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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 29, 2017

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Mayor’s Press Office
312.744.3334
press@cityofchicago.org

Strong Performance through the First Half of 2017 Poised to Break Tourism Record Set Last Year; Chicago Welcomed 28 Major Conventions so far in 2017

Mayor Rahm Emanuel and David Whitaker, President and CEO of Choose Chicago, today announced that projected hotel room demand and hotel occupancy continue to grow in the first half of 2017 as Chicago remains a destination for major meetings and conventions as well as leisure travel. Hotel room demand is projected to set records in each of the first six months of 2017 with year-to-date rooms occupied at the end of June projected to be up 4.0 percent. The 4.0 percent increase is fueled by growth in leisure visitors and group/meetings visitors. Hotel occupancy rates for Chicago also grew, now averaging a projected 70.7 percent rooms-occupied for the first six months of 2017. This continuously growing demand for hotel rooms occurred while room supply growth of 3.2% occurred, a result of three additional hotels opening in the first six months of 2017.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 18, 2017

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Mayor Rahm Emanuel today announced Chicago Friday Night Flights, a summer-long series of events that will highlight Chicago's thriving craft beer scene. Produced by the Illinois Craft Brewers Guild and Choose Chicago, the six bi-monthly festivals will showcase neighborhood breweries and celebrate Chicago's beer scene, which has become an epicenter of the global craft beer movement. Chicago's neighborhoods are home to more than 60 breweries featuring some of the nation's best award-winning beers, creating a diverse array of styles. 

Mayor Rahm Emanuel and David Whitaker, President & CEO of Choose Chicago, today announced projections of visitors to Chicago in the first quarter reached a record 10.51 million, an increase of 3.5 percent over first quarter 2016. The results build on Chicago's record performance in 2016, when 54.1 million people visited Chicago. The results also bring the city even closer to reaching the Mayor's goal of 55 million visitors annually by 2020.

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January 5, 2017

 

CONTACT:
Michelle Revuelta
mrevuelta@choosechicago.com

Melanie Perez
mperez@choosechicago.com

 

Mayor Rahm Emanuel and David Whitaker, President & CEO of Choose Chicago, today announced that visitors to Chicago in 2016 reached 54.1 million - a new record and 2.9 percent increase over the previous year's record performance. The increase of 1.5 million visitors moves the city closer to reaching the Mayor's goal of 55 million visitors. 

December 16, 2016

CONTACT:
Michelle Revuelta
mrevuelta@choosechicago.com

Melanie Perez
mperez@choosechicago.com

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Chicago Restaurant Week (CRW) 2017, produced by Choose Chicago, returns on Friday, January 27 through Thursday, February 9 for its 10th anniversary with more than 350 participating restaurants. Reservations for the annual 14-day culinary celebration opens at 12 p.m. on Friday, December 16 at eatitupchicago.com, featuring menus for participating restaurants throughout the Chicago area, including 66 new participating restaurants. Also new this year, brunch menus will be offered at some CRW restaurants. Prix fixe menus for brunch and lunch will be available for $22 and dinner menus for $33 and/or $44 (excluding beverages, tax and gratuity).

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December 6, 2016

 

CONTACT:

Michelle Revuelta
mrevuelta@choosechicago.com

Melanie Perez
mperez@choosechicago.com

 

Choose Chicago, the official destination marketing organization for Chicago and producer of Chicago Restaurant Week (CRW), announced today that ticket sales are now open for First Bites Bash - the official kick-off event for the 10th annual Chicago Restaurant Week. Sarah Grueneberg, Chef/Partner of Monteverde Restaurant & Pastificio will host the highly-anticipated annual event on Thursday, January 26 at the Aon Grand Ballroom at Navy Pier. A portion of the proceeds generated by ticket sales will benefit the Greater Chicago Food Depository.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 18, 2016

 

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Mayor's Press Office
312-744-3334
press@cityofchicago.org

Choose Chicago
Melanie Perez and Michelle Revuelta
312-567-8531 and 312-259-5708
mperez@choosechicago.com
mrevuelta@choosechicago.com

 

Mayor Rahm Emanuel today announced Chicago has been named the nation's #2 travel destination in Condé Nast Traveler's 29th annual Readers' Choice Awards. Among the list of the nation's top large cities, Chicago moved up from last year's third place ranking, passing San Francisco. The news follows last week's announcement that the James Beard Awards are extending their stay in Chicago. 

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October 14, 2016

 

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Mayor's Press Office
312-744-3334
press@cityofchicago.org

Choose Chicago
Melanie Perez and Michelle Revuelta
312-567-8531 and 312-259-5708
mperez@choosechicago.com
mrevuelta@choosechicago.com

James Beard Foundation Awards
Amelia Durand and Mary Blanton Ogushwitz
212-957-3005
JBFA@smapr.com 

 

Mayor Rahm Emanuel and James Beard Foundation President Susan Ungaro today announced the annual James Beard Awards ceremony and gala will be held in Chicago through 2021. Previously scheduled to finish its Chicago run in 2017, the foundation is renewing its partnership with the city for an additional four years. 

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October 9, 2016

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Mayor's Press Office
312.744.3334
press@cityofchicago.org

 

Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Choose Chicago President & CEO David Whitaker today announced Chicago saw record tourism performance for the first three quarters of 2016. The results demonstrate strong performance in both leisure and group segments during the period of Jan. 1 through Sept. 30. Overall demand for the first three quarters of 2016 is up 2.2 percent. Leisure room demand has set records in each of the three quarters of 2016, boosting overall demand year-to-date. September alone saw demand growth of 6 percent.