About Chicago

Welcome your attendees to Chicago, an iconic city renowned for its booming business & industry landscape, ease of accessibility, award-winning culinary scene, jaw-dropping attractions, & innovative hotels.

Conferences, conventions, meetings, & special events find their home in Chicago, whether at McCormick Place, the Western Hemisphere’s largest convention center, or one-of-a-kind, only-in-Chicago spaces. The possibilities are endless!


  • How much is the total cumulative hotel tax? 17.4%
  • How much is the F&B tax? 11.75%
  • How much is the average F&B gratuity? 25%


  • How many miles from the airport to downtown? 
    17 mi from ORD, 10mi from MDW
  • Is there public transportation, such as a bus or subway available?
    YES, CTA (bus & L train)
  • How much does the public transportation cost?
    $2.25 bus, $2.50 L train 
  • What is the shuttle bus fare from the airport to downtown?
  • What is the taxi fare from airport to downtown?
    $45 ORD, $25 MDW
  • How many daily flights into the airport?
    ORD – 2,223, MDW – 458
  • How many daily flights out of the airport?
    ORD – 2,223, MDW – 458
  • Is the airport a hub for any carrier? 
    ORD: United, American, MDW: Southwest
  • What are the major carriers serving airport?
    United, American, Southwest


  • How many committable hotel rooms downtown on peak night? 30k peak
  • How many committable hotel rooms downtown on peak within walking distance to convention center? 2,700
  • How many headquarter hotel properties? 3
  • How many rooms available on peak night at the largest headquarter property? 1258
  • Can you list hotels by rating?? 5 star , 4 star, 3 star?  
    Marriott Marquis – 4 Star, Hyatt Regency McCormick Place – 4 Star, Hiltons of McCormick Place (Tri-branded hotel: Home2Suites, Hilton Garden Inn, Hampton Inn) – 3 Star


  • How many total gross square feet of exhibit space at Convention Center?
    2.8 million square feet of exhibit space
  • How much of this exhibit space is contiguous? 
    1.2 million square feet all on one level
  • How many total gross square feet of meeting space is available at the Convention center? 600k sf of meeting space
  • How many meeting rooms does the convention center have? 
    173 meeting rooms offering 600k sf of space
  • How big is the largest meeting room? 14,550 sf
  • How big is the largest meeting room? 
    7 ballrooms ranging from 9k sf to 103k sf
  • How big is the largest ballroom? 
    Skyline Ballroom, 103,760 sf
  • When was the last renovation or expansion?
    2008, West Building
  • When is a future renovation/expansion scheduled? N/A
  • Is there free Wi-Fi at the convention center? No
  • Is there an exclusive in-house Electrical provider? No
  • Is there an exclusive in-house AV provider? No
  •  Is there an exclusive in-house decorator? No
  • Is there an exclusive in house caterer? 
    YES, SAVOR… Chicago http://savorchicagomcpl.com
  • Is the convention center a union property?
    McCormick Place is a proud union facility. Our union tradesmen have the skills, experience, and commitment to ensure your event is produced to the highest of standards.
  • If union property, can you provide estimated pricing list? https://www.mccormickplace.com/labor-costs/
  • Here are a list of labor unions with whom planners will be required to work at the convention center: N/A


  • How many off site venues within walking distance can host up to 2,000 people? 4
  • How many off site venues within a ten-minute bus transfer can host up to 2,000 people? 5
  • How many restaurants are within walking distance of the convention center? 26
  • Can you list 3-5 local attractions and their whereabouts?
    Field Museum, Adler Planetarium, Shedd Aquarium – Museum Campus, Willis Tower – The Loop, Art Institute Chicago – Michigan Avenue, Navy Pier