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

"Just wanted to thank you, Kristy, for all the special services, materials and gifts that you provided to make our youth conference a success. It was very successful and we could not have done it without you. Be Blessed, God loved you and so do we!"

-- Doris Wilson, The National Sorority of Phi Delta Kappa, Inc.

"I met Mary Patchin, Director of Sales for the Chicago Southland Convention & Visitors Bureau, at the Illinois Society of Association Executives Convention in 2012. We discussed the possibility of the Illinois Funeral Directors Association holding our convention in her area. I explained my need for plenty of exhibit space in addition to several rooms for luncheons and continuing education programs. Mary told me that the Tinley Park Convention Center & Hotel would be a perfect fit for us. She also made me aware of a CSCVB matching grant that we would be eligible to for. We held our Convention in Tinley Park over the past few years and had the best turnout. Attendee evaluations were very positive and we hope to return in the very near future. I encourage anyone looking for a new location to check out the Chicago Southland area and the Tinley Park Convention Center & Hotel."

-- Mary Carey, Illinois Funeral Directors

"During the past year I contacted Mary Patchin at the Chicago Southland CVB to help us find appropriate sites for our August Chapter Leaders’ Conference. She and her associates at the CVB were wonderful resources for us. Mary coordinated the lead process and gave us tours of properties after we had narrowed the proposals down to four possibilities. Mary and her staff were enthusiastic, supportive, genuine, knowledgeable and very helpful. They gave me numerous suggestions and contacts for team building activities with our group and we couldn’t have been happier with our final choice of Irons Oaks.

The Chicago Southland CVB provided invaluable support not only to us, but also to our attendees. They saved me time and money and did it with a smile. We will most definitely be holding more meetings in the area."

-- Mary Jaros, Meeting Planner, Illinois CU League

"Whenever we hold an event in the Southland area, I know I can count on the Chicago Southland CVB for wonderful support. It always makes my job of running a conference so much easier. Thanks for always being there for me."

-- Mary Lou Wetmore, Illinois Association for Floodplain and Stormwater Management

"A tremendous help to our event. Excellent knowledge and professionalism by convention events planner."

-- Altgeld/Carver High School

"The experience with the Southland CVB far exceeded any expectations I held. I believe that your staff - especially Kristy Benko, went above and beyond the call of duty! Thank you!"

-- Illinois Cemetery and Funeral Association

"Thanks for being so very helpful. It's nice to know that these types of services, that the Southland CVB provide, are available to the "everyday" public. And since 99% of our guests were from out of town the maps, nametags and coupon books were the perfect touch. Thanks for everything!!"

-- Davis/Miller Family Reunion

"A Big Thank You to Kristy - she helped to make our small family event seem like a major / large convention. Everyone had a great time and the word has spread to other family members so we will want another event in the Chicago Southland."

-- Kemp Family Reunion

"Staff at the CVB and the Doubletree were exceptional. All went out of their way to make us feel welcome and important.- quite nice, considering we were a relatively small group. Thanks for all your help!"

-- Midwest Association of Student Employment Administrators

"Chicago Southland CVB is excellent. They helped me target the location I needed with no assistance at all. They are like a dial-up service. Tell them when, how many and your wish is their command. Thanks to the CSCVB. Our reunion was a great success."

-- Sims Family Reunion

"Thank you!! You made our family reunion one of the best ever!!! Your assistance, your conference material made our presentation so professional!! Thank you."

-- The Relatives

"The Winston Family Reunion Planning Committee would like to thank the CSCVB for your timely cooperation and services rendered. You were a tremendous help. Thanks again!!"

-- Winston Family Reunion

"I would recommend to others for all events. Your service is greatly appreciated. Thanks."

-- Hines Family Reunion



The Bureau promotes the Chicago Southland as a meeting/convention destination at the following tradeshows:


  • Religious Conference Management Association (RCMA) Conference


  • Connect Marketplace - Chicago
  • Connect Marketplace - Diversity Summit


  • Christian Meetings & Conferences Association
  • Conference Direct


  • Smart Meetings - Chicago


  • Helms Briscoe


  • Smart Meetings - Mid-Atlantic


  • American Society of Association Executives
  • Connect Marketplace - Association, Corporate and Specialty


  • Connect Marketplace - Faith


  • Connect Marketplace - Washington DC
  • Illinois Society of Association Executives (ISAE) Tradeshow

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