“The restaurant business has always been, and continues to be, all about warm hospitality, extraordinary service and great taste,” said Dawn Sweeney, NRA president and CEO. “Therefore, it is critically important to the National Restaurant Association that we hold our industry’s leading trade show in a location that possesses those characteristics.
“We continue to strongly believe that Chicago, Ill., is a world-class destination that provides outstanding business facilities, along with sensational culinary, cultural and entertainment assets,” she added. “Our 66,000 attendees and exhibitors from all 50 states and more than 100 countries deserve and expect excellence – and Chicago delivers.
McCormick Place, with the new legislation being implemented, will now provide an exhibitor-friendly, hassle-free and cost-effective facility that makes for an outstanding trade show environment, she said.
“The continuation of this amazing tradition will bring more than $600 million - that's in excess of one half of a billion dollars - to Chicago through 2016.”