Maggie Kmiecik
Concierge Preferred

The 20th Annual Hospitality & Tourism Summit is Coming to Navy Pier This June 8th

Plus 7 Virtual Educational Sessions Starting May 25

(CHICAGO) – The Hospitality & Tourism Summit is returning for its 20th year with it’s signature trade show on June 8th at the Aon Grand Ballroom at Navy Pier. This will be the first in-person business oriented event at Navy Pier since they closed to the public in 2020. This year also includes 7 virtual educational sessions starting May 25th

The Hospitality & Tourism Summit, produced by Ateema Media & Marketing, is an opportunity for top planners, concierges, social media influencers, suppliers and industry pros to connect before the busy summer season. After a long hiatus, the Hospitality & Tourism Summit is inviting industry professionals to join them in rebuilding the tourism, meetings and events industries in Chicago. 

Keeping safety top of mind, the beautiful, 18,150 square feet Aon Grand Ballroom will be generously spaced for attendees safety and two large adjacent rooms will be used as well. Though the collective space has a 13,000+ person capacity, the audience will be limited to align with current safety direction from the city and state to allow for ample social distance. Given Navy Pier’s GBAC star rating and Safe Expo’s oversight of the event operations for safety, the Hospitality & Tourism Summit is ready to welcome industry professionals back safely.

“As we collectively look to restore the hospitality and tourism industry following the devastating

impact of the pandemic, the Hospitality & Tourism Summit will serve as a key event in beginning the economic recovery process here in Chicago,” said Navy Pier President and CEO Marilynn Gardner. “Given our longstanding partnership of 20 years and the vital role the summit plays in connecting and supporting industry businesses and professionals, it’s fitting that the summit will be one of our first private in-person events following our spring reopening, inspiring hope and faith in our community’s ability to rebuild and host safe on-site experiences again.”

The event draws the “who’s who” in the industry each year and boasts 75+ exhibitors including venues, restaurants, night spots, hotels, event services, attractions, tours, shops and more. In addition, this year will include a live Entertainment Showcase, virtual educational sessions, and the chance to safely network with 1000+ industry professionals. 

With five virtual educational sessions hosted by top names in Chicago’s events and tourism industry, this event is built to help you be successful, post COVID. Guests can take advantage of sessions ranging from “How To Keep Our Guests & Employees Safe” to “10+ Ways To Elevate Your Guest’s Experience” to learn how to move their businesses or careers forward. These sessions will be filmed in AV Chicago’s new state of the art hybrid event production studio in Chicago. Virtual educational sessions will be shown during the weeks leading up to the trade show and will start on May 25th

In addition, the Entertainment Showcase is generating buzz this year. After more than a year without the luxury of live entertainment, the Hospitality & Tourism Summit will be dazzling guests with performances from musicians, magicians, comedians and more throughout the course of the event.

“People are starting to travel and book in-person events again.” said Tim O’Malley, CEO of Ateema Media & Marketing. “It has been an unprecedented year for our industry and we’re proud to team up with our partners to take this important step in the rebuilding process. Our industry needs to work together to let people know that Chicago is reopening, and we’re doing it safely,” O’Malley continued. “This year’s Summit will play a more important role than ever before in terms of connecting industry buyers and sellers given the effects of COVID-19 on the networks in our industry.”

Designed to cultivate relationships between concierges, meeting and event planners, and businesses that cater to Chicago’s groups, events and visitors, the Hospitality & Tourism Summit provides an inside look at the best Chicago has to offer. 

For more information about the Hospitality & Tourism Summit, it’s signature trade show at Navy Pier on June 8th, or the virtual educational sessions, check out this video or visit

About Ateema Media & Marketing

Founded in 2001, Ateema Media & Marketing is a Chicago-based company that connects buyers with sellers in tourism, meetings and events. Ateema has an array of products and services designed to help our tourism and group meetings and events related customers attract business from meeting and event planners, visitors, concierge, social media influencers, and groups. 

Ateema Media & Marketing’s portfolio includes a digital advertising platform, a visitor content marketing program, and a weekly newsletter about things to do in Chicago. Ateema produces Concierge Preferred Magazine, Hospitality & Tourism Summit Chicago, Planner Master Classes, Chicago Concierge Favorites Awards, Mobile Visitor Network, and Chicago Neighborhood Maps, Ateema Media & Marketing also provides a plethora of research and marketing services around the concierge community. For more information about Ateema, visit