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Chicago North Shore, IL Event Planning

Key Highlights

Hotels 24
Total Sleeping Rooms 4,500
Committable Sleeping Rooms* 300
Committable Meeting Rooms* 20
Largest Exhibit Space 10,000 Sq. Ft.
Average Hotel Room Rate USD $174
Average Daily Meal Cost USD $71
Average Weekly Car Rental USD $488
*Maximum for a single hotel

Chicago North Shore, IL Meeting Planning Overview

Bordering Chicago along Lake Michigan, Chicago’s North Shore offers visitors the ease of access to Downtown Chicago along with the very best in urban excitement and convenience, as well as access to free parking, tree lined streets devoid of heavy traffic, beaches, lakefront recreation and vibrant downtown districts. Featuring the Big 10 college town, Evanston, Chicago’s North Shore also includes the vibrant communities of Skokie, Northbrook, Glenview, Glencoe, Winnetka, Wheeling and Prospect Heights.

O'Hare International Airport is 30 minutes away and access is stress free from Chicago’s major expressways via surface roads. The area is also home to Chicago Executive Airport, a regional airport serving private and corporate air traffic.

Four star hotels and state-of-the-art meeting and event venues on Chicago’s North Shore include:

More urban than suburban, Chicago’s North Shore boasts live music and nightlife at Space Evanston and the North Shore Center for Performing Arts as well as professional theatre. World-class attractions – most with meeting and event space options – include:

  • Chicago Botanic Garden
  • Northwestern University
  • Ravinia Music Festival
  • Illinois Holocaust Museum
  • Baha’i House of Worship
  • Westfield Old Orchard Shopping Center
  • Northbrook Court Shopping Center
  • Downtown Evanston, Glencoe and Winnetka
  • Beaches of Evanston, Glencoe and Winnetka

The museum's permanent collection focuses on pre-war German life to eventual liberation and resettlement. Groups may take a private tour of the museum or gather in such spaces as its 240-seat auditorium, six classrooms, Museum Hall, and Pritzker Hall of Reflection. Elsewhere, the beautiful Chicago Botanic Garden in Glencoe features 385 acres of 24 gardens and 2.5 million plants, situated on nine islands surrounded by lakes. Groups can take tram tours or private garden walking tours, as well as hold onsite meetings and events indoors in first-rate facilities.

About Chicago North Shore, IL / Additional Info

A wonderful meeting destination located mere minutes from downtown Chicago, Chicago North Shore is a spectacular lakefront region boasting the very best in shopping, dining, lodging, recreation, and the arts. The region's communities include Evanston, Skokie, Northbrook, Glenview, and Prospect Heights. Evanston is known for its sandy beaches, historic mansions, and more than 80 parks and playgrounds; it is also home to the acclaimed Northwestern University. Popular amongst outdoor enthusiasts, Glenview is home to Gallery Park, Lake Glenview, Air Station Prairie, and Wagner Farm, as well as fantastic antique shops and a Town Center with shops, entertainment, and dining. The vibrant community of Northbrook features a charming downtown, award-winning cafes, the stunning Chicago Botanic Garden, and Northbrook Court, one of the premier shopping destinations in the Chicago area. The nearest suburb to O'Hare International Airport, Skokie is a shopping, dining, and entertaining center, home to the Westfield Old Orchard outdoor mall, Skokie Northshore Sculpture Park, and a variety of ethnic dining options.

Chicago North Shore attractions range from a working farm to peaceful lagoons. Located in Glenview, Wagner Farm is a genuine American farm, dedicated to education and recreation. The 18.6-acre farm enables guests to explore the world of agriculture and rural life from the 1920s to 1950s, as well as tour the Heritage Center, visit a restored farmhouse and barn, and view chickens, cows, draft horses, and pigs. Combining recreation with large-scale contemporary sculpture, the Skokie Northshore Sculpture Park is home to 60 sculptures among paved walking and biking paths and picnic spots. Visitors can take in professional bicycle racing or take their own spin at the Ed Rudolph Velodrome in Northbrook. The seven interconnected Skokie Lagoons are known for their calm waters and wildlife refuge setting, perfect for biking, fishing, boating, and birding. Visitors to Evanston are welcome to tour the historic Northwestern University campus. Sitting along the shores of Lake Michigan, the campus is home to more than 150 interesting sites and features, such as the University Library and The Arch, as well as a number of cultural venues.

Chicago North Shore's culinary scene is as varied and interesting as its communities. Travel to Skokie's Libertad for Nuevo Latino small plates or visit Evanston's Bistro Bordeaux for authentic French fare. Di Pescara in Northbrook serves a range of traditional Italian specialties with modern touches. Located within the Hilton Chicago/Northbrook, Allgauer's on the Riverfront serves American fare with an eclectic flair.

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