The Chicago Southland region has become a top choice for event planners as they identify venues to hold their corporate or association meetings, annual conventions, corporate team building, continuing education programs and other special events.
What makes the Chicago Southland meeting facilities unique and why should planners reach out to Chicago Southland Convention & Visitors Bureau? The Chicago Southland CVB can assist event planners in many ways. The CSCVB acts as the primary source of information for the Chicago Southland region. Meeting organizers can rely on the expertise of the CSCVB professional staff to assist in all facets of planning the event. They offer a variety of free professional services to groups booked through the CSCVB including: name badges, welcome banners and tent cards to just name a few. Also, a variety of brochures, videos and electronic files for individuals and groups are available upon request to event planners. These brochures contain information on hotels, attractions, cultural organizations, restaurants, and activities in the Chicago Southland area.
If an event planner looks for assistance with convention suppliers, the CVB has a list of members representing every facet of the hospitality industry including: audio/visual, transportation, decorators, florists, tour companies, specialty items, etc. The CSCVB can introduce event planners to the local suppliers who will help make their event a success.
The convenience of location is certainly one of the best features of Chicago Southland. With six interstates running through the region, it is accessible from any direction, and is just a five-hour drive from eight different states. The Chicago Southland is only minutes away from both Midway International and O’Hare International Airports, has many commuter rail options, and is just 30 minutes outside of downtown Chicago, making it one of the most accessible meeting destinations out there.
Facilities, Amenities, and Attractions
Chicago Southland offers a variety of facilities to hold any kind of event, big or small. With six full service hotels, a multitude of select service hotel brands with meeting space, La Banque Hotel, a boutique hotel equipped with a retreat room and Tinley Park’s 70,000 sq. ft. convention center, you will easily find the facility perfect for an upcoming meeting, convention or event. All of the Chicago Southland facilities also offer FREE parking, and many of the hotels provide complimentary continental breakfast, making it an affordable option for many.
In addition to their variety of meeting facilities, Chicago Southland has a 38-acre nature preserve called Irons Oaks. Irons Oaks offers programs in outdoor recreation, environmental education, adventure education and corporate training. This is the perfect destination for a company retreat to work on team building skills as well as individual skills. Companies that participate in Irons Oaks’ corporate reach training can expect to leave with enhanced skills in collaboration, communication, problem solving and accountability. The skills learned at Irons Oaks will be sure to create noticeable improvements in the work place.
The Chicago Southland CVB has recently announced a new tool specifically for meeting planners looking to host an event in the Chicago Southland. A new Unique Venues & Activity Guide has been created to offer a menu of fresh event concepts to meeting planners including unique meeting venues, mobile activities that can be added to events taking place in traditional meeting spaces, and social responsibility/community service project suggestions. Whether it is adding group yoga, sip & paint, escape room, teambuilding, or other activities, this new guide will help planners create an unforgettable experience. Planners can reach out to Mary Patchin directly at (708) 895-8200 to receive a copy of this new tool.
The many attractions and endless activities in the Chicago Southland area is a large reason so many people enjoy holding meetings and other events here. Some of the attractions include Accelerate Indoor Speedway & Events, Dave & Busters, Brookfield Zoo, Hollywood Casino Amphitheater, Toyota Park (home of the Chicago Fire Soccer Club), a number of distilleries and wineries, a children’s museum, and Standard Bank Stadium (home of the Windy City ThunderBolts). On top of all of the amazing attractions, the Chicago Southland also has many outstanding restaurants. With award winning breweries, farm to table restaurants, fine dining and more, the only hard part of holding an upcoming event here is deciding where to eat. Chicago Southland is a very lively area that truly has something for everyone.
The Chicago Southland Convention & Visitors Bureau is the official destination marketing organization for the south metropolitan area and represents 63 south and southwest suburbs of Chicago. The Chicago Southland provides an abundance of amenities for meeting planners with an ease of accessibility. With its huge array of lodging and meeting facilities, amazing restaurants and endless activities, Chicago Southland is sure to be the best place for company or group events. For inspiration, you can view their Meeting Video here.
So whether it’s a company looking for corporate team building event venues, an annual company event for 10-2,000, or convention facilities near Chicago, organizers should consider Chicago Southland when planning their next event. To find out more or to contact the CSCVB, check them out at: www.MeetChicagoSouthland.com.