Wednesday, February 21, 2018


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The Chicago Travel & Adventure Show


Here at ChiIL Mama, it was our pleasure to cover The Chicago Travel & Adventure Show once again this year and to give away pairs of tickets to 10 of our readers as well. More than 250 exhibitors from across the globe were present in 2018, along with exciting programming including an array of expert speakers on the Travel, Destination and Savvy Traveler Theaters, the Taste of Travel Stage and the Global Beats Stage.

Disclosure: Thanks to CHICAGO TRAVEL & ADVENTURE SHOW for providing us with tickets for our giveaway and review purposes. As always, all opinions, photos and adventures are my own.

A highlight for me was the media preview of the show Saturday morning, including a tour and a brief meet and greet with some of the speakers including Pauline Frommer, Editorial Director of the Frommer Guides and Angel Castellanos, editor of 

ChiIL Mama's Adventures at the Chicago Travel & Adventure Show. Show overview for media video. Keep watching for Pauline Frommer's excellent advice, tips from speakers & the scoop on the wellness travel industry.

Enjoy ChiIL Mama's Full Photo Recap In The Slideshow Here
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AAA Travel was the Official Travel Agency Partner with an expanded presence including more travel partners, show specials and booking discounts than ever before! FL Keys & Key West and Rick Steves’ Europe rounded out the list, all with exciting travel options.

Expert Travel Theater speakers this year included Rick Steves, Host of Rick Steves Europe and Travel with Rick Steves, Europe Through the Back Door; Samantha Brown, Host of the new PBS show Samantha Brown’s Places to Love; Pauline Frommer, Editorial Director of the Frommer Guides, Angel Castellanos, editor of


ChiIL Mama enjoys ChiILin' at Lake Geneva in real life too.

Anyone looking to find, plan and book their next vacation will find thousands of options to explore, destination experts to help them get there and tens of thousands of dollars in savings at the 14th annual Chicago Travel & Adventure Show.

Taking place February 10-11 at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center (5555 N. River Rd., Rosemont) travel enthusiasts will have the opportunity to meet face-to-face with well-known travel experts from around the world who are on-hand to help attendees dream, personalize and book their next trip. Also included in the price of admission is access to dozens of inspirational, educational and culturally focused sessions on five stages located right on the show floor, along with hands-on activities for the whole family.

The new Wellness Travel Experience pavilion will highlight health-focused travel suppliers, products, and services showcasing the latest trends and news in this growing travel segment. The program will also include educational stage presentations on both days of each show hosted by wellness travel expert Anne Dimon. Specific vendors and additional speakers will be announced at a future date.

Another highlight of the Chicago Travel & Adventure Show is the opportunity to meet and gain inspiration from the world’s top travel experts and celebrities as they present seminars and answer questions over the two-day event. 

Speaking on the Travel Theater are:
PBS’ “Places To Love” (and former Travel Channel) Host Samantha Brown
Frommer’s Travel Guides’ Executive Editor and syndicated radio personality Pauline Frommer, and  “Rick Steves’ Europe” CEO Rick Steves

At the Savvy Traveler Theater, visitors will interact with travel experts on subjects ranging from packing and travel technology, to maximizing credit card reward points and travel safety tips and plan in an unpredictable world.

At the Destination Theater, travelers will receive destination-specific information from local experts containing information on when to go, how to get there, what to see and local, off-the-beaten-path attractions from destinations such as Australia, Maui and Canada.

The Taste of Travel Theater highlights top chefs who present live cooking demonstrations right on the show floor. Featuring cuisines from around the world, guests will have the opportunity to taste samples and get a full cultural experience in a stadium-seating styled theater.

At the Global Beats Stage, attendees can feel the beat and experience the rhythm of cultural dances and musical performances during more than 20 presentations throughout the weekend.

Attending the Chicago Travel & Adventure Show is an adventure in-and-of-itself and presents hands-on activities suitable for the whole family. Guests can get their picture taken in their favorite destination at the Green Screen experience, scuba dive in a dive pool and ride a live camel, all under one roof. Guests will also have a chance to participate in an unprecedented give-away of a week-long vacation for two in an exotic locale, hosted by returning sponsor AAA.

“For the 14th iteration of the Chicago Travel & Adventure Show, we have worked tirelessly to offer both travel professionals and the public with the best information on current and exciting travel opportunities and trends from around the world,” said John Golicz, CEO of the Travel and Adventure Show. “This year’s show will be our biggest yet. Our efforts could not be realized without the help of our sponsors: AAA, Oklahoma,, and Rick Steves’ Europe.”
For event information, visit

About Unicomm, LLC and the Travel & Adventure Show Series 
UNICOMM LLC is an independent business-to-business communications company specializing in originating and managing world-class trade shows and conferences. Unicomm’s properties include the nation’s largest and longest running series of travel events, the Travel & Adventure Show in Washington, D.C., Chicago, San Francisco/Bay Area, Los Angeles, San Diego, Denver, Philadelphia and Dallas.

For more information on attending or exhibiting at future events, please visit

About Samantha Brown

Samantha Brown is an American television host, notable for her work as the host of several Travel Channel shows including “Girl Meets Hawaii,” “Great Vacation Homes,” “Great Hotels,” “Passport to Europe,” “Passport to Latin America,” “Great Weekends,” “Green Getaways,” “Passport to China,” and “Samantha Brown’s Asia.” Brown will be continuing her career in travel with an upcoming travel show that will air on PBS beginning in 2018.

About Pauline Frommer

Pauline Frommer, award-winning writer and daughter of “Frommer’s” travel guide founder Arthur Frommer, is a leading travel writer whose books including “Pauline Frommer’s London” and “Pauline Frommer’s New York” have received multiple awards including “Best Guidebook of the Year” by the North American Travel Journalists Association.

About Rick Steves

Rick Steves is an American travel writer, author, activist and television personality. He is well-known as the host of the PBS travel documentary series “Rick Steves’ Europe.” Steves also has a public radio travel show called “Travel with Rick Steves” and has authored numerous travel guides.

About Anne Dimon

Founder & CEO of Travel To Wellness, Anne Dimon is a wellness travel consultant, industry journalist, and member of the Board of Directors of the new Wellness Tourism Association. A recognized wellness travel expert, Anne is often asked to speak on the topic, plus has hosted webinars for The Travel Institute’s travel advisors’ Well-Being Certification program. In 2016, she helped Virtuoso launch a Wellness Travel Community, and is currently working as Program Director Wellness for the Travel & Adventure Show.

Disclosure: Thanks to CHICAGO TRAVEL & ADVENTURE SHOW for providing us with tickets for our giveaway and review purposes. As always, all opinions, photos and adventures are my own.

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