Chicago's North Shore Convention & Visitors Bureau

Convention center
Guest Rooms4,500
Guest rooms at 1 hotel300 guest rooms
Special event venues
Average room rate$159.00
Daily food cost$71.00
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Chicago's North Shore Convention & Visitors Bureau


Why Choose Our Destination?

Nothing compares to the unsurpassed beauty and distinctive charm of Chicago’s North Shore. Bordering Chicago, along the glorious shores of Lake Michigan, the ­inviting communities of Evanston, Skokie, Northbrook, Glenview and Wheeling are just 20 minutes north of Chicago’s city center, 30 minutes from O’Hare and offer value and diverse options for both the individual and group traveler. Chicago’s North Shore is quick trip on the city’s famed “el” trains and the Metra rail system. There's plenty to explore including the lakefront campus of Northwestern University, Chicago Botanic Garden, the only Baha'i House of Worship in the Western Hemisphere, the Illinois Holocaust Museum, the North Shore Center for Performing Arts, the Grosse Point Lighthouse, the Charles Dawes Gates House and three premiere shopping centers, Westfield Old Orchard, Northbrook Court and the Glen Town Center as well as the downtown shopping districts in Evanston, Glencoe and Winnetka. The highlight of the North Shore is Sheridan Road, a gorgeous, winding stretch of road hugging the shores of Lake Michigan and offering the most spectacular views of gracious homes, famed architecture and the bounty of nature. Chicago's North Shore Convention and Visitors Bureau is dedicated to offering you everything you need for a successful meeting or event: location, amenities, superior service, entertainment, ease of transportation and the exquisite style that is the hallmark of Chicago's North Shore. Regardless of the size of your event or your specific needs, our committed and experienced staff makes your job that much easier with our approach to "one stop shopping". We provide professional, complimentary services to the meeting professional to insure that any meeting, conference or event that takes place on the North Shore is a success from the initial planning stages through completion of the event.

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Distance from airport

  • O'Hare International Airport

    16.09 km from city center

  • Chicago Executive Airport

    8.05 km from city center

  • Midway International Airport

    25.75 km from city center


Local Attractions

Downtown Evanston

Offering a unique blend of one-of-kind shops, boutiques, national retailers and diverse restaurants. You'll find apparel, furnishings, book stores, salons and plenty of places to replenish your thirst and satisfy your appetite. A fun place to wander, the walkable downtown allows you to park just once at one of our easily accessible garages and explore on foot. Or take advantage of convenient Metra or CTA.
909 Davis St., Ste. 500
Evanston, IL, US 60201

Baha'i House of Worship

Historical landmark
One of only seven Baha'i temples in the world at present, this unique structure symbolizes unity and invites prayer to God. Its white walls of lace-like ornamentation and its dome rising 135 feet above the main floor, create a scene of unsurpassed beauty and tranquility. It is surrounded by exquisite gardens and fountains. Designated on the National Register of Historic Places. A new welcome center is the perfect place to start your visit.
100 Linden Ave.
Wilmette, IL, US 60091

Chicago Botanic Garden

Climb a waterfall garden, discover hidden rooms inside an English Walled Garden, cross bridges spanning sparkling lakes, a Japanese Garden and discover a garden with trains chugging across bridges and trestles. There's 385 acres and 23 gardens of wonder to explore in all seasons. Enjoy seasonal festivals, tours by train or on foot, and art exhibitions. Full service catering and meeting and event planning assistance indoors and outdoors.
1000 Lake Cook Rd
Glencoe, IL, US 60022

Westfield Old Orchard Shopping Center

One of the Midwest's most celebrated shopping malls. With over 140 specialty stores including retail giants Bloomingdale's, Macy's, and Nordstrom, this spectacular outdoor mall features beautiful gardens, landscaped walkways, sparkling fountains and children's play areas. Hampton Social, Roka Akor,California Pizza Kitchen, Cheesecake Factory, Shake Shack and Uncle Julio's offer a superb dining option. Catch a movie at the two CMX dine-in cinemas (full service and marketplace).
I-94 and Old Orchard Rd.
Skokie, IL, US 60077

Ravinia Festival

As the oldest outdoor music festival in the United States, this venue offers a series of outdoor concerts and performances held every summer from June to September. It is the summer home of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and attracts world class performers every year from around the world. A perfect spot for a company outing. Special areas with full service catering staff attend to your group's every need.
200 Ravinia Park Rd.
Highland Park, IL, US 60035

Northwestern University

Chicago's own Big Ten school and one of the leading universities in the U.S. Its Evanston campus is on the shores of beautiful Lake Michigan. Founded in 1851, this renowned educational institution is rich in stunning architecture. More than 150 historically significant and interesting sites on campus are featured in various walking tours, each taking approximately 30 minutes to complete. Highlights include The Arch, University Hall, and The Arts Circle.
Clark Street and Sheridan Road
Evanston, IL, US 60208

Illinois Holocaust Museum

Designed by renowned architect Stanley Tigerman, the museum is dedicated to preserving the legacy of the Holocaust by honoring the memories of those who were lost and by teaching the universal lessons that combat hatred, prejudice and indifference. See an authentic early 20th century German rail car, an inspiring Hall of Remembrance, a permanent exhibition chronicling life before, during and after the Holocaust. Full service team brings expertise to meetings and events taking place in this special space.
9603 Woods Dr.
Skokie, IL, US 60076

North Shore Center For The Performing Arts in Skokie

The premier performance venue on Chicago's North Shore. This dynamic two-theater complex facility has an 867-seat main theater and a convertible 342-seat theater. The Center is proudly home to the Northlight Theatre, Skokie Valley Symphony Orchestra, the acclaimed Ars Viva Symphony Orchestra and numerous other cultural organizations. It's hosted the best of comedy, song and dance including Capitol Steps, David Crosby, Lily Tomlin, Paula Poundstone and many others. Perfect venue for annual meeting or galas in the dramatic lobby.
9501 Skokie Blvd.
Skokie, IL, US 60077


Additional Information

Our hotels with meeting space: DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Chicago – North Shore Conference Center* - Guest Rooms: 369 - Total Meeting Space: 22,000+ sq. ft. *Adjacent to the North Shore Center for the Performing Arts in Skokie, which has a variety of unique meeting spaces. - Two theatres: - Center Theatre: 867-seat proscenium theatre used for meetings, corporate presentations and performances. This space breaks into two levels – the main floor houses a little over 500 seats and the balcony a little over 300. - Smaller Theater: 318-seat theatre which can also be converted into an event space (7,400 sq. ft.) - Grand Lobby: Can seat up to 200 guests (8,000 sq. ft.) - Rice Rehearsal Room: Can accommodate up to 100 guests - Two conference rooms that can accommodate up to 20 people each Hampton Inn & Suites Chicago - North Shore/Skokie - Guest Rooms: 225 - Total Meeting Space: 2,800+ sq. ft. Hilton Chicago Northbrook - Guest Rooms: 248 - Total Meeting Space: 17,000+ sq. ft. Hilton Garden Inn Chicago North Shore/Evanston - Guest Rooms: 178 - Total Meeting Space: 5,800+ sq. ft. Hilton Orrington/Evanston - Guest Rooms: 269 - Total Meeting Space: 22,000+ sq. ft. Holiday Inn Chicago North Shore (Skokie) - Guest Rooms: 244 - Total Meeting Space: 20,000+ sq. ft. Renaissance Chicago North Shore Hotel - Guest Rooms: 385 - Total Meeting Space: 22,000+ sq. ft. Holiday Inn Chicago North-Evanston -Guest Rooms: 159 -Total Meeting Space: 6,380 sq. ft. Sheraton Chicago Northbrook Hotel - Guest Rooms: 161 - Total Meeting Space: 2,000+ sq. ft. The Westin Chicago North Shore - Guest Rooms: 412 - Total Meeting Space: 40,000+ sq. ft. Delta Hotels by Marriott Chicago North Shore Suites - Guest Rooms: 253 - Total Meeting Space: 12,000+ sq. ft.


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