TINLEY PARK, Ill.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Dragging a cooler full of food on dry ice through airports, in cabs and in car trunks is onerous. Professional and amateur bodybuilders took this difficulty in stride, but that was before Tim Gardner of the IFBB Wings of Strength Chicago Pro-Am NPC Tim Gardner Chicago Extravaganza discovered the Tinley Park Convention Center.
"The staff at the Convention Center cooks custom menu items that are designed by myself and executed by their chef. It is exactly what my athletes require, with no inconvenience," stated Gardner.
Athletes arrive at the Center days before the competition, this year July 4 and 5, and stay for several days afterwards, enjoying the entire Center campus and region. "Our athletes are flying in from Europe, Asia, South and North America, even Africa. They need several days to adjust to air pressure changes and water changes, and to rest and relax adequately."
"When we get to the Center, everything is under one roof. The Holiday Inn hotel is attached, with a full restaurant and bar, and all our athletes stay here. Instead of trying to find transportation across town, they can settle in at the facility for a few days before, then take the elevator down and walk a few steps to the auditorium for the event."
Gardner finds the Center is very well-suited for the Extravaganza. "There is room for all our exhibitors, our vendors, the competition stage, dressing rooms, and storage. We're all together in one large ballroom, but we're not on top of each other. "
Most important, however, is the quality and special preparation of the athletes' food. No salt, oil or butter is used and the highest-quality beef, chicken, eggs, brown rice, oatmeal and more are cooked to Gardner's exact specifications. "The Center is willing to do what's necessary."
Because the Center is just 30 minutes southwest of Chicago, after the Extravaganza athletes extend their stay. "Many of our international athletes may never be in Chicago again, so they visit Navy Pier, Chinatown and other attractions."
Gardner confirmed, "This will be the Extravaganza's home for many years; we will stay in Tinley Park. They have bent over backwards for us."