Illinois


Intel

Intel Extreme Masters Coming to Chicago

July 16, 2019

ESL and Intel have announced that Intel Extreme Masters (IEM) will take place in Chicago from July 20-21. more >>


adidas

Adidas Announces Efforts, Events with 1Climb

July 15, 2019

adidas Outdoor announced a new partnership with 1Climb, a non-profit organization co-founded by world-renowned climber Kevin Jorgeson. more >>


DuPage

New DuPage Sports Commission Announces Calendar of Events

July 12, 2019

The newly formed DuPage Sports Commission is expected to deliver nearly $2 million in new revenue for the area by the year 2022. more >>


Rockford

2019 FVV Fan Fest and Summer Camp Returning to Rockford

July 10, 2019

The FVV Fan Fest is the official opening celebration for the 2019 FVV Summer Camp, produced by VanVleet on July 13-14 at UWHSF. more >>


USA_Volleyball

FIVB Volleyball Nations League Coming to Chicago

July 10, 2019

The 2019 FIVB Volleyball Nations League (VNL) Final Round will be held on July 10-14 at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). more >>


ChicagoSports

Chicago Sports Commission Has Full Calendar of Activities for Summer

July 5, 2019

The Chicago Sports Commission has plenty going on through the summer and into the fall. more >>


Rockford

RACVB, RAVE and ITTF North America Announce First-Ever Olympic Trials in Rockford

July 3, 2019

The 2019 ITTF North American Olympic Table Tennis Trials are slated for October 5 at the BMO Harris Bank Center in downtown Rockford. more >>


Rockford

Rockford Announces Return of RRATFR Event for 2019

July 2, 2019

The Rock River Anything That Floats Race returns to Rockford this summer, according to organizers. 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 >>


VisitLake

Visit Lake County Named Co-Winner of 2018 Gold Adrian Award

April 16, 2018

Davis Harrison Dion and Visit Lake County Illinois recently took home a 2018 Gold Adrian Award for the “Let’s Go” travel marketing campaign. more >>


Oswego

Oswego Joins Aurora Area CVB

April 9, 2018

The Village of Oswego has voted to rejoin the Aurora Area Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB) after a 14 year absence. more >>



LSSCAerial

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

May 2, 2018

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 | 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>>


blank Article | December 28, 2018
A Change of Venue

By: Mary Helen Sprecher

Sometimes, we just need a change of scenery. In a new place, under new conditions, event owners and rights holders are often able to put a new spin...   More>>


blank Article | December 27, 2018
Basketball Makes a Fast Break

By: Peter Francesconi

Most U.S. kids have bounced a basketball and shot for the hoop. Basketball courts are everywhere — at schools, in playgrounds, on driveways and in...   More>>


blank Article | December 27, 2018
The Growing Market of eSports: A Case Study

By: Matt Hawkins, CSEE

Many event owners and destinations are just starting to test the waters for eSports in their markets. One of those is the Bloomington-Normal Sports...   More>>


blank Article | November 14, 2018
The Heart of Sports in America: Accessible, Accommodating, Affordable

By: Peter Francesconi

When it comes to sports in the U.S., the Midwest has a lot to offer. The area is easily accessible to most of the country. Its sports facilities,...   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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