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Our mission is to bring regional, national and international business and leisure visitors to Chicago for the economic benefit of the City, the community and our membership.
Choose Chicago is a private, nonprofit organization that is responsible for marketing the greater Chicago area as a business and leisure visitor destination. Choose Chicago is contracted by the City of Chicago and the Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority to act as the official sales and marketing agency for McCormick Place and Chicago.
With more than 85,000 employees around the world, Chicago-based United Airlines is a leading global carrier, focused on giving its customers a flyer-friendly experience. United and United Express operate an average of more than 5,300 flights a day to more than 360 airports across six continents. Business Traveler magazine awarded United "Best Airline for North American Travel" for 2013, and readers of Global Traveler magazine have voted United's MileagePlus loyalty program the "Best Frequent-Flyer Program" for 10 consecutive years. United is also a founding member of the Star Alliance, which provides service to 195 countries via more than 25 member airlines. For more information, visit www.united.com.
Blue Plate is proud to work with clients from around the world and around Chicago and our culinary team is comprised of equally diverse backgrounds hailing from 4-star restaurants nationally and internationally. As a preferred caterer at more than 85 unique venues in and around the city, Blue Plate offers full-service catering and hospitality for groups of 10 to 10,000 and can help clients find the perfect Chicago venue for their special event.
Blue Plate also owns and operates two widely acclaimed restaurants in Chicago. tesori, located in the historic Symphony Center, offers Italian-inspired flavors alongside a stellar wine list and seasonal cocktails Park Grill is an award winning destination restaurant located at the entrance to Millennium Park. Both restaurants offer Al Fresco dining in two of Chicago's most iconic locales.
Event Creative is a full service event design and production agency with the ability to design, fabricate and execute any size event, branded environment or tour. Event Creative's designers, carpenters, seamstresses, and graphic artists comprise one of the most comprehensive teams in the industry. With complete floral, fabric and set design studios, in conjunction with an extensive inventory of lighting, furniture, sound and video equipment, Event Creative is the one stop shop for all event design and production needs.
The largest science museum in the Western Hemisphere! Housed in the only remaining building from the 1893 World's Fair, MSI is a Chicago must-see! You'll experience 14 acres of hands-on exhibits and have the chance to stand before a 40-foot tornado; climb aboard a World War II German submarine; take a run in a human-sized hamster wheel; board a 727 hanging from the ceiling; transmit your pulse to a 13-foot, 3-D beating heart; and much more!
Located on the West Side of downtown Chicago, Cinespace Chicago Film Studios specializes in the development, management & operation of studio facilities. The Studio offers highly functional studio space; Multiple soundproof stages varying in sizes; Production offices; Carpentry shops and paint areas; Sizable parking for film units; Storage facilities; Casting, wardrobe & dressing room spaces; On-site dining areas; In-house prop & decor rental; Equipment rental facility & On-site catering.
Edelman is the world's largest public relations firm, with 67 offices and more than 4,800 employees worldwide, as well as affiliates in more than 30 cities. Edelman was named Advertising Age's top-ranked PR firm of the decade in 2009 and one of its "A-List Agencies" in both 2010 and 2011; Adweek's "2011 PR Agency of the Year;" PRWeek's "2011 Large PR Agency of the Year;" and The Holmes Report's "2013 Global Agency of the Year" and its 2012 "Digital Agency of the Year." Edelman was named one of the "Best Places to Work" by Advertising Age in 2010 and 2012 and among Glassdoor's top ten "Best Places to Work" in 2011 and 2012.
Edelman owns specialty firms Edelman Berland (research), Blue (advertising), BioScience Communications (medical communications), and agencies Edelman Significa (Brazil), and Pegasus (China). Visit edelman.com for more information.
Founded in Chicago in 1988, Goose Island is one of the most successful craft breweries in the Midwest and produces some of the most popular, and award winning, beers in the U.S. Since 1989, Goose Island beers have won a variety of awards at acclaimed beer events including the World Beer Championships, World Beer Cup, World Expo of Beer and the Great American Beer Festival (GABF).
Hyatt Hotels Corporation, headquartered in Chicago, is a leading global hospitality company with a proud heritage of making guests feel more than welcome. Thousands of members of the Hyatt family strive to make a difference in the lives of the guests they encounter every day by providing authentic hospitality. The Company's subsidiaries manage, franchise, own and develop hotels and resorts under the Hyatt®, Park Hyatt®, Andaz®, Grand Hyatt®, Hyatt Regency®, Hyatt Place®, Hyatt House®, Hyatt ZilaraTM and Hyatt ZivaTM brand names and have locations on six continents.
Hyatt Residential Group, Inc., a Hyatt Hotels Corporation subsidiary, develops, operates, markets or licenses Hyatt Residences® and Hyatt Residence Club®. As of December 31, 2013, the Company's worldwide portfolio consisted of 548 properties in 48 countries. For more information, please visit www.hyatt.com.
"Transforming the world of event design"
A nationally recognized company, Kehoe Designs has elevated the standard of excellence in event décor for more than 17 years. From transforming contemporary designs into legendary events, to driving brand campaigns and creating one-of-a-kind galas, we develop high-style concepts that are authentic and captivating. We are a full-service event design company and our capabilities include creative strategy, custom fabrication, signature furniture collections, lighting environments, floral design-fine details, mixed media-artwork, and on-site support.
Macy's is America's department store, known for delivering magical moments to customers every day! With over 800 stores nationwide and an exceptional selection of fashion and affordable luxury, Macy's is a popular shopping destination for travelers coming from all over the world - that's why Macy's Tourism Marketing & Development offers special programs just for our out-of-town guests, including Macy's 10% Off Visitor Savings Pass! Visit us at VisitMacysUSA.com for more information.
Orbitz Worldwide (NYSE:OWW) is a leading global online travel company using technology to transform the way consumers around the world plan and purchase travel. Orbitz Worldwide operates the consumer travel planning sites Orbitz, ebookers, HotelClub and CheapTickets.
360 CHICAGO soars 1000ft above Chicago's lakefront and The Magnificent Mile®. Offering 360°views spanning four states, interactive learning opportunities and ‘TILT' - The exhilarating way to experience Chicago from a whole new angle. 360 CHICAGO is the ultimate way to see Chicago at its best!
CityPASS ticket booklets bundle prepaid admission to a city's top attractions into one easy-to-use pass whose price is up to half off what it would cost to purchase those same admissions separately. Launched in 1997, the CityPASS program is now available in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Houston, New York City, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Seattle, Southern California and Toronto.
CityPASS ticket booklets, which have a 95 percent customer recommendation rating, were the idea of company co-founders Mike Gallagher and Mike Morey, whose respective backgrounds in destination marketing and tourism industry research armed them with insight into how travelers want to experience a destination: without a lot of fuss and at significant savings.
Garrett Popcorn Shops®, a Chicago tradition since 1949, serves only the finest, handcrafted Popcorn. Every small batch of Garrett® is hot air popped throughout the day for ultimate freshness. Using only the highest quality, wholesome ingredients, cooks coat every kernel with their secret family recipes in old-fashioned copper kettles. Their Signature Flavors include: CaramelCrisp® (which can be selected with almonds, pecans or cashews), CheeseCornTM, Buttery, Plain and the famous "Chicago Mix," which blends the sophisticated sweetness of CaramelCrisp® with the savory goodness of CheeseCornTM. Our Popcorn is thoughtfully prepared all day, every day. Like no other, Garrett Popcorn.
Hilton Worldwide (NYSE: HLT) is a leading global hospitality company with a portfolio of ten world-class brands, including Hilton Hotels & Resorts, comprised of more than 4,000 properties in over 91 countries and territories. The company also manages an award-winning customer loyalty program, Hilton HHonors(r).
"The Illinois Hotel & Lodging Association (IHLA) is a not-for-profit, 501(c)(6) trade association that represents the lodging industry in Illinois. IHLA provides significant benefits to its nearly 500 hotel members and their employees throughout the state by protecting against government intrusion, educating through quality, relevant seminars and training materials, and promoting member hotels to both public and private sectors. IHLA members receive promotional exposure and access to current industry news, resources, and contacts through IHLA's database, marketing initiatives, member programs, and networking events."
The foodservice industry in Illinois is the largest private sector employer in the state, with projected employment in 2013 of 517,900 people and over $21.7 billion in annual sales. To serve the needs of this important industry and support its future, the Illinois Restaurant Association works to provide restaurant operators and suppliers in Illinois with valuable business services, networking opportunities, cost saving programs, and vital advocacy.
Qatar Airways is the national carrier of the State of Qatar and is one of the world's fastest growing airlines. In its 17th year of operations, Qatar Airways has a modern fleet of 129 aircraft flying to 134 key destinations across six continents.
In 2013, Qatar Airways joined the oneworld Alliance, becoming the first Gulf carrier to join the global airline alliance, enabling its customers to reach almost 1,000 airports in more than 150 countries, with 14,000 daily departures.
Located atop the John Hancock Center, The Signature Room at the 95th® offers diners exquisite food, superb service, and a dazzling skyline view. The elegant wood designs and art deco interior create an inviting and intimate atmosphere, while the floor-to-ceiling windows exhibit the stunning Chicago skyline and 360 degree views of the entire city.
Dine with us during lunch, dinner, or Sunday brunch and experience why we are "the restaurant Chicago looks up to!"®.
Venue One is Chicago's only all-inclusive meeting and event center. The venue offers 25,000 square feet of event space, 8,000 square feet of meeting rooms and facilities equaling over 33,000 square feet of customizable space. With a state of the art kitchen and an executive chef on site Venue One is a one-stop-shop for fully customizable business meetings to large scale branded events. Venue One was imagined and designed by Chicago's leading event professionals at Event Creative.
Once a refrigerated food distribution warehouse, City Winery has transformed this 1911 building into a haven for those who are passionate about wine, music and culinary arts. Built with re-used material, such as the original wood beams, masonry and brick, this fully functional winery, restaurant and concert venue has become a focal point of West Loop nightlife. City Winery hosts wine making classes, wine dinners and tastings, intimate music concerts, private events and small plates dining. A patio is open during the summer months.
City Winery Chicago was recently honored with a 2013 vision award by the Urban Land Institute Chicago, attributed to a unique design and adaptive re-use of the 33,000 square foot, 100-year old building. City Winery Chicago is the second location of City Winery, LLC, which operates in New York City with Napa Valley and Nashville opening in 2014.
Gibsons Restaurant Group provides diners with great food and uncompromising service at each of their unique restaurants. It is the only restaurant group in the country to have its own USDA Certification. The beef is breed specific, Black Angus, and raised on sustainable farms in the Upper Midwest.
Gibsons Bar & Steakhouse embodies the big city dining experience with USDA Gibsons Prime Angus beef, fresh fish daily and enormous lobster tails-all matched with an extensive wine list. Gibsons offers three distinct dining locations: Chicago, Rosemont and Oak Brook.
Regional DMO made up of Illinois, Indianapolis, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio & Wisconsin. Only targeting UK/Ireland and Germany/Switzerland/Austria.
InnerWorkings is a leading global marketing supply chain organization, founded and headquartered in Chicago. With more than 1,500 employees in more than 50 countries, we maximize our clients' marketing efforts through fully integrated global marketing execution across all branded materials, experiences, formats and geographies. Our unmatched expertise and unique technology power brand growth for hundreds of multi-national companies in industries including retail, financial services, hospitality, nonprofit, healthcare, food and beverage and more. At InnerWorkings, we make marketing happen.
Based in Chicago, Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises Inc. (LEYE), is one of the nation's leading independent restaurant groups, owning, managing or licensing more than 100 establishments in Illinois, Arizona, Minnesota, Maryland, Nevada, Washington D.C., California and Virginia.
Simon Shopping Destinations: More than 100 world-class shopping experiences across the nation at Simon® Malls, Premium Outlets® and The Mills®. www.simon.com/travel
Sound Investment AV is a full-service production and rental/staging firm committed to the implementation of technical and creative design across the broad spectrum of special events.
As a leading supplier partner to the live-events industry, Sound Investment AV provides complete show solutions including: project design and management; audio, video, projection and lighting systems; and set and scenic design. With a strong emphasis on the creative application of new technologies, optimization of the impact of content delivery and a focus on developing interaction, Sound Investment AV has pioneered its way through the industry by heightening sensory experience.
Across the vast range of events - from media launches for highly visible brands to sales meetings to concerts and national tours - there is a common thread; every project originates with a vision. Sound Investment AV's design works closely with clients to create the vision while seamlessly integrating all aspects of production.
The Chicago & Cook County Building & Construction Trades Council is a central body labor organization and an affiliate of the Building & Construction Trades Department, AFL-CIO. The Council represents 100,000 working men and women from 24 affiliated organizations in the union construction trades for the Chicago & Cook County area. The purpose of the Council is to work as a representative on behalf of its affiliates to enhance the position of organized labor, serving the building trades in particular, and its issues in business, government and education.
Levy Restaurants is recognized as one of America's fastest growing and most critically acclaimed restaurant companies, and is the leader in premium sports and entertainment dining. The company's diverse portfolio includes award-winning restaurants such as James Beard Award-winning Spiaggia in Chicago, Fulton's Crab House, Portobello and Wolfgang Puck Grand Café at Walt Disney World Resort, renowned sports and entertainment venues like Wrigley Field in Chicago, Churchill Downs in Louisville, STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, and American Airlines Arena in Miami, and events including the Super Bowl, World Series, U. S. Open, Kentucky Derby, NHL, MLB and NBA All-Star Games and the GRAMMY® Awards.
Mayer Brown is a leading global law firm with offices in key business centers across the Americas, Asia and Europe. Our in-depth understanding of the travel sector has been developed through working on high-profile projects all over the world, and handling essential construction, regulatory, transactional and dispute resolution concerns. Visit www.mayerbrown.com to learn more.
Tourists choose "NUTS ON CLARK" Popcorn-Nuts-Chocolate. 35 years at 3830 N. Clark St. WRIGLEYVILLE, 2 blocks north of CUBS. www.nutsonclark.com
Potbelly is a Chicago based restaurant serving toasty warm sandwiches, craveable salads and freshly baked cookies. Visit www.potbelly.com to find a location nearest to you.