Welcome to the city that feels like home—no matter where you’re from.
OAG, the leading air travel intelligence company, has dubbed Chicago O’Hare International Airport the most connected U.S. airport for the third straight year. That means more direct flights and less travel time for your attendees. Not only is Chicago easy to get to, but its melting pot of cultures, foods and experiences ensures that every visitor can find a comforting piece of home—or a taste of something brand new.
West Coast Vibes
Plan for a post-meeting meal at Pacific Standard Time, a light-filled restaurant where wood-fired ovens, fresh produce, seasonal ice cream flavors and market-inspired cocktails exude a laid-back, California-inspired atmosphere every day of the year.
Arts and Culture
Even attendees used to mega-wattage museums in their hometowns will find new things to discover here. From the Field Museum of Natural History to Shedd Aquarium to the renowned collections at the Art Institute of Chicago and the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, these world-class venues offer sophisticated cultural experiences in unique settings.
The buttermilk fried chicken at Luella’s Southern Kitchen, the homemade pimento cheese at Big Jones and the double-cut pork chop at Pearl’s Southern Comfort prove that home-style cooking always tastes better away from home. But don’t just take our word for it, The Michelin Guide has highlighted all three of these spots as the southern belles of Chicago’s restaurant scene.
Sunshine in the City
If your guests are longing for some sun, they will find plenty of it along Chicago’s 26-mile-long stretch of shoreline along Lake Michigan. During the warmer months, invite attendees to sunbathe with the locals at the popular North Avenue Beach in Lincoln Park, or enjoy a swim, round of golf or tennis match at South Shore Beach.
Barbecue Done Right
Get a taste of ranch life in the middle of the city at Smoque, a favorite Old Irving Park eatery. Order the brisket (which spends 14 hours in the smoker) or the Texas sausage (courtesy of a Lone Star State barbecue legend) with any of the made-from-scratch sides and desserts.
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