The World’s Leading Home + Housewares Show

March 4–7, 2023 | McCormick Place | Chicago, IL

The World’s Leading Home + Housewares Show
March 4—7 | McCormick Place | Chicago, IL

Travel

Find details on travel to, in and around Chicago.

Travel

Find Details on Travel to, in and around Chicago.

Take advantage of the many travel options and discounts that IHA and Chicago have to offer.

Convention Center

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.

Attendee Guaranteed Parking

A limited number of guaranteed parking spaces are available at the rate of $38 per day by advance order of an Attendee Parking Permit. This permit allows access to the garages with in-and-out privileges. Parking spaces are guaranteed even if lots fill to capacity.

Coat Check + Baggage Check

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

Dates & Times

  • Saturday: 7:00 am – 7:30 pm
  • Sunday: 7:00 am – 7:30 pm
  • Monday: 7:00 am – 7:30 pm

Locations:

Lakeside Center: E256
North Building: N139
South Building: S102

Chicago Public Transportation

Metra Electric

Ride for free on the Metra, Chicago’s commuter train system, using the complimentary pass found 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 Schedules

Millennium Park (Randolph St.)

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

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 111th

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

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.

Chicago Transit Authority

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.transitchicago.com/.

Chicago Bus System

A single ride is $2.50 using exact cash, a Ventra card, pay apps (apple pay etc.) or contactless bankcards.

Chicago 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 is $2.50 using a Ventra card, a Ventra ticket, pay apps (apple pay etc.) or contactless bankcards 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 $3.30 you can take a single trip for up to 30 minutes. Any trip longer than the set time is $0.15 per extra minute. Get a 24-hour Pass from any station kiosk. For more information visit https://divvybikes.com/.

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​

For more information visit Amtrak.com.

Shuttle Bus Services

Select a hotel name from the list on the right for complete transportation 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 +1-725-777-5998 at least 20 minutes prior to desired pick-up time.

Service Times

Routes 1 – 6 will pick-up every 20 minutes between the service hours indicated below. Route 7 will pick up every 60 minutes on the half hour.

*Limited stops up Michigan Avenue from South Building Only.
Walking Distance — No Shuttle
  • Hampton Inn McCormick Place
  • Hilton Garden Inn McCormick Place
  • Home2 Suites McCormick Place
  • Hyatt Regency McCormick Place
  • Marriott Marquis

Airports

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

 

 

Airport Express

Shared Ride Fixed Rate for O’Hare & Midway – Departing McCormick Place, Gate 3

Sunday, March 6, 2022 – Monday, March 7, 2022
12:00PM – 06:00PM – Departures every 30 Minutes

$35.00* for Single Passengers
$29.50* Per Person for passengers traveling together in a pair or group

(*All rates include driver gratuity.)

Airline Discounts

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.

Private Rentals

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 +1-800-331-1600 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: B197847 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.

Pickup Locations for Limousines:

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.

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.

Pickup Locations for Taxis:

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

Visa Information

U.S.A. Visa Requirements

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.

If You Require a Visa, 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.
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.

 Additional Information:

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*

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.

International Travelers

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

Groups
Lagraff Reisen e.K.
In den Mittelweiden 2a
56220 Urmitz-Rhein
Germany
Contact: Mr. Klaus Menges
Tel: +49 2630 96370
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
Mobile: +972 54-6740020
Fax: +972 3-5102151 or 5167404
Email: orly@exponet.co.il

Mexico and Latin America (except Brazil)

Operación y Logística para Eventos (OLÉ)
Ave Del Conscripto 230
Lomas Hipódromo
53900 Naucalpan de Juárez
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

ATPI 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
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