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Testimonials, Tradeshows & Professional Affiliations


Our clients’ success is of the utmost importance to us. See what group tour planners are saying about the Chicago Southland.

"I am so grateful for having the opportunity of meeting Tobie Fitzpatrick at an African American Travel conference in Indiana. We developed a wonderful working relationship. From this connection, Tobie Fitzpatrick has supported, encouraged and assisted in plans for the Eddington Travel Tours LLC. I have suggested Tobie Fitzpatrick and Chicago Southland Convention and Visitors Bureau to others. Tobie Fitzpatrick's assistance has help to improve the way I plan and communicate to prospective travelers, which has made it possible for us to visit your area more often.  We wish to thank you for your assistance in planning our many visits."

--Margaret E. Black, Eddington Travel Tours LLC

"I wanted to let you know how appreciative we are for the hard work and generous hospitality you showed our Group Leaders and staff. Everyone came back all excited about the potential in future trips. Please let all your supplier partners know how grateful we are of their participation.We look forward to a mutually beneficial relationship in the very near future."

-- John Tribble, Good News Travels

"Danny was very informative and helpful. He recommended a fun restaurant with entertainment for our group which kicked off our trip with a bang."

-- AAA Travel Agency

"The CSCVB was prompt at processing a RFP and assisted in coordinating our site inspection. The CSCVB also provided our group with informational maps."

-- Dick Seeboth, Cultural Exchange Coordinator, Heritage Promotions

"The Chicago Southland Convention & Visitors Bureau is a very efficient group and very, very friendly and willing to help."

-- Shannon Maul, Tour Coordinator, AAA South Central Ohio



The Bureau promotes the Chicago Southland as a group tour destination/stopover at the following tradeshows:


  • American Bus Association (ABA) Marketplace


  • National Tour Association (NTA) Convention
  • Select Traveler Annual Conference


  • African American Travelers Conference


  • Travel Alliance Partners (TAP) Annual Conference


  • Student & Youth Travel Association (SYTA) Annual Convention


  • BiG (Boomers in Group) Annual Conference
  • Ontario Motor Coach Association Conference & Tradeshow


Professional Affiliations

AATC American Bus Association Boomers In Groups
Group Leaders of America Going on Faith Heartland Travel Showcase
National Tour Association OMCA Select Traveler
SYTA Tour Illinois Southwest.com

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