If you are reading this, you more than likely know about what McCormick Place is and you probably know where it is…so we’re not going to talk about that AGAIN. However, perhaps you haven’t been there in a while. In this blog we are going to introduce you to the “what to do and where to go” when traveling to McCormick Place for a convention / tradeshow.

McCormick Place is home to two hotels…and soon to be home to another…
Hyatt Regency McCormick Place
Marriott Marquis Chicago
Hilton (The Hilton is set to open at the end of 2018)

Why stay in these two hotels and soon to be three?

1.   Close to your show site in case you need to do any last-minute changes to your exhibit before the show opens.
2.   Beautiful accommodation’s that not only feel like you are there for pleasure but also there for relaxation (which can be great coming back to your room after a long show, standing on your feet all day).
3.   You’re in the beautiful city of Chicago and close to other desirable destinations.


What else is there to do? Check out McCormick Square! A new hip and happening place that is fueling its economic impact from the Tradeshow Industry. McCormick Square is at the cross roads of Bronzeville, South Loop and Chinatown. It is where these three neighborhoods converge.

What to do in McCormick Square, you might ask? Well…

1.Craft Breweries
a. Motor Row Brewing
b. Vice District Brewing
c. Baderbrau
d. Moody Tounge Brewing
2. Live Music!
a. Reggies
3. Food
a. Rylon’s Smokehouse
b. Pizano’s Pizza & Pasta
c. Chicago Firehouse Restaurant
d. Café Bionda
e. Kroll’s South Loop

But wait, there’s more! Check out the Wintrust Arena that is connected through sky bridges to McCormick Place and the Marriot Marquis! The Wintrust Arena is home to Chicago Sky, our own WNBA team, as well as DePaul University’s women’s and men’s basketball.

You’re probably thinking “How on earth will I remember all of this information?” Fear not, download the MARTY by McCormick Square app on your smartphone. With it, you will have access to:

1. Food and Drink Locations
2. Events
3. Attractions
4. Mind & Body
5. Services

Stay tuned…we are going to be providing MEC reviews on all the latest and the greatest on the area’s around McCormick Square!