McCormick Place's unprecendented labor changes and amenities make it the country's most customer-friendly convention destination. It is managed by SMG, the nation's leading private management services provider.
Thanks to an agreement between McCormick Place, Navy Pier, MPEA, the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Local 134, and International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, Local 2, Chicago is a more attractive destination for conventions and trade shows.
As of 2012, IATSE stagehands may complete a type of work - including that involving audiovisual, lighting and sound equipment - that was previously completed only by IBEW electricians.
Show managers and exhibitors can perform their own work in any size booth, using their own ladders or hand tools, cordless tools, power tools and other tools designated by McCormick Place.
Straight time hours: expanded, for cost efficiency
Overtime: flexible, to reduce double-time
Double-time: Rolled back, covering four holidays
Show organizers may select an electrical provider of their choice from an approved vendor list.
Exhibitors have the freedom to unload and load small privately-owned vehicles at McCromick Place docks and designated loading areas. Additionally, there is a dedicated on-site truck marshalling yard for freight operations, patrolled 24-hours a day.
Work at McCormick Place is conducted by two-person - rather than three-person - crews.
With more than 800 guest rooms, the Hyatt Regency McCormick Place comfortably houses large groups adjacent to the convention center. The Hyatt now also offers an additional 461 rooms following the completion of its new guestroom tower.
Charter buses on McCormick Place's dedicated busway bypass local traffic and whisk attendees to and from downtown in less than 10 minutes. Metra trains also connect McCormick Place to the heart of the city.
SAVOR ... Chicago, McCormick Place's food service company, offers concessions and catering at cost for show organizers, exhibitors and attendees.
McCormick Place houses nealy 6,000 parking spaces in on-site garages and surface lots. Rates begin at $15/day.
McCormick Place is operated by SMG, the nation's leading provider of private management services.