This will generate more VP buzz.

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell is bathed in red, white and blue stage lighting as he addresses the Conservative Political Action Conference Feb. 10. (J. Scott Applewhite — Associated Press)

McDonnell spoke at the annual CPAC national event in the District earlier this year. That is billed as the largest gathering of conservative leaders and activists.

CPAC Chicago — the first of two regional events this year — is designed “to take the fight for the future of America directly to President Barack Obama’s backyard,” according to a news release from the group.

Others who are expected to attend are: Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.), New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, and former GOP presidential candidates Herman Cain and Rick Santorum.

“Governor McDonnell has shown the stark contrast between small government, conservative solutions and expansive, liberal policies in the Commonwealth of Virginia,’’ American Conservative Union Chairman Al Cardenas said in a statement. “While other states around our nation’s capital raise taxes, Governor McDonnell has helped Virginia rein in its out of control spending and developed a host of new projects to improve Virginia’s standard of living while giving them a leaner, more effective government.’’