McCormick Place bags nephrology society meeting

By Kathy Bergen
Posted Dec. 16, 2010 at 3:04 p.m.

Chicago’s push to revive its trade show business got another boost Thursday with the announcement that the American Society of Nephrology will  bring its annual meeting to McCormick Place in 2016.

The meeting, which draws doctors, scientists and health professionals who specialize in kidney disease, is expected to bring 14,000 attendees and to trigger $342 million in spending locally and statewide.

This is the second new piece of convention business for Chicago since a state-mandated overhaul of the convention center began mid-year. Last month, Solar Power International said it would bring its conference and expo to McCormick Place in 2013.

As well, a number of long-standing Chicago trade shows have signed on for future years since the General Assembly ordered the restructuring, which aims  to cut exhibitors’ costs and aggravations.

The nephrology society cited the convention center reforms and the region’s large medical community as key factors in its decision to return to McCormick Place for the first time in nearly 30 years.

“We’ve heard very positive feedback from those who’ve held conventions in Chicago since the reforms took effect,” said Tod Ibrahim, executive director of the society.

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One comment:

  1. C Dec. 16, 2010 at 5:02 pm

    I say it was the kidney-shaped “Bean” that clinched the deal!