June 13th, 2022

Top Five Reasons to Host Your Meeting or Incentive in Chicago

Chicago indeed makes no little plans – seen through its vast offerings of art, sporting events, music, theater, architecture, outdoor adventures, innovative park space and an evolving restaurant scene! Averaging over 50 million visitors, Chicago draws guests from near and far by showcasing the city’s historic as well as latest attractions.

1. ‘Best Big City' 5th Straight Year in Condé Nast Traveler  

Condé Nast traveler agrees Chicago Is the best big city in US 2021 for five years running! It's no wonder Chicago is topping this list yet again. A world-class destination known for its impressive architecture, first-rate museums, brilliant chefs, and massive brewing scene, it’ll take several repeat visits to get through your list of must-dos. Most people start downtown—from the Magnificent Mile to the ritzy Gold Coast to funky Old Town—but there are 77 neighborhoods to explore, where you'll find cutting-edge restaurants, chilled-out corner bars, and, no matter where you go, some of the most pleasant people you'll find anywhere. 

2. Accessible, Diverse and Ready for Business

What’s not to love about planning a meeting in Chicago? There is a world of possibilities. Chicago is one of the most connected cities in the world, with two world-class airports, a convergence of six class-one North American railroads, four Metro Chicago Greyhound locations, and more than 550 miles of highway in Cook County alone.  

Known as a “city of neighborhoods”, Chicago has 77 diverse communities, each with its own distinctive vibe, culture, attractions, and cuisine. A cultural melting pot. 

Chicago is home to well over 1,800 foreign-based companies, with more than $100B in foreign direct investment. In fact, IBM’s annual Global Location Trends report named Chicago the top North American city for investment. Not only that, but Chicago is home to 80+ Consulates/Consuls Generals and 100+ international/ethnic Chambers of Commerce and international trade organizations.  

3. A City Designed around our Waterfront

Arguably one of the most iconic city skylines in America nestled against 26 miles of uninterrupted lakefront, accentuated by 15 miles of sandy beaches. Not to mention the breathtaking Chicago River and multi-award-winning Chicago Riverwalk, lined with coves, restaurants, public art, and more. Guests have the chance to experience the city from a unique vantage point.  

4. Fit for Foodies 

Chicago has been voted America’s Best Restaurant City, famed for foodie excellence across the board — from classic Chicago hot dogs to the culinary performance art of celebrity-studded Alinea. And with over 65 breweries, Chicago has the largest craft brewery scene in the nation. There is a culinary adventure for every tastebud! 

5. Unique Outdoor Spaces for Adventure or Dining  

With the Chicago River, Lake Michigan, and tons of green spaces at the city's disposal, Chicago is a fantastic and totally underrated city for outdoor enthusiasts. There’s more than 26 miles of lakefront with 25 beaches, over 200 miles of bike lanes, 19 miles of lakefront bicycle paths, 8,800 acres of green space and 600 parks! 

Chicago’s outdoor venues can accommodate groups large and small. Treat your guests to a delicious evening with city views that impress even the most discerning traveler.  

Ready to give your attendees an unforgettable experience in Chicago? Please contact your Global DMC Partners Sales Advisor or info@globaldmcpartners.com.