Chicago Tops List as No. 1 Meetings Destination

By Matt Swenson, October 16, 2014

Chicago may need to put aside its unofficial moniker as the “second city” for a little while after topping the list of U.S. cities with meeting and events activity. The new ranking, released in American Express’ 2015 Global Meetings and Events Forecast in conjunction with Cvent, says more than anywhere else in the country, Chicago is planners’ kind of town. Orlando moved down a spot from last year to No. 2, with Las Vegas, Atlanta and San Diego rounding out the top five. New York, Dallas, Washington D.C., New Orleans and Nashville also made the top 10.


With two major international airports, Chicago has greater airlift than many of its counterparts on the list. Home to lots of retail and dining options and renowned attractions, the Windy City was one of Money Magazine’s “Best Big-City Bargains” and set a record with more than 1 million occupied hotel rooms in July 2014. Chicago also recently landed the 2015 NFL Draft, to be held April 30 through May 2 at the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University.



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