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Top Ten Convention Centers | How Does Chicago Rate?

Business Review USA has rated the top ten convention centers in the nation. Here they are, starting with number one:

Orange County Convention Center (OCCC), Orlando
McCormick Place, Chicago
Las Vegas Convention Center
Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Washington, D.C.
Dallas Convention Center
Georgia World Congress Center, Atlanta
Phoenix Convention Center
Moscone Convention Center, San Francisco
Anaheim Convention Center
San Diego Convention Center

So, there is good ol’ McCormick, right there at Números Dos. What sets OCCC above the rest? As stated in Exhibitors Daily, “The Orange County Convention Center was selected as No. 1 because of its significant economic impact the facility brings to the community, which amounts to $87.50 in estimated tax savings to each Orange County household every year. The article also highlights the center’s amenities, including full-service restaurants, food courts, remote airline check-in and on-site massage.”

Hint hint. Not only is it a busy convention center in a temperate climate with amenities, but it provides a benefit to the area residents, as well. Maybe McCormick Place should rework its financial plan so that it saves every resident of  Cook County $87.50 in taxes each year. Hell, we’ll even round it down to $86, just to be nice.

Considering that eight of the top ten facilities are located in a temperate or warm climate, I think McCormick did exceptionally well for itself. Things we at Tradeshows And Displays think it has going for it are:

It is the most centrally located in the nation (among the top ten)
It is the largest in the USA
The four exhibit halls are attached to keep visitors out of the weather
Chicago has two airports for travel options galore
It’s in the heart of a world-class city
The higher-ups of McCormick are executing ongoing improvements
High ceilings and large windows improve the atmosphere
Clean and numerous bathrooms

Yes, we may complain about McCormick, but it does have its good points, too.

Regardless of where you are exhibiting, come to Tradeshows And Displays first. We’ll help you make a great impression!




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