Another Convention Leaving?
Does Shortshanks want to revisit that "bill of rights" for convention participants yet?
- The International Home & Housewares Show, a Chicago mainstay since 1939, plans to assess whether it should move from McCormick Place to Las Vegas or Orlando for 2012, the Rosemont-based show sponsor disclosed Tuesday.
McCormick Place, which lost two big shows last fall, is at risk of losing several more in coming months, sources said. One of them, sources said, is the National Restaurant Association, which has not yet made a commitment for its 2012 show. The restaurant show is among the city's most well-known.
The International Housewares Association's board applauded the city and state's push to cut trade show costs, but said the alternative site review is being done in case Chicago fails to make adequate progress in time for a 2012 decision. The March show is booked here for the next two years.
$75 million in business related spending. The tax revenue generated isn't anything to sneeze at when Daley has a $500 million hole in his budget and Quinn is running a deficit in the billions while trying to raise taxes.