This meeting was very successful. We received excellent feedback from the over 20 clients in attendance and they passed along important recommendations that will guide our efforts to attract and support major events into the future. Some of the highlights included:
We provided a public safety presentation and received useful feedback on how we can better support our clients to help them understand and communicate about public safety to their delegates.
We welcomed World Business Chicago to provide an overview of our Connecting to Chicago program.
We held a variety of brainstorming sessions to understand how we can better serve clients before, during and after their shows.
Recent client events The Choose Chicago Sales and Services team continues to work hard to connect with current and prospective clients:
In early November, Choose Chicago entertained prospective clients at the James Beard Foundation Taste of America event in Seattle. Customers from Amazon, T-Mobile, Boston Consulting Group, RealSelf and Planner Hero were invited to join us at this sold-out, exclusive food experience from our partners at James Beard.
We were delighted to bring back our Thankful Thursday lunch at Cabaret Zazou.
Just prior to Thanksgiving, we are in Washington DC, connecting with current and prospective clients during appointments and through a couple of intimate events.
Upcoming major events The following major events are scheduled to take place through the end of 2023:
Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) 2022 Annual Meeting 11/27 – 12/1, Estimated Attendees: 55,000
American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting 2022 12/12 – 12/16, Estimated Attendees: 25,000
The Midwest Clinic 2022 An International Band and Orchestra Conference 12/19 – 12/21, Estimated Attendees: 16,948
We are thrilled to announce the following staffing updates at Choose Chicago:
T. Cahal Mowery has been hired as Vice President of Sales, beginning in early January. Cahal joins Chicago directly from VISIT DENVER, where he served as Director of Convention Sales, and he has previously worked at JW Marriott Houston and Visit Houston. As Vice President of Sales, Cahal will work with Dawn Young, also Vice President of Sales, to promote Chicago as a premier meetings destination by managing the daily sales activity of the organization including developing and implementing strategic sales plans to reach corporate goals.
Eric Kincaid has been promoted to Associate Vice President of Sales, beginning in early January. Eric has worked at Choose Chicago as Senior Director of Convention Sales since 2021 and has over a decade of experience in sales at Destination Marketing Organizations and hotels. In his new role, Eric will be supervising and leading our Mid-Atlantic team. Collectively, Dawn, Cahal and Eric will be responsible for leading our sales team by implementing new systems and procedures and coaching the team in the day to day.
Robert Leff has been hired as our new Director of Business Development and Sales Strategy. Robert joined Choose Chicago on Monday, November 7 and brings over 20 years of experience at Destination Marketing Organizations and hotels, most recently working as the Senior National Sales Director at VisitPittsburgh. Robert is responsible for attracting new mid-to-large scale corporate meetings to Chicago.
Mallory Mondloch has been promoted to Associate Director of Client Services. Mallory has been with Choose Chicago for 4 years and she plays a vital role in making our city so welcoming to clients. In her new role, Mallory will be responsible for helping to lead the team that supports clients as they hold major events in Chicago.
Rose Horcher, Vice President of Client Services, has been named a recipient of a 2022 Smart Meetings Catalyst Award. Our Client Services team, led by Rose, is a huge reason why we are a premier destination for major events and this award is a recognition of her tireless work creating an outstanding experience for our clients.
In-market media receptions
Choose Chicago’s Media Relations team works tirelessly to generate print, online, social, and broadcast media coverage of the city in an effort to attract visitors from around the world to Chicago. As part of this ongoing effort, our Media Relations team recently hosted the return of two successful in-market media events in Mexico City and New York City, welcoming media and influencers to learn more about what’s new in Chicago. These media receptions convert to future media and influencer visits to the city, generating media and social media coverage, which continues to drive overnight visitors from these major markets to Chicago.
Mexico City, Mexico On September 30, 2022, Choose Chicago’s Media Relations team hosted a breakfast reception in Mexico City with over 70 top Mexican media, influencers, tour operators, and airline partners in attendance. Mexico has always been a major international overnight visitor market for Chicago. Travel from Mexico has ramped back up since the pandemic – we had more visitors from Mexico this summer than the summer of 2019! In-market events such as this are important to continue to maintain our strong relationship with our Mexican clients and ensure continued visitor growth for years to come. Partners in attendance included Illinois Restaurant Association, National Museum of Mexican Art, and TZUCO restaurant.
New York City, New York On October 27, 2022, Choose Chicago’s Media Relations team hosted an evening media reception in New York City to highlight Chicago’s thriving arts and culture scene to over 60 top New York City-based media and influencers. New York is a top domestic market for overnight visitors to Chicago and home to a plethora of local, regional, and national media outlets and writers who cover or have the potential to cover Chicago. Partners in attendance included Art on theMART, Art in Common, Chicago Architecture Center, EXPO CHICAGO, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Ruinart, and VIRTUE restaurant & bar.