Chicago winters preventing you from planning a meeting? Don't be intimidated; winter is Chicago's best-kept secret for meeting planners. Here's why.


Reduced Hotel Rates
Chicago hotels consistently see a winter lull, which is a great opportunity for planners to take advantage of the year's lowest prices. Room rates can drop as much as 60% less than peak summer pricing. Many properties offer special packages, perks and group discounts, giving planners more bang for their buck.

Pool at InterContinental Chicago Mag Mile Hotel

Affordable Airfare
Ask any of the major carriers that serve Chicago's O'Hare and Midway airports about the most affordable time to book, and they'll likely tell you the same thing: winter. January through the second week of February (the start of spring break vacations) typically represents the lowest-fare months of the year for Chicago, making it a perfect time to capitalize on bargain prices and wide-open seat availability.

Meeting Venue Vacancy
During spring and summer, competition for Chicago's meeting venues can be fierce. Wait until winter, and it's a whole lot easier to lock in well-priced dates at some of our most coveted venues. Additionally, some meeting spaces and vendors, such as caterers, may consider reduced rates to encourage off-season bookings.


Contrary to what you might think, Chicago does not go into hibernation when the mercury drops. In fact, the city hosts a wide range of seasonal events to keep locals and visitors alike entertained all winter long.

Chicago Restaurant Week (January 27-February 9, 2017) gives visitors a chance to sample some of the city's best restaurants for a whole lot less. Get prix fixe menus starting at $22 for brunch and lunch, and $33/44 for dinner (excluding beverages, tax and gratuity).

The very next week, culture lovers will want to be here for Chicago Theatre Week (February 9-19, 2017), a celebration of our world-class theater scene. Arrange for your group to see a production from more than 100 local companies, including Steppenwolf TheatreLyric Opera of ChicagoBroadway In ChicagoThe Second CityChicago Shakespeare Theater and many, many more. Tickets start at $15.

For more off-the-clock fun, lace up your skates and visit one of Chicago's outdoor ice rinks, like McCormick Tribune Ice Rink at Millennium Park and the one-of-a-kind Skating Ribbon at Maggie Daley Park. Both are open through the first week in March.

Ice Skating Rink at Millennium Park


Picturing your meeting attendees slogging through snow-packed streets en route to your venue? Don't. At McCormick Place, a series of skybridges connect the various buildings that make up the campus, plus an enclosed transportation concourse means visitors won't get left out in the cold.

Plus, Hyatt Regency McCormick Place (and soon the Marriott Marquis, opening in Fall 2017) is directly connected to McCormick Place, practically eliminating the need to step outside on chilly days.

Related Listings

Millennium Park
201 E. Randolph St.
Chicago, IL 60601
(312) 744-6050

Midway Airport
5700 S. Cicero Ave.
Chicago, IL 60638
(773) 838-0600

The Second City
1616 N. Wells St.
Chicago, IL 60614
(312) 337-3992

McCormick Place Complex
2301 S. King Dr.
Chicago, IL 60616
(312) 791-7000

InterContinental Chicago Magnificent Mile
505 N. Michigan Ave.
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 944-4100

Steppenwolf Theatre Company
1650 N. Halsted St.
Chicago, IL 60614
(312) 335-1650

Marriott Marquis Chicago
2121 S. Prairie Ave.
Chicago, IL 60616
(312) 446-8496

Lyric Opera of Chicago
20 N. Wacker Dr., Ste. 860
Chicago, IL 60606
(312) 827-5600

O'Hare International Airport
10000 Bessie Coleman Dr.
Chicago, IL 60666
(773) 686-2200

Broadway In Chicago
17 N. State St.
Chicago, IL 60602
(312) 977-1701

Hyatt Regency McCormick Place
2233 S. Martin Luther King Dr.
Chicago, IL 60616
(312) 567-1234

Hotel Palomar Chicago, a Kimpton Hotel
505 N. State St.
Chicago, IL 60654
(312) 755-9703

Chicago Shakespeare Theater
800 E. Grand Ave.
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 595-5600

Maggie Daley Park
337 E. Randolph St.
Chicago, IL 60601
(312) 742-3918