Plan an Epic Vacation at the 2023 Chicago Travel and Adventure Show

Get a free ticket to the Chicago Travel and Adventure Show just for being a Local Tourist.

Learn how to travel like a local tourist everywhere you go at the 2023 Chicago Travel and Adventure Show!

At the Chicago Travel and Adventure Show, explore thousands of vacation options to top destinations from around the globe. Meet one-on-one with travel experts who will help you find, plan and book your next vacation. Uncover travel deals and show-only specials.

I’ve been exhibiting at the shows in Chicago and San Diego for years, and it’s one of my favorite events. Not only do I get to meet hundreds, if not thousands, of like-minded travelers, but I also find new destinations to visit.

Because of the Travel and Adventure Show, I’ve had incredible experiences at destinations I connected with at the show. A few include taking a heritage train ride in Arizona, visiting Ridgeland Mississippi (with a side trip to a UNESCO World Heritage Site), and eating all the cherries in Traverse City, Michigan.

And I only get about an hour to walk the floor! Lucky you, you can take all day, or all weekend.

In 2023, I’ll also be speaking and exhibiting at the Denver and Los Angeles Travel & Adventure Shows.

What is the Chicago Travel and Adventure Show?

This show is a bonanza for travelers. Exhibitors travel from literally all over the world to showcase their destinations, and it’s one of the popular things to do in Chicago in winter.

Not only will you get to discover new places to visit, you’ll also save money on your vacations. Exhibitors offer discounts, and there are tons of giveaways.

One of the best parts of the show is the seminars. They’ve got three stages and the schedule’s packed. You’ll get to hear expert advice and learn to travel like an insider from dozens of educational seminars, from celebrities including Samantha Brown, Brian Kelly (The Points Guy), Pauline Frommer, and more.

Other speakers will teach you even more travel tips and provide inspiration for your adventures.

In 2023, I return to the Chicago Travel & Adventure Show, too. My topic? Planning your Perfect Road Trip from Chicago!

Theresa Goodrich speaking at Chicago Travel & Adventure Show 2023

There’s nothing like jumping in the car for an adventure, and right now road trips are more popular than ever. I’m an inveterate road trip enthusiast who’s traveled thousands of miles to tell the stories of America’s treasures.

In 2023, I’m celebrating the twenty-first year of I’m also the author of Planning Your Perfect Road Trip, Living Landmarks of Chicago and the Two Lane Gems book series, and publisher of (and contributor to) Midwest Road Trip Adventures, 2nd Edition.

In this fun and energetic session, I’ll be sharing my best road trip planning tips for your perfect road trip adventure, including choosing your ideal road trip from Chicago, saving money during your travels, and doing it all safely.

Whether you’re looking to drive cross-country or just need a weekend getaway, you’ll learn how to plan an experience you’ll love.

Bonus: everyone who attends will get access to a free e-book with tips and tricks for planning an amazing road trip.

Visit for a full seminar lineup and additional event information (coming soon).

Jim and Theresa at the Chicago Travel & Adventure Show

I’m also exhibiting, so stop by my booth and enter to win my books, including the COMPLETE Road Trip Guide (for grown-ups) and the best-selling Living Landmarks of Chicago. I’ll be signing books, too. AND we always have bribery – er, I mean – candy.

We’re at Booth 1910 across from the camels. When you see me, ask me about camels and why I’ll be shaking my fist at them allll weekend.

I’m speaking at 4:15pm on Saturday on the Savvy Traveler stage, so be sure to pen me in!

When is the Chicago Travel and Adventure Show?

The 2023 Chicago Travel and Adventure Show takes place on the following dates and times:

  • January 14, 10am to 5pm
  • January 15, 11am to 4pm

Where is the Chicago Travel and Adventure Show?

The Chicago Travel and Adventure Show is at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, Illinois.

How much is the Chicago Travel and Adventure Show?

Tickets in advance are $16 for one day and $24 if you want to attend both Saturday and Sunday. However, check below and you can attend the show for free!

Get discounted tickets to the Chicago Travel and Adventure Show.

Use code LOCALTOURIST23 to get $10 one-day tickets!

Get a free ticket to the Chicago Travel and Adventure Show

Want a free ticket to the Chicago Travel & Adventure Show? Sign up below and we’ll send you a code for a free ticket! You’ll also get Wanderlust Weekly, featuring travel tips and inspiration to fuel your wanderlust.

There will be a limited number of free tickets and the code will be provided first come-first served. If none are available, you’ll receive a special code for a discount.

Make the first stop on your next vacation the Chicago Travel & Adventure Show – January 14 and 15, 2023, at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center.

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