Chicago, “The Windy City”, is a major hub for finance, industry, telecommunications, commerce and transportation. The Chicago Mercantile Exchange is one of largest financial and commodity derivatives exchanges in the world. The city’s main airport, O’Hare, is the second busiest airport globally and the region also has the largest number of US highways and railroad freight. Its history is rich with luminaries in fields such as architecture, economics, physical sciences, not to mention its fair share of infamous characters. The city’s distinct neighborhoods offer an array of cultural, historical, sporting and entertainment hubs. Our advice is to stay Downtown and plan your hosting activities in the West Loop neighborhoods.