Chicago was founded in 1833, near a portage between the Great Lakes and the Mississippi River watershed. Today, the city retains its status as a major hub, both for industry and infrastructure, with O'Hare International Airport being the first or second busiest airport in the world on a consistent basis. In 2008, the city hosted 45.6 million domestic and overseas visitors.  As of 2010, Chicago's metropolitan area has the 4th largest Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of all metropolitan areas in the world.

The city is a major world center for business and finance and is listed as one of the world's top ten Global Financial Centers. The World Cities Study Group at Loughborough University rated Chicago as an "alpha world city"  In a 2010 survey collaboration between Foreign Policy and A.T Kearney ranking cities, Chicago ranked 6th just after Paris and Hong Kong and just above Los Angeles and Singapore.  The ranking assesses five dimensions: value of capital markets, diversity of human capital, international information resources, international cultural resources, and political influence. Chicago is a stronghold of the Democratic Party and has been home to many influential politicians, including the current President of the United States, Barack Obama.

The city's notoriety expressed in popular culture is found in novels, plays, movies, songs, various types of journals (e.g., sports, entertainment, business, trade, and academic), and the news media. Chicago has numerous nicknames, which reflect the impressions and opinions about historical and contemporary Chicago. The best known include: "Chi-town," "Windy City," "Second City," and the "City of Big Shoulders". 

Chicago has also been called "the most American of big cities” and is frequently picked by major publications as the “Best large American city to live in."

As a world class cosmopolitan center Chicago has much to offer its visitors from sight seeing to great dining, shopping, art museums, theatre and much more.

The meeting will be held in the the conference facilities of Chicago's luxury hotel, the Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile Hotel. Encounter a renowned Chicago hotel combining the epitome of luxury and convenience at the Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile Hotel, a Windy City landmark on Michigan Avenue's Magnificent Mile. Situated amongst world-class shopping and dining, this Chicago hotel is in walking distance of top attractions, including Navy Pier, American Girl Place, Shedd Aquarium, Millennium Park, Theater and Museum Districts. Revitalize body and mind in stylish Magnificent Mile hotel rooms and suites boasting flat screen TV's, deluxe bedding and ergonomic furnishings, or unwind at the Lobby Bar, a friendly urban oasis. With 66,400 square feet of versatile event space, this Chicago luxury hotel creates a distinguished setting for lucrative business engagements, cherished social gatherings, and elegant wedding receptions. Depart from the ordinary and discover a Windy City Chicago, IL hotel destination providing incomparable service and unprecedented style at the Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile Hotel.

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Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile Hotel