Partnership Newsletter - January 2013

Choice Package

For organizations that are interested in having a digital presence on Chicago's official destination website, we offer the Choice Package. This bundle includes an easily managed, fully customizable listing on, as well as opportunities to build powerful relationships in the industry with expertly curated networking events and educational programs.

Valued at $750

  • Customizable listing on
  • Listing on visitor mobile app
  • Invitations to partner events
  • Opportunities to get involved in volunteer activities
  • Industry updates from Choose Chicago
  • Inclusion in lead distribution
  • Exclusive access to research, directories, calendars, and more

Premier Package

For organizations looking for a more dynamic digital outreach strategy and additional marketing opportunities, Choose Chicago offers the Premier Package. Valued at $1300, this bundle includes the fundamental branding tools of the Choice Package with revenue driving add-ons such as mobile couponing and links to your organization's reservation or ticket-purchasing site.

Valued at $1,300


  • Mobile couponing
  • Links to reviews on Yelp and TripAdvisor
  • Links to your social media pages
  • Link to your reservation or ticket-purchasing site
  • Opportunity to showcase your business to key industry contacts
  • Dining Partners
    • Participation in Chicago Restaurant Week for an additionally discounted rate of: $350 vs. $500 a la carte

Ultimate Package

As the name would imply, this package offers an all-encompassing marketing strategy for reaching visitors on a global scale. With the Ultimate Package, your organization will be strategically positioned in front of meetings professionals, travel professionals and business and leisure visitors throughout the planning stages and during their visit to Chicago. If you're looking to maximize your presence in the visitor industry, this is the package for you.

Valued at $2,000


  • Listing in official print publications
  • Complimentary admission with guest to networking and educational events (certain restrictions apply)
  • One additional category listing (print and web)
  • Dining Partners
    • Participation in Chicago Restaurant Week at a discounted rate of: $350 vs. $500 a la carte

A La Carte Menu

Choose Chicago's innovative approach to partnership allows your organization to tailor a benefits package to your budget and specific marketing goals. Build on any of your partnership packages by adding these items:

Additional category listing

Link to your reservation or ticket-purchasing site

Links to reviews on Yelp / TripAdvisor and social media pages

Mobile couponing

Chicago Restaurant Week participation

Listing in official print publications

Networking and educational events
Pricing specific to each event

Additional Opportunities

Contact our Partnership team at or (312) 567-8461 for about:

  • Co-op marketing opportunities
  • Brochure distribution at McCormick Place
  • Print and digital advertising
  • Collateral distribution in Choose Chicago's two official Visitor Information Centers

If you are a current Choose Chicago member, click here to learn about how your membership will transition to our new partnership model.

Marketing Chicago

As a global marketing organization, Choose Chicago is constantly traveling the world to bring visitors to our city. Here's where we'll be connecting with our customers over the next 90 days:





 Professional Convention Management Association Annual Meeting

January 13-16

Orlando, Florida

Meeting Professionals

National Tour Association Annual Convention

January 20-24

Orlando, Florida

Travel Professionals

North American Journey (NAJ) Summit West

February 13-14

Marina Del Rey, California

Travel Professionals

Receptive Services Association of America (RSAA) Summit

February 20-21

Atlantic City, New Jersey

Travel Professionals

Meeting Professionals International - Northern California Chapter
 February 21
San Francisco, California  Meeting Professionals

International Travel Bourse (ITB)

March 6-10

Berlin, Germany

Travel Professionals

Experient Envision

March 11-15

Houston, Texas

Meeting Professionals

Destinations Showcase DC

March 14

Washington, DC

Meeting Professionals

ConferenceDirect Annual Partner Meeting

March 17-21

Las Vegas, Nevada

Meeting Professionals

CBI-Pharma Meeting Planners Forum

March 19-22

Orlando, Florida

Meeting Professionals

North American Journey's (NAJ) Active America Summit - China

March 26-28

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Travel Professionals

 Meeting Industry Council (MIC)
 March 27
 Denver, Colorado Meeting Professionals

For more information about opportunities to buy into select events like these, please email

Thank You to Our 2012 Choose Chicago Ambassadors

The Choose Chicago Ambassador Task Force strives to make conference and convention attendees, exhibitors and management feel welcomed and appreciated during their visit to Chicago. This program supports the hospitality efforts coordinated by Choose Chicago and enhances Chicago's "We're Glad You're Here! ®" city-wide recognition program. The Ambassador Task Force helps to add a personal touch to each customer's Chicago experience by providing face-to-face personal interaction.

The 2012 Ambassador Task Force was comprised of 66 individuals from Choose Chicago's member organizations in the hospitality industry. Ambassadors earn points for every hour of service they volunteer and compete for prizes at the end of the year for the top three point earning winners. We're pleased to announce the top winners of the 2012 program:

1st Place: Theresa Altgilbers from Park West, with 70 points

2nd place: Christine Stamps from LUXE Expo Staffing, with 49 points

3rd place: Tony Pittman from the American Library Association, with 47 points

Choose Chicago Ambassadors volunteered 960 hours total in 2012, assisting with over 27 conventions and events.

Congratulations to all 2012 Choose Chicago Ambassadors!

Theresa Altgilbers, Park West/Standing Room Only, Inc.

Kristin Jeffe Atlas, House of Blues Chicago

Megan Beasley, Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar

Elizabeth Bennett, Masterplan, Inc.

Rebecca Carity, Where Magazine

Courtney Cawley, Levy Restaurants at U.S. Cellular Field

Onya Chesser, Hard Rock Hotel Chicago

Marie Coffou, Holiday Inn Chicago Mart Plaza

Morgan Cook, Hotel Lincoln

Cameron Crummie, dana hotel and spa

Maggie DiVincenzo, Caesars Entertainment - Horseshoe Casino

Mimi Driscoll, Buca di Beppo Downtown Chicago

Erica Drogoszewski, Steve Dahl Podcast Network

Haley Eder, The Drake Hotel

Kristy Fender, Hilton Garden Inn Chicago Magnificent Mile

Tobey Geise, Chicago Travel Consultants, Inc.

Michael Gomberg, Promotional Products Partners

Tarah Harvey, Jason's Deli

Thomas Haselberger, Hotel Sax Chicago

Melanie Hickey, Residence Inn-Springhill Suites by Marriott River North, Courtyard Mag Mile

Gretchen Hill, Mid America Club

Jane Hogan, Chicago Marriott and Renaissance Hotels

Julie Ingoglia, Francesca's Restaurants (Francesca's Bryn Mawr)

Charles James, LUXE EXPO Staffing

Vanessa Kosloski, Residence Inn & Springhill Suites by Marriott

Dan Maguire, Chicago's First Lady Cruises

Patti Maher, Shoreline Charters

Tracy Malia, Entertainment Cruises

Heather McDonald, Swissotel Chicago

Michael McDonough, Masterplan, Inc.

Kim Miller, Hampton Inn & Suites Chicago Downtown

Lisa Missner, Bubba Gump Shrimp Co./Capi's Italian Kitchen

Becky Mormann, Cubby Bear Wrigleyville

Brittany Murray, Chicago Travel Consultants

Sara Nadzieja, Crowne Plaza Chicago Metro

Michelle Ohlhaber, Entertainment Cruises

Erin O'Neill, Fogo de Chao

Iceseander Pittman, Red Roof Inn Chicago Downtown Magnificent Mile

Tony Pittman, American Library Association

Sharon Plucinski, Crystal Gardens at Navy Pier

Nicole Price, Edwards Lifesciences

Niki Radovich, Blue Plate

Kimberly Redd, American Library Association

Kelly Rehmer, Metropolitan Club

Jeanine Riedl, The Richard Driehaus Museum

Irma Robinson, International Convention Staffing, Inc.

Tracy Robinson, Amtrak

Alicia Rocha, Texas De Brazil

Randi Rogers, Miles Weaver

Katie Ryan, SAVOR

Alec Schraegle, Hilton Worldwise

Ashley Schulter , Courtyard by Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile

Angela Sciortino, Red Roof Inn Chicago Downtown Magnificent Mile

Erin Shovlin, Weber Grill Restaurant

Christine Stamps, LUXE EXPO Staffing

Christine Starks , Texas de Brazil

Betsy Stone, The Second City

Katy Stopka, House of Blues Chicago

Gina Tepavchevich, Radiological Society of North America

Jenn Toteff, Kuoni Destination Management

Sharon Vojtek

Sheila Ward, Chicago South Loop Hotel

Lynett Wilson, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons

April Wolcott, Howl at the Moon

Katherine Woods, Francesca's Restaurants (Francesca's Bryn Mawr)

Michele Worth, Residence Inn- Springhill Suites River North