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McCormick Place
Vacation Travel Guide

Attend an event at the United States’ largest convention center, which features hyper-modern facilities and huge exhibition spaces connected by promenades and sky bridges.

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.

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Hyatt Regency McCormick Place
Hyatt Regency McCormick Place
4 out of 5
2233 S Martin Luther King Dr, Chicago, IL
The price is $111 per night from Jan 18 to Jan 19

Located in South Loop, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 5-minute walk of McCormick Place and Wintrust Arena. Lakefront Trail and Soldier Field are also within ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (1,825 reviews)

"My only complaints were that the hotel itself did not stand out. It took us a few minutes to actually find the place. The other is we were not told we needed our key card to get out of the parking garage. Luckily the parking attendant was very cool and helped us get out quickly."…"

Reviewed on Jan 14, 2021

Hyatt Regency McCormick Place
The Godfrey Hotel Chicago
The Godfrey Hotel Chicago
4.5 out of 5
127 West Huron, at LaSalle, Chicago, IL
The price is $89 per night from Jan 20 to Jan 21

Located in River North, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of State Street, Michigan Avenue, and Northwestern Memorial Hospital. Chicago Riverwalk ...

4.3/5Excellent! (1,651 reviews)

"Fantastic Hotel Staff, especially Lauren at the Front Desk! She made our stay very comfortable and she was so professional and courteous! Thank you, Godfrey Hotel!"…"

Reviewed on Jan 8, 2021

The Godfrey Hotel Chicago
Marriott Marquis Chicago
Marriott Marquis Chicago
4 out of 5
2121 South Prairie Avenue, Chicago, IL
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Located in South Loop, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Wintrust Arena and McCormick Place. Soldier Field and Grant Park are also within 2 mi (3 km). ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (745 reviews)

"Great location. Staff was very friendly and allowed early check in."…"

Reviewed on Feb 23, 2020

Marriott Marquis Chicago
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3 - Okay 9.58980044345898%
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5/5 - Excellent

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Feb 11, 2020

must see

5/5 - Excellent

WilliamJohnson

Dec 26, 2019

This was the location of the Midwest Band Clinic. I also went to hear the Chicago Symphony.

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveler

Nov 14, 2019

Transportation leaving McCormick place is a nightmare if you wait until the show closes. Very little room for Taxi's or Uber/Lyft rides which made for an hour long wait to get a cab.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Jul 14, 2019

Grill 89

5/5 - Excellent

Daniel

Apr 20, 2019

Went to C2E2

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveler

Apr 1, 2019

So much traffic, difficult to find where to go. Staff helpful when you could talk to them.

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Hyatt Regency McCormick Place
Hyatt Regency McCormick Place
4 out of 5
2233 S Martin Luther King Dr, Chicago, IL
The price is $111 per night from Jan 18 to Jan 19
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The Godfrey Hotel Chicago
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4.5 out of 5
127 West Huron, at LaSalle, Chicago, IL
The price is $89 per night from Jan 20 to Jan 21
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Marriott Marquis Chicago
Marriott Marquis Chicago
4 out of 5
2121 South Prairie Avenue, Chicago, IL
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Hampton Inn Chicago McCormick Place
Hampton Inn Chicago McCormick Place
3 out of 5
123 East Cermak, Suite 100, Chicago, IL
The price is $79 per night from Jan 18 to Jan 19
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Hilton Garden Inn Chicago McCormick Place
3 out of 5
123 East Cermak, Suite 300, Chicago, IL
The price is $111 per night from Feb 8 to Feb 9
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Congress Plaza Hotel
Congress Plaza Hotel
3.5 out of 5
520 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL
The price is $85 per night from Jan 18 to Jan 19
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4 out of 5
2020 South Calumet Avenue, Chicago, IL
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3 out of 5
123 E. CERMAK ROAD, Chicago, IL
The price is $122 per night from Feb 8 to Feb 9
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Royal Sonesta Chicago Riverfront
Royal Sonesta Chicago Riverfront
4 out of 5
71 E Wacker Dr, Chicago, IL
The price is $114 per night from Jan 18 to Jan 19
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