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

"I’m Alicia Davis-Wade from the Illinois State Veterinary Medical Association. We are here at the Tinley Park Convention Center having our 136th Annual Convention. We started looking for a convention center, something that could house us that is large, and Tinley Park was here for us. We reached out to the Chicago Southland Convention & Visitors Bureau and Mary Patchin and asked if there’s a facility in the area that we could utilize. So we came to Tinley Park, we took a look and you’d be surprised. They have the windows and everything we needed to brighten up our space, the space is all together and it’s a great location. It’s perfect off I-57 for our southern Illinois veterinarians and it’s directly off I-80. We also had the opportunity to apply and receive the Chicago Southland CVB’s local tourism grant, which has allowed us to publicize, do “Save the Dates” and many things that haven’t been done before. We will be back in 2019."

-- Alicia Davis Wade, Illinois State Veterinary Medical Association

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

"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



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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