2 more conventions to return to McCormick Place

By Kathy Bergen
Posted Jan. 18 at 11:45 a.m.

Chicago has lined up two significant meetings at McCormick Place, the latest in a string of bookings in the wake of a new state law aimed at making the city more competitive with rivals.

The American Society of Anesthesiologists will return to Chicago for its 2016 convention, which is expected to draw 17,000 attendees and to generate $42 million in spending here. The organization last held its convention in Chicago in 2006 and will  hold its 2011 convention here in October.

And the Professional Convention Management Association will bring its annual meeting in 2015.  While the event is small by McCormick Place standards, at 3,600 attendees, it brings in trade show organizers and meeting planners from around the country. And the meeting is in January, typically a slow time in Chicago.

The organization last held its annual meeting in Chicago in 1994.



  1. I.C. London Jan. 18 at 12:30 pm

    Now let’s hope that union greed and uncooperative officials don’t get in the way of KEEPING these shows in Chicago this time around.

    If you don’t gouge the people attending and the companies participating, there is hope for the future.

  2. DVM Jan. 18 at 1:04 pm

    Let’s hope the new administration has explained the unlawful State Legislative action that was taken is being contested and and the present circumstances might be reversed.