A groundbreaking ceremony was held on April 13, 2010 for the expansion of the Tinley Park Convention Center in Tinley Park, Illinois. This is the only full-service Convention Center in the south and southwest suburbs of Metro Chicago.
Despite a severe national economic recession, the Village of Tinley Park (population 61,000) was able to plan, finance, and begin development of this major convention center expansion. At a time when very few groundbreakings are occurring, this success story is a testament to the careful planning, fiscal prudence, and leadership demonstrated by the Village of Tinley Park and its officials. The project also signifies the Village’s long-term commitment to the success of their convention and tourism industry.
The state-of-the-art expansion will include 22,000 square feet of additional, clear-span, exhibit space, bringing the total to approximately 58,200 square feet. The expansion will also include an additional 7,100 square feet of meeting space, which will be part of an extensive block of 20 break-out meeting rooms. An additional 450 complimentary parking spaces will be added, bringing the total parking capacity to 1,400 spaces. The expansion is expected to be completed by mid-2011.
HVS provided the feasibility study for the expansion of the convention center, as well as development advisory services and an operational review of the jointly managed hotel and convention center.
We congratulate Mayor Ed Zabrocki, the Board of Trustees, and the proud citizens of the Village of Tinley Park on this impressive accomplishment! For more information on the Tinley Park Convention Center, visit the website www.TinleyPark.org.