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8:00am - 6:00pm

When to Go:
During Trade Shows and Conventions.

Seasonal Information:
Open Year Round

McCormick Place Convention Center

Quick Facts

  • The McCormick Place Convention Center is the largest convention center in the United States.
  • Approximately 3 million visitors visit McCormick Place Chicago each year.
  • There are four different parts to the McCormick Place Chicago Convention Center: The West Building, Lakeside Center, and the North and South Buildings. 
  • Ideal for a Chicago business meeting, the Chicago Convention Center McCormick Place has 173 meeting rooms, 3 large theaters, and 4 ballrooms.

2301 S. Lake Shore Drive
Chicago, IL 60616
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Features: With 2.6 million square-feet of space, it's no wonder that McCormick Place Chicago is the largest convention center in the United States. The center is comprised of four state-of-the-art buildings: The South and North buildings, the West building, and the Lakeside Center.

McCormick Place Convention Center also features the largest ballroom in Chicago and the Arie Crown Theater. The entire Chicago convention center is linked by a 50,000 square-foot pedestrian promenade which contains a great selection of retail shops, full service bars, cafes, and restaurants.

Why We Go: Located just minutes from downtown Chicago, the Chicago Convention Center McCormick Place has everything needed for a Chicago convention, expo, or trade show. It's conveniently located near near several public transportation hubs, and a number of premium Chicago hotels including the Hyatt Regency McCormick Place.

  • Plenty of Parking: There are two main parking lots at McCormick Place Convention Center that are both within walking distance of the convention center. Holding up to 5,000 vehicles, parking will cost you $19 per day no matter how long you stay.
  • Award Winning Convention Center: Over the years, McCormick Place Chicago has been honored with more than 20 awards, ranging from "Excellence in Convention Facilities" to an award for the best architecture.  

Inside Knowledge: The McCormick Place Convention Center was named after Colonel Robert R. McCormick, the editor and publisher of the Chicago Tribune. McCormick felt that a bustling metropolis like Chicago needed a permanent exhibition hall, and so took it upon himself to get such a facility built. Unfortunately, he never got to see the fruits of his labor as he died five years before the McCormick Place Chicago Convention Center was completed. 

Do's and Don'ts:

  • Do Host an Event: McCormick Place Chicago is able to accommodate shows and events of any size. With state of the art facilities, multiple meeting rooms, and an experienced staff of planners, an event at the McCormick Place Convention Center is guaranteed to be a success.
  • Do Go Green: The McCormick Place Chicago Convention Center has implemented several eco-friendly policies to try and reduce its carbon footprint. Visitors can help by using the many recycling facilities located throughout the Chicago convention center, and by using the center's water fountains instead of buying bottled water. 
  • Don't Forget to Check the Calendar: Make sure to check the convention center's website for up to date information on the latest event, expo, convention, or trade show at the McCormick Place Convention Center. That way you won't miss a thing! 
  • Don't Waste Gas: While The McCormick Place Chicago Convention Center has plenty of parking, it is also located near a variety of public transportation, including bus and train stations. There are also a number of bike racks where visitors to store their bikes.