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301 East Cermak Road 60616

Endless possibilities, only one Chicago

Looking for the ultimate wow factor? You'll find it in Chicago! Welcome your attendees to the heart of the country with soaring views from one of the world’s tallest buildings, host lectures among ancient artifacts, or allow stunning waterfront vistas into your meeting rooms — the possibilities are simply endless, and all within an iconic city renowned for its booming business and industry landscape, ease of accessibility, award-winning restaurants, outdoor recreation, jaw-dropping attractions, and innovative hotels. Conferences, conventions, meetings, and special events find their home in Chicago, whether at McCormick Place, the Western Hemisphere’s largest convention center, historic Navy Pier, with its stunning lakeside venues, or one-of-a-kind, only-in-Chicago spaces that fill attendees with awe. Endless possibilities, only one Chicago! Choose Chicago is the official sales and marketing organization responsible for promoting Chicago. Choose Chicago represents McCormick Place Convention Center, Navy Pier, and approximately 164 hotels downtown and throughout surrounding suburbs.


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Distance from airport

  • O'Hare International Airport

    17 mi. from city center

  • Chicago Midway International Airport

    10 mi. from city center

Local Attractions


Historical landmark
Soaring 1,000 feet over Chicago’s legendary Michigan Avenue, 360 CHICAGO is one of the city’s most unique attractions. Located on the 94th floor of the John Hancock Center, 360 CHICAGO (formerly John Hancock Observatory) offers breathtaking views of Chicago’s lakefront, magnificent skyline and four neighboring states. After only a 40-second ride in North America's fastest elevators to the observation deck, guests can experience what Travel & Leisure Magazine voted one of the best views in America. 360 CHICAGO is also the only place where locals and visitors alike can enjoy TILT – Chicago’s highest moving experience. This one-of-a-kind marvel tilts guests out and over the city from the 94th floor observation deck and gives up to 8 visitors at a time the most thrilling views of Chicago. 360 CHICAGO also offers a variety of educational opportunities. It all begins on the concourse level with an interactive exhibit highlighting Chicago’s rich history and showcasing nine of the city’s culturally unique neighborhoods. On the 94th floor, interactive learning displays and audio tours in 7 languages allow guests to further explore the history and architecture of the magnificent city stretched out before them.
875 N. Michigan Ave.
Chicago, IL, US 60611

Maggie Daley Park

Maggie Daley Park is one of Chicago’s newest spectacular green spaces in the heart of downtown and connected to Millennium Park via Anish Kapoor’s BP Bridge. Opened in late 2014, Maggie Daley Park became an instant success due its unique “Skating Ribbon” and magical “Play Garden”. Additions to the park in 2015 include the rock climbing and bouldering walls, an 18-hole miniature golf course, and picnic groves. The 3-acre Play Garden, a first of its kind in Chicago is in the spirit of Alice in Wonderland and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Play and plantings are intentionally different from usual garden and park settings, capturing the imagination, engaging different senses in all seasons of the year, and integrating landscape with custom-designed play structures and sculptures. The Play Garden has diverse opportunities for fun, adventure, exploration, and learning for children of all ages, such as the short cut leading from the small intimate spaces of the Enchanted Forest to the high prospects within the Slide Crater. The skating ribbon is dramatically different from typical ice rinks. Skaters can experience “alpine in the city” as they follow a path twice the length of a lap around a traditional skating rink. Complementing the ribbon are places to enjoy a cup of hot chocolate and rent skates. In the summertime, the Ribbon can be used to watch climbers on the climbing wall or children are welcome to walk or ride scooters on the ribbon. At the center of the Skating Ribbon sits two stunning rock-climbing structures that form Chicago’s first and only Climbing Park. These custom-designed sculptural rocks and boulders provide a unique outdoor recreational experience for beginners and experts alike, supported with instruction and supervision by park staff. The combination of the Skating Ribbon and Climbing Park achieves the project aspiration of a park for all seasons, inviting and engaging to all Chicagoans and visitors alike. The rock climbing walls’ maximum height is 40 feet over a total surface area of 19,000 square feet. The wall is divided into a beginner and advanced wall with three different types of climbing: bouldering, lead-harnessed, and top rope. The climbing wall capacity is between 25 to 100 climbers at a given time.
337 E. Randolph St.
Chicago, IL 60601

Adler Planetarium

The Adler Planetarium — America’s First Planetarium — is more than a museum; it is a laboratory, a classroom, and a community exploring the Universe together. Each year, over 550,000 visitors experience the museum’s interactive exhibitions, live planetarium shows, hands-on, minds-on STEM education programs, and world-class collections. The museum's scientists, historians, and educators inspire the next generation of explorers and invite you to explore space.
1300 S. Lake Shore Dr.
Chicago, IL, US 60605

Shedd Aquarium

At Shedd Aquarium, animals connect you to the living world, inspiring you to make a difference. From whales to snails, tarantulas to turtles, you’ll meet 32,500 creatures from aquatic habitats around the world. Explore Shedd’s Abbott Oceanarium, where you can get face to face with beluga whales, dolphins, sea otters, sea lions and penguins. Polar Play Zone is a permanent exhibit where kids and their families can play, pretend and discover through hands-on activities. See the aquatic show, starring the dolphins, belugas and more. Then meet some of Shedd's critters up close during live animal encounters in the Waters of the World galleries, talk to a diver in the 90,000-gallon Caribbean Reef, take a walk through a flooded forest in Amazon Rising and watch sharks overhead in Wild Reef. And visit Granddad, the oldest fish in any aquarium or zoo! Two million annual visitors can’t be wrong: Shedd Aquarium is the "must-sea" destination in Chicago!
1200 S. Lake Shore Dr.
Chicago, IL, US 60605

Art Institute of Chicago

No trip to Chicago is complete without a visit to the #1 museum in the world according to TripAdvisor's 2014 Traveler's Choice Awards. Explore America's greatest collection of Impressionist paintings, including world-famous works by Monet, Renoir, Seurat and Van Gogh. Then discover the critically acclaimed Modern Wing, home to an extraordinary collection of modern and contemporary masterpieces by Chagall, Dali, Matisse, Picasso, Pollack and more. As the second-largest art museum in the country with outstanding special exhibitions, gallery tours daily, and a warm, engaging family space that is always free, the Art Institute of Chicago has something for everyone!
111 S. Michigan Ave.
Chicago, IL, US 60603

Museum of Science and Industry

The Museum of Science and Industry is the largest science museum in the Western Hemisphere! Housed in the only remaining building from the 1893 World’s Fair, MSI is a Chicago must-see! You’ll experience 14 acres of mind blowing, hands-on exhibits and have the chance to navigate through a mirror maze; manipulate a 40-foot tornado; climb aboard a World War II German submarine; take a run in a human-sized hamster wheel; descend into an Illinois coal mine; board a 727 hanging from the ceiling; transmit your pulse to a 13-foot, 3-D, beating heart; and much more! It’s fun and interactive! MSI is not a place where you walk around quietly and observe. No way! You get involved in the fun — and learn by doing. See your blood running through your veins, dive and surface a submarine or create an avalanche! It’s all only at MSI,
57th St. and Lake Shore Dr.
Chicago, IL, US 60637

The Field Museum

Discover Sue, the world's largest and most complete T. rex ever found! Descend into an Egyptian tomb and see 23 Egyptian mummies and 5,000 year-old hieroglyphics, shrink to 1/100th of your natural size and get a bug's-eye view in Underground Adventure, come nose-to-nose with the man-eating lions of Tsavo, walk among dinosaurs in Evolving Planet or explore 13,000 years of history from the Ice Age Mammoth hunters to the temples of the Aztecs in the Ancient Americas Hall. Experience Chicago’s only completely digital 3-D theater featuring "Waking the T.Rex."
1400 S. Lake Shore Dr.
Chicago, IL, US 60605

Navy Pier

Historic Navy Pier® is Chicago's lakefront playground with over 50 acres of parks, shops, restaurants, entertainment and attractions. Navy Pier is the Midwest's #1 attractions with more than 8 million visitors a year. Enjoy a ride on the Ferris Wheel, musical carousel, Wave Swinger and miniature golf course. Visit the Chicago Children's Museum, Chicago Shakespeare Theater or the Navy Pier IMAX® Theatre. Take a ride on a tour boat or dining cruise ship. Fireworks on Wednesdays at 9:30 p.m. and Saturdays at 10:15 p.m. between Memorial Day and Labor Day.
600 E. Grand Ave.
Chicago, IL, US 60611

Convention Centers

  • McCormick Place

    The largest convention center in North America, McCormick Place includes 2.6 million square feet of exhibit space; a 10,000-seat arena; 4,188-seat theater; nearly 3,000 guest rooms; and several dining options, all connected by pedestrian skybridges.

    • Exhibit Space2,600,000 sq. ft.
      Total meeting space3,800,000 sq. ft.



High season
May 1 – Jun 30
Sep 1 – Nov 20
Shoulder season
Mar 1 – Apr 30
Jul 1 – Aug 31
Low season
Jan 1 – Feb 28
Dec 6 – Dec 31

Additional Information

By including Choose Chicago in your plans, you can benefit from helpful and complimentary services, including: - Sourcing the availability of Chicago’s hotels - Qualifying leads without mass distribution - Providing up-to-date information on new properties and renovations - Sharing important details on airlift, conventions, and community events that could impact designated meeting dates - Ensuring proposals meet deadlines - Arranging well-organized hotel and venue site inspections - Assessing and sourcing availability at McCormick Place - Attendance-building services via the Connecting to Chicago program - Sourcing venues, speakers, entertainers, transportation, décor companies, special event spaces, caterers, and more - Acting as a liaison with city departments - Assisting conventions in navigating hundreds of dining, private event, tour, shopping, and entertainment options throughout Chicago - Supporting client equity, diversity, and inclusion initiatives For more details, connect with one of our city experts at Choose Chicago or visit