Meeting Planner Testimonials

Here's why so many meeting planners keep coming back to DuPage County and how they rely on the DuPage Convention & Visitors Bureau for assistance.

Adult/Motor Coach Groups

Adult Group
Words can't begin to communicate how pleased we are with the DuPage Convention and Visitors Bureau. In my position, I plan several conferences a year and some one day programs. When we have been in need of a venue, the DuPage CVB is the first one that I contact. Because of this professionalism and service we have had many events in DuPage County. When I explain what I'm looking for, and what our budget is, our sales representative quickly has many choices for us to choose from. The resource of the DuPage Convention and Visitors Bureau has saved countless hours of research and headaches. I have always been impressed by their professionalism and personal touch, and it has made a wonderful impact on our organization. We will continue to use the services and resources of the DuPage Convention & Visitors Bureau as we plan our future events. 

Mark Turner
Program Secretary for the Greater Chicago Area
The Salvation Army Metropolitan Headquarters 

Motor Coach Group
I have been planning and escorting motor coach groups for over 25 years. I always use the expertise of the Convention & Visitors Bureaus. In 2007, a representative from the DuPage CVB helped me put together a four-day Chicago trip-lodging, restaurants, step-on guide, itinerary with a variety of activities, etc. The CVB even had an incentive at the time that helped pay the bill of the step-on guide. She met and welcomed our group upon our arrival and even went to dinner with us. The group praised the trip the whole time saying they didn't know there was so much to see and do in Chicago. I am still receiving compliments that "Chicago" was one of the best trips we have ever done. Thanks to the DuPage CVB, our Chicago trip was "the best"! 

Sharon Kish
Travel Express

FAM Trips & Site Visits 

I can't begin to say how much I appreciate and thank you for the wonderful fam trip to DuPage County. From the very beginning with the reception at the Hilton Garden Inn, the superb dinner at the Hilton Chicago/Oak Brook, the hilarious play at the Drury Lane Theatre, and then the next two days filled to the brim with exciting experiences, the entire trip was a marvel of entertainment and education. And all the sumptuous food!

All the providers were the personification of hospitality and every one of them gave a favorable impression. I certainly hope to bring some of my residents to DuPage County. Thanks again for your kindness, generosity and hospitality.

Sharon Gehrlich
Director of Resident Services
Friendship Village of Dublin

I had an amazing time on the One Remarkable Day in DuPage FAM tour. It was certainly a fun day keeping with your theme of utilizing all of our senses - and so informative, as well. Being able to see and experience various facets of the properties was important to me and especially helpful since we saw a number of properties in a short amount of time. I was impressed with the hotels and will certainly discuss them with my clients. The hotels did a fabulous job showcasing their properties. The food and beverage offerings were excellent, and we all know how important that is to programs! The marketplace was nice and I did make a couple of connections which will lead to a future visit to DuPage County. Thanks for the fun and for being such great hosts and hostesses! It is great to put faces to names. I feel that we are now friends in the industry rather than mere acquaintances. You are true partners in our quest to make our clients happy!

Darla Leick
Manager, Global Accounts


I have worked for associations in the Chicago area for over 25 years, but up until this event I had never been with a group that met in DuPage County before -- and, specifically, the Westin Lombard Yorktown Center. Like so many who live and work in the City of Chicago, I was unaware of all the fabulous hotels with great meeting space, plus easy access to airports, dining, world class shopping and entertainment that the western suburbs of Chicago has to offer! Nicole Beykirch at the DuPage Convention and Visitors Bureau was instrumental in connecting me with the hotel, restaurants and other attractions in the area, in addition to arranging transportation and assisting with all the additional meetings support we required in order to make this 3-day event a huge success. The DuPage CVB was a great help with registration during our conference, giving her time and knowledge to assist any of our attendees who had questions or requested information about the area. The complimentary welcome bags the DuPage CVB provided were a huge hit with our attendees! We have since booked our meetings to be held in DuPage County for the next three years. I look forward to continuing to work with the DuPage Convention and Visitor's Bureau, and will also continue to recommend them for the outstanding service and support that they provide from beginning to end.

Daniel Mendelson, MS, CAE
Executive Director
Illinois Osteopathic Medical Society

The DCVB has assisted and been an integral part in the success of planning our meetings. Their team has consistently provided valuable information on all the DuPage venues, coordinating meeting proposals and all within a very timely and professional manner.

Kevin O'Sullivan
Meeting Planner/Great Lakes Division
H&R Block

The DuPage CVB is a great resource to have. They have saved me time and money in meetings I have put together in the past. Their recommendations have all been excellent. I have recommended the CVB to other staff members in my office.

Helen Aparicio
Administrative Coordinator/Central Division
McDonald's USA, LLC

Student Groups

The DuPage Convention & Visitors Bureau has been extremely helpful to our company and we plan student and adult trips. Star Destinations have benefited from Julie's advice for accommodations, meals, activities, and other services for our tours.

They have arranged site inspections, even taking the time to personally escort me to various locations around the county. Through their promotion, our company is much more aware of what DuPage County has to offer, and we can pass these suggestions to our clients. And - perhaps more importantly - they are prompt in returning calls and messages, which makes my job much easier. 

We were first attracted to and made aware of the attractions and accommodations in DuPage County through a money-back offer at the Heartland Travel Show. The incentive was welcomed, and we now hope to continue a long relationship with the DuPage Convention & Visitors Bureau.

Nancy Stammer
Star Destinations 

We had the pleasure of working with the DuPage Convention & Visitors Bureau this past winter and spring. We were putting together a high school band trip for around 120 people. They were a great help in the following areas: 

  • Finding various places in the greater Chicago area where a band could march at a public event.
  • Finding where rooms would be available that met our price and lodging needs.
  • Helping to arrange side trips for our group. This included everything from pricing to help in arranging the actual excursion.

Our representative was with us every step of the way from the initial contact until the conclusion of the trip. Our organization would be very happy if we can find a reason, and hopefully we can, to work with them in the future.

Gary Lipshutz
Galco Tours 


DuPage County is the ideal place to host a family reunion. The Doubletree Hotel Chicago/OakBrook was great. The entire staff at the hotel made sure we had everything we needed. I cannot thank the DuPage Convention & Visitors Bureau enough for all the nice things they provided for our reunion. I know that the next time we come to DuPage County, we can’t go wrong. They helped me throughout the reunion. They made all the name badges, provided bags and pens to stuff our "goodie bags", and I can’t forget the candy - it was all great! Our reunion was a great success!!

Ada Johnson
Reunion Coordinator
Gipson/Gibson Family Reunion 2007 

Military Functions & Reunions 

I represent several military organizations and have had the pleasure over the years of dealing with the DuPage CVB in connection with planning military reunions. I have always been a firm believer in making my first call to the local CVB in the city where I am looking to host a military reunion, and I have to admit this is one of the best I have dealt with. Our sales representative was not only very personable and professional, but her knowledge of the local area, attractions and hotels that are "Military Reunion Friendly" is a credit to her position with the CVB. She not only acts as your personal chauffeur and tour guide but puts together a comprehensive site check plan and then follows up frequently on your progress with those potential sites.

If you are considering Chicago for your next military reunion, I strongly suggest you contact the DuPage Convention & Visitors Bureau.

Brian Forrester
VP Sales
Holiday Cruises and Tours

I cannot thank the staff enough at the DuPage Convention & Visitors Bureau for all of their assistance in planning our annual military reunion. Organizing an event like this from 200 miles away began as a daunting challenge. Their assistance with lodging, transportation and event planning was invaluable and resulted in one of the best reunions we have ever had! Kudos to the DuPage CVB and the friendly people of DuPage County for their kind hospitality. DuPage County is as great place for a reunion!

Gordon Chevalier
Reunion Coordinator
316th Fighter Squadron/324th Fighter Group 

Sports Events

Michael Belot
2012 Ryder Cup Tournament Director
PGA of America

As a meeting planner, I've worked with numerous Convention and Visitors Bureaus, but I can't say enough about the DuPage County CVB. Lisa Landers, Director of Sales, has gone above and beyond the call of duty for the 2012 Ryder Cup held at Medinah Country Club. Their customer service, aggressive attention, abundant knowledge of their product and dedication to detail has overly exceeded all expectations. Their enthusiasm and energy are endless and will certainly be a positive reflection on our event.

Hope Walker
Special Events & Travel
PGA of America

I had the good fortune of attending the Illinois Sports Huddle in DuPage County. I wasn't quite sure what to expect as I had never attended a CVB/Sports Commission meeting done on a regional level. I was blown away about the quality of the event that the CVB hosted for us. The speakers were excellent and, while not all the topics were geared towards rights holders, I can honestly say I was able to take something away from every presenter.

The small intimate forum made it easy to make connections with all the represented municipalities. Having the time to actually sit down and talk for an extended time was welcome relief from the fast paced meeting of other conventions. I made several really solid contacts and think I will be receiving bids for several of our events including some of our biggest.

The events outside of the conference were incredible. Getting to see the Bulls/Sox Academy and then having dinner and bocce ball at Pinstripes in Oak Brook, to touring US Cellular Field and meeting Frank Thomas and Minnie Minoso are definitely highlights of the year.

I would highly recommend this conference to any rights holder looking to bring their events to the state of Illinois.

Byron Hicks
Manager-Competition and Athlete Programs
USA Ultimate

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