Planning a Chicago meeting and/or event can be a daunting task. There are so many details, deadlines and people to please. The experienced Sales and Client Services teams at Choose Chicago are here as resources and consultants. We can act as your "A" team to enhance your planning experience. Here's how we can help:

1. We're your conduit to all things Chicago. We can assist you in finding the right hotels, venues, speakers, entertainers, transportation, decor companies, special event spaces, caterers and more. 

McCormick Place

2. We're the only point of contact needed. Whether you are planning a meeting for 10 people or a large-scale event for 50,000 or more, we have the tools and knowledge to make your planning experience better. We can help you:

  • Access availability of approximately 200 hotels, representing an estimated 52,000 guest rooms in the Chicagoland area, and receive information about new properties, renovations and value.
  • Learn important details on airlift, conventions and community events that could impact designated meeting dates.
  • Qualify leads without mass distribution and make sure proposals meet deadlines.
  • Arrange helpful and well-organized site inspections.

 Fairmont Chicago - Hotel - Blog

3. We are your link to local partners. Our Sales team can assist you in developing your bid strategy. We also assist in hotel and venue sourcing based on your meeting and event vision. We serve as the liaison to the McCormick Place convention center.

4. We've got your research and statistics. Get a quick and easy look at our hotel and visitor data online:

  • Hotels: Monthly occupancy and average daily rate, current supply, recently opened and new construction.
  • Visitor Data: Chicago welcomed a record 54.1 million domestic and international visitors in 2016, a 2.9% increase over 2015. Find this information for multiple years and much more.

5. Use our venue search tool. Quickly see Chicago hotels with meeting space as well as special event venues, restaurants with private dining, Chicago convention and conference centers and more. A downtown Chicago hotel map outlines the lodging landscape.

 InterContinental Hotel Chicago

6. Call on Client Services. Our award-winning Client Services team is here to assist. We're your liaison between clients and city departments, we can help to build an unforgettable experience in Chicago and we'll connect you with valuable promotional tools.

7. Choose Chicago has assembled an online toolbox to enhance your Chicago marketing efforts and help build attendance, including:

  • Photographs and videos
  • Logos, general Chicago copy and accolades
  • Microsite builder
  • Bulk orders of visitor guides and neighborhood maps/guides
  • Sample itineraries
  • Calendar of events
  • Local media list


To tap into the expertise and connections of Choose Chicago's Sales and Client Services teams, call 312-567-8500 or directly contact one of our helpful team members listed below. For a wide range of useful information available 24/7, including dates with great availability for close in and far out, a convention calendar of events and more, see Choose Chicago.

Meeting Professionals
Marc Anderson
Executive Vice President

Darrell Baker, CASE
Vice President, Trade Shows

Edie Glavey
Vice President, Hotel Sales

Julie Mullins 
Vice President, Convention Sales

Client Services 
Rose Horcher, CEM, CMP
Vice President of Client Services