GMS DMC Chicago

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For almost twenty years, GMS (Global Management Services) has been a full service destination company. Our clients receive a complete picture of the destination, helping you avoid the time consuming and hit and miss process of interviewing potential suppliers and vendors on your own. Each GMS multinational team member is a local expert and cultured in international customs. We have the expertise and experience working with the best suppliers, hotels, restaurants, and other venues at each location. We know the shortcuts and city issues to ensure smooth transportation in Chicago. A warm welcome to Chicago on behalf of all of us at GMS.

Short Bio Hanson Ansary

I am the President and CEO of Global Management Services (GMS), a position I have held since 2002. I have  20 years of senior management background, including extensive international experience. I am the Chairman, President /Director of several national and/or international associations and organizations, including the International Society of Group Travel Professionals (ISGTP).  I am a biographee in most Who's Who publications including Who's Who in America and a member of many industry associations. When not burning the midnight oil at the office, I'm a big fan of cinema. I even was an amateur movie critic at some point it time!

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GMS Global Management Services
One N LaSalle St Suite 1700
Chicago, IL 60602
Phone: + 1 312.332.1919

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Testimonial GMS

"We have used GMS for a number of years for various travel incentive programs in the US. GMS are always professional, polite and friendly, and one is never afraid to ask them another question or amendment to programs. They are an absolute pleasure to work with, and certainly make my task as an Events and Travel Coordinator much easier."

Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa

What makes Chicago a great destination

 Why Chicago

My kind of town, Chicago is... Frank Sinatra sure liked his cities and he had excellent taste, there really is no place like Chicago

It's here that the first skyscraper in the USA was built in 1884. Nowadays, skyscrapers overlook sandy beaches and Lake Michigan. Green parks flank bustling shopping districts, and distinct neighborhoods thrive with diversity and where culture abounds.

This unique mix of global attractions and local charm makes visiting Chicago an unforgettable experience.

The third largest city in the United States is flanked by the beautiful Lake Michigan and contains three of the worlds tallest buildings. Shop along the Magnificent Mile and have access to over 460 retail stores or visit Chicago's lakefront playground, the historical Navy Pier to enjoy food, ride rides, and enjoy the spectacular views of the skyline – rated "the best skyline in America" by Travel and Leisure.

We would love to put together a program in Chicago for you and your clients, based on our tremendous experience and knowledge of our wonderful city.

Incentive program ideas

Program idea Chicago

Chicago, no place like it. We have put together some sizzling activities.  Please have a look at the below activities for a great incentive program. Just let us know what you have in mind at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we will turn it into reality!

Day 1 - Arrival Chicago

After arriving in Chicago at your chosen hotel, the group will have some time to relax and have free time.
For Dinner, the group will be transported to Carnivale Restaurant. This restaurant is the full experience where they will have a private dinner in one of the unique spaces that the restaurant has. All of these spaces are decorated in Carnivale décor featuring bright colors and photography. Here guests will listen to Latin music, smell savory aromas and enjoy luxurious comfort. They can relax with a muddled cocktail, a snifter of aged tequila, or choose a wine from Mendoza or Napa Valley. Your group will savor in Nuevo Latino cuisine from Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Cuba, Peru, and Puerto Rico.

Day 2 - Tours and Boat Cruise in Chicago

Once everyone has enjoyed breakfast at the hotel, the group will  be transferred in a 14 passenger limo van for their choice of a Gold Coast and Old Town Walking Food Tour throughout the city. The food tour visits seven Chicago food tasting locations within the epicurean hot-spot Near North area. Mouth-watering food samplings, enough for a hearty lunch, are served from "mom and pop" specialty food stores and one-of-a-kind ethnic eateries.

After the  tour, they will be transferred back to the hotel for some time to relax before a dinner cruise on the Odyssey. Before dinner, they will board a Double-decker bus to travel to Navy Pier for a dinner cruise! Every Wednesday during the summer, the city of Chicago has a fireworks show on the lakefront, and the group will have the chance to see this up-close while on a Dinner Cruise aboard the Odyssey. The Odyssey features the most fantastic fusion of dining, entertainment, and sightseeing. Odyssey's Executive Chef has prepared a distinctive menu for each cruise. Aboard this special cruise, guests will experience gracious service, DJ entertainment, and the most breathtaking views of the Chicago skyline.

Day 3

After breakfast, the group will have the gangster tour.

Gangster Tour
Guests will experience Chicago as it was during the 20s and 30s and see old gangster hotspots and hit spots! They will also hear historically accurate accounts of the exploits of Capone, Moran, Dillinger and the rest. They will fee the excitement of jazz-age Chicago during the era of the Prohibition and enjoy a journey into the past as they cruise the city in search of the old hoodlum haunts, brothels, gambling dens and sites of gangland shootouts

Before dinner, the group will board a private Trolley bus to take them around the city and drop them off at the Willis Tower for dinner. This trolley has music and the group can enjoy alcoholic beverages will seeing the sights.
For dinner, the group will be mesmerized by a breathtaking view and amazing food at a private dinner at the Skydeck in the Willis Tower.

The Willis Tower is one of the tallest in the world, and the group will be dining on the 99th floor with 360 degree view of up to 4 surrounding states. They will also have VIP access to the world renowned LEDGES on the 103rd floor Skydeck. As they enjoy food and drinks they will realize this is an experience and event that they will never forget!

 Day 4

 Morning at leisure or optional activities


More about our company

More about GMS

GMS is part of the Maxxus Group. We have two divisions, one as a Destination Management Company and one for Events. Our GMS Events has an excellent reputation and specialises in event planning. We work with  clients of which many are Fortune-500 companies. We also have a  Destination Management Company.
Alongside our event planning services, we are also a DMC serving different cities in the USA and Canada where we have different offices throughout.

Travel facts USA

General travel information Chicago

Currency US dollar
Language English
Local time Chicago GMT (London) - 5 hours
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+31 570 605831
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