Become a Sponsor

Reach a $10.3 Billion Audience: Market to Chicagoland Associations

As a supplier of goods and services that are essential to associations, your company can benefit from sponsorship and advertising opportunities that allow direct access and visibility to more than 1,600 associations headquartered Chicagoland.

Our Market

Real ROI: Why You Should Market to Chicago Associations

1. Chicago is the nation’s second largest association community, and

  • Is the No. 1 health care association market, with more medical associations and professional societies than any other city in the United States.
  • Is the homebase for more than 1,600 membership organizations, 80 percent of which are national or international in scope.
  • Serves more than 37 million members and 9 million donors, worldwide.
  • Employs more than 47,000 association professionals.
  • Attracts more than 2 million people to association-sponsored events.

2. Chicago associations spend big bucks.

Chicago associations aren’t just comprised of association professionals. They’re also consumers. In fact, Chicagoland associations:

  • Have combined budgets of more than $10 billion.
  • Control more than $2 billion in meetings and convention expenditures.
  • Spend more than $500 million a year to print and publish magazines, newsletters, brochures and other materials.
  • Spend around $294 million on IT/web services, $79 million on legal services, $41 million on accounting and $21 million on lobbying.

3. Chicago associations are actively looking for suppliers.

As the association for associations in Chicago, Association Forum knows firsthand that its members are always looking for quality vendors and suppliers. Moreover, they use connections made during Association Forum events and information found in publications and the online Buyer’s Guide to do their shopping. Be seen by your customers through sponsorship and advertising with Association Forum. 

Contact Phyllis Scott, Manager, Business Development at (312) 924-7033 for Sponsorship Opportunities.

Year-Round

Stay Top of Mind with Association Forum Members Year-Round 

Association Forum members don’t just work for associations — they also buy for them. Find out how to connect with key decision-makers as a sponsor of more than 100 educational programs, meetings and events that are hosted annually by the Association Forum.

Our team will work with your organization to understand its exact marketing goals and objectives and customize a year-round program that will provide your organization access and visibility to Association Forum members.

To learn more, please contact Phyllis Scott (312) 924-7033 or scott@associationforum.org.

Advertising

Eight Advertising Options, Infinite Opportunity

Turn contacts into clients. Give your business, destination or meeting place direct access to Chicago’s association decision makers with the Association Forum’s print and electronic advertising opportunities. There are dozens of opportunities to build your brand. For more information and to download the media kit, click here.

To learn more, please contact Jamie Williams (352) 333-3393 or jwilliams@naylor.com.

Holiday Showcase

Showcase Your Destination, Property or Products and Services to an Audience of 1,400 Qualified Buyers

Holiday Showcase® is widely considered the industry's best and most highly attended one-day exhibition for Chicago's mutli-billion dollar meetings and events market. With more than 1,400 qualified buyers in attendance, Holiday Showcase is the must-attend conference and exposition for key decision-makers across all areas of association and meetings management. Likewise, the bustling and buzzing trade show floor brings together hundreds of hospitality and business service suppliers who are ready to help you shake up your meetings.

For information on exhibiting at Holiday Showcase 2017, please contact: Business Development at 312-924-7033 or businessdev@associationforum.org