When one thinks of Chicago, cold weather often comes to mind, but that’s just what winter brings when there’s an average of 37” of snowfall annually. The other three seasons feature warmer temperatures, with cooler spots near the lake, and are inviting to both leisure and business travelers.
Visitors and locals alike love Chicago for its diverse ethnic cuisine, whether it’s visiting Greektown, Little Italy for its handmade pastas and deep-dish pizzas or the Pilsen neighborhood for its Mexican specialties, or grabbing a Chicago-style hot dog at a nearby food cart.
Conventions and Meetings in Chicago
ETS is experienced in providing transportation management services for large meetings and events during all seasons, regardless of weather, and knows how to navigate the city as a result of planning successful transportation systems for numerous clients with Chicago-bound meetings.
When planning transportation in Chicago, ETS is well aware of, and always ready to address and take advantage of the unique attributes of the city, while gracefully managing any last minute changes that might result from weather.
- Route planning – Many major events take place in Chicago—often occurring simultaneously— resulting in heavy pedestrian and vehicular traffic. ETS knows how to plan flexible routes for convention shuttle bus systems and take advantage of private roads to get attendees to their destinations faster and more efficiently. And, because it can often be challenging to select meeting accommodations when planning large events in Chicago, ETS also offers consulting to organizations to help them determine which hotels are ideal from a transportation-planning perspective.
- Embracing Green Initiatives – Chicago was among the first cities to be certified as a sustainable destination for events and meetings by the APEX-ASTM standard. It is one of the most environmentally-friendly cities in the world with its innovations in transit, water supply, waste management, and efficient use of energy sources. ETS is well-aware of these initiatives, ensuring that transportation planning adheres to any city environmental ordinances and involves the use of eco-friendly vehicles whenever possible.
- Special Event and VIP Transportation Planning – A plethora of unique event locations allow your attendees to mix and meet in landmark locations, historic museums, mansions, sporting arenas, galleries, outdoor, water, garden and rooftop venues. Included are the Field Museum, Wrigley Field, Promontory Point and Frank Lloyd Wright’s Robie House, among the many offerings that showcase what Chicago is all about. ETS has shuttled thousands of people to special events, and can also arrange for special events and tours to add to the attendee meeting experience. ETS also provides executive (VIP) transportation and airport transfers, and can help you coordinate and manage all your ground transportation needs.
- Sponsorship program support – Chicago is an ideal destination for transportation-related advertising, as long shuttle routes provide maximum exposure to attendees riding buses, and additional exposure to thousands of people on the city streets. ETS can provide shuttle banner advertising and convention TV programs to highlight exhibitor and association messaging during an event.