Sunday, January 6, 2019



Programming Includes Introduction to Wellness Travel, Top Travel Celebrity Discussions, Demonstrations from Master Chefs and Cultural Dance Performances 

**Admission for children age 16 and under is free!** 

Here at ChiIL Mama and ChiIL Live Shows, we love to travel. So, for years we've been making one of our first destinations of the year the CHICAGO TRAVEL AND ADVENTURE SHOW, slated for Jan.12-13th, 2019. 

This show is a great opportunity to score amazing travel deals, meet industry celebs, pick up travel tips and tricks, and stock up on loads of reusable bags. 

Best of all, kids under 17 are free! Come check it out and start making some of your new years travel resolutions a reality. 

The Chicago Travel & Adventure Show, scheduled to return to the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center (5555 N. River Rd., Rosemont) Jan. 12-13, is thrilled to announce its full program for 2019. The program includes a variety of brand new interactive experiences, celebrity speakers and first-time exhibitors that will be sure to elevate and expand the range of opportunities available for the 15th Annual Chicago Travel & Adventure Show.

The Chicago Travel & Adventure Show provides its visitors with the ultimate destination to find, plan and book their next vacation. Thousands of destinations will be represented for guests to explore, with free on-site experiences including a scuba diving pool, camel rides, master chef demonstrations and more. Some of the world’s top travel experts and celebrities including Samantha Brown, Pauline Frommer and Rick Steves will be present to answer questions on all things travel. You can also interact one on one with many of these celebrities at the show!

“Part of what makes this show so engaging every year is the broad variety of cultural experience and expertise that come together in one room,” said Travel & Adventure Show CEO John Golicz. “Whether it is a travel icon, master chef or unique travel destination, we want to welcome both old and new faces to the Chicago Travel and Adventure Show this year.”

AAA is the official Travel Agency Partner for the 2019 Chicago Travel & Adventure Show. The event’s Major Sponsor is MSC Cruises, while Supporting Sponsor Rick Steves’ Europe joins the Official Cruise Sponsor Celebrity Cruises, Contributing Sponsor Cruise Planners and Featured Destination Arizona Tourism.

The Chicago Travel & Adventure Show will run from Saturday, Jan. 12 to Sunday, Jan. 13 with timing as follows:

Saturday, January 12 
9:15 a.m. special media tour
9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. for media and travel professionals.
10 a.m. – 5 p.m. for the general public

Sunday, January 13 
11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Attendees can (for a limited time) purchase tickets online now for the discounted rate with promo code: CHPR19:
Single day: $11
Two day: $18

On-site tickets can be purchased with cash only at the rate of:
Single day: $15
Two day: $22

The Chicago Travel & Adventure Show has 75 first-time exhibitors this year that bring an even greater range of travel options for attendees. Some of the new exhibitors include MSC Cruises, Amazing Tanzania, Safari Legacy, China Adventure Tours, Best of Costa Rica, Balmoral Resort Orlando, Gosheni Safaris, Palau Visitors Authority, Visit Tucson, JorAfrica and many more.

The Chicago Travel & Adventure Show will host a variety of experiences at its four educational and inspirational theaters throughout the two-day event. A selection of the various experiences are below. For the full schedule of panels, performances and demonstrations click here.

Travel Theater
Guests learn the newest trends, hottest tips, and most reliable tools from some of the world’s top travel experts. This year’s celebrity travel speakers include:

Rick Steves | Writer and Host, Rick Steves Europe and Travel with Rick Steves
European Travel Skills
Saturday, January 12
10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Samantha Brown | Host, Places to Love with Samantha Brown (PBS)
Travel Smart: Lessons Learned from a Life Lived on the Road
Saturday, January 12
12:45 – 1:45 p.m.

Pauline Frommer | Editorial Director, Frommer’s Guides
Spend Less, See More: Strategies for Creating Dream Vacations in ALL Price Ranges
Saturday, January 12
2:15 – 3:15 p.m.

Destination Theater
From where to go and when to go, to what to do and how to get there, destination experts give visitors the in-depth information needed to travel like a local.

James McBride | Business Development Manager, Princess Cruises
Alaska 2019 Explore the Great Land with Princess Cruises
Saturday, January 12
10:15 – 10:45 a.m.

Robert Stieve | Editor in Chief, Arizona Highways Magazine
The Ultimate Arizona Road Trip
Saturday, January 12
11:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

Bonnie Levengood | Senior Vice President of Marketing, MSC Cruises USA
Discover the Best of the Caribbean with MSC Cruises
Saturday, January 12
12:30 – 1:00 p.m.

Alex Pinelo | VP of  National Accounts, AmaWaterways River Cruises
Let’s Get Away...with AAA Travel
Saturday, January 12
2:00 – 2:30 p.m.

Savvy Traveler Theater
Showcasing travel tips, tricks and actionable advice, you’ll learn how to travel like a pro straight from the experts. Topics include packing tips, technology skills, travel safety methods, budget travel hacks, etc.

Angel Castellanos | World Travel Expert,
The Ultimate Packing & Travel Tips for the Best Trip of Your Life
Saturday, January 12
12:15 – 1:00 p.m.

Patricia Schultz | Bestselling Author of “1,000 Places to See Before You Die”
European River Cruises
Saturday, January 12
1:15 – 2:00 p.m.

Global Beats Stage
Visitors are invited to watch and participate in performances representing several destinations from around the world (right on the show floor.) The interactive performances rotate throughout the day and provide a sneak peek into a diverse range of customs and cultures. Highlights include:

Nordic Folk Dances
Saturday, January 12 at 11:00 a.m.
Sunday, January 13 at 1:30 p.m.

Thai Cultural Performance
Saturday, January 12 at 1:00 p.m.
Sunday, January 13 at 3:15 p.m.

Bharatanatyam - Classical Indian Dance
Saturday, January 12 at 2:30 p.m.

In addition to the plethora of on-stage experiences, the Chicago Travel and Adventure Show’s exhibitors are offering a range of luxurious vacation giveaways available to visitors. 

Giveaway items include:

Peru Explorer vacation for two from AAA Travel and CostSaver
A three-day, two-night stay at the oceanfront Holiday Inn Resort provided by Daytona Beach Area CVB
A cruise provided by Cruise Planners
$10,000 Dream Home Makeover courtesy of Elite Remodeling Group
Free roundtrip flight from Oakland, CA or Boston, MA to the Azores or Lisbon
A two-week trip for two to Columbia courtesy of Tucan Travel

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 Boston, Washington, D.C., Chicago, San Francisco/Bay Area, Los Angeles, San Diego, Denver, Philadelphia and Dallas.

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