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Celebrate Good Times With A Reunion In The Chicago Southland

By published February 07, 2022

Celebrate Good Times With A Reunion In The Chicago Southland

With Spring and Summer just around the corner, it’s time to plan your upcoming reunions and what better place than the Chicago Southland! Whether it’s family, military, class, fraternity/sorority or any other group, the Chicago Southland combines the perfect setting complemented by a wide variety of fun, interesting and unique amenities.

Location, Location, Location 
The Chicago Southland’s convenient location and accessibility make it an ideal destination. With six interstates weaving through the region, we’re a five-hour drive from eight different states (Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio and Wisconsin). If you’d prefer to fly, the area offers two international airports, Midway and O’Hare. All the hotels and most of the attractions in the Chicago Southland offer free parking, with several inexpensive commuter options if you choose to go downtown to Chicago, which is 30 minutes or less away from all of our 60 communities.

Traditional indoor venues include four full-service and numerous select service hotels to host your reunion festivities. If your preference is being outdoors, the Chicago Southland has plenty of beautiful parks and over 40,000 acres of forest preserves to celebrate. Impress your guests with an unforgettable unique venue reunion from an array of locations. How about Irons Oaks Environmental Learning Center, which offers the uniqueness of team building while wall or crate climbing? Maybe the excitement at Accelerate Indoor Speedway & Events with its go-karting and axe-throwing is what your reunion guests crave? We have the perfect traditional or unique venue to create forever memories.

Chicago Southland’s dining choices include numerous exceptional family-friendly restaurants, most of whom will cater your event. It’s truly a smorgasbord of choices, from farm-to-table restaurants, elegant fine dining and more, sure to satisfy the most discriminating palettes and cravings. If you have “foodies” in your group and they’d love a tour, they’re sure to be dazzled and delighted by a Tasty Treat of the Arts tour featuring some of the Chicago Southland’s top restaurants.


Spanning 60 communities and 400 square miles, Chicago Southland has a large variety of experiences that will entertain your group’s desires and interests. Does your group love exploring rich, varied cultural experiences? Maybe historic venues? Perhaps some group members will be fascinated by a religious or garden adventure. Whatever their tastes and interests, the Chicago Southland has it all.

For Family reunions, there’s plenty to keep both the children and adults entertained including the Brookfield Zoo Chicago, Urban Air Adventure Park and In The Game Hollywood Park to name just a few.

Fraternity/Sorority and social clubs can spend the mornings and afternoons golfing at any of our 30 plus courses, exercising on multiple hiking or biking trails or exploring some of the beautiful forest preserves (Cook County and Will County) . At night there’s plenty of music venues plus a diverse selection of wineries, breweries and distilleries to choose from.

Military reunions will love all the Chicago Southland has to offer plus the numerous Veteran Memorial sites, monuments and museums.

There are so many unique activity options and tour experiences from which to choose, your family and/or friends will certainly want to come back and do it again! There are several Chicago Southland itinerary options available, perfect for any reunion get-together. Each itinerary option can easily be modified and tailored to your specific needs.  

Start Planning Today
To find out more or to start planning your Chicago Southland Reunion experience, visit www.GatherintheChicagoSouthland.com or call SMERF Market Manager Tobie Fitzpatrick at (888) 895-8233.

About Chicago Southland
The Chicago Southland Convention & Visitors Bureau is the official destination marketing organization for the south metropolitan region. It represents 60 south and southwest Chicago suburbs. Joining forces with the Illinois Bureau of Tourism, the Visit Chicago Southland coordinates sales and marketing of the Chicago Southland as a destination for leisure visitorsfamily reunionsmeetings and conventionssporting eventsgroup tours (motor coaches), and all manner of other activities.


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