Chicago Tourism Metrics, July 2016

Making Chicago a premier destination for tourism and entertainment is a major part of Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s Plan for Economic Growth & Jobs that WBC is implementing to drive growth in Chicago. Choose Chicago, the official destination marketing organization for Chicago, also plays an integral role in economic growth by attracting business and leisure visitors to the city.

The following points summarize recent tourism, hotel and air passenger trends for Chicago:

  • Chicago attracted an estimated 50.97 million domestic visitors and a forecasted 1.3 million foreign visitors (or a total of more than 52 million estimated visitors) in 2015.
  • Hotel room demand in the Central Business District was 1,091,456 rooms occupied in July, a 2.7% increase from 1,062,814 rooms a year ago.
  • The overall average daily rate (ADR) was $221.36 in July, down from $225.94 in July 2015.
  • The Chicago Central Business District has 119 hotel properties comprising nearly 40,000 rooms. Recently opened hotels include the Freehand Hostel and Hotel (217 rooms), the Chicago Athletic Association Hotel (241 rooms) and the Virgin Hotel Chicago (250 rooms).
  • More than 3,100 new rooms are expected to open in the next two years, including the Hotel Indigo Chicago – Millennium Park (156 rooms, 2016), Nobu Hotel (93 rooms, 2016), Kimpton Hotel (281 rooms, 2016), Marriott Marquis Chicago (1,200 rooms, 2017), and Viceroy Hotel (2017).
  • O’Hare – the world’s busiest airport in terms of flight operations – and Midway International airports served a combined 9.47 million air passengers in June 2016, a 4.2% increase over last June.

Average daily rate and room demand trends are illustrated in the following charts:

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Source: Choose Chicago; Chicago Department of Aviation. For more information on Chicago’s tourism landscape, please refer to the Choose Chicago website and 2015 Annual Report.

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