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Rotary International Returning to Chicago for 2030 Convention

In what’s seen as a major win for Chicago’s convention and hospitality sector, Rotary International announced Chicago as the winner of the provisional bid to hold its annual international convention at McCormick Place on the city’s Near South Side in May 2030. The annual Rotary convention was last held in Chicago in 2005 and was attended by approximately 40,000 participants. 

“Major events like these are vital to our local economy and our residents, and we look forward to welcoming tens of thousands of Rotary members to Chicago,” said Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot. 

The winning bid was led by Rotary clubs in northern Illinois and endorsed by Rotary clubs across six states. The City of Chicago assisted with the proposal, as did Choose Chicago, the Metropolitan Pier & Exposition Authority, Navy Pier, the Chicago Transit Authority, the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce and The State of Illinois. 


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