Exhibiting at Chicago’s McCormick Place can be a bit overwhelming since it’s the largest convention center in the United States. This presentation contains tips for navigating yourself around McCormick Place.
With 2.6 million
feet of exhibit hall, many
tradeshows take place at
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Kitchen & Bath
Sweets & Snacks
McCormick Place is compose
is composed of
#1. LakeSide Center
#3. South Building
#4. West Building
Lakeside Center is composed of two
exhibition levels. Level 2 called Hall E and
the upper Level 3 called Hall D.
Located just south of the LakeSide Center
is Lot C. It is a two level underground lot
with 1,900 available parking spaces. Be
sure to note which level you have parked
at and the color coded parking location.
Parking is also available in the Soldier Field
parking lot located on the north end of the
The North Building and Lakeside Center are
connected by a pedestrian bridge that stretches
over Lake Shore Drive which provides a great view
of downtown Chicago. The exhibition floors include
Level 1 – C Hall and Level 3 – B Hall which is located
on the main concourse. Level 2 contains a food
court that includes a McDonalds and Connie's Pizza.
If your exhibit is located in the North Building, park
in Lot A. If possible park on level 4, since this is the
exhibit level and there will be no need to use the
elevators. You can also park in the Hyatt Regency
Garage. It will cost a little bit more but offers a
shorter walk to the North Building.
The South Building Level 3 – A Hall is
located on the main course across from
the North Hall. It opened in 1997.
Exhibitors with booths in the South
Building can park in parking Lot A, or B.
Parking in Hyatt Regency Garage will cost
a little bit more but offers a shorter walk
to the South building.
The West Building is located on Level 3
and is the newest of the McCormick
Place buildings. It opened in 2007. The
West Hall has green rooftop garden
available for receptions. A sky bridge
connects the West building to the
North and South buildings.
Park in Lot A if your exhibit is in the
More McCormick Place Parking Tips
1. parking rates are $19 for up to 16 hours & $30 from 16 to 24 hours
2. be sure to get your receipt for your business expenses
3. note your parking location on your ticket
4. there are no parking in-and-out privileges.
5. overnight parking is available in Lot A only
6. lost tickets will pay the $30 fee per day
7. if parking in lot A, carry your parking ticket with you and pay the
parking fee at the automated parking machines located outside the
parking exit doors
Many larger shows offer
bus service from
downtown hotels to the
Getting to McCormick Place
McCormick Pace - Lakeside Building – East Exit
Lakeside Building - Outside
As an exhibitor or show attendee, make it a point to take in the view of Lake Michigan by walking out the
building’s east doors. During the warmer Chicago months, the patio is open with a seating area and places to
eat. Pull up a seat and enjoy the view of the sailboats heading out onto the lake. It’s a great location to take
a mental break from the trade show hustle and bustle and enjoy one Chicago’s best views.
McCormick Pace - Lakeside Building - Upper Level