Chicago Trade Show Unions
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you are required to use local union labor or your own company personnel to set
up your exhibit. Here are some unions you may need to use and a description of
the services they provide.
When exhibiting at a Chicago-land trade show,
• Electricians will install and dismantle anything electrical.
• Be sure to provide an electrical layout plan when submitting your
electrical request. This will speed up the electrical set up process
and save you money.
• If exhibiting machinery for shows like IMTS, Graph Expo or Pack
Expo it’s a good idea to leave the machine locks in your booth
(oppose to storage) so you can lock up your equipment
immediately after the show ends.
• Pre-wiring your equipment and providing quick disconnects can
also save on your electrical cost.
• Electrical outlets can be ordered to your booth and as an
exhibitor you are now allowed to plug in standard equipment and
• Machinery with larger power requirements must be left to the
show electricians to install.
• Plumbers will provide the installation and
dismantling of water, air, gas lines to your
• If your exhibit requires plumbing, be sure to
provide a location layout, and valve fitting sizes
when submitting your plan.
• If you bring in your own fluids (such as oils or
cutting solvents), its a good idea to keep a pump
/containers nearby or use the show’s easy access
storage. This way solvents/dielectric fluids can
get pumped out as soon as the show ends.
• Many shows provide gasses, eliminating the
need for you to purchase them ahead of time.
• Riggers will uncrate/unskid, crate/skid and
position your machinery.
• You can save on rigging cost by uncrating your
equipment before the show.
• If exhibiting machinery, it’s a good idea to mark
the location of your equipment on the
visqueen carpet covering before the move in.
This will help the riggers spot your equipment.
• Having a company representative in your booth
(with your truck driver’s cell number) during
will help streamline the move in process and
avoid re-spotting fees.
• Material Handlers will bring the trade show exhibit
materials (except machinery) in/out of the
• The charge is normally based on $/100 lb. carton
weight. This amount will vary depending on the
• Exhibitors can bring in computers small crates or
boxes as long as it can be carried in without a
forklift. This is referred to as “material handling”.
• Make an effort to bring in most if not all of your
exhibited material during your targeted move-in
date, otherwise additional charges will occur for
bringing materials before or after this date.
• Carpenters will install and dismantle anything
related to your exhibit excluding items related to
electrical and plumbing.
• Make sure your exhibit is properly crated in order
to prevent shipping damage.
• You can use your own exhibit company to provide
the I/D of your exhibit. In order to do this you will
need to fill out an EAC form provided by the show
• With the new labor rules, as an exhibitor, you can
set-up your own exhibit with your company
• Decorators will assemble
and install (non-electrical,
• Be sure to bring in some
Velcro when packing for a
show if you plan on doing it
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