Exhibitor Services Manual

Dear 2020 Chicago Auto Show Exhibitor:

Welcome to the 112th edition of the Chicago Auto Show and our online exhibitor manual at www.chicagoautoshow.com/exhibitors.  (The manual is not password protected.)

Unfortunately, our floor plan is not quite ready yet.  We are waiting on a couple key booth placements.  We will post it and notify you just as soon as it’s ready.  Thanks for your understanding.

In a continuing effort to ensure the safety of labor and exhibitor personnel, McCormick Place is further enforcing its policies regarding Exhibitors and their Exhibitor Appointed Contractors (EAC) registration.  We cannot emphasize enough the importance of you providing to us a complete list of the vendors who will be working within your displays during the Chicago Auto Show.  Doing so will make possible a smooth move-in for all involved.

The dates of the 2020 Chicago Auto Show are:

  • Media Preview: Thursday, Feb. 6 - Friday, Feb. 7
  • First Look for Charity: Friday, Feb. 7, 7 p.m.-11 p.m.
  • Public Show: Saturday, Feb. 8 - Monday, Feb. 17

Please note that the show is again on its 10-day schedule, and that we will open at 10 a.m. every day.  We'll close at 10 p.m., except for the last day, Feb. 17, when we close at 8 p.m.

Please take note of the deadline dates listed to take advantage of savings offered.

The Hyatt Regency McCormick Place and the Waldorf Astoria Chicago are our official hotels.  Rates at both hotels are very competitive, so we invite you to take advantage of them.

Just a friendly reminder, all advance exhibitor and corporate credential registration will be online. For those who wait until they are on-site, exhibitor and corporate credential registration will be located in room S401D on Level 4 of McCormick Place South beginning Monday, Feb. 3. Registration details are in Bulletin 11 of this manual.

If you have any questions regarding the show, please contact show management or the appropriate official service provider as indicated on the forms or bulletins in question.

Show Management

Phone: 1-630-495-2282
Fax:     1-630-495-2260

GES is both the General Services Contractor and Electrical Contractor for the show.

Phone: 1-630-339-7373
Fax:     1-702-638-6664
Email:  autoshowservice@ges.com

For your convenience, a list of contractors is provided along with Bulletin 5 and in the Quick Links section. These forms are also available in the Show Information and Bulletins Section.

Beginning Friday, Jan. 31, through Monday, Feb. 17, all Chicago Automobile Trade Association and show management offices will be in McCormick Place. All phone and fax numbers together with E-mail addresses pertaining to show management are located in both the Show Information and Bulletins tab and the Quick Links section of our exhibitor manual.

  • Executive Show Management is above the Grand Concourse and South Hall A in Room S400B.
  • The Media Center is above the Grand Concourse Lobby and North Hall B in Room N426.
  • The Exhibitor Office is on level 4 on the East side of South Hall A in Room S401A.

The Service Desk locations for GES and our other official service providers are as follows.

  • In South Hall A, below the North food pod, one level below the show floor.
  • In North Hall B, Room N226, across from the Security Office, one level below the show floor.
  • Security, Usher and Guards are located one level below the North Hall B in Room N231.

Thank you in advance for taking part in the Chicago Auto Show. With your support, we look forward to another successful edition of the nation's largest auto show.


David Sloan
General Manager

Sandi L. Potempa
Director of Special Events and Exhibitor Relations

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