Chicago is one of the most connected cities, both nationally and globally, making it a prime destination for meeting events and conventions.

We are easily accessible

O'Hare Moving Walkway


Chicago boasts two first-class airports—Midway International Airport and O’Hare International Airport—with 80 carriers and their regional airline partners. Your local meeting attendees can easily travel on the airline of their choice while international visitors enjoy the ease of 72 nonstop flights. Both airports are roughly an hour’s drive from downtown Chicago.  

O’Hare International Airport was voted “Best Airport in North America” by readers of Global Traveler magazine for 14 years in a row. O’Hare has also been celebrated as the world’s busiest airport for flight operations. According to Crain’s Chicago Business, expansion plans of all the terminals, with a focus on global terminals, are underway. These will expand O’Hare’s concourses by 23%, allowing the addition for 30 gates in addition to the 185 gates it currently has. This will mean more accessibility and better amenities for local and international travelers.

Midway International Airport is undergoing massive renovations, including the addition of 20 new concessions or restaurants, revamping of parking structures, and updated security checkpoints, all to give travelers a world-class experience. These changes are scheduled for completion by 2020.

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Seven class-one North American railroads converge in Chicago, allowing for many freight delivery options as well as frequent passenger services.

  • Amtrack services 56 trains daily in and out of Chicago, including those from Michigan and downstate Illinois with recently increased speeds of 110mph
  • Chicago’s Union Station is centrally located, featuring guest check-in kiosks and ticket agents, meeting and event spaces, wheelchair accessibility, shipping services, eateries, retail shops, and even a day spa!


  • Greyhound, a nation-wide bus service, has five metro-Chicago locations, including two 24-hour stations and 20 express routes to cities such as New York and Atlanta
  • Many major highways funnel into Chicago, making up a network of more than 550 miles of highways in the county alone
  • Chicago is within a one-day drive for more than 46 million people. That’s 20% of the US population



Drive Time 


300 miles

approx. 5 hours 


350 miles 

approx. 6 hours 

Des Moines

333 miles

approx. 5 hours 


285 miles

approx. 5 hours 

Grand Rapids

180 miles

approx. 3 hours 


180 miles

approx. 3 hours 

Kansas City

530 miles 

approx. 9 hours 


300 miles

approx. 5 hours 


95 miles 

approx. 2 hours 


410 miles 

approx. 7 hours 


450 miles 

approx. 8 hours 


460 miles 

approx. 8 hours 

Quad Cities

170 miles 

approx. 3 hours 

St. Louis

300 miles 

approx. 5 hours 


500 miles 

approx. 9 hours 

We’re a global headquarter base

McCormick Place: Business Professional at Lakeside Bridge

World Business Chicago heralds the city as a hub of international business activity. Chicago is home to well over 1,800 foreign-based companies with more than $100 billion in foreign direct investment.

  • IBM’s annual Global Location Trends report named Chicago the top North American city for investment
  • Chicago’s robust international business resources include 80+ Consulates/Consuls Generals as well as 100+ international/ethnic Chambers of Commerce and international trade organizations
  • Chicago’s 28 international sister cities also help to strengthen and expand the city’s global partnerships

We’re a melting pot of cultures

Chinatown Chicago

Known as a “city of neighborhoods”, Chicago has 77 diverse communities bursting with their own distinctive vibe, culture, attractions, and cuisine.

International visitors appreciate the city’s distinct art, history, and languages. Chicago has one of the largest Chinatown neighborhoods in the country. Andersonville has a bustling commercial area with a strong Swedish and LGBTQ presence. Lincoln Square and Ravenswood offer German flair with old-fashioned shops and hip restaurants while Pilsen houses Mexican-American culture in the form of vibrant street murals, art galleries, and authentic eateries.

When you visit Chicago, no matter where you are from or where you go, you’ll feel at home.