ICYMI: Choose Chicago Highlights Democratic National Convention’s Expected Economic Impact

With just over a month until the start of the 2024 Democratic National Convention, Choose Chicago Interim President and CEO Rich Gamble joined CBS Chicago to discuss the positive economic impact that the convention is expected to bring to the city.

The Democratic National Convention Committee (DNCC) is working alongside the 2024 Chicago Host Committee to ensure that the 2024 Democratic National Convention’s lasting and positive economic impact is felt all across the Chicagoland area. Our goal is to use the convention not only to showcase Chicago but also to uplift the working people who will make it a success. READ HERE

WBBM-TV (CBS Chicago): Chicago tourism officials anticipate economic boost from DNC, other events this summer

The Democratic National Convention is a little more than a month away—on the heels of a number of big events in Chicago this year and this summer.

While 50,000 people from across the country and the world are expected to flock to Chicago in August for the DNC at the United Center, Chicago tourism officials said that is not the number that will make the biggest difference for the city.


The DNC is expected to bring about 50,000 visitors to Chicago—the size of a typical convention in the city.

“You’ll see lots of red, white, and blue,” Gamble said. “You’ll see lots of DNC information and logos.”


“We’ll have about 15,000 national and international media, so it is an opportunity to put Chicago on a global stage,” Gamble said. “The international interest and the national interest and attention—that’s what makes the DNC really special.”


“Previous DNCs have had roughly $150 million economic impact on the whole city, so we’re at least expecting that,” Gamble said.


“What Chicago is all about—how we come together, we partner to put our best foot forward” is what tourism officials hope to showcase, said Gamble.