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Every industry, from sports to culinary to film, is booking major conventions in Chicago. Discover why organizations like the NFL are hosting Chicago events.
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The Home for Meetings that Build Reputations

With a vast list of award-winning restaurants, several professional sports teams, miles of outdoor enjoyment, and world-renowned attractions, the demand for hosting events in Chicago is higher than ever.

Home to the Western Hemisphere's largest convention center—McCormick Place—the city also provides hundreds of unique venue options for meetings and trade shows. Whether you want to dazzle attendees with views from one of the world's tallest buildings or impress them with lectures among ancient artifacts, Chicago has something spectacular for everyone. 

And it's not just the sights and atmosphere that are bringing people to Chicago...

Your Attendees are Nearby

  • 270,000+ businesses
  • 400+ major corporate headquarters
  • 300+ corporate R&D facilities
  • 1,800+ foreign-owned firms
  • Around 2,500 local digital startups
  • 31 Fortune 500 companies, including 8 in the city
  • Home to 20 of the country’s top hospitals and universities

Technology

Chicago was recently dubbed “the ultimate hub of innovation” and is one of the highest-ranked tech hubs in the world, with a higher ROI than that of Silicon Valley. With 13,854 tech companies, our tech workforce is more than 130,000 jobs strong. We are also home around 2,500 start-ups and the legendary incubator 1871, ranked 1st in the United States on the UBI Global list of Top University Affiliated Businesses. With the critical infrastructure in place, we welcome you to come get inspired or discover something you never knew before.

Medical/Health

Home to more than 30 national medical and health association headquarters, Chicago is at the heart of the health services sector. And we believe in keeping that heart healthy. In this town, there’s always a doctor in the house. Over 28,400 of them, not to mention over 47,000 nurses. And with over 650 hospitals, including some of the top hospitals in the country, Chicago is a prime location for medical industry events.

Education

Home to 92 Nobel Prize winners and 583,000 students at 234 universities. Chicago has 2 of the top 20 universities in the US as well as 100 educational institutions in the top 10%. Besides being ranked in the top 10% of states for quantity of colleges and universities. With over 4,000 public and private K-12 schools, Chicago is the smart choice for academic conventions.

Sports

Chicago is ranked as the 3rd best sports city in the US and it’s easy to see why. With 28 championship titles and five major league teams, Chicago is a serious sports town. When the Cubs won the World Series in 2017, so many people came to cheer them on that the celebration was ranked as the 7th largest gathering in history! When the NFL draft was hosted in 2015, over 200,000 people attended. And it’s not just for the big leagues. Nearly 350,000 people participate in the thousands of sports and recreational programs offered by the Chicago Park District. With so many dedicated sports fans and athletes, you can count on all-star attendance at your event. 

Everyone’s Work Matters Here

Chicago's 4-million-strong private-sector workforce, focused on multiple verticals, makes it a city that puts a dynamic and thriving business community within steps of your meeting. With 77 diverse ethnic communities, 79 foreign consulates, and over 100 hotels with multilingual staff to support international travelers, Chicago welcomes people from all over the world with a heart that’s as big as our city.

Chicago Meetings News: December 2017
Chicago Meetings News: December 2017
Get the latest meeting and event planning industry news: Hilton Chicago completes its $150 million renovation, Wintrust Arena debuts near McCormick Place, Gibsons Restaurant Group opens the riverfront Gibsons Italia, the 2018 Michelin Guide Chicago awards three stars to Alinea and...