Plan Your Experience


We are excited you’ve found the Chicago Travel & Adventure Shows – the ONLY travel show in the Chicago area.  It is THE place where travelers congregate annually to dream, plan, and book their next vacations.  You’ll be inspired and get ideas on where to go, what to do and the latest travel information to keep you in the know— along with a bona fide list of reputable companies that have been serving our attendees for years.

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In today’s hectic world, vacation time is limited.  At the Chicago Travel & Adventure Show, we understand your time is precious.  So, when you do get a chance to travel, you want to make it count.  You have to know what destinations may be the best fit for your interests, what destinations will offer the most value, when the best times of the year are to go, and what to do when you get there.  It’s like walking through a living guide book with thousands of world experts to talk to. You can spend countless days and hours searching the internet or thumbing through a book for this information.  Or, you can make the first stop of your next vacation the Chicago Travel & Adventure Show—a travel lover’s paradise and information hub.

We’ve put together some useful tips to make the most of your Chicago Travel Show experience and help you as you embark on “your next destination”.

Bon Voyage!
The Travel & Adventure Show Team

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Welcome to the trip you take before your trip – the Chicago Travel & Adventure Show.

Immerse yourself in the sights, sounds and tastes from around the globe and engage in different cultures all under one roof. At America’s Favorite Travel Shows, you’ll be able to speak directly with the travel experts that represent hundreds of the top destinations from around the world. You’ll receive local knowledge and travel advice on where to go, what to do, where to stay and how to ensure that you have a personalized travel experience.

Below, we’ve put together a guide on how to best navigate your way around the show floor complete with tips on how to find your dream vacation!

Your ticket allows you to access the show floor and attend all educational and interactive seminars on our 5 travel speaker stages. Think of this as your passport to take a walk around the world!

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Just like any other vacation, you want to know what you’re doing and where you’re going before you arrive. Spend some time reviewing Chicago Travel Show exhibitors and sponsors and map out your path around the different pavilions on the show floor and see all the destinations and tours that interest you. But, also keep your mind open as you may find some travel options you’ve never considered before!

Available in the Apple App Store or Google Play Store, our app has features to help you maximize your travel show experience. From speaker schedules, at-show updates and session reminders, you’ll have the whole show in the palm of your hand!

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As you take your walk around the world, make sure to take a look at our exhibitor’s travel show specials  they’re promoting and how you can access the savings. Remember, the more money you save the more you can spend on unforgettable experiences while you’re on your next adventure!

Ever wondered how Rick Steves gets around Europe and travels like a local?  And get the dirty secrets of the travel industry from CBS investigative travel reporter Peter Greenberg as he aims to help you save time and money on your next trip.

Not only do you get to hear their travel experiences and insider information, but you’ll have the opportunity to ask those burning questions you’ve always had for your favorite travel celebrities. Friends won’t believe you? We’re standing by to take your picture of you and your favorite celebrity right on the show floor. Make sure to bring your camera or smartphone!

Refer to the TAS App and your checklist to make sure that you don’t miss sessions at the Destination Theater where you can get in-depth knowledge about the destinations you’ve been waiting to travel to. These wildly popular seminars are hosted by Chicago Travel Show exhibitors, tourist experts, guidebook authors and tour operators!

Experience5What travel experience isn’t complimented by food? Not just for the serious travel foodies, the Taste of Travel Theater showcases live cooking demonstrations by some of the Chicago area chefs. This stage will send you home with international cooking techniques, flavor combinations and a hunger to enjoy these cultural cuisines right on the show floor. Like what you smell? Get a “taste” as our stadium seating theater allows for free tastings!

From traveling safer and cheaper, to knowing when to book your next flight, to solo travel and packing tips, the Savvy Traveler Theater gives you the chance to learn the skills of other travelers just like you!

Want to fully immerse yourself in a different culture? Transport yourself to a different area of the world and feel the rhythm and vibes as dancers and performers from around the globe show you their culture’s moves! Feeling like you want to join in? Get on stage with the dancers during the performance and let them teach you the moves to look like a rock star on your next trip!

The Chicago Travel Show has it’s own show sponsored door prizes and travel show giveaways (link to door prizes page). When you arrive to the show you’ll receive the official Chicago Travel Show entry form. Be sure to fill it out and place it in the official “Door Prize” entry bins located on the show floor to win exclusive prizes.