Cultural Tourism Media Missions

Annually Choose Chicago invites national and international travel writers to highlight the city’s cultural assets.  This past May Choose Chicago along with key cultural partners traveled to Canada to meet with targeted travel trade and consumer media in Toronto and Montreal. In July, six international journalists from Canada, Mexico and China visited Chicago to experience Chicago’s unmatched cultural attractions and unique dining experiences with cultural leaders curated to provide an insider’s view of Chicago’s cultural landscape.

To date, these media missions have garnered coverage from national and international publications, including Journal de Montreal, Journal de Quebec, Sinovision, and Xinhua News, showcasing the city as a global destination. Thank you to our partners for your continued support and commitment.

Choose Chicago Media Mission


EXPO CHICAGO continues to showcase the city as an international cultural destination, while highlighting the region’s contemporary arts community. Choose Chicago is proud to promote EXPO CHICAGO to national and international visitors and encourage them to experience all the great cultural events that are taking place during this time.

EXPO CHICAGO, the International Exposition of Contemporary & Modern Art, is taking place now through September 20 at Navy Pier. Returning for its fourth year, EXPO CHICAGO will present more than 140 leading international galleries from 16 countries and 45 cities. Key programming and signature events include Dialogues panel and lecture series, EXPO VIDEO, IN/SITU and IN/SITU Outside. Also running through September 20, EXPO ART WEEK highlights the city’s vast cultural assets such as museum exhibitions, gallery openings, outdoor installations, public art projects, music, theater and dance performances, and unique dining experiences.

In May 2014, Choose Chicago and the China International Cultural Association, under the guidance of the Ministry of Culture of the People’s Republic of China, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for cultural cooperation. As part of this MOU, an installation presented by the Central Academy of Fine Art (CAFA) in Beijing will be at EXPO. The CAFA installation will feature works by Wang Yuping, Shen Ling, Liu Qinghe and Geng Xue that address the consumption of art in China. The CAFA exhibition at EXPO is supported by the Chicago Chinese Consulate and the China Arts and Entertainment Group.

For more information, visit EXPO CHICAGO’s official website.

EXPO Chicago


Chicago Architecture Biennial

The inaugural Chicago Architecture Biennial titled The State of the Art of Architecture, is the first-ever and largest international survey of contemporary architecture in North America. From October 3, 2015 through January 3, 2016, the free event will offer a global stage of debate and exchange of ideas. The Biennial will be set citywide and Chicago — a city rooted in the history of modern architecture — will play a tremendous part in presenting as host city. Visitors to the Biennial can experience Full-scale installations, interactive exhibits and programs that include film screenings, performances, tours and more.

This significant event will gather over 60 architects, studios and artists from more than 25 countries, across five continents. The Biennial is not just for architects and those in the field of architecture. This free public event is for everyone who interacts with architecture. The Chicago Cultural Center will serve as the primary location with additional installations at Stoney Island Arts Bank, Millennium Park and the Graham Foundation. For more information on the Biennial, visit their official website.

As part of the architectural celebration, exclusive hotel packages are being offered for bookings between October 1, 2015 and January 4, 2016. Click here to view participating hotels and their offers.  Special thanks to the hotels who participated.




Choose Chicago is the official sales and marketing organization responsible for promoting Chicago as a global visitor destination leveraging the city's unmatched assets to ensure the economic vitality of the city and its member business community. Read more



Choose Chicago’s Cultural Tourism department’s six strategic objectives are:

  • Develop and implement market-specific positioning strategies and promotional tactics to attract more cultural travelers to Chicago from regional, national, and international markets.
  • Promote and support existing cultural asset infrastructure and future cultural tourism product development.
  • Enhance tourism sales efforts to further develop existing and new cultural tourism product to help position Chicago as one of the top five destinations for international inbound travel by 2020.
  • Elevate visitor services by promoting unique, authentic, and enjoyable experiences.
  • Develop and implement a multi-year neighborhood tourism development plan to drive repeat visitation to Chicago and extend length of stay.
  • Establish metrics to track growth and economic impact of cultural tourism and neighborhood tourism development efforts.



There are two Visitor Information Centers in the downtown area. They are located at the Chicago Cultural Center at 77 E. Randolph Street and Macy’s on State Street at 111 N. State Street, Lower Level. For more information, visit