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Convention center297,290 sq. m
Guest Rooms111,000
Guest rooms at 1 hotel2,019 guest rooms
Special event venues388
Average room rate$130.00
Daily food cost$35.00
Occupancy rate67.5%
Tax rate10.25%

Choose Chicago


Why Choose Chicago

Choose Chicago is the official sales and marketing organization responsible for promoting Chicago. Choose Chicago represents McCormick Place, the largest and most adaptable convention center in the Western Hemisphere and Navy Pier, Chicago's 3,330-foot pier on the shoreline of Lake Michigan. Whether you’re hosting a small corporate meeting or a major tradeshow, you’ll find what you’re looking for in Chicago. In addition to our convention facilities, Chicago offers a variety of hotel space and unique special event venues like The Art Institute of Chicago and the Field Museum that will make your meeting a memorable one. The city’s array of meeting and event space is just the start. Chicago has more than 100,000 hotel rooms in the metropolitan area and 33,000 rooms downtown providing you with service, comfort and value at every price point. Additionally, the construction of two new hotels, the Radisson Blu and Langham Hotel, will add another 600+ rooms to Chicago’s diverse hotel inventory. Plus, the Hyatt Regency McCormick announced a full renovation and 461 room expansion by the end of 2013. And when it comes to getting to Chicago, our prime location and two international airports make Chicago second to none in accessibility. We offer 2,900 daily direct flights and 166 daily departures to 44 countries. Not to mention 50 Amtrak trains arrive and depart Chicago daily. So you can get to Chicago from nearly anywhere in the world at any time of day. Once you’re here, your attendees will find world-class accommodations, world-renowned cultural institutions, nightlife and music for every style, theater that’s home to world-premiere shows, and a dining scene that has so many accolades, it’s in a ranking of its own. In fact, Alinea was recently named the number one restaurant in North America. With unmatched assets and scenic beauty like Millennium Park and 26 miles of shoreline, you’ll also enjoy the view. That’s why Travel + Leisure readers recently voted Chicago Best Skyline. So come experience Chicago and see for yourself why it’s in a class of its own. We look forward to working with you!


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Distance from airport

  • O'Hare International Airport

    27.36 km from city center

  • Chicago Midway International Airport

    16.09 km from city center


Local Attractions


Historical landmark
2 mi. away
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

3 mi. away
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

1 mi. away
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

Millennium Park

2 mi. away
Millennium Park is an award-winning center for art, music, architecture and landscape design. Its prominent features are the Frank Gehry-designed Jay Pritzker Pavilion, the most sophisticated outdoor concert venue of its kind in the United States; the interactive Crown Fountain by Jaume Plensa; the contemporary Lurie Garden designed by the team of Gustafson Guthrie Nichol Ltd, Piet Oudolf and Robert Israel; and Anish Kapoor's hugely popular Cloud Gate sculpture. Millennium Park is located in the heart of downtown Chicago. It is bordered by Michigan Avenue to the west, Columbus Drive to the east, Randolph Street to the North and Monroe Street to the South.
201 E. Randolph St.
Chicago, IL, US 60601

Art Institute of Chicago

1 mi. away
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

2 mi. away
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

1 mi. away
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

2 mi. away
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


Additional Information

No matter its size, your event is as important to us as it is to you. By including Choose Chicago in your search process, you can benefit from the following complimentary services: •Venue search assistance for hotels and off-site facilities in downtown and surrounding areas •Chicago marketing materials (videos, photos, ads, maps, customized microsite and more) to help promote your Chicago event. •Site inspection coordination •Service provider recommendations for Chicago's robust business community •Local media contacts to help you raise awareness of your upcoming event •City promotions, including group and visitor discounts