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Chicago Event Planning

Key Highlights

Hotels 177
Total Sleeping Rooms 50,482
Committable Sleeping Rooms* 2,019
Committable Meeting Rooms* 295
Convention Center Space 3,200,000 Sq. Ft.
Largest Exhibit Space 2,600,000 Sq. Ft.
Largest Ballroom 103,760 Sq. Ft.
Average Hotel Room Rate USD $215
Average Daily Meal Cost USD $74
Average Weekly Car Rental USD $246
*Maximum for a single hotel

Chicago Key Stats for Meeting Planners

Time Zone: Central Time (CT)
Convention Center(s):
Hotel at Convention Center? Yes
Sleeping Rooms 1 Mile from Convention Center: 3,000
Airport(s): Destination Type(s):
  • Beach Destination
  • Golf Destination
  • Smoke-free Restaurants
  • Special Event Venues
  • 597
  • Population
  • 2,720,546
  • Restaurants
  • 674
  • Country Code
  • 1
  • Sales Tax
  • 10.25%
  • Currency
  • U.S. Dollar
  • Standard Tipping Practice
  • 10-20%
  • Electricity
  • 120V / 60Hz
  • Official Languages
  • English
Credit Cards and Travelers Cheques widely accepted? Yes

All average costs based on U.S. Government Per Diem rates as published by the U.S. General Services Administration.

Chicago Area Destinations

Population Meeting Hotels Hotel Rooms Special Event Venues
Chicago Magnificent Mile, IL 13,541 51 5,666 41
Chicago North Shore, IL 182,331 24 4,500 20
Chicago Northwest, IL 291,594 60 9,589 18
Chicago River North, IL 2,872 8 3,009 23
Chicago Southland, IL 1,000,000 67 6,500 15
Chicago's Western Suburbs - DuPage County 932,126 100 17,000 90
Evanston, IL 75,430 5 738 7
Lisle, IL 22,930 4 966 3
Naperville, IL 146,128 18 2,337 22
Northbrook, IL 33,477 5 1,230 6
Oak Brook, IL 8,091 7 1,794 6
St. Charles, IL 33,327 11 1,348 9
Schaumburg, IL 74,693 32 5,885 16
Lake County – Gurnee, IL 703,462 20 1,933 21

Cities Near Chicago

Distance Estimated Driving Time Estimated Min. Flying Time Estimated Flight Cost
Milwaukee, WI 93 mi 1 hr 30 min 44 min USD $241+
Grand Rapids, MI 178 mi 2 hr 56 min 45 min USD $216+
Indianapolis, IN 182 mi 2 hr 56 min 50 min USD $216+
Detroit, MI 282 mi 4 hr 31 min 1 hr 4 min USD $237+
St. Louis, MO 297 mi 4 hr 33 min 1 hr 05 min USD $118+
Columbus, OH 357 mi 5 hr 25 min 1 hr 5 min USD $261+
Atlanta, GA 719 mi 10 hr 55 min 1 hr 45 min USD $134+

Chicago Climate Information

JanFeb MarApr MayJun JulAug SepOct NovDec
Avg. High (°F) 29 34 45 58 70 80 84 82 75 63 48 35
Avg. Low (°F) 13 18 28 39 48 57 63 62 54 42 31 20
Rec. High (°F) 65 71 88 91 93 104 104 101 99 91 78 71
Rec. Low (°F) -27 -17 -8 7 24 36 40 41 28 17 1 -25
Rainfall (in) 1.7 1.4 2.7 3.6 3.2 3.8 3.6 4.1 3.5 2.6 2.9 2.2

Chicago, like much of the Midwest, has a climate with a wide range of weather conditions. The city experiences four distinct seasons. In July, the warmest month, high temperatures average 84°F (29 °C) and low temperatures 63°F (17 °C). In January, the coldest month, high temperatures average 29°F (-2 °C) with low temperatures averaging 13°F (-10 °C).

The ideal time to visit the Windy City is summer or fall. The summer months offer an endless selection of special events and outdoor activities, as well as the biggest crowds and hot, muggy weather. However, autumn days are generally sunny and the crowds are smaller at major tourist attractions.

Value season: If you're looking for the cheapest hotel rates and don't mind being indoors, travel to Chicago between December and March. Another added bonus: you won't have to wait to get into museums and other city attractions.

 
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