It was all things Chicago this week as Choose Chicago – Canada held two industry events in Montreal and Toronto – featuring nine tourism partners – to showcase all that’s new in the Windy City, which counts Canada as its top international market.
The city, which is often compared to Toronto, has 22 diverse ethnic neighbourhoods and is well known for its cultural offerings, shopping (including The Magnificent Mile and Chicago Premium Outlets), cuisine (Chicago boasts 24 Michelin-rated restaurants) and sports (think the Chicago Bulls, Chicago Blackhawks and two Major League Baseball teams to name but a few). Dubbed the birthplace of blues and improv, it also offers visitors 56 museums and more than 200 theatres.
New Chicago attractions include TILT! At 360 CHICAGO (formerly the John Hancock Observatory), Destination Solar System at the Adler Planetarium, and Vodou: Sacred Powers of Haiti at The Field Museum.
Pictured at the Toronto event are (l-r) Meg Hellmuth of the Park Hyatt Chicago, April Beauchamp of Choose Chicago Canada, Aimee Willetts of The Field Museum, and Kristi Schuda, tourism sales manager of Choose Chicago, Chicago.