McCormick Place is both the biggest convention center in Chicago and the biggest one anywhere in the U.S. This vast, sprawling complex is an impressive feat of architecture and engineering that was founded well over half a century ago. Attend an event here to get a sense of its incredible scale.
The convention center opened in 1960 after several decades that had seen Chicago host a few large-scale events without having ideal facilities. These included the 1933 Century of Progress Exposition (World's Fair) and a large railroad expo in 1948. When you visit today you will see a convention center that has been expanded multiple times since it was established. However, it still bears the name of “Colonel” Robert R. McCormick, the Chicago Tribune editor and publisher who led the campaign for the city of Chicago to build an exhibition hall. McCormick was a fascinating figure, known for, among other things, his opposition to the U.S. involvement in World War II.
Join the almost 3 million visitors who come to McCormick Place each year. Explore the four interconnected buildings that make up the convention center. Between them they provide an area of an astonishing 2.6 million square feet (240,000 square meters) of exhibition space. Other facilities include six grand ballrooms, more than 170 meeting rooms and a vast 4,249-seat theater. Stop at the stores scattered around the convention center and its outdoor spaces as you walk the connecting passageways and sky bridges between the buildings.
Stay in the Hyatt Regency McCormick Place, conveniently located at the convention center, to be close to the event or conference you are attending. Many of the rooms in this hotel offer beautiful views of the famous and striking Lake Michigan.
Find McCormick Place a short drive from downtown Chicago, near the western bank of Lake Michigan. Trade fairs, conferences, summits and exhibitions are among the events held here. Visit other attractions within walking distance including the city’s Chinatown and the huge waterside Shedd Aquarium.
Connected via enclosed skybridge to the McCormick Place convention complex, the Hyatt Regency is adjacent to a Metro station, with easy access to Chicago's downtown hub. Soldier Field, the home of the Chicago Bears, is a 15 minute walk away.
Built in 1893, this downtown Chicago hotel offers a convenient location across from Grant Park and close to Lake Michigan.
Located in Bronzeville, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Illinois Institute of Technology and McCormick Place. Guaranteed Rate Field and Soldier Field are also within 2 mi (3 km).
Located in Near South Side, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of McCormick Place, Soldier Field, and Field Museum of Natural History. John G. Shedd Aquarium and Grant Park are also within 2 mi (3 km).
Located in Near South Side, this hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of McCormick Place, Soldier Field, and Field Museum of Natural History. John G. Shedd Aquarium and Grant Park are also within 2 mi (3 km).
Located in Near South Side, this luxury hotel is within a 15-minute walk of McCormick Place and Soldier Field. Field Museum of Natural History and John G. Shedd Aquarium are also within 1 mi (2 km).
Located in Chinatown, this hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of McCormick Place, Soldier Field, and Field Museum of Natural History. University of Illinois Chicago and Willis Tower are also within 3 mi (5 km).
Across from the greenery and attractions of Grant Park, the Essex Inn is 3 blocks from the Loop business district and Lake Michigan, 4 blocks from the Art Institute, and a mile from Loop theaters.