From flawless translators to foreign-language tours, discover how to help your multilingual meeting in Chicago run smoothly from start to finish. Plus, get a takeaway tip sheet that will help you prepare your attendees.
Choose a hotel with multilingual staff.
Chicago has more than 100 hotels that have staff that speak your attendees' languages, including: Arabic, Dutch, French, German, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin, Polish, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish. Chicago's upcoming Travel Professionals Guide will have a list.
No matter your subject, language or medium, Chicago has a host of accurate, certified, professional translators and interpreters who can help ensure your non-English-speaking attendees are never left out of the loop. Click here to view a list of translators and interpreters.
Look for restaurants with menus in other languages.
Several restaurants in downtown Chicago offer menus in other languages and also have multilingual staff on-site to help your attendees sorts through their meal options. Chicago's upcoming Travel Professionals Guide will have a list.
Arrange a free Greeter Tour.
For groups of six or fewer.
If you are planning an intimate meeting for a small group, let a city-wise local take them on a free two-to-four-hour tour of Chicago in their native tongue. This service, called Chicago Greeter, is fun, friendly and informative. Greeters are matched with your group by language and expertise, and tours are customizable by neighborhood and area of interest, from architecture to music. Register online at chicagogreeter.com two weeks ahead of the visit, or call 312-945-4231.
Book a foreign-language tour.
Arrange a tour that will entertain, inform and inspire your international attendees. Whether they explore a treasure trove of artifacts with a Mandarin audio tour from the Oriental Institute Museum or they take a guided French-speaking tour of Chicago's architecture from the Chicago Architecture Foundation, rest assured we speak their language. Download a list of foreign language tours.
TAKEAWAY TIP SHEET
Filled with fast facts, weather info and helpful hints on things like tipping, this sheet will help you pull together all the information your international visitors will need before they arrive in Chicago.Click here to view the tip sheet