Messe Düsseldorf North America - Trade Show Daily

It’s a Big Deal in Chicago

Posted by Ryan Klemm on Tue, Jun 29, 2010 @ 12:46 PM

ChicagoRecently the Illinois General Assembly passed legislation that fundamentally changes labor rules and regulations at Chicago’s McCormick Place and Navy Pier Convention Centers.

The move came after Chicago had already lost several conventions over the past year, and several trade shows had threatened to leave and seek alternative convention venues elsewhere in the U.S. that offered more flexibility and affordability.


Some key “exhibitor-friendly” reforms in the legislation include labor rules that reduce work sizes and require less overtime pay, expanded exhibitor rights (allowing customers to do more of their own setup and dismantling), and permitting show organizers to select outside electrical and food & beverage vendors.

And now the Chicago Convention & Tourism Bureau has announced an anticipated $1 billion in new spending from trade show commitments coming to town!

The International Housewares Association, American Academy of Ophthalmology, the American Academy of Cardiology, the American Wind Energy Association, Lions Club International and the Society for Neuroscience have announced plans to return to the city, and newcomers Ace Hardware, Lego KidsFest and the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees have announced they will now hold their events here too!

Messe Duesseldorf North America has been a proud member of Chicago’s business community for the past 20 years, serving as a marketing, sales, and point-of-service office for U.S.-based exporters seeking international trade show opportunities.  It’s no coincidence that when our corporate team selected Chicago for its U.S. operations base, proximity to McCormick Place and the major U.S. trade shows held here was a key factor.  Every year our company participates in various capacities at important events staged at this convenient, world-leading convention facility.


We applaud these reforms that were designed to retain and continue attracting important events that are immanently vital to economic growth in Chicago and the State of Illinois.

Topics: trade show, exhibiting, trade show organizer, Chicago, McCormick Place