Choose Chicago's advocacy efforts are run by the Public Policy Department. Choose Chicago's Public Policy Department advocates on behalf of the visitor industry and our partner organizations. Our mission is to keep the support of this important industry a public policy priority with our government leaders.

We oversee Choose Chicago's relations with the local, state and federal levels of government; develop policy solutions and a civic consensus to meet Choose Chicago's goals; develops external coalitions and political support; communicates our industries missions, successes and needs to key civic stakeholders.

We advocate for those that promote tourism in Chicago. This is done through traditional and digital outreach and face-to-face meetings with local, state and federal members of government. The successes of the Public Policy & Advocacy Department ranges from the historic McCormick Place work rule reforms that made the convention center competitive again; to increasing local and state funding for Choose Chicago; to fighting increases in hospitality taxes; to working with others across the nation to enact the Travel Promotion Act.

Advocating is important. Travel and tourism is one of Chicago's leading industries and it currently represents over 136,000 jobs, 14.1 billion in direct spending and $885 million in tax revenue. Travel is a driving force for economic growth and job creation, at the heart of our city's economic recovery. Every penny spent by a tourist flows through multiple layers of the economy, producing ripple effects found not only in hotel and transportation, but in entertainment, retail, restaurants and many other sectors. We are here to communicate this and advocate for the concerns of the tourism industry, Choose Chicago and its members while further promoting Chicago as a visitor destination.

For more information or to get involved with our mission and become a Choose Chicago Champion click here or e-mail us at and be sure to follow us on Twitter @CCAdvocacy for the latest on travel issues.