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McCormick Place Entry and Exit Procedures

Chicago Auto Show - McCormick Place and exhibit hall access

To: Exhibitors, official show contractors, exhibitor appointed contractors and their subcontractors 

As mentioned in the credential registration email of December 21, 2017, McCormick Place has introduced new mandatory Building Entry and Exit Procedure (BEEP). It is designed to create a secure and controlled building and show floor. While the primary focus of this program is labor, it also impacts others who need access to the building and show floor. 

There will be designated points of entry and security checkpoints depending on the category you fall under. Wristbands will be required in most instances. Please review the categories listed below, find the one you fall under, and follow the directions shown. This new process aims to provide additional levels of security and safety for everyone working and visiting the building.

Category 1 - All represented Union Labor, local third party EAC contractors, service desk personnel/management and official contractors (GES)

This category will enter the facility via the following locations:

  • January 28- February 22, 2018: From Lot B, the South Building labor corridor entrance at empty crate storage: personnel to stop and swipe their McCormick Place ID into reader and obtain the daily wristband from McCormick Place Security Staff. Wristbands to be worn on wrist no exceptions. 
  • February 1- 9 & February 20-22: From Lot C Lakeside Building exit east ramp from garage: personnel to stop and swipe their McCormick Place ID into reader and obtain the daily wristband from McCormick Place Security Staff to be worn on wrist no exceptions. 
  • The wristband permits access into McCormick Place for the day. At all times, approved access into the exhibit hall is at the discretion of the Chicago Auto Show and all must comply with their entry regulations.
  • Hours of operations at the above checkpoint will be posted. After hours, McCormick Place Security will provide McCormick Place daily wristband at the Gate 22/Level 1 North Security Office.

Category 2 - Out of town EAC/EAC Management 

Note: Every EAC/Third Party that will service The Chicago Auto Show must be registered with both McCormick Place and The Chicago Auto Show.  

  • January 28- February 6, from 7am-3:30pm daily: McCormick Place Security will staff a check-point in the Grand Concourse outside the Exhibit Halls. Here they will check that the EAC is on the approved EAC list for both McCormick Place and the Chicago Auto Show. 
  • Part of the registration process includes CAS on-line credential registration. The link and password will be shared once your McCormick Place and CAS registrations are confirmed.
    1. Every EAC company will create one list for all of their employees. 
    2. Two primary points of contact and their cell phone numbers are required. 
    3. The credential classification selected must be Exhibitor Appointed Contractor. 
    4. In the duties section please use one of the following three entries along with a brief description of their actual duties. This section will be closely monitored.
    • (a) I&D for those needing building access January 28-February 9 & after 8 p.m. on February 19-February 22.
    • (b) Public for those needing building access February 10-19.
    • (c) I&D and Public for those needing access January 28-February 22. 
  • The deadline to register for credentials is end-of-business January 25. These approved lists will be used at the check-in point. 
  • At the check-in point, if an individual does not already have a CAS named credential or a McCormick Place ID, the individual will need a business card or company ID, along with a state or approved government photo ID matching their name on the official list. At that time the McCormick Place daily wristband will be provided. 
  • At all times, approved access into the exhibit hall is at the discretion of the Chicago Auto Show and all must comply with their entry regulations.
  • After hours, McCormick Place Security will provide McCormick Place daily wristband at the Gate 22/Level 1 North Security Office. 

Category 3 - Exhibitors and official show management vendors

  • January 28- February 6, from 7am-3:30pm daily: McCormick Place Security will staff a check-point in the Grand Concourse outside the Exhibit Halls to distribute McCormick Place daily wristband for Exhibitors and official show management vendors that have not received their CAS named credential.
    • Exhibitors - To receive the McCormick Place daily wristband, your company must be listed on the official Exhibitor list provided by Chicago Auto Show. The individual will need a business card or company ID, along with a state or approved government photo ID. If these are not available, they will be asked to sign in to the daily log. The log will be provided to show management at day's end for follow up. This process will continue each day until the exhibitor has been issued a CAS named credential. Once the credential is received, no wristbands are needed for the exhibitor. 
    • Official show management vendors -  To receive the McCormick Place daily wristband, your company must be on the official show management vendor list provided by the Chicago Auto Show. The individual will need a business card or company ID, along with a state or approved government photo ID. If these are not available, they will be asked to sign in to the daily log. The log will be provided to show management at day's end for follow up. This process will continue each day until the exhibitor has been issued a CAS named credential. Once the credential is received, no wristbands are needed.
  • NOTE: Starting on February 7, official show credentials, i.e. Install and Dismantle Passes, CAS named credentials and/or Media Credentials will be required from the Chicago Auto Show for access to the exhibit hall. A check-in desk will no longer be available in the Grand Concourse starting February 7.
  • At all times, approved access into the exhibit hall is at the discretion of the Chicago Auto Show and all must comply with their entry regulations.
  • After hours, McCormick Place Security will provide McCormick Place daily wristband at the Gate 22/Level 1 North Security Office. 

Category 4 - Empty Crate Company and Cleaning Company Managers, McCormick Place management and service staff, SAVOR Staff and Aramark should contact McCormick Place directly. 

Questions on BEEP:

Tom Cassell - tcassell@mccormickplace.com or Tamar Buttacavoli - tbuttacavoli@mccormickplace.com

Questions on McCormick Place EAC Registration 

Natalie Moten - nmoten@mccormickplace.com

Questions on Chicago Auto Show EAC Registration , Insurance or Credentials 

Lori Gundlach - credentials@cata.info or Sandi Potempa - spotempa@cata.info