Chicago in the winter is a sight to behold. From its towering skyscrapers lighting the nighttime sky to the ever-vibrant mosaic of unique neighborhoods that form the city, Chicago buzzes with energy and excitement all season long.
The year 2015 is poised to be Chicago's best yet, kicked off by attendees arriving in the city for the PCMA Convening Leaders conference. Chicago has made no small plans for the coming year, making this the absolute perfect time to visit our magnificent city.
On the heels of last year's market room additions of over 500 per day, 2015 continues the trend with a number of new arriving properties from high-profile brands. The Chicago Central Business District alone has 107 hotel properties totaling 37,119 rooms per day, as of September 2014. Our perpetually expanding hotel industry gives visitors more accommodation choices than ever, offering excellent amenities and convenience to all.
No visit to Chicago is complete without a whirlwind tour of our culinary scene, including two dozen Michelin-star-laden restaurants. Remarkably talented and collaborative chefs have made Chicago a worldwide dining mecca, and have contributed to bringing the prestigious James Beard Foundation Awards Gala here in May 2015. Want a taste of our more than 4,700 restaurants that line the culinary landscape? The annual Chicago Restaurant Week gives diners 14 belt-busting days of eating bliss at more than 250 participating restaurants, whether at a neighborhood hotspot or a five-star stalwart. The world eats here.
If you are looking for more things to do in Chicago, be sure to check out our gallery districts ripe with local artists' stunning work, or catch a blockbuster museum exhibit at one of our more than 40 cultural institutions. Immerse yourself in the vibrant theater scene at Steppenwolf Theater Company, Goodman Theatre or Broadway in Chicago, and celebrate Chicago Theater Week with more than 100 citywide productions.
Any shopping adventure in Chicago should begin with the most famous stretch of all Chicago retail: The Magnificent Mile. This cosmopolitan section of Michigan Avenue teems with shopping, dining and entertainment, an unforgettable addition to any vacation. Chicago's Loop has been a shopper's paradise for more than a century, anchored by State Street. Score big finds at the legendary Macy's on State Street, or dive deeper into the chic boutiques that line the streets of Chicago's diverse neighborhoods. We suggest bringing a bigger suitcase.
No matter your style of exploration, Chicago has you covered. We warmly welcome all Convening Leaders 2015 attendees to Chicago, we hope you enjoy your stay, and we look forward to seeing you again soon.