Graph Expo More Exhibitor Friendly
New legislation passed in May by the Illinois General Assembly will result in greater work rule flexibility and lower costs at McCormick Place for vendors exhibiting at Graph Expo 2010. Additional changes, including reductions in utilities, related services, and in food and beverage pricing, will also positively affect attendees. This year's show takes place Oct. 3-6 at McCormick Place in Chicago.
The legislation changes certain work rules at McCormick Place that will provide greater flexibility for exhibitors in their booth setup and takedown procedures. Exhibitors will now be able to do their own booth and equipment setup and dismantling using their own ladders and hand tools, regardless of booth size.
Attendees will now enjoy new pricing plans for food service. A 10 percent price reduction will be implemented for all catering and exhibitor catering menu items, with additional reductions going toward coffee, soda and bottled water. Pricing for purchases from all non-branded food outlets will be reduced by 20 percent. Exhibitors will now be able to bring their own food and beverages into McCormick Place for personal consumption.
The McCormick Place bill was passed with overwhelming support by both houses of the Illinois General Assembly and was subsequently signed into law by Illinois Governor Pat Quinn. The legislation will allow Chicago to compete more effectively for exhibition business against rival cities such as Las Vegas and Orlando.