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CHICAGO

CHICAGO

Sinatra's kind of town. Ours too.

Best restaurant city in America. Best theatre in America. Best hotels in America. The list goes on.

Not only is Chicago racking up world class accolades, but you just won’t find a friendlier, more livable city.  It’s this truly unique mix of global attractions, local charm, and cosmopolitan funkiness that makes Chicago second to none.

Destination Highlights

THE CITY THAT WORKS

Chicago is a hub of activity with hidden hot spots and little known attractions to be found throughout the Windy City. The third largest U.S. city is home to 70+ museums, 200+ theatres, 6,500 restaurants (whoa!), 500 public parks and 200 annual parades.

EASY ACCESS (see what we did there?)

One of the top 10 busiest airport offers you easy, direct access from just about anywhere in the United States, Latin America, Europe, and Asia. In a way, the world kind of revolves around Chicago (but don't tell the locals that).

AIR TRAVEL

Located 7-miles from downtown, the airport is easily accessible and convenient to many tourist sites, business centers, and cultural hubs.

THE NEIGHBORHOODS

Love art and Hispanic culture? Head to Pilsen. Jazzed about the hip and happening scene? Go West to Wicker Park/Bucktown and Logan Square. Crazy about all things sports? Wrigleyville is calling.

Destination Highlights

THE CITY THAT WORKS

Chicago is a hub of activity with hidden hot spots and little known attractions to be found throughout the Windy City. The third largest U.S. city is home to 70+ museums, 200+ theatres, 6,500 restaurants (whoa!), 500 public parks and 200 annual parades.

EASY ACCESS (see what we did there?)

One of the top 10 busiest airport offers you easy, direct access from just about anywhere in the United States, Latin America, Europe, and Asia. In a way, the world kind of revolves around Chicago (but don't tell the locals that).

AIR TRAVEL

Located 7-miles from downtown, the airport is easily accessible and convenient to many tourist sites, business centers, and cultural hubs.

THE NEIGHBORHOODS

Love art and Hispanic culture? Head to Pilsen. Jazzed about the hip and happening scene? Go West to Wicker Park/Bucktown and Logan Square. Crazy about all things sports? Wrigleyville is calling.

Leadership

Gary Marr

Managing Partner
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Starting in his teens as a buffet runner for his mother’s catering business, Gary eventually found himself the Senior Director of Catering in Chicago’s largest convention hotel, the Hyatt Regency Chicago for over 13 years. He was also a national trainer with Hyatt in Catering Sales & Marketing, Event Design and Creativity. Prior to Hyatt, Gary spent 20 years with Marriott Hotels spanning the country. While opening the Maui Marriott he fell in love with the design and creation of major themed events and business theatre where he says that he learned from the best of the best in the special events and Destination Management industries. He is an industry recognized expert in ‘all things catering’ and is known for his sense of style and scale of managing special events.

Kerri Chen

Partner
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Kerri grew up in the hospitality industry and knows the ins and outs of event planning. From an early age, she knew she belonged in hospitality but had a knack for Accounting. In 2007, Kerri graduated from Marquette University with a degree in Accounting and IT. She went on to work at a Public Accounting firm in Chicago but still had the desire for the fast paced world of hospitality. In 2012, she joined Access to lead the Chicago team as Partner and Director of Finance. This transition helped her use her experience and knowledge of Chicago hotels in her day to day work life. In her free time, Kerri loves rooting on her local Chicago sports teams with her husband Matt.

CONTACT

27 East Monroe Street
Chicago, IL, 60603
312.807.3700

Leadership

Gary Marr

Managing Partner
Read Bio
Starting in his teens as a buffet runner for his mother’s catering business, Gary eventually found himself the Senior Director of Catering in Chicago’s largest convention hotel, the Hyatt Regency Chicago for over 13 years. He was also a national trainer with Hyatt in Catering Sales & Marketing, Event Design and Creativity. Prior to Hyatt, Gary spent 20 years with Marriott Hotels spanning the country. While opening the Maui Marriott he fell in love with the design and creation of major themed events and business theatre where he says that he learned from the best of the best in the special events and Destination Management industries. He is an industry recognized expert in ‘all things catering’ and is known for his sense of style and scale of managing special events.

Kerri Chen

Partner
Read Bio
Kerri grew up in the hospitality industry and knows the ins and outs of event planning. From an early age, she knew she belonged in hospitality but had a knack for Accounting. In 2007, Kerri graduated from Marquette University with a degree in Accounting and IT. She went on to work at a Public Accounting firm in Chicago but still had the desire for the fast paced world of hospitality. In 2012, she joined Access to lead the Chicago team as Partner and Director of Finance. This transition helped her use her experience and knowledge of Chicago hotels in her day to day work life. In her free time, Kerri loves rooting on her local Chicago sports teams with her husband Matt.

CONTACT

27 East Monroe Street
Chicago, IL, 60603
312.807.3700

The ACCESS 5-Star Experience

We understand how much is how much is riding on your program, and choosing the right DMC partner is critical to the overall success of your event. We survey every single one of our clients, and each year over 600 planners give ACCESS a perfect 5-star rating. 

The ACCESS 5-Star Experience

We understand how much is how much is riding on your program, and choosing the right DMC partner is critical to the overall success of your event. We survey every single one of our clients, and each year over 600 planners give ACCESS a perfect 5-star rating. 

Awards & Accreditations

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