Chicago offers meeting planners so much, here are a few ways to give back.

Meeting planners bringing their events to Chicago can make a difference in the city. From donating supplies to conserving energy, there are many ways to plan a socially conscious meeting in Chicago. Here are just some examples of what you can do to give back to Chicago and get attendees involved in the community.


Many past conventions and meetings have made donations to local organizations and non-profits. For example, True Value gave unused items and materials to Special Children's Charities, the Special Olympics of Chicago and the Chicago Park District. The National Restaurant Association donated more than 37,000 meals to the Greater Chicago Food Depository.

If your convention or meeting has any leftover products or food from exhibit booths, you can donate those items to a wide variety of local organizations.


Chicago is one of the greenest cities in the country and has a strong commitment to sustainability. So it seems natural for meetings and conventions held here to follow suit. The American Wind Energy Association had a donation of wind RECs to make its entire event 100 percent wind powered, including all venues, its planning offices and transportation. AWEA also made their entire event plastic water bottle free and used green promotional products whenever possible, such as lanyards, pens and bags.

McCormick Place is dedicated to conserving energy, protecting vital resources and promoting ecologically efficient policies. So if you're hosting a meeting at McCormick, the team there will work with you to implement sustainable efforts and develop environmentally friendly products and practices.


A great way to get your attendees out into the city and involved with the community is through volunteer efforts. You can arrange a community outreach project to both familiarize attendees with local businesses and spread the message about your convention or meeting.

Many Chicago organizations and non-profits eagerly welcome volunteers and appreciate any time that can be contributed. Whether you're planning a meeting at the convention center or one of the many other elite venues in Chicago, the team at McCormick Place and Choose Chicago can connect you with organizations that match the passions, interests and goals of you and your attendees.

Find out more about planning a socially conscious meeting in Chicago.