One of Chicago's biggest meeting place highlights is McCormick Place, which has built a reputation as the country's premier facility for meetings and conventions for more than half a century. The entire space is equipped with leading technology and located within a five-mile radius of more than 33,000 downtown Chicago hotel rooms.

McCormick Place's unprecedented 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.


  • 173 meeting rooms
  • 4 ballrooms
  • 4 theaters
  • 2.6 million-square-feet of exhibit space
  • 1.2 million-square-feet on one level
  • Ceiling heights up to 50 feet 
  • Free Wi-Fi to attendees (up to 45,000 users can now connect simultaneously with speedy results)


  • Nearly 6,000 parking spaces
  • Enclosed promenades and sky bridges linking the campus
  • Catering by SAVOR ... Chicago
  • 24-hour security
  • Dedicated busway direct to downtown


The buildings that make up McCormick Place are closely connected with five hotels, an arena, an award-winning theater, and 20+ dining options. This collection is known as McCormick Square.

Wintrust Arena ©Rob Sall Photography

Discover Chicago's Collection at McCormick Square

With McCormick Place as its anchor, Chicago’s exciting Collection at McCormick Square is getting even bigger and better.
Chicago Metra Train

Getting To McCormick Place

McCormick Place is easy to get to no matter where your attendees are staying. Look up routes to McCormick Place by train, car, and bus all around Chicago
Skyline from Museum Campus

Go Sightseeing Near Mccormick Place

Use Choose Chicago’s guide for things to do around McCormick Place, from sightseeing to entertainment, when your meeting attendees have spare time.
Chicago Skyline

Tips for Planners & Attendees

Are you a meeting planner considering hosting an event at McCormick Place? Use Choose Chicago’s tips on how to make most of your meeting.

Lakeside Center

Lakeside Center ( formerly the East Building) reopened in 1998 in  the original McCormick Place structure. It features more than  583,000 square feet of exhibit space and has been retrofitted to meet the needs of a variety of different groups in the mid-sized and growing event market.

McCormick Place North

The McCormick Place North addition, which was completed in 1986, features more than 700,000 square feet of exhibit space that can be used independently or in conjunction with McCormick Place South and/or Lakeside Center. 
McCormick Place Event Center

McCormick Place South

Opened in 1996, the South Building features 840,000 square feet of exhibit space and is linked to the other two buildings by a glass-enclosed Grand Concourse.

McCormick Place West

Whether your group is 200 people or 20,000, McCormick Place West is just the right size. The entire building was specifically designed to adapt to your needs, never feeling too big or too small, while  always promoting social interaction and comfortable surroundings. 

Green Initiatives

Since 2007, McCormick Place has committed itself to conservation and ecologically sustainable initiatives. McCormick Place has prioritized sustainable green policies as a top business strategy, striving to find new ways to adapt to existing practices to be more green. Switching to renewable energy and LEED certified building is proof of McCormick Place's green commitment, and its Green Action Team works to customize green initiatives for every event held at the convention center.