McCormick Place – Exhibitor Overview
McCormick Place is located at 2301 S King Drive just outside of downtown Chicago and along the shore of Lake Michigan. It’s the largest convention center in North America with 2.6 million square feet of exhibit space. The convention center is comprised of four interconnected buildings and a single indoor arena.
Throughout its interior, McCormick Place contains:
- 173 meeting rooms offering 600,000 square feet of space
- 4 ballrooms ranging from 21,000 to 100,000 square feet
- Assembly seating for 18,000 people
- 4,192 seat theater (Arie Crown)
- 3 theaters seating 300 each
- Ceiling heights up to 50 feet
- Easy access and 6,000 parking spaces
The largest events held at McCormick Place are the Chicago Auto Show, the Inspired Home Show, the National Restaurant Association Show, and IMTS.
The facility, which opened in 1960 and was named after Robert R. McCormick, hosts thousands of events with more than 3 million visitors each year. Much of the original historical architecture was destroyed by a 1967 fire, and the rebuilt facility has undergone numerous renovations and additions in the past five decades.
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Traveling to McCormick Place
Today, the McCormick Place campus is accessible via multiple electric railway lines and several bus routes with the four buildings (North, South, West and Lakeside Center) connected by pedestrian promenades and sky bridges.
If you’re coming in from out of state or outside the US, the O’Hare International Airport is between 20 to 35 miles from the convention center, depending on your route. In typical Chicago traffic, you can expect this ride to take about one hour. The other major airport, Midway International Airport, is approximately 10 miles from McCormick Place, and this trip takes about 30 minutes. As in most major cities, taxis, Ubers, Lyfts, and other ride-share services are also available.
There is a wide variety of hotels, Airbnb lodgings and other accommodations within comfortable walking distance to the center, but for drivers, McCormick Place is surrounded by dozens of paid public parking lots, too.
The Condit Advantage at McCormick Place
Save on shipping, storage, and show support! Condit’s South Holland, Illinois office is just over 20 miles from the McCormick Place, making logistics and warehousing an absolute breeze. Plus, our labor team and on-site supervisors are all local – no flights or hotels needed. Check the map!
- Local Expertise
If the cost savings aren’t convincing enough, we’re Chicago’s premier exhibit partner. Condit knows the ins and outs, rules and regulations of the McCormick Place like the back of our metaphorical hand. Plus, we’re networked with the best and brightest vendors and other service providers in the area.
- Close for Comfort
If you have a last-minute need or a sudden emergency, we’re here for you – figuratively and literally. Our 100% Chicago-based team is ready to assist on nights and weekends to get you and your brand show-ready.
- For Rent
We’re the perfect local source for a custom rental exhibit. If it’s your first time exhibiting in Chicago or if you’re just not ready to commit to a custom exhibit purchase, Condit’s expansive rental inventory might be a better fit for your project – always expertly customized to fit the function and aesthetic of your brand, products, and services.
Our Chicago team members put together a list of attractions in the area for attendees and exhibitors at McCormick Place.
Hungry? Here are two local favorites from our staff:
- Erie Café — a classic Chicago steakhouse
- Victory Tap — Italian restaurant
For sports fans, check out:
- Wrigley Field — home of the Chicago Cubs
- Guaranteed Rate Field — home of the White Sox
- Soldier Field — home of the Bears and the Fire
- United Center — home of the Blackhawks and the Bulls
For lifelong learners, visit the:
And if you’re looking for live entertainment, head over to:
- Navy Pier
- Auditorium Theatre
- Chicago Theater
- Park West
- Aragon Ballroom
- Goodman Theater
Exhibiting at a McCormick Place Event?
Is your trade show, expo, or convention slotted for the McCormick Place schedule? Then let’s collaborate on a project! Or contact us to learn more.