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From the moment you arrive in Chicago, you’ll understand why this city is one of the leading destinations for conventions and meetings. Combining big city culture with Midwestern hospitality, Chicago is home to world-class restaurants, award-winning theaters, celebrated museums, beautiful waterfront views and dozens of historic districts to explore. This dynamic city, paired with the largest convention center in North America, makes Chicago the perfect place to relax and conduct business — all in one trip.

Second city? Not by our count. Chicago is world-class in so many categories — magnificent architechture, stunning museums, brilliant chefs, a massive brewing scene, and so much to do that you’ll never see it all.

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Travel Arrangements


Whether you’re flying or driving into Chicago, transportation options are limitless.

  • Airports: Chicago boasts two first-class airports that bring over 100 million visitors to the Windy City each year. One of the busiest airports in the country, O’Hare International airport is just 18 miles from downtown Chicago and is served by about 50 airlines. A mere 10 miles from downtown, Midway International Airport is served by five different airline carriers and is one of the nation’s fastest-growing airports.
  • Public Transportation: The Chicago region has plenty of public transportation options that include buses, trains, water taxis and bicycles to get you around the city. The “L” train (short for “elevated”) serves 145 stations throughout the city of Chicago and neighboring communities.
  • Ground Transportation: Taxis are abundant and easily accessible from the convention center, airport, major hotels and downtown locations. Taxi fares range from $40-50 from O’Hare airport and $30-40 from Midway. Chicago is also a ride-share friendly city for services like Uber and Lyft.
  • Car Rentals: There are numerous rental car agencies throughout the region, with several located at both O’Hare and Midway airports.

For U.S. residents: please review the Real ID Act regarding boarding federally regulated commercial aircraft. Depending on your state of residence, you may need to provide a second form of identification at the airport.

Additional Travel Details

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Chicago Awaits

Chicago is home to world-class restaurants, award-winning theaters and waterfront views.

Weather in Chicago

Average temperatures in May can reach up to nearly 70°F.