McCormick Place Convention Center is a treat for participants, who get the chance to enjoy Chicago’s vibrant arts and entertainment community as well as its fine restaurants and shopping amenities.

An ideal location for meeting planners affiliated with the arts or design, the Windy City holds many design masterpieces, including the Willis Tower—formerly known as Sears Tower and the tallest building in the U.S. (imagine the views from that meeting space!)—The Wrigley Building, the modern structures in Millennium Park and Frank Lloyd Wright’s Frederick C. Robie House and Unity Temple. For attendees who are looking to explore beyond the conference room, they can go on Chicago Architecture Foundation Tours, which allow visitors and meeting attendees to explore the city’s most striking structures via foot, bus, boat, river cruise or Segway.

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