Chicago is getting set to welcome visitors from around the world for IPW 2025. Authorities from both the city and the state of Illinois launched the official presentation at the closing day of IPW 2024 in Los Angeles, in the USA.

According to Kenya Merritt, Deputy Mayor for Business, Economic and Neighbourhood Development, Chicago, a city that warmly embraces diversity and inclusivity, beckons with open arms to over 50 million visitors every year. Regardless of race, religion, gender, or orientation, everyone can find their place in the vibrant mosaic of cultures that define this metropolis. 

“It's this inclusive spirit that sets Chicago apart, making it feel like home to all who step foot in its neighbourhoods,” she added. Spread across 77 unique neighbourhoods, Chicago offers a diverse tapestry of experiences waiting to be explored.

From the iconic Michigan Avenue to the tranquil shores of the Chicago River, the city's environment plays a crucial role in shaping its character. But it's the Midwestern hospitality, ingrained in the spirit of Chicagoans, that truly makes the city come alive.

In the face of adversity, Chicagoans have always risen to the occasion, pioneering accessibility and innovation. This commitment to progress ensures that the city remains accessible and enjoyable for people from all walks of life.

Visitors stepping into Chicago are greeted with a sense of rising optimism and a willingness to embrace innovation, especially during the vibrant summer months. Chicago's summer is a time when the entire city bursts with energy and activity.

From the renowned Taste of Chicago to the electrifying displays of the Chicago Air and Water Show, the calendar is packed with events celebrating the city's rich cultural heritage. Jazz, blues, and house music festivals fill the streets with rhythm and soul, while culinary delights tantalize taste buds at every turn.

It's a season of revelry and celebration, a time when every neighbourhood pulsates with life. Beyond Chicago's borders, the state of Illinois offers a wealth of experiences waiting to be discovered.

From the historic charm of Springfield, home to President Abraham Lincoln, to the natural beauty of Shawnee National Forest, Illinois is a treasure trove of attractions. And let's not forget the thrill of baseball season, a beloved pastime cherished by locals and visitors alike.

“As we eagerly anticipate the year ahead, there's a sense of excitement in the air,” said Illinois Lieutenant Governor Juliana Stratton. 

“Whether you're immersing yourself in the music scene, savouring craft beers at local breweries, or embarking on scenic drives along the Great River Road, Illinois promises endless opportunities for adventure and discovery. So, as we offer a glimpse of what awaits in Chicago next year, we extend a warm invitation to experience a world-class city that celebrates diversity and embraces all who come its way.

“Welcome to Chicago, where the possibilities are as boundless as the horizon”, she went on to say.