Chicago Travel & Adventure Show is worth the trip

Sun. February 20, 2022 12:00 AM
by Jerry Nunn

The Chicago Travel & Adventure Show made a bold return to Rosemont, Illinois on February 19 and 20, 2022. This was the 17th edition of the expo that promotes tourism and vacations with agencies brought together under one roof from around the world. 

For two days, the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center was full of booths full of information and swag for ticketholders to explore and enjoy. Raffles and photograph opportunities were in every corner of the large room as people strolled along each carefully curated area. 

Regions that were in the same general vicinity were stationed together for a strong visual impact. 

Representatives from destinations both large and small were on hand to give guests information on the various locations. Visitors from the tourism boards of Oklahoma and Pigeon Forge, Tennessee took this Nunn back to his roots. 

Asia, Africa and Mexico were all well represented by costumed entertainers and brilliant displays. 

Timed segments ran throughout each day on large stages with travel gurus speaking about their accomplishments in other countries such as Pauline Frommer, Peter Greenberg and Andrew McCarthy.

Some may know McCarthy from his acting career as his first movie Class was originally filmed in Illinois. During his time on the microphone, he spoke of the difference between traveling and vacationing explaining that travel can be a lot of work. McCarthy signed his book The Longest Way Home: One Man's Quest for the Courage to Settle Down after showing videos to the crowd of past exploits during his presentation. 

The camel from the past show was nowhere to be found in 2022 and the snorkeling opportunities in a swimming pool were pulled because of pandemic logistics, but many of the vendors returned from past years. Traveling is more challenging than ever in current times, but many of these companies have found ways to help tourists along their path. 

This gathering of knowledgeable reps from around the globe once again gave locals plenty to think about while creating a fun, interactive environment in the convention center. Visit for more information on this traveling exhibition in the future.