CUTTING-EDGE TECHNOLOGY

CHICAGO'S TECH CULTURE

This city is a premier technology hub that has always pushed the boundaries of innovation and engineering. Chicago's meeting rooms, convention center, hotels and event venues are packed with advanced technologies to elevate your meeting.

CHICAGO TECHNOLOGY PLAN

In 2013, Chicago announced a plan to realize its potential as a city where technology fuels opportunity, inclusion, engagement and innovation. The plan highlights five broad technology-based strategies that offer a path to solidify Chicago's place as one of the world's leading cities. The strategies include:

  • Next-generation infrastructure
  • Every community a smart community
  • Efficient, effective and open government
  • Civic Innovation
  • Technology sector growth

TECH INITIATIVES

  • Illinois Technology Association CityLIGHTS Awards, recognizing leading tech companies and individuals
  • Department of Innovation & Technology, the City of Chicago's central IT organization formed in 2008

CHICAGO BROADBAND CHALLENGE

In 2012, Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced a unique initiative to make Chicago the city with the greatest availability of ultra-high-speed broadband in the U.S. Goals include: 

  • Building world-class broadband infrastructure for the entire city
  • Provide free Wi-Fi access in public spaces throughout Chicago
  • Extending broadband service into undeserved areas

HIGH-SPEED INTERNET

  • DS3 lines (the equiveland of nearly 30 T-1 lines)
  • Wireless Internet in public areas

GREEN TECHNOLOGIES

  • APEX/ASTM Certified
  • Comprehensive recycling programs
  • Soy-ink printing
  • Energy-efficient lighting
  • Organic cleaning supplies 
  • Water source heat pumps 
  • Linen-free meeting options
  • Motion-sensor lighting in meeting bathrooms
  • Low-flow toilets and shower heads

HIGH-TECH HEADQUARTERS

  • Groupon
  • Orbitz
  • Grub Hub
  • CareerBuilder
  • Cars.com
  • Threadless 

HIGH-TECH MEETING HIGHLIGHTS

With a wide range of advanced technologies available in various meeting spaces across Chicago, your meeting can be sophisticated and progressive as the city itself.