We at Tradeshows And Displays are based here in the Chicago suburb of Schaumburg. So we have a keen interest in the convention happenings of McCormick, Rosemont, etc. I just read that McCormick Place in Chicago is doing some fancy shmancy stuff to win back tradeshow business. Most of us are familiar with the ongoing drama surrounding labor and fees in Chicago’s biggest exhibition venue. Apparently, in addition to bringing down fees and instituting more sensible labor regulations, the McCormick people are arranging for convention-goers to have some nice indulgences.
McCormick Place/SMG teamed with American Express OPEN to develop a new amenity for those attending events at McCormick Place. A premium, state-of-the-art American Express OPEN Business Lounge is projected to open this summer on level 2.5 of the Grand Concourse in the South Building. Naturally, the suits provided some self-indulgent quotes about how fabulous the lounge is, using phrases like “exciting enhancement,” “added value,” and “the McCormick Place experience…” and we won’t repeat the aforementioned quotes here. (You’re welcome.)
Let’s bottom-line it. The lounge is to include free WiFi, refreshments, computers/printers, seating for meetings, and comfy chairs to relax. And apparently it is for American Express OPEN card members and new applicants only. Gee, thanks a bunch, McCormick place! What if my company has a Visa card? I guess I’ll go sit outside on the curb and drink rainwater while I try to get a signal on my phone.
Oh, for you American Express OPEN card members, the OPEN Business Lounge will be located in the retail area of the Grand Concourse in conjunction with events taking place in the South and North Buildings.
As for us at Tradeshows And Displays , we accept AmEx, Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and checks. ;o)