FAQs for Exhibitors

All your questions, answered.

Planning for the 2023 Show is Underway!

Favorite this page today to find important updates and links throughout the Show planning cycle. Have questions? Reach out to your Exhibitor Services Team

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 Association Show Service Provider, the National Restaurant Association cannot vouch for their legitimacy, nor endorse their services. If in doubt, call us at 312-853-2525.

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Basic Show Information

What are the dates, location, and hours of the 2023 National Restaurant Association Show?

The 2023 National Restaurant Association Show will take place at McCormick Place in Chicago, Illinois from Saturday, May 20 - Tuesday, May 23.

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2023 Show Exhibit Hall Hours:

Saturday, May 20 - Monday May 22: 9:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Tuesday, May 23: 9:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Who may attend the Show?

The National Restaurant Association Show is open to professionals involved in the restaurant, foodservice, and hospitality industry.

Does the Show have a policy about age requirements?

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 Association 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.

How do I join the online conversation about the National Restaurant Association Show?

Join us online at Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. Use #23RESTAURANTSHOW.


What is The Show To Go?

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 2023 Show To Go begins in September 2022 with the launch of attendee registration and will continue through the 2023 Show.


About Your Booth

Manage your 2023 Show profile in your exhibitor dashboard.

As part of your benefits of exhibiting in our Show, you have access to our 365, Show To Go interactive website and directory, Login Now

When our 2023 Attendee Registration launches in September, we will switch to 2023 Show To Go promotions.

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*
- Collateral
- Scheduled Events

*Leads includes Name, Email, Title & Company Name of Operators who viewed your Profile and added you to their Show To Go.

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What is included in my booth?

Included in your booth:

• 8 ft. high back draping plus 3 ft. high side divider drapes (except islands, peninsulas receive 8 ft. high drape in the middle 10 ft. of their backwall and 3 ft. high drape on the sides)

• ID sign with company name and booth number

• 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

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How can I register my personnel for badges?

Registration instructions will become available in early 2023.

How can I send customer invites?

Registration instructions will become available in early 2023.

How do I change my company name?

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 nraexhibitorservices@winsightmedia.com to request the update.

Can I sample food and beverage at my booth?

The Food & Beverage Sampling form will become available in early 2023.

Cooking Appliances

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

• Charcoal

• Untreated mulch, Hay, Straw, Bamboo and Spanish moss

Can I sample alcohol at my booth?

The Alcohol Sampling form will become available in early 2023.

How many complimentary exhibitor badges do I receive with my booth?

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.].

Registration will be available in early 2023.

Payment Information

Where can I manage my account?

Current exhibitors may view/print the most up-to-date invoices and pay their deposit/balance via credit card in their online accounts:
Go to My Account
You will need your exhibitor ID from your approval email, your password, and your name.
Retrieve your password

NOTE: The balance due reflects booth space only and does not include outstanding balances with any other contractors.

We accept credit card, check, and wire/ACH payments.
If you are sending a check please send to one of the addresses below:
via United States Postal Service:
Winsight, LLC / Restaurant Show
P.O. Box 844604
Boston, MA 02284-4604

via FedEx, UPS, or Overnight Carrier:
FIS - Lockbox Operations
c/o Winsight, LLC
10 Dan Road - Dock #2
Canton, MA 02021

Can I use a credit card to pay for my booth space?

Yes, we accept all major credit cards (American Express, Visa, Mastercard, Discover Card). If your contracted total cost is more than $17,100 you must submit a check or wire payment. There will be no exceptions.

Do you accept wire transfers or ACH payments?

Yes, we accept payments by wire transfer or ACH. If you would like to pay using this method, please email nraexhibitorservices@winsightmedia.com.

How can I request a copy of your W-9?

Please login to your exhibitor dashboard, click the tile ‘Submit Payments / Download Invoice’, then click the button ‘Download Invoice(s)’. This will download a pdf copy of your invoice as well as a copy of our current W-9.


How do I find my company password?

Your company password can be found on your approval email you received upon signing your contract for the Show. If you can’t find it please click through to request your password.

What utility ports are in my booth?

View here.

How do I become an association member?

National Restaurant Association Membership (Allied Membership)
To become an Allied Member visit Restaurant.org/Join.

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.

Where can I find more information for exhibitors?

Visit our Current Exhibitors page where you can find our Marketing Resources Center, Exhibitor Training Series, and links to other important resources for preparing for the Show

How do I reserve housing?

Hotel arrangements for National Restaurant Association Show 2023 can be made through OnPeak official housing.

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Where can I park during the Show? How much does it cost?

Purchase parking passes directly from McCormick Place ahead of the Show with Exhibitor Guaranteed Parking. Lots can fill up on Show days, so purchasing ahead of time gives you peace of mind that you will have a spot. Visit McCormick Place's website and search by “National Restaurant Association".

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