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Travel

Find details on travel to, in and around Chicago. March 2022 information coming soon.

Hotels

Reserve your room at one of Chicago’s many hotels, conveniently located near the Show.

Show Location

McCormick Place
2301 S. King Drive
Chicago, Illinois 60616
USA

Show Location, Dates & Hours

Date Time
Saturday, March 5, 2022 10:00 am — 5:30pm*
Sunday, March 6, 2022 8:30 am — 5:30pm*
Monday, March 7, 2022 8:30 am — 5:30pm*
Tuesday, March 8, 2022 8:30 am — 3:00pm

*Power Hour: Show open until 6:30 pm on Saturday, Sunday & Monday allows you to continue meetings in progress at 5:30 pm.

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Airports

For information on Chicago airports including gate locations visit www.flychicago.com
Airline Discounts

We have partnered with both American Airlines and United Airlines to offer travel discounts for the Show.

American Airlines

Visit the below website and use code 4122DE after your flights have been selected to receive up to 5% off published fares (excluding basic economy and non-discountable fares). You may also call the American Airlines Meeting Services Department at +1-800-433-1790.

Travel must occur from February 22 through March 22 to receive the discount.

United Airlines

Visit the below website and use code ZKB5674127 before searching for flights to receive up to 10% off published fares (excluding basic economy fares). You may also call the United Meeting Reservation Desk at +1-800-426-1122.

Travel must occur from February 19 through March 15 to receive the discount.

Show Your Badge

​​To view Show your Badge Discounts at both airports click here.

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Chicago Public Transportation

2022 Information Coming Soon
Metra Electric
Train Pass

Ride for free on the Metra, Chicago’s commuter train system, using the complimentary pass found at all Information Desks in McCormick Place and on the Show App.

TIP: Even if your hotel is beyond walking distance to a downtown Metra station, take the train to one of the listed stations and then take a taxi to your final destination. It will save time and money!

Metra Train Station Information

Millennium Park Station (Randolph street) is below ground under Chicago’s newest landmark, Millennium Park. street level access to the station is on Michigan Ave. at the Southwest corner at Randolph street. Indoor access to the Hyatt Regency Chicago, Fairmont, Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel and Swissôtel via the South Water street exit is through the Illinois Center.

Van Buren Street Station is below ground on Michigan Avenue between Jackson Boulevard and Van Buren Street and allows you to emerge in the heart of Grant Park. Street level access to the station is on Michigan Avenue at the northeast, northwest and southwest corners at Van Buren Street.

Museum Campus at 11th Station is just west of Michigan Avenue at Roosevelt Road and provides access to some of the city’s most famous museums.

McCormick Place Station is located on level 2.5, in the South Building below the Grand Concourse (stairway/elevator access to the train platform). The McCormick Place station has been completely renovated. The project includes better signage, enhanced lighting and re-designs of the waiting room and platform.

Metra Train Schedules
Chicago Transit Authority (CTA)
Ventra

Ventra is the Chicago bus and train payment system. At the Ventra Vending Machines in ‘L’ Stations you can choose to purchase a Ventra card that is reloadable and can be controlled using the Ventra App or a ticket that has limited use and cannot be reloaded. Once you have downloaded the App you can also buy and use Metra mobile tickets, get notifications for your account balance and see real-time arrivals for CTA, Pace and Metra. Fares for both the train and bus are generally $2.50 per ride. For more information or to plan a trip visit https://www.transitch icago .com / .

Chicago’s Bus System

A single ride is $2.50 using exact cash or a Ventra card.

#3 King Drive Bus
The #3 King Drive Bus is the most common bus route to/from McCormick Place as it runs approximately every 15 minutes, north/ south along Michigan Avenue serving many downtown hotels, Magnificent Mile and Water Tower Place. Pick-up location: 2301 S. King Drive (In front of McCormick Place’s main entrance)

#21 Cermak Bus
#21 runs East/West and drops off at the Cermak/McCormick Place Green Line Station and the Cermak/Chinatown Red Line Station. Pick-up location: 2301 S. King Drive (In front of McCormick Place’s main entrance)

Chicago’s Rail System

Chicago’s rail system consists of train lines spanning the city and is known as the “L”, short for “elevated” train. In many parts of the world, this system is also referred to as a “subway” or “metro”. A single ride $2.50 using a Ventra card or ticket unless otherwise noted.

Green Line
The Cermak-McCormick Place Green Line station offers attendees an additional way to leave the McCormick Place campus with stops convenient for those staying in hotels south of the Chicago river and in the West Loop. Station Location: 12 e. Cermak rd. (between State St. and Wabash Ave.) two blocks northwest of the West Building.

Blue Line
The Blue line offers service directly from O’Hare International Airport to the Chicago Loop and Oak Park. It is convenient to hotels south of the River and connects to the Green, Orange and Red Lines at the Clark/Lake station. The fare entering the O’Hare Station is $5.00.

Orange Line
The Orange line offers service directly from Midway Airport to the Chicago Loop. It is convenient to hotels south of the River and connects to the Green, Blue and Red Lines at the Clark/Lake station.

Red Line
The Cermak-Chinatown Red Line station also offers attendees a way to get to McCormick Place. It has convenient stops for those staying in hotels in River North/Streeterville, Gold Coast, Lincoln Park, Lakeview and Wrigleyville. Station Location: Between Clark St. and Wentworth Ave, four blocks northwest of the West Building.

Divvy Bike Rental

Divvy is a bike sharing system that offers thousands of bikes at multiple stations across Chicagoland. For $15 (debit or credit card), you can unlock a bicycle and begin your trip. Ride codes are good for only one trip. Your Bike Pass includes unlimited trips of 3 hours or shorter for a 24 hour period. For $3.00 you can take a single trip for up to 30 minutes. Any trip longer than the set time is $3.00 for 30 minutes. Get a 24-hour Pass from any sta- tion kiosk.

Pick-up Location: 2301 s. King Drive (In front of McCormick Place’s main entrance)

Amtrak

Amtrak, the national rail operator, connects America with 21,000 route miles in 46 states, the District of Columbia and three Canadian provinces. If you plan on taking the train to Chicago be sure to take advantage of their early-bird and multi-passenger sales. Customers can save 20% on coach fares with a 14-day advance purchase on most reserved trains and save up to 45% on coach fares when six people travel together on share fare option with two-day advance purchase:

  • Passenger 1 – full price
  • Passenger 2 – 15% off full price
  • Passenger 3 – 60% off full price
  • Passenger 4 to 6 - 70% off full price​

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Convention Center

2022 Information Coming Soon
McCormick Place - Directions, Parking + Gate Information

Rideshare companies such as Uber and Lyft may now both pickup and drop-off at McCormick Place. Click on the McCormick Place Gate Locations pdf for more information on designated pickup and drop-off locations.

31st Street Parking Lot Shuttle (Lot B)

There will be a complimentary shuttle running to and from McCormick Place for those parked in McCormick Place’s Lot B. The shuttle will pick-up and drop-off at Gate 27 of the North Building.

Lot B Shuttle Schedule:
Saturday: 8:00 am - 6:30 pm
Sunday: 7:30 am - 6:30 pm
Monday: 7:30 am - 6:30 pm
Tuesday: 7:30 am - 4:00 pm

Coat Check & Baggage Check

Complimentary coat and luggage check is available in each building at McCormick Place.

Coat Check Date and Times:

Saturday, March 57:00 am - 7:30 pm
Sunday, March 67:00 am - 7:30 pm
Monday, March 77:00 am - 7:30 pm
Tuesday, March 87:00 am - 7:00 pm

Locations:
Lakeside Center: E256
North Building: N139
South Building: S102 and Gate 4

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Private Rentals

2022 Information Coming Soon

Avis Car Rental

We have partnered with Avis Car Rental to offer travel discounts for the Show. Use the Avis Worldwide Discount (AWD) Number: Y110058 when you reserve your car online or when you call +1-800-525-7537 to receive up to 30% off your rental cost.

Budget Car Rental

We have partnered with Budget Car Rental to offer travel discounts for the Show. Use the BCD Number: U001650 when you reserve your car online or when you call +1-800-842-5628.

Transportation Services (Charters/Limousines)

Contact CMAC, LLC for special transportation services for group events, off site events, VIP transport and charter ser- vices. Transportation options include limousines, airport VIP meet and transport, deluxe mini coaches and more.

IHA has designated limousine and private charter dispatch areas. Vehicles will be notified through a radio as exhibitors and attendees arrive at the appropriate gate. Please communicate these pickup and drop-off locations to your limousine or private charter company.

McCormick Place pickup locations for Limos:

Lakeside Center: Level 2, Gate 38 - from ft. Dearborn Drive and follow directions.

North & South Buildings: Level 1, Gate 27 - at East Lobby of the South Building, (2 levels below the Grand Concourse). Limos should enter from 31st street at Moe Drive and follow directions.

McCormick Place pickup locations for Private Charters:

Lakeside Center: Level 2, Gate 38 - Private charters can enter from southbound Lake shore Drive through the taxi slip ramp or from ft. Dearborn Drive and follow directions.

North & South Buildings: Level 1, Gate 26 - at east Lobby of the South Building, (2 levels below the Grand Concourse). Private charters should enter from 31st street at Moe Drive and follow directions.

McCormick Place pickup locations for taxis:

  • Lakeside Center: Level 2, Gate 30
  • North Building: Level 1, Gate 22
  • South Building: Level 1, McCormick Square, Gate 4

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Shuttle Bus Services

2022 Information Coming Soon
Individual Hotel Information Sheets (Coming Soon!)

Select a hotel for complete Shuttle bus information. Before boarding the shuttle be sure to check in the window for the McCormick Place Building that it is servicing and familiarize yourself with the pick-up location once you have arrived at McCormick Place.

Complimentary Shuttle Bus

Complimentary shuttle bus service will be provided between the official Show hotels and McCormick Place during morning and evening hours. The on-site shuttle bus office is open on show days 30 minutes prior and 30 minutes after the hours listed below. For special needs transportation, please call +1-877-589-2671 at least 20 minutes prior to desired pick-up time.

Service Times

Routes 1 - 6 will pick-up every 15-20 minutes between the service hours indicated below.
Route 7 will pick up every 30 minutes.

*Limited stops up Michigan Avenue from South Building Only.

  • Allerton - A Warwick Hotel
  • Ambassador Chicago
  • Blackstone, Autograph Collection
  • Chicago Athletic Association
  • Chicago Marriott Downtown
  • Conrad Chicago
  • Courtyard Chicago Magnificent Mile
  • Courtyard Chicago River North
  • Doubletree Magnificent Mile
  • Embassy Suites Downtown
  • Embassy Suites Magnificent Mile
  • Fairfield Inn & Suites Magnificent Mile
  • Fairfield Inn & Suites River North
  • Fairmont Chicago
  • Four Seasons
  • Gwen Chicago, The
  • Hampton Inn & Suites
  • Hilton Chicago
  • Hilton Suites
  • Homewood Suites Chicago Downtown
  • Hotel Cass, a Holiday Inn Express
  • Hyatt Centric Magnificent Mile
  • Hyatt Regency Chicago
  • InterContinental Chicago
  • JW Marriott
  • Langham Chicago
  • Loews Chicago
  • Millennium Knickerbocker Chicago
  • Moxy Chicago
  • Omni Chicago
  • Palmer House Hilton
  • Peninsula Chicago
  • Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel
  • Renaissance Chicago Hotel
  • Residence Inn River North
  • Ritz-Carlton Chicago
  • Sheraton Grand
  • Sofitel Chicago
  • Springhill Suites River North
  • St. Jane
  • Swissotel Chicago
  • theWit, a DoubleTree Hotel
  • Virgin Chicago
  • W Chicago City Center
  • W Chicago Lakeshore
  • Waldorf Astoria
  • Westin Michigan Avenue
  • Westin River North
Walking Distance — No Shuttle
  • Hampton Inn McCormick Place
  • Hilton Garden Inn McCormick Place
  • Home2Suites by Hilton McCormick Place
  • Hyatt Regency McCormick
  • Marriott Marquis

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International Travelers

2022 Information Coming Soon

Visa Letters

Attendees who require a visa to enter the U.S. should complete visa questions when registering for the Show. A Visa Letter can be automatically sent via email. Attendees who require a hand-signed document, can also make this request during the registration process.

Complimentary Shuttle Bus

Complimentary shuttle bus service will be provided between the official block hotels and McCormick Place during morning and evening hours.

Airport Express Service

Airport Express Bus Service provides transportation between the airport and McCormick Place. 

From O'Hare International Airport to McCormick Place

take an airport express van to all major downtown hotels or McCormick Place. Vans run from 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. daily. Boarding areas and airport express van service personnel are located in the baggage claim areas of all terminals. frequency is every 15-20 minutes.

From Midway Airport to McCormick Place

Take an Airport Express van to all major downtown hotels at McCormick Place. Vans run from 7:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. daily. Boarding area and airport express bus service personnel are located in the baggage claim at LL Door 3. Frequency is every 20-25 minutes.

From McCormick Place to O’Hare Airport & Midway Airport

Airport Express operates bus service from McCormick Place South Building (Gate 3) and Lakeside Center (Gate 37) to O'Hare Inter- national and Midway Airports on all Show days. Direct service from McCormick Place to both airports will run:

Saturday10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Sunday12:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Monday11:00 am - 6:00 pm
Tuesday10:00 am - 6:00 pm

Service runs every 30 minutes, more frequent service will be made available based on demand. To make a reservation at times other than those listed above, call (888) 284-3826. Reservations should be made a day in advance. Last minute reservations can be made on a space available basis. Prices listed are subject to change.

O'Hare AirportPer PersonMidway AirportPer Person
Single One Way$32.94Single One Way$27.94
Single Round Trip$60.94Single Round Trip$50.94
Group Fare One Way*
(One Way)
$23.94Group Fare One Way*
(One Way)
$17.94
Group Fare Round Trip*$42.94Group Fare Round Trip*$30.94

Children 5 and under ride free | children 6-12 are $13.00 each
*Pair and group fares are per person, must travel together at the same time, to the same place and is priced per person.

International Travel Offices

IHA works with the following travel agencies who can help you book hotel rooms and airfares to attend The Inspired Home Show.

Housewares Travel Desk

Telephone: 800-752-1052 (toll free from within the U.S.)
Telephone: 1-312-527-7300
Fax: 1-312-329-9513
Email: housewares@onpeak.com

Brazil

iEvento Promoções e Turismo
Rua Dr Renato Paes de Barros 696 cj 24
São Paulo – SP – 04530-000
Brazil
Contact: Mr. Jairo Klapp
Tel: +55 11 3071 2277, +55 11 9194 5000 (Mobile)
Email: jairo@ievento.com.br
Web: www.ievento.com.br

China

Orient Event Service
165 Xu Hui Qu Cao Xi Road
#1212 Hua Yi Building
200235 Shanghai
China
Tel: +86 21 5109 9795
Fax: +86 21 6464 4008
E-mail: booking@orient-explorer.com.cn

Germany

Individuals
Fairtime! Touristik GmbH
Bodenseestr. 6
82194 Gröbenzell
Germany
Contact:
Ms. Rosina Winkler
Tel: +49 8142 418 6123
Email: rosina.winkler@fairtime.de
Web: www.fairtime.de

Groups
Lagraff Reisen e.K.
In den Mittelweiden 2a
56220 Urmitz-Rhein
Germany
Contact: Mr. Klaus Menges
Tel: +49 2630 96370
Fax: +49 2630 963717
Email: klaus.menges@lagraff.de
Web: www.lagraff.de

Hong Kong

Advalue Travel Limited
Room 1005B, Java Commercial Ctr
128 Java Road
North Point

Hong Kong
Contact: Benny MOK
Tel: +852 2866 9783
Fax: +852 2866 9797
Email: oper@EventTrip.com

Israel

Forum Travel & Events Ltd
Expotour Exhibitions & Conferences
Trade Tower Bldg, 25 Hamered St.
Tel Aviv
Israel
Contact: Orly Glassman
Tel: +972 3-5102150
Fax: +972 3-5102151 or 5167404
Email: orly@exponet.co.il

Mexico and Latin America (except Brazil)

Operación y Logística para Eventos (OLÉ)
Temístocles 321
Polanco IV Sección
11500 México City
México
Contact: Rafael Fernandez
Tel: +52 55 8880 1636 ext. 101
Email: rfernandez@olemx.com
Web: www.olemx.com

OLÉ international service numbers (reduced
toll):
Chile: 123 0020-8059
Colombia: 01 800 952-0305
Costa Rica: 0 800 052-1361
Mexico: 01 800-215-3289
Nicaragua: 00 1800 505-10207

New Zealand

Business World Travel
Level 5, 187 Broadway
Newmarket
P.O. Box 99-088
Auckland 1015
New Zealand
Contact: Grant Bevin
Tel: +64 9 529 3700
Fax: +64 9 529 2855
Email: gbevin@bwt.co.nz
Email: tradefairs@bwt.co.nz
Web: www.bwt.co.nz

Portugal

Exposé Viagens & Turismo Lda
Urbanizacão do Mercado Novo
Loja 19
Torre da Medronheira

Olhos de Água
8200-650 Albufeira
Portugal
Contact: Teresa Cordeiro
Tel: +351 289 501835
Fax: +351 289 502260
Email: : teresa@exposeviagens.com
Web: : www.exposeviagens.com

Turkey

Meet Travel
Cayırbaşı Cad. Zafer Apt 29/3
Sarıyer
34453 Istanbul  
Turkey
Tel: +90 212 218 1800
Fax: +90 212 218 1801
Contact person: Levent Öztunç
Email: info@meettravel.com

United Kingdom

Expose Travel
82 Whyteleafe Road
Caterham
Surrey CR3 5EF
United Kingdom
Contact: Paul Vasdev
Tel: 44 (0)1883 349 576, 44 (0)777 617 4786
Email:
paul@exposetravel.uk

Web: exposetravel.uk

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U.S.A. Visa Requirements

Attendee Information
If You Require a Visa to Enter the United States

Follow the steps below to receive an invitation letter from The Inspired Home Show:

  1. Register to attend the Show
  2. During the registration process, you will be prompted for a visa invitation letter. If you require the original copy of the letter sent, you must enter a shipping account number. Otherwise, an electronic copy will be available to you.
  3. Once you submit your request, the confirmation page will provide a link to an electronic version of your letter. This link will also appear in your badge registration confirmation email after you register.
Visa Waiver Program Countries

There are currently 39 countries participating in the Visa Waiver Program.

To learn more and to download an ESTA Fact Sheet, please go to https://www.cbp.gov/travel/international-visitors/esta

  • Andorra
  • Australia
  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Brunei
  • Chile
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • Japan
  • Republic of Korea
  • Latvia 
  • Liechtenstein
  • Lithuania 
  • Luxembourg
  • Malta
  • Monaco
  • Netherlands
  • New Zealand
  • Norway
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • San Marino
  • Singapore
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • Taiwan
  • United Kingdom*
If You Do Not Require a Visa

If you do not require a visa and plan to enter the United States under the Visa Waiver Program* (VWP), please note the following:

All nationals and citizens of Visa Waiver Program (VWP) countries are required by law to obtain a travel authorization prior to initiating travel to the United States under the VWP. This authorization may be obtained online through the Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA™), an Internet application administered by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) through a U.S. government Website.

The ESTA™ application Website is available in 24 languages and includes a help section that provides additional information for VWP travelers to guide them through the application process. To start the authorization process, please go to https://www.cbp.gov/travel/international-visitors/esta.

 

Note: Any traveler without a machine-readable passport will be required to obtain a visa before coming to the United States.

NOTE: The citizens of the new countries of Curacao, Bonaire, St Eustatius, Saba and St Maarten (the former Netherlands Antilles) are not eligible to travel to the United States under the Visa Waiver Program if they are applying for admission with passports from these countries.

*To be eligible to travel under the VWP, British citizens must have the unrestricted right of permanent abode in England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland, the Channel Islands, and the Isle of Man.