• Two international airports.    
    • O'Hare International Airport was voted "Best Airport in North America" by readers of Global Traveler magazine 14 years in a row. In 2014, O'Hare regained its status as the world's busiest airport for flight operations and the new International Terminal 5 was lauded for its $26 million transformation that includes 24 new retail and dining spots.
    • Midway International Airport's main terminal building is a brand new facility with three new concourses.

    Both airports are within 20 miles of downtown Chicago and 80 airlines serve O'Hare and Midway, so attendees can easily travel on the airline of their choice.

  • Thousands of flights. Chicago has 2,815 inbound-outbound flights to more than 200 destinations, allowing attendees to travel here from nearly anywhere in the world.
  • Nonstop travel. With 168 direct domestic flights and 72 direct international flights, Chicago is an expert in hassle-free flying.
  • Quick flights. Flights to Chicago from many major North American destinations are a quick two hours.


  • Many freight delivery options. Seven class-one North American railroads converge in Chicago.
  • Frequent passenger service. Amtrak boasts 56 trains arriving and departing from the city daily, creating a multitude of travel times to work around attendees' schedules.
  • Efficient upgrades. Travel is faster than ever with several Amtrak routes servicing Chicago, such as those from Michigan and downstate Illinois, and recently increased speeds to 110mph.
  • Convenience. Chicago's Union Station is centrally located, featuring guest check-in kiosks and ticket agents, meeting and event space, wheelchair accessibility, shipping services, eateries, retail shops, and even a day spa. 


  • Nearby attendees. Chicago is within a one-day drive for more than 46 million people, meaning attendees are most likely nearby.
  • Straight routes. Because we're in the heart of the country, our roadways offer straight routes. Many major highways funnel into Chicago, making up a network of more than 550 miles of highways in the county alone.
  • Plenty of buses. Greyhound has five metro-Chicago locations, including two 24-hour stations and 20 express routes to cities such as New York and Atlanta. 


City Distance  Drive Time 
Cincinnati 300 miles approx. 5 hours 
Cleveland 350 miles  approx. 6 hours 
Des Moines, IA 333 miles approx. 5 hours 
Detroit 285 miles approx. 5 hours 
Grand Rapids, MI 180 miles approx. 3 hours 
Indianapolis 180 miles approx. 3 hours 
Kansas City 530 miles  approx. 9 hours 
Louisville 300 miles approx. 5 hours 
Milwaukee 95 miles  approx. 2 hours 
Minneapolis 410 miles  approx. 7 hours 
Nashville 450 miles  approx. 8 hours 
Pittsburgh 460 miles  approx. 8 hours 
Quad Cities 170 miles  approx. 3 hours 
St. Louis 300 miles  approx. 5 hours 
Toronto 500 miles  approx. 9 hours