A world-class convention and event destination, Chicago bustles year round with exciting events, shows, festivals and happenings. The city boasts the largest convention center and merchandise mart in the country. Whether you’re visiting Chicago for a business trip, a convention or a weekend getaway, make time to see what’s going on!
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McCormick Place and Convention Center
The nation’s largest convention and event center, the McCormick Place Complex comprises the state-of-the-art South and North buildings and the Lakeside Center, with 2.2 million sq. ft. of exhibit space, making it the. McCormick Place features 112 meeting rooms, assembly seating for 10,000 people, three theaters, the largest ballroom in Chicago, and the 4,249-seat Arie Crown Theater. The complex is linked by the Grand Concourse, a pedestrian promenade of retail shops, restaurants and attractions. Visit www.mccormick.com or call (312) 791-7000.
The largest commercial office building in the World, with over 4.1 million sq. ft. of permanent and temporary showrooms, a bank, a U.S. Post Office, an “EL” train stop, currency exchange, a Food Court and retail shops, the Chicago Merchandise Mart produces a trade shows, conferences, and special events. A private exhibit center, the Mart is home to the world’s largest Contract Furnishing Show – Neocon – the country’s largest Casual Furniture Market, Chicagoâ€™s Antique Fair, the Chicago Design Show, two Gift and Home Markets, and 10 apparel shows every year. Call (312) 527-5181 or visit www.merchandisemart.com. [Top]
Magnificent Mile Lights Festival
Every November, Chicago’s Magnificent Mile is transformed into a winter wonderland for the Annual Magnificent Mile Lights Festival, the nation’s official kick-off to the holiday season. All weekend the sights, sounds and tastes of The Magnificent Mile Lights Festival will arouse your senses and holiday spirit with special entertainment. Join Mickey Mouse and Disney characters, American Girl, Lego, and more for a fun festival of family activity and holiday cheer. Mickey Mouse, in his 1oth year as master of ceremonies, will illuminate over one million lights on 200 trees along Chicagoâ€™s Magnificent Mile from Oak Street to the Chicago River.
Chicago is city that loves to celebrate and have fun – from festivals to fireworks. From the famous Chicago Blues Festival to the Magnificent Mile Lights Festival, Chicago offers year-round excitement and entertainment for the entire family. Other popular festivals include the State Street Thanksgiving Parade, Winter Wonderfest on Navy Pier, World Music Festival: Chicago, the Chicago Humanities Festival, Mayor Daleyâ€™s Annual Holiday Sports Festival and Chicago Neighborhood Festivals.
Check out the cityâ€™s list of renowned festivals, parades, and musical, cultural, or sports events, from large outdoor festivals to indoor spectacles such as the Chicago Auto Show at McCormick Place. From fireworks and fountains to festivals and fun-runs, click here for a handy 12-month calendar of annual Chicago events and happenings.
Chicago offers something for everyone! [Top]