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Planning for the 2024 Show is Underway!
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As you’re planning, please remember to always look for the Official Service Provider Seal from any emails or companies contacting you to do business for the Show.
Should you choose to enter into a business relationship with a company that is not an Official National Restaurant Show Service Provider, the National Restaurant Show cannot vouch for their legitimacy, nor endorse their services. If in doubt, contact us.
Basic Show Information
The 2024 National Restaurant Show will take place at McCormick Place in Chicago, Illinois from Saturday, May 18 - Tuesday, May 21, 2024.
2024 Show Exhibit Hall Hours:
Saturday (May 18) to Monday (May 20): 9:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Tuesday, May 21: 9:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
The National Restaurant Show is open to professionals involved in the restaurant, foodservice, and hospitality industry.
No one under 16 years of age, including infants and toddlers, will be permitted on the Show floor at any time regardless of affiliation or circumstances. Children 16 to 18 years of age must be accompanied by an adult. The National Restaurant Show reserves the right to request proof of age. No children, no infants, no strollers, no backpack carriers are allowed. No exceptions. This rule applies to exhibitors and attendees.
The Show To Go is our 365-day interactive digital marketplace and directory. It's a chance for our audience to interact with the education and exhibitors they need year-round to succeed in the fast-changing hospitality industry. Promotion of the 2024 Show To Go begins in October 2023 with the launch of attendee registration and will continue through the 2024 Show.the show to go
About Your Booth
Included in your profile:
- Company Info
- Company Description
- Product Categories
- Special Offers
Upgraded profiles available that include:
- Company Logo
- Featured Products/Videos
- Online Business Cards
- Operator Leads*
- Scheduled Events
*Leads includes Name, Email, Title & Company Name of Operators who viewed your Profile and added you to their Show To Go.
To upgrade your profile, go to the “Enhance Your Show To Go Directory Listing” tile within your Exhibitor Dashboard:Login Now
- 8' back draping plus two 33” high draped side rails (except islands & peninsulas). Peninsulas set with 5’ of 33” drape, 10’ of 8’ drape and 5’ of 33” drape
- Sign with company name and booth number for 100 sq ft exhibitors. *Larger exhibits must submit request.
- General overhead lighting
- Sanitary dishwashing facilities
- Exhibitor Service Centers
- Online directory listing in The Show to Go, an interactive website, directory and onsite mobile app. learn more at booth 101
Through Maritz, our registration provider, you can invite customers to the Show free-of-charge. Make sure your most important customers are at your booth by giving them a complimentary badge! These are sent from the Customer Invites tile of your exhibitor dashboard, within the Services for the Show homepage tile. You can find instructions on sending customer invites here.
Per our terms and conditions, we allow one (1) company name per 100 square feet. The company name cannot include a product, company description, DBA, or ‘presented by’. If your name change requests meets these guidelines, please email email@example.com to request the update.
If you are sampling food or beverage on the Show floor you must complete the required form. The F&B and Alcohol sampling forms are in the Required Exhibitor forms tile within the Services for the Show homepage tile.
Login to your Exhibitor Dashboard, click the “Services for the Show” homepage tile then “Exhibitor Forms” to complete the sampling forms.login now
If cooking or heating appliances will be used, they must be powered electrically or by natural gas. Stoves and heaters for booth usage must be UL listed/approved and also be adequately ventilated. Nothing combustible may be placed near any heat-producing appliance. A UL listed/approved, 2 – A :10 – B: C ABC-type fire extinguisher is required in such exhibits.
Prohibited Cooking Materials:
The following items are fire-hazardous and prohibited in McCormick Place:
- All flammable compressed gases, such as propane and butane
- Explosives and live ammunition
- Untreated Christmas trees, cut evergreens or similar trees
- Fireplace logs and similar materials
- Untreated mulch, Hay, Straw, Bamboo and Spanish moss
A form to request permission to sample alcoholic beverages must be filled out by all exhibitors who wish to sample alcohol in their booth and then approved by Show Management.
Login to your Exhibitor Dashboard, click the “Services for the Show” homepage tile then “Exhibitor Forms” to complete the sampling forms.
For Pricing Information:
(Application approval is required before ordering)
North Building: Trenette Humphrey
South Building: Victoria Luckett
Lakeside Center and Ballroom: Andrew Warren
Each exhibitor receives five (5) complimentary badges for the first 100 square feet of space purchased, and three (3) badges for each additional 100 square feet of space [e.g., up to 200 square feet equals eight (8) badges, up to 300 square feet equals (11) badges, etc.].
Login to your Exhibitor Dashboard, click the “Services for the Show” homepage tile then "Badge Registration" to begin registering your booth personnel.
Current exhibitors may view/print the most up-to-date invoices and pay their deposit/balance via credit card in their online accounts:
You will need your exhibitor ID from your approval email, your password, and your name.
NOTE: The balance due reflects booth space only and does not include outstanding balances with any other contractors.
Yes, we accept all major credit cards (American Express, Visa, Mastercard, Discover Card). All credit card transactions are subject to a 3% credit card processing fee. There will be no exceptions.
To become an Allied Member visit Restaurant.org/Membership.
Allied Membership benefits include access to our annual Restaurant Industry Forecast and Restaurant TrendMapper® report, invitation-only webinars and newsletters, access to our Knowledge Center’s Information Specialists, as well as Allied member logo usage for your website and other marketing materials.
The Scheduled Appointments tool is a way for exhibitors to set up and manage appointments with attendees through the Exhibitor Dashboard. This tool allows exhibitors to post available appointment times to their Show To Go profile, and attendees can reserve these appointments while logged into their Show To Go planner accounts, allowing them to easily connect with exhibitors onsite.
Utilizing the Scheduled Appointments tool will allow you to:
- Control your appointment schedule.
- Assign staff members to specific appointment times to allocate resources appropriately.
- View overall meeting schedule to see onsite booth visits.
General commercial liability insurance is required of all exhibitors. Exhibitors are required to upload a copy of their COI in the Services for the Show and Exhibitor Forms tile in the Exhibitor Dashboard.
Rainprotection is our official service provider for insurance.
See the information sheet here.
Liability and Insurance – All property of the Exhibitor is understood to remain under its custody and control in transit to and from the Show and while it is in the confines of McCormick Place. Neither Show Management, the Official Show contractor, the management of McCormick Place nor any of the officers, staff members or directors of any of the same are responsible for the safety of the property of Exhibitor’s from theft, damage by fire, accident, vandalism or other causes, and the Exhibitor expressly waives and releases any claim or demand it may have against any of them by reason of any damage to or loss of any property of the Exhibitor.
Show Management does not maintain insurance covering Exhibitor’s property. It is required that Exhibitor maintain general public liability insurance against claims for personal injury, death or property damage incident to, arising out of or in any way connected with the Exhibitor’s participation in the National Restaurant Association Show, in an amount no less than $250,000 for personal injury, death or property damage in any one occurrence. Such insurance shall name the National Restaurant Association and the National Restaurant Association Show as additional insureds on the general liability policy. Each Exhibitor is required to carry workers' compensation insurance protecting employees in accordance with the laws of the State of Illinois. Exhibitor acknowledges that it is responsible for obtaining, for its protection and entirely at its expense, such property insurance for its exhibit and display materials as the Exhibitor deems appropriate.
This insurance must be in force during the lease dates of the event naming National Restaurant Association (2055 L St. NW, Suite 700, Washington, DC 20036) as the certificate holder. The following must be named as additional insured: Winsight LLC, McCormick Place, and Freeman.
Your booth has a specific date that your materials must arrive by direct shipping. This date is also the date you can arrive onsite if you are hand-carrying your material.view on freeman online
Find out more information on our Shipping Information page of the service kit.
Your Target Check-in Date
You must check the Target Check-In Schedule to find out what date/time your materials must arrive at McCormick Place. If you are shipping your materials to McCormick all materials must arrive on this date or you will be charged extra for arriving off date.
If you are hand-carrying your materials, you can arrive on the date of your target check-in. You cannot arrive before your date.
If you ordered lead retrieval from our official lead retrieval vendor Maritz, you must pick up your lead retrieval machines in your specific Hall's pick-up location. For example if you are an exhibitor in North Hall, you can pick up your lead retrieval machine in the North Hall pick-up location only.
- South Hall Exhibitors (Aisles 100-5400)
- Service Center / Lead Retrieval: Under the Food Pods
- North Hall Exhibitors (Aisles 5500-8200)
- Service Center / Lead Retrieval: Rm N227
- Lakeside Hall Exhibitors (Aisles 8300-11600)
- Service Center / Lead Retrieval: Rm E253
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