Illinois


ChicagoSports

Chicago Sports Commission Lists Calendar of Events

September 11, 2019

The Chicago Sports Commission has released its calendar of fall and winter events. more >>


Rockford

Cycle on 2nd Returning to Rockford

September 6, 2019

The second annual Cycle on 2nd event comes to Rockford on the morning of September 8. more >>


Rockford

Rockford Announces Community Events in Support of Olympic Trials for US Table Tennis

September 4, 2019

The Rockford Area Convention and Visitors Bureau will host several community events in support of Rockford’s first-ever Olympic Trials. more >>


NCAA

NCAA Championship Bid Portal Has Opened

August 26, 2019

While information has been available, the bid portal for those interested in hosting events in 86 of the NCAA’s 90 championships is now open. more >>


Rockford

Tough Mudder Coming to Rockford This Weekend

August 21, 2019

Thousands of participants will attempt to conquer obstacles spanning 10 miles and 25 obstacles during Tough Mudder in Rockford, IL. more >>


USA_Cycling

Wheaton, IL, to Host USA Cycling Cyclocross Action

August 13, 2019

USA Cycling announced that the 2020 USA Cycling Cyclocross National Championships come to DuPage County’s Cantigny Park in Wheaton, IL. more >>


ChicagoSports

Chicago Sports Commission Releases Events for Late Summer, Early Fall 2019

August 5, 2019

The Chicago Sports Commission has information on events to be held throughout the remainder of the summer and through the first weeks of fall. more >>


Rockford

Baseball For All Nationals Breaks Records for the Largest All-Girls Baseball Tournament in U.S. History

July 31, 2019

Baseball For All (BFA) will host its fifth annual Nationals, the largest—and longest running—all-girls baseball tournament in the U.S. more >>



Rockford

Rockford Announces New, Re-Elected Board Members

August 5, 2019

Rockford announced the election of new officers and board members, and the reappointment and re-election of continuing board members. more >>


SFASFM

Sports and Events Center in Bedford Park Announces Partnership with SFM

July 22, 2019

The Village of Bedford Park, IL has selected Sports Facilities Management to manage and operate their new sports tourism facility. more >>


ChicagoMarathon

Chicago Marathon Race Weekend Generates Record Economic Impact

December 10, 2018

The 40th anniversary of the Bank of America Chicago Marathon generated a record-setting $338 million in economic impact to the city. more >>


Aurora

Aurora Area CVB Welcomes Lisa Wisner as Group Sales Coordinator

October 8, 2018

The Aurora Area Convention & Visitors Bureau is thrilled to welcome Lisa Wisner to the team as its new Group Sales Coordinator. more >>


Rockford

Visitor Spending in Rockford and Winnebago County Reaches an All-Time High of $384 Million in 2017

October 1, 2018

Visitor spending in Rockford and Winnebago County reached an all-time high of $383.7 million in 2017, an increase of 8.3 percent over 2016. more >>


Aurora

Visitors Spent Over $200M in the Aurora Area Last Year

September 17, 2018

Tourism is a $200 million business in the Aurora Area of Illinois, and it continues to grow. more >>


Rockford

RACVB Announces Staff Changes

July 9, 2018

The Rockford Area Convention & Visitors Bureau is pleased to announce one new hire and three internal staff promotions and role changes. more >>


STMA

Sports Turf Managers Association Awards Environmental Facility Certification to 14 Facilities

June 11, 2018

Sports Turf Managers Association has announced a total of 14 facilities with the organization’s Environmental Facility Certification. more >>



LSSCAerial

Enjoy Peoria Wants to Know... Will Your Event Play in Peoria?

August 21, 2019

Located in the heart of Illinois, the Peoria Area is known as a premier sporting destination in the Midwest. The city carries a rich tradition of... more >>


Articles

blank Article | September 4, 2019
New Homes for Away Teams

By: Mary Helen Sprecher

The continued evolution of sports venues – updates to surfaces, lighting, security and amenities – all helps to create the best possible...   More>>


blank Article | September 3, 2019
The Perfect Landing

By: Tracey Schelmetic

Heading into the 2020 Games in Tokyo, the U.S. is seeing the expected uptick in interest in gymnastics. And from beginner and recreational level to...   More>>


blank Article | September 3, 2019
On the Waterfront

By: Judy Leand

From canoeing, kayaking and stand-up paddling to sailing, surfing, water skiing and even dragon boat and Hawaiian outrigger racing, water sports are...   More>>


OlympicPool Article | August 7, 2019
USOC Pressures Park District to Rename ‘Olympic’ Pool

By: Michael Popke

Bad news: If your sports venue or event uses the name, ‘Olympic’ and you don't have express permission, you could be hearing from the U.S....   More>>


blank Article | June 27, 2019
The Growth of Lacrosse

By: Judy Leand

Lacrosse has ditched its niche status, becoming one of the fastest-growing team sports in America. From 2001 to 2017, total participation skyrocketed...   More>>


Referee Article | May 29, 2019
Illinois Implementing Background Checks for High School Officials

By: Michael Popke

Finding enough referees and umpires for high school sporting events is a challenging task for athletics administrators and in Illinois, it just got...   More>>


blank Article | April 24, 2019
Venues Suited to Victories

By: Tracey Schelmetic

It’s one of the oldest sports known to man but its facilities are state-of-the-art and designed to coax the best performances out of athletes at...   More>>


blank Article | February 28, 2019
Connecting with Great Partners for Long-Term Success

By: Mary Helen Sprecher

A destination can have great venues, excellent amenities and wonderful weather but ultimately, it’s the people you’re working with at the CVB or...   More>>


blank Article | February 28, 2019
The Changing Landscape of Golf

By: Tracey Schelmetic

Once reputed to be a sport for men of a certain age and income, golf has a new and growing demographic: youth. Children’s and high school-age...   More>>


GART Article | February 6, 2019
Coast-to-Coast Trail Could Give Event Owners a Way to Challenge Endurance Athletes, Bucket Listers

By: Mary Helen Sprecher

It might be premature to tell the Appalachian Trail or the Pacific Crest Trail to step aside but a coast-to-coast, traffic-free trail could be a...   More>>


Destination Spotlights

blank Case study | November 20, 2017
Big Dreams and Big Ten Teams   

By: Michael Popke

Big Ten university cities boast plenty of sports venues, high-profile events and friendly people. Champaign County, home of the University of... More>>


blank Case study | January 13, 2016
Peoria, Illinois - Will It Play in Peoria? Yes!   

By: Peter Francesconi

Will it play in Peoria? The answer is a big YES. Peoria, together with its sister city across the Illinois River, East Peoria, has not only great... More>>


Peoria, Illinois Case study | October 31, 2009
Peoria, Illinois   

By: Jennifer Alten

It's just a couple hours away from St. Louis and Chicago and less than four hours from Indianapolis, but when it comes to ensuring that your event... More>>



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