Meet the Team

Michael O’Connor Owner

Michael literally grew up in the DMC business. Chicago Is… has always been a family-owned business, and Michael takes pride in his expertise in all aspects of the special events and meetings industry.  With over 17 years of experience with Chicago Is…, Michael has produced dozens of special events and handled numerous large-scale transportation programs. As the owner and manager of the company, Michael supervises the whole team to ensure that quality service is delivered to our valued clients.

Katherine Kirk Account Manager

Katherine brings creativity, enthusiasm and an unyielding attention to detail to every program that she manages. Katherine is no stranger to the DMC business. Prior to joining the Chicago Is… team, Katherine honed her skills in event management as an account manager for a prominent destination management company in Arizona. Katherine enjoys sharing with her clients all that Chicago has to offer, from its rich history to its thriving restaurant scene and nightlife.

Katie Arden Tour Program Coordinator

As a 12-year veteran of Chicago Is…, Katie has managed countless successful tour programs. From small VIP tours, to large-scale programs for citywide conventions, Katie is an expert at organizing the logistical operations of tour programs. As a Chicago native, Katie is passionate about researching new and exciting tour opportunities in and around Downtown Chicago. When not organizing tours for Chicago Is…, Katie is kept very busy with the day-to-day operations of taking care of her 7-year-old twin boys.

Colleen Ryan Transportation Manager

Colleen brings over 10 years of experience in the transportation arena to the Chicago Is… Team. Colleen’s exceptional service and impeccable attention to detail make every program – whether an airport meet and greet or citywide shuttle – smooth and seamless from start to finish. Colleen is an expert in all areas of transportation in and around Chicago, and she thrives by taking on any challenge that comes her way.