• Springfield Offers A Youth-Friendly Meeting Destination

     
    POSTED January 28, 2014
     

Springfield, Ill. has recently experienced an increase in demand to host conferences for middle and high-school aged attendees. 

"We are located in the heart of the Midwest which is an easy drive for much of the country," said Gina Gemberling, Springfrield Convention and Visitors Bureau acting director. "And our variety of historic sites and entertainment options make us stand out as an easy and low-cost destination for youth meetings."

The city offers a dynamic range of activities that incorporates entertainment and education for youth including the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum, the Lincoln Home National Historic Site, Knight’s Action Park and Lake Springfield.

Recent youth conferences hosted in Springfield include the Illinois Christian Teen Convention, the Illinois Association of the Future Farmers of America, and the Illinois Junior and Senior Beta Clubs. The Springfield Convention and Visitors Bureau can assist organizations with planning a successful youth convention.

After almost 20 years of vacancy, the Cook County Hospital in Chicago will be put to use once again. A $150 million adaptive reuse project restored the historic, 106-year-old hospital, which has become a combined Hyatt Place and Hyatt House hotel, as well as medical offices, a museum, a food hall and more. While the opening is multi-phased, the hotels are scheduled to open in late July.  

 

Jumpstarting tourism in cities across the country will be more complicated than simply opening doors again – especially in cities with large populations like Chicago. However, working together proves more effective, and in Chicago, more than 250 businesses are banding together to join Choose Chicago’s new initiative, Tourism & Hospitality Forward. It bolsters a safe reopening that encourages tourism as well as meetings and events in

 

Due to COVID-19, non-essential travel was, or has been, banned for months. Long anticipated trips and in-person gatherings were canceled and people have adjusted to the new normal: staying at home and meeting over Zoom. However, states have been slowly lifting restrictions, and non-essential travel will soon be happening across the country again. However, some may not be as comfortable with the thought of traveling as they were before the pandemic.