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Our clients’ success is of the utmost importance to us. See what group tour planners are saying about the Chicago Southland.

"A very special thank you to Tobie and fellow staff members of the Chicago Southland CVB. The 2019 Spring FAM was a great experience discovering more about Chicagoland. You had your hands full for three days!! You did a great job! We look forward to working with you."

--Laura & Gary Block, Gary Block Tours

"Thank you for your excellent organization and execution of the 2017 Chicago Southland FAM. It was well attended and the itinerary was very comprehensive for a wide variety of markets. Very well done."

--Genie Stevenson, Book My Group

"I really enjoyed going on the 2017 Fam Trip to the Chicago Southland! Tobie was an excellent hostess!

--Bernita Thomas, Bernie's Journeys

"I am so grateful for having the opportunity of meeting Tobie Fitzpatrick at an African American Travel Conference in Indiana. We developed a wonderful working relationship. From this connection, Tobie Fitzpatrick has supported, encouraged and assisted in plans for the Eddington Travel Tours LLC. I have suggested Tobie Fitzpatrick and Chicago Southland Convention and Visitors Bureau to others. Tobie Fitzpatrick's assistance has help to improve the way I plan and communicate to prospective travelers, which has made it possible for us to visit your area more often.  We wish to thank you for your assistance in planning our many visits."

--Margaret E. Black, Eddington Travel Tours LLC

"I wanted to let you know how appreciative we are for the hard work and generous hospitality you showed our Group Leaders and staff. Everyone came back all excited about the potential in future trips. Please let all your supplier partners know how grateful we are of their participation.We look forward to a mutually beneficial relationship in the very near future."

-- John Tribble, Good News Travels

"The CSCVB was very informative and helpful. He recommended a fun restaurant with entertainment for our group which kicked off our trip with a bang."

-- AAA Travel Agency

"The CSCVB was prompt at processing an RFP and assisted in coordinating our site inspection. The CSCVB also provided our group with informational maps."

-- Dick Seeboth, Cultural Exchange Coordinator, Heritage Promotions

"The Chicago Southland Convention & Visitors Bureau is a very efficient group and very, very friendly and willing to help."

-- Shannon Maul, Tour Coordinator, AAA South Central Ohio

"Thank you for helping me put together the perfect itinerary.  There was a variety of activities and the group loved every stop. Thank you for meeting our group and greeting us at the hotel upon arrival. We appreciated the gift bags with water and treats - people always love those extras. Again, thank you Tobie for everything. It was nice working with someone so vivacious and always with a smile on her face."

-- Sharon L. Kish, Owner, SLK Travel

-- Sharon L. Kish, Owner, SLK Travel


The Bureau promotes the Chicago Southland as a group tour destination/stopover at the following tradeshows:


  • American Bus Association (ABA) Marketplace


  • Heartland Travel Showcase


  • Heritage Clubs International


  • African American Travelers Conference
  • Circle Wisconsin Midwest Marketplace


  • Student & Youth Travel Association (SYTA) Annual Convention


  • National Tour Association (NTA) Convention
  • Ontario Motor Coach Association Conference & Tradeshow


Professional Affiliations

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