Traffic Club of Chicago Hosts Annual Dinner May 1

Tickets going fast for 2024 event and golf outing

CHICAGO—April 9, 2024 (James Street Media Services)—A rich legacy of transportation excellence will be celebrated as the Traffic Club of Chicago (TCC) hosts its 116th Annual Dinner on Wednesday, May 1.

"Since 1907, the Traffic Club of Chicago has represented businesses and individuals in transportation, distribution and logistics," said TCC President Matthew DiPilato. "Our annual dinner brings together people from some of the largest supply chain companies in North America with the goal of moving our industry through the next century—and preparing for the challenges ahead."

In addition to the dinner program, attendees will have the opportunity to network with executives and representatives from top companies—including Class 1 railroads, airlines, freight carriers, shippers, and third-party logistics companies. Many who attend plan high-level meetings around the dinner and golf outing schedule.

The event’s head table is a signature part of the Annual Dinner, featuring a who’s-who of C-level logistics and supply chain executives. Seating is reserved for top-level sponsors and other dignitaries. There is a special reception for head table guests prior to the dinner.

The evening’s featured speaker is Tyler Fischer, an actor, stand-up comedian, and viral content creator based in New York City. He was named “The Best New Impressionist” by the New York Times and “NY’s Funniest Comedian” at the NY Comedy Festival. He has appeared on Last Week Tonight with John Oliver and The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.

DiPilato is one of the youngest presidents in TCC history, but his personal history goes back to the days when his legendary grandfather George Baima, of Central States Trucking, was part of the club's leadership team.

"As president today, I want to bridge the gap between the legacy group that included my grandfather to the next generation of TCC leadership," said DiPilato. "Past generations built such a great club, and we have an excellent core of new members that are dedicated to keeping the club growing." 

The reception and dinner will be held May 1 from 6–10 p.m. at the Sheraton Grand Chicago Riverwalk in downtown Chicago, with an after party from 10 p.m. to midnight. The club’s annual golf outing will be held the day before on Tuesday, April 30 at the Cog Hill Golf Club in suburban Lemont.

Sponsorship & advertising opportunities

Sign up for an annual dinner sponsorship today to secure your company a seat at the head table.

The Traffic Club is now accepting sponsorship and advertising applications. All companies sponsoring the dinner at the $1,500 level or above will secure a seat at the head table for a senior executive from their company. Act quickly—head table seating is only guaranteed until capacity is reached.

Head table guests will enjoy an exclusive Networking Cocktail Hour before the event and will be announced upon entry to the annual dinner. Sponsors will also be recognized on signage for the event, the Waybill newsletter, and event mailings.

Proceeds from the annual dinner and golf outing are used to fund the Traffic Club of Chicago Scholarship Program, which distributes more than $25,000 in scholarships each year. To make this year’s event a success, please consider becoming an event sponsor or advertiser.













April 30 Golf Outing
•    Members, Guests & Non-Members $150
•    Includes breakfast, greens fees, golf carts, course contests, and networking BBQ after golf with open bar
•    Cog Hill Golf Club
     12294 Archer Ave., Lemont, IL
     Shotgun start 9:00 a.m. to 2 p.m.

May 1 Dinner
•    Members & Guests $250
     Non-Members $300
     No cancellations after noon, Friday, April 19, 2024
•    Sheraton Grand Chicago Riverwalk
     301 East North Water St., Chicago, IL
•    6:00 p.m.—Reception
     7:30 p.m.—Dinner
    10 p.m.—After party

The April 29 deadline to register is quickly approaching. Advance reservations are required for all the events, and can be made by the following methods:
•    Phone (312) 893-9976
•    Email Traffic Club staff
•    Online registration

About The Traffic Club of Chicago
The Traffic Club of Chicago, founded in 1907, is one of the nation's oldest transportation associations. The Club is dedicated to maintaining the highest standards of the transportation and logistics industry, keeping its members abreast of industry happenings, while at the same time assuming a responsible role in civic, cultural, and charitable activities in the Chicago area. An annual schedule of programs and events provides opportunities to network with industry professionals. A scholarship program supports the organization's philosophy of direction and guidance. More information can be found at and

Bill Fahrenwald
James Street Associates