McCormick Place is North America's premier convention facility
McCormick Place consists of four interconnected buildings on the shore of Lake Michigan, and it’s the largest convention center in North America. The facility hosts several trade shows and conferences throughout the year, including the Chicago Auto Show, the International Home and Housewares Show, and the National Restaurant Association Annual Show. There’s always easy access – the center is serviced by two bus routes and three separate public transit lines: the Metra Electric Line, the South Shore Line, and the Chicago Transit Authority’s Green Line.
McCormick Place boasts a single exhibit floor of 1.3 million square feet, with multiple seating arrangements that can hold as many as 10,000 people. The North Building, completed in 1986, added space for exhibits totaling almost 600,000 square feet. The South Building, completed in 1997, brought another million square feet of exhibit space, doubling the total space and making McCormick Place the largest in the world. The West Building, completed in 2007, contains 470,000 square feet of exhibit space, 250,000 square feet of meeting space, and a 100,000-square foot ballroom, which is one of the largest in the world. The center houses more than 250,000 square feet of storage space and have the parking capacity for 6,000 cars.