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Chicago Event Planning

Key Highlights

Hotels 171
Total Sleeping Rooms 47,891
Committable Sleeping Rooms* 2,019
Committable Meeting Rooms* 300
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 $186
Average Daily Meal Cost USD $74
Average Weekly Car Rental USD $281
*Maximum for a single hotel

Chicago Things to Do and Attractions

Chicago History Museum

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A showcase of over 22 million pieces of Chicago and U.S. history, the Chicago History Museum is the place for curious guests to learn about the city's past, present and future. Aside from a host of temporary exhibitions, guests can explore the

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Frank Lloyd Wright Home & Studio

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For the first 20 years of his career, architectural great Frank Lloyd Wright lived and worked in this Chicago residence. Aside from raising six children with his first wife in the home, his studio was the site of Wright and his associate's

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Museum of Science and Industry

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Touted as the largest science museum in the Western Hemisphere, Chicago's Museum of Science and Industry certainly has enough to fill a day with adventure and fun for visitors or all ages. Guests can descend into a mine shaft, walk the streets of

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Navy Pier Chicago

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Touted as Chicago's lakefront playground, the 50-acre Navy Pier is the Midwest's number 1 tourist destination with over 8.6 million visitors per year. From parks to shops, restaurants to attractions, the pier is full of activities to keep guests busy

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The Art Institute of Chicago

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Part museum, part school, the Art Institute of Chicago is home to over 5,000 pieces from around the world and one of the best graduate programs in the country. From the American Collection, guests can see over 1,000 paintings and sculptures dating

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Willis Tower Skydeck

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The 110-story Willis Tower, formerly known as Sears Tower, is the tallest building in the North America and the 3rd tallest building in the world. Guests can take advantage of the building's impressive heights by visiting the Willis Tower Skydeck. At

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Chicago Cultural Center

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Originally dedicated in 1897 as the original Chicago Public Library, the Chicago Cultural Center was reborn in 1991 as the city's landmark home of the arts. The gorgeous Beaux Arts-style structure has three-foot-thick masonry walls and an interior

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Chicago Food Planet Tours

Guests can find out for themselves why Chicago has earned a reputation for delicious, cutting edge dining. From "Mom and Pop" established favorites to up-and-coming ethnic eateries, Chicago Food Planet Tours take guests on a culinary adventure that

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Chicago Neighborhood Tours

Offered year-round by the Chicago Office of Tourism, Chicago Neighborhood Tours delve into the art, culture and history of the city's most stunning districts. On the Beautiful Beverly Tour, guests explore the parks, historic churches and one of the

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Chicago Symphony Orchestra

From its home in Symphony Center, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra has been entertaining audiences with 150 perfectly executed performances of high art each year since its incorporation in 1890. Led by two internationally renowned conductors, the

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Chicago Trolley and Double Decker Company Tours

The most popular and well-received tour opportunity in the city, the Chicago Trolley and Double Decker Company has been offering hop on, hop off sightseeing tours for over 10 years. A full trip on one the company's red or green trolleys or red double

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Chicago's First Lady Cruises

For an all-encompassing look at the magnificent architecture for which Chicago is known for, guests should hop aboard one of Chicago's First Lady's three sailing vessels. As the only and official river cruise of the Chicago Architecture Foundation,

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Horseshoe Casino Hammond

Located in northwest Indiana, about 30 minutes from downtown Chicago, Horseshoe Hammond has been dazzling guests with bright lights, thrilling gaming and world-class entertainment for over 50 years. Recently re-opened after a $500 million renovation

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Le Passage Discothéque

Connected to the posh Le Passage Drawing Room, the recently renovated Le Passage Discothéque is attracting guests in droves. Located in the heart of Chicago's retail district, this subterranean club offers visitors a chance to enjoy unique libations

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Martini Park

A self-described location where guests' "senses are stirred, not shaken," Martini Park in Chicago was opened by entrepreneur Chris Barish as a place where the 30s and older crowd could enjoy an evening out beyond the traditional nightclub scene.

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Sound-Bar

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An upscale club experience, Sound-Bar aims to introduce "fine dancing" to the Midwest. With stainless steel accents, smoked glass and custom-made furniture, Sound-Bar's décor is topped only by its state-of-the-art sound systems. The ground floor

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Stone Lotus

Guests in need of a break from the loud tunes and late nights of Chicago's party scene need look no further than Stone Lotus. This self-described "liquor spa" blends dining and the luxurious lounge environment with the laidback style of a spa. With

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The Second City Chicago

A staple of Chicago culture since 1959, Second City is no stranger to entertaining audiences with its unique brand of irreverent sketch comedy. Some of the biggest names in the entertainment industry, including John Belushi, Bill Murray and Gilda

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The Violet Hour

"Ground zero for cocktail culture." "Where to find the coolest new drinks." "One of the best bars in America." These are just a few of the accolades being used to describe the Violet Hour, where a pared down style evokes English clubs and French

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Wrigley Field

Home of Major League Baseball's Chicago Cubs, Wrigley Field is one of the most storied parks in the league. Built in 1914, the field is the 2nd oldest park still in use, following Boston's Fenway Park. With nearly 100 seasons under its belt, the park

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Atwood Café

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Atwood Café is where Chicago and comfort food come together. Located in the heart of the business district, the café's vibrant dining room, outfitted with soaring ceilings and floor-to-ceiling windows, sets the stage for an enjoyable and filling

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DeLaCosta

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DeLaCosta is the brainchild of restaurateur and celebrity chef Douglas Rodriguez, named "the most important Latin chef in the world" by Zagat. A mix of Spanish, South American and Caribbean cuisine, the restaurant's "inspired coastal Latin cuisine"

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Gibsons Bar & Steakhouse Chicago

Gibsons Bar & Steakhouse carries on a long tradition of fine food and entertainment, occupying the space once used by Mr. Kelley's, a venue for Streisand and Sinatra, and Sweetwater, a hotspot throughout the 70s and 80s. Today the steakhouse upholds

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Signature Room at the 95th

It's not just the striking wood accents and Art Deco style that attract diners to Signature Room at the 95th - the stunning view certainly draws a crowd. Located at the top of the John Hancock Center, the restaurant provides unparalleled views of the

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The Gage

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The Gage is located behind the façade of a series of three buildings designed by master architect Louis Sullivan in collaboration with builder Holabird and Roche. Opened in 2007 by the Irish Lawless family, the Gage is now one of the premiere dining

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Adler Planetarium & Astronomy Museum

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The first planetarium in the Western Hemisphere, the Adler Planetarium is home to three full-size theaters and a wealth of antique instruments, including the world's oldest sundial. At Shoot for the Moon, guests can tour the fully-restored Gemini

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Chicago Children's Museum

With 15 permanent exhibits and plenty of space for interactive play, the Chicago Children's Museum aims to "create a community where play and learning connect" for over 500,000 annual visitors. Founded in 1982, the museum invites visitors to play

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Lincoln Park Zoo

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Nestled under the shadows of Chicago's towering skyscrapers, the Lincoln Park Zoo is an unexpected oasis for animal lovers. Home to over 1,100 animals, the zoo is one of the oldest in the country, having been in operation for over 140 years. Guests

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Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum

Opened in 1999, the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum invites children and parents to explore the exciting world of nature and the role of humans in it. Even the building itself promotes nature appreciation: its eco-friendly construction includes a

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Shedd Aquarium

The self-described "World's Aquarium," Shedd Aquarium finds its home in Chicago's Grant Park on the shores of Lake Michigan. With nearly 22,000 inhabitants from about 1,500 species of fish, reptiles, amphibians, mammals and other aquatic wildlife,

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Chicago Botanic Garden

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Opened in 1972, the Chicago Botanic Garden is one of the most-visited public gardens in the nation. Spread across 385 acres, its 23 display gardens and three native habitats occupy nine islands that are surrounded by lakes. The garden sees an average

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Garfield Park Conservatory

One of the largest conservatories in the nation, Garfield Park Conservatory is known as "landscape art under glass." Occupying 4.5 acres in the 184-acre Garfield Park, the conservatory grows thousands of plants each year for use in the city's parks.

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Grant Park

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Often called Chicago's front yard, 319-acre Grant Park is a lush recreational respite in the city. Named for 18th U.S. President Ulysses S. Grant, the park's main attraction is the Clarence Buckingham Memorial Fountain. Constructed in a Beaux Arts

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Millennium Park

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A welcome green oasis in the heart of downtown, Millennium Park is an award-winning center of music, art and design. Once property of the Illinois Central Railroad, the present-day 24.5-acre Millennium Park was first conceived in 1998. Today, the

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