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Basic Show Information
Registration and Badges
All badges must be picked up onsite. Badge Pickup locations at McCormick Place are in the South Bldg. Room S102, and Lakeside Center level 2 lobby. Hotel Remote Badge Printing: Hyatt Regency Chicago, Chicago Marriott Mag Mile, Hilton Chicago.
No, but you must be affiliated with the restaurant/foodservice or lodging industry. A business card or tax ID number is required to register for the Show. Your company's accounting or finance department can provide you with the tax ID number. Please note: The National Restaurant Show is for trade only and is not open to the public.
Yes. Members of the National Restaurant Association are entitled to receive a complimentary Expo badge.
Additional registration is required for Expo + Education and evening events.
- North Hall Exhibits
- South Hall Exhibits
- Lakeside Center Exhibits
- The Beverage Room Pavilion
- Bellavita Italian Pavilion
- Global Food Expo
- Taste of the States
- Organic & Natural Pavilion
- TECH Pavilion
- The Culinary Experience
- Featured Session with Technomic
- All programming on the show floor taking place at the Innovation Theater, Discovery Theater, The Beverage Room Stage and The Culinary Experience.
Expo + Education badge:
Everything that’s included with your Expo badge above, PLUS
- 40+ operator-led sessions in a focused learning environment
- Exclusive roundtable discussions
- Networking coffee breaks
- Session recordings & presentation materials
Contact National Restaurant Association Membership by phone at (855) 514-8115.
Registration may only be paid for with a credit card. We accept all major credit cards (American Express, Diner's Club, Discover Card, MasterCard, and Visa). Please note: We do not accept checks, purchase orders or wire transfers.
Winsight considers the health and safety of all those onsite at the National Restaurant Show 2024 as our top priority. Regarding COVID-19, the Show will follow all governmental and facility guidance / regulations. As guidance / regulations continue to change, we will issue definitive event policies as we get closer to the Show. Please see our Health and Safety page for additional questions regarding COVID-19.
Yes, substitutions may be made if the original registrant submits the request in writing including the name, company, phone, and email of his/her replacement. Original payments cannot change and/or be substituted. Once onsite registration opens, badge registration letter, and identification must be brought to onsite registration for substitution to occur. Please note: If badge has already been used, a substitution will not be approved.
Sharing of badges is not permitted.
Thursday, 5/16, 7am-5pm
Friday, 5/17, 7am-6pm
Saturday, 5/18, 7am-5pm
Sunday, 5/19, 7:30am-5pm
Monday, 5/20, 7:30am-5pm
Tuesday, 5/21, 8am-2pm
Hotel Remote Badge Printing: Hyatt Regency Chicago, Chicago Marriott Mag Mile, Hilton Chicago
Friday, 5/17, 8am-4pm
Saturday, 5/18, 8am-4pm
Mobile scooters can be rented from Scootaround for use during the Show. Please contact Scootaround directly, at the number listed below, for pricing and availability or visit one of their onsite locations at McCormick Place.
Pickup Location: North/South Building - Near Gate 4, close to Coat Check Area
Lakeside Building - Level 2, near Hall E
Product removal from the Show floor should be accompanied by a Merchandise Removal Pass distributed by exhibitors who desire to give away product to a Show attendee. The pass must be signed by a representative of the exhibiting company authorizing the attendee to remove product from their booth and the building. Security personnel will not permit attendees to leave the building without the required pass.
No one under 16 years of age will be permitted on the Show floor at any time regardless of affiliation or circumstances. This includes infants and toddlers. Absolutely no strollers or infant carriers (worn or carried) are permitted at any time on the Show floor. Children ages 16 to 18 years of age are permitted only if accompanied by an adult at all times.
The National Restaurant Show reserves the right to request proof of age from any one at any time. This rule is strictly enforced and there are no exceptions to this policy. This rule applies to all exhibitors and attendees. Registration of anyone under 16 years of age is unauthorized and in violation of these policies.
Lakeside Center — Outside Ballroom, Level 3
North Building — Grand Concourse Lobby
South Building — Transportation Lobby, Level 1
Grand Concourse — Level 2.5
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