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CHICAGO NEWS AND UPDATES FOR TRAVEL PROFESSIONALS: MARCH 2015

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    CHICAGO BOASTS RECORD TOURISM NUMBERS

    The numbers are in, and last year, Chicago set a new visitation record, estimated at 50.2 million visitors, a 3.5% increase over 2013, which broke the 50 million visitor mark for the first time ever. The continued growth indicates that Chicago is on pace to achieve Mayor Emanuel's goal of 55 million visitors per year by the year 2020, particularly with high-profile events such as James Beard Foundation Awards and the NFL Draft slated to take place in 2015.

    Learn more about the record-setting tourism numbers.


    OBAMA DESIGNATES CHICAGO'S FIRST NATIONAL PARK

    Pullman National Monument in the historic Pullman neighborhood became Chicago's first National Park Service site. Already, it has received nearly $8 million in support, from gifts received by the National Park Foundation, the nonprofit partner of the National Park Service.

    Learn more about the park. 


    NEW CTA GREEN LINE STATION OPENS

    As part of a $4 billion investment in transit infrastructure, a newly constructed Cermak-McCormick Place Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) Green Line station opened in the Near South Side neighborhood, near the intersection of Cermak Road and State Street. The new station features a fully enclosed boarding platform, as well as surrounding improvements such as new sidewalks, landscaping, streetlights and bike racks.

    Learn more about the project.


    U.S. NEWS  & WORLD REPORT RELEASES BEST HOTELS 2015 LIST

    U.S. News & World Report released its annual Best Hotels in the USA 2015 list, and two of Chicago’s hotels – the Four Seasons Hotel Chicago and The Langham, Chicago – made the Top 10. In total, eight Chicago hotels made the comprehensive list.

    See all the hotels. 



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