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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.

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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

 

CONTACT:

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.

Choose Chicago President & CEO, David Whitaker, today announced that Marc Anderson, most recently Chief Sales Officer of Choose Chicago, was promoted to Executive Vice President of Choose Chicago.

In accepting this expanded role, Anderson will continue his oversight and direction of Choose Chicago's convention sales team. In that role, Anderson and the team are responsible for annually booking more than 2.5 million room nights, including confirming more than 55 new meetings annually into McCormick Place, North America's largest and most flexible convention center.

MAYOR EMANUEL ANNOUNCES CONTINUED RECORD TOURISM IN JULY

Friday, September 16, 2016 12:00 AM

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September 11, 2016

CONTACT:
Mayor's Press Office
312.744.3334
press@cityofchicago.org

 

Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Choose Chicago President & CEO David Whitaker today announced record tourism performance for July 2016, driven by strong demand from convention and leisure visitor segments. Overall hotel room demand increased 2.7 percent compared to last July, even while hotel room inventory grew by an equal 2.7 percent. The numbers build on 2015's record-breaking overall performance, which generated more than 4,500 new jobs.

MAYOR EMANUEL ANNOUNCES RECORD TOURISM IN JUNE

Tuesday, August 2, 2016 12:00 AM

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August 2, 2016

Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Choose Chicago President and CEO David Whitaker today announced record tourism performance for June 2016, driven by strong room demand from convention and leisure visitors. This demand growth pushed occupancy to 89.5 percent, only the third time on record that occupancy rates for the month of June surpassed 89 percent. At the mid-way point of 2016, overall demand set a record level of more than 5 million room nights, a gain of 1.1 percent over last year's record performance.