- Total hotels- 65
- Total hotel rooms- 5, 034 (number rises to 5,283 in 2018)
- New hotels in 2018- Holiday Inn Express & Suites in Mokena and Woodspring Suites in Tinley Park
- Newly renovated hotels- Comfort Suites in Lansing, DoubleTree by Hilton Chicago-Alsip, Holiday Inn Express in Crestwood and Baymont Inn & Suites in Alsip
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- Coupon books
- festivals and events guides
- Traveler Maps
- Stick-on name badges
- Plastic bags
- Accelerate Indoor Speedway & Events in Mokena
- Chicago Fire professional soccer team in Bridgeview
- HITS Chicago-Balmoral Park in Crete
- Odyssey Fun World in Tinley Park
- Windy City ThunderBolts in Crestwood
“The Chicago Southland is a fantastic location. It’s close to Chicago, has an abundance of things to do, much of it in close proximity to each other, and it’s easy to get around. If you want to enjoy urban activities or go for a walk in a beautiful forest preserve or park, the Chicago Southland is a great place to do both.”
A lively region consisting of 62 south and southwest Chicago suburbs stretching across nearly 400 square miles, the Chicago Southland offers a variety of entertainment options for those planning a reunion.
Families looking to bond over a sporting event can travel to Toyota Park in Bridgeview, 15 miles southwest of Chicago, to watch Major League Soccer’s Chicago Fire compete against some of the top players in America. Professional baseball can be found in Crestwood, where the Frontier League’s Windy City ThunderBolts provide family fun at a miniscule cost. HITS Chicago-Balmoral Park in Crete, is a premium equestrian facility, featuring nine competition rings where horses leap and jump to the crowd’s delight. The region is also home to 35 public and semi-private golf courses.
Groups looking for high-octane fun can visit Accelerate Indoor Speedway & Events in Mokena. The massive 75,000-square-foot state-of-the art go karting facility offers the thrill of racing F1-inspired karts at speeds of up to 50 miles per hour. Odyssey Fun World, in Tinley Park, is a 45,000-square-foot facility that features indoor rides, go karts, video games, mini golf and more.
History lovers will appreciate Historic Downtown Frankfort, a town that offers upscale and eclectic stores and casual and fine dining in a picturesque small-town setting. Closer to Chicago, the Historic Pullman District is a unique community filled with buildings and houses built from 1880-84 and is home to the Pullman National Monument. The Nathan Manilow Sculpture Park in University Park, offers a premier presentation of large-scaled contemporary sculpture, featuring 29 master works within 100-plus acres of prairie landscape. Lake Katherine Nature Center and Botanic Gardens in Palos Heights, is an 85-acre park that includes woodlands, prairie, wetlands, gardens and a 10-acre lake. The Park Forest Rail Fan Park in Park Forest, is the site of one of the country’s largest rail intersections and visitors can view the trains from a 35-foot-high platform overlooking the tracks.