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Exhibitor Information

Abbott Health and Fitness Expo

2019 Abbott Health & Fitness Expo exhibitor information

Below is all the information you need to prepare for your exhibit at the 2019 Abbott Health & Fitness Expo. As a registered vendor, you will need this information to coordinate your booth set-up with McCormick Place and Freeman Decorating, including carpeting, phone services, internet lines, signage and electrical, among other on-site necessities.

McCormick Place security and first aid: 312.791.6060

Expo director: Paul Brackey
Email: paul.brackey@cemevent.com

Discounted parking at the Health & Fitness Expo
Discounted parking is available to all Abbott Health & Fitness Expo attendees parking in Lot A only on October 11 and 12 (Friday to Saturday).

To view the McCormick Map and get driving directions to the
parking lots: mccormickplace.com/attendees/getting-here.php

Expo hours – Open to the public
Friday, October 11, from 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, October 12, from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Exhibitor move-in hours – Loading dock
Thursday, October 10, from 8:00 am. to 5:00 p.m.

New Exhibitor Credentials Registration

Please follow the below steps to receive exhibitor credentials:

  1. Please register for exhibitor credentials by clicking the button below.
  2. The email address used when registering must be unique to each entry or it will be ignored by the system. You cannot register multiple people under the same email address.
  3. Bring confirmation email and photo ID to exhibitor check-in at the entrance of the Expo Hall (B1) to receive a credential.
  4. Ensure that ALL staff members working at exhibiting booths are registered. Those who are not registered will not receive a credential that gives access to the expo hall.
  5. Please add the following email address to your address book to ensure receipt of confirmation email:  “2019 Bank of America Chicago Marathon – Exhibitor Confirmation” emos@cemevent.com.
Exhibitor credential registration

Expo Credential Distribution dates and times:

  • Wednesday, October 9th: (only booths 20×20 and larger) 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. – Expo Show office
  • Thursday, October 10th: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the main Expo entrance
  • Friday, October 11th: 7:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. at the main Expo entrance
  • Saturday, October 12th: 7:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. at the main Expo entrance

*Note: Only exhibitors accessing the Expo Hall outside of hall hours must register for a credential. When picking up your credential you will be required to show a photo ID. There will be no access to the exhibitor hall without one. Exhibitors who are only working during hall hours are not required to have a credential as the Expo is open to the public during that time.

Floor plan

2019 Abbott Health & Fitness Expo floor plan (.pdf)
2019 Abbott Health & Fitness Expo exhibitor list (.pdf)

Administrative forms

Bank of America Chicago Marathon W-9 (.pdf)

Certificate of Insurance Requirements
All Exhibitors are required to submit a Certificate of Insurance via email to insurance@cemevent.net by Friday, September 20, 2019. Please review our requirements in the following link: chicagomarathon.com/coi

Exhibitors that need to purchase race weekend coverage to meet our requirements can do so through our insurance broker, Associated Agencies, via the following link: chicagomarathon.com/insurance.

Freeman Decorating Exhibitor kit

FreemanOnline is your go-to resource for show information, schedules, contacts, shipping information, online ordering, and everything you need to make this your best exhibit ever!

The lowest prices for Freeman products and services are available only by ordering online!

McCormick Place online ordering and food sampling

McCormick Place online ordering
Telephone services
Internet services
Authorization request – food sampling (.pdf)

Automobile and Small Utility Vehicle Program (ASUV)

McCormick Place allows exhibitors to unload and load small privately-owned vehicles without hiring labor at designated areas in the building. Show management will determine the hours of operation for each event. We encourage exhibitors to participate in the ASUV program using one of the options listed on our website. Please visit mccormickplace.com/exhibitors/asuv for complete details.

Wednesday, October 9, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Thursday, October 10, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Move out
Saturday, October 12, from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Sustainability guidelines

View the event and McCormick Place sustainability initiatives and guidelines to see how you can help make the Health & Fitness Expo more sustainable.

Sustainability tips for exhibitors (.pdf)


Experient is the official housing partner of the Bank of America Chicago Marathon, offering access to exclusive room blocks at the city’s most desirable hotels. The housing site for the 2019 Bank of America Chicago Marathon has closed. If you have questions in regard to reservations booked through Experient, please email chi@experient-inc.com or call 800.967.8852. International individuals, please call 847.996.5832.

Still looking for a hotel room for the 2019 race? View a list of properties with rooms available.

Hilton Chicago
The Hilton Chicago is the official headquarter hotel of the Bank of America Chicago Marathon. Overlooking Grant Park and Lake Michigan, the Hilton Chicago boasts 1,544 deluxe guest rooms. Ideally located on famed Michigan Avenue, and near the start and finish of the race, the Hilton Chicago is also within walking distance of Millennium Park, museums, shopping and the Loop Business District.

Learn more about Hilton Chicago and the amenities they offer on the Hilton Chicago fact sheet.


American Airlines
With over 500 daily flights at Chicago O’Hare International (ORD) and the ability to connect on to more than 120 destinations worldwide, American is proud to bring people to the Windy City. American Airlines is the official airline of the Bank of America Chicago Marathon.

American Airlines logo

Chicago Transit Authority (CTA)
The Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) offers an economical and convenient way to get to and from Grant Park on race day. For the most up-to-date travel information and to learn how to use the CTA bus and rail system visit transitchicago.com.

CTA Logo

Metra Electric
Take the Metra Electric line to and from the Abbott Health & Fitness Expo. Metra Electric provides frequent service between McCormick Place and downtown. View the Metra Electic schedule and visit metrarail.com for more information.

Metra Logo

South Shore Line
Participants and spectators are encouraged to take the South Shore Line to the Bank of America Chicago Marathon and Abbott Health & Fitness Expo. The South Shore Line runs from South Bend, Indiana to Chicago with stops along the way.

Park your car at one of the convenient South Shore Line stations and ride in comfort to the Abbott Health & Fitness Expo and to Grant Park on race day. For more information about stations and tickets visit mysouthshoreline.com or call 312.836.7000.

South Shore Line


Abbott Health & Fitness Expo parking
Parking will be available to all Abbott Health & Fitness Expo Attendees at McCormick Place Parking Lot A for a reduced rate of $10 on Friday and Saturday only. You must have your parking ticket validated at the Health & Fitness Expo in order to receive the reduced rate.

View directions on how to get to Abbott Health & Fitness Expo parking.

Millennium Garages
Millennium Garages offer the closest race day parking options to Grant Park at the Grant Park North, Grant Park South, Millennium Park, and Millennium Lakeside garages.
Learn more.

Apple Pay

Apple Pay is an easy, secure way to pay in stores, within apps, and online with an Apple device. The Apple Pay Team will be onsite at the Abbott Health & Fitness Expo to assist customers with setup, education, and provide cool giveaways. We’re promoting all the ways consumers can use Apple Pay to get around town, make purchases at the Expo, and enjoy the Post-Race party. Our plan is to highlight exhibitors that accept Apple Pay in our marketing and social media. This will drive an increase in sales and traffic for participating exhibitors.

Our overarching goal is to provide a great experience for race participants and enthusiasts by supporting exhibitors and local businesses. Each exhibitor participating in our promotion will receive the following support:

  • Apple Pay POS signage
  • Ensure exhibitor has the capability to accept cashless payments
  • Facilitate point of sale terminal upgrades if needed

Learn more about the benefits of accepting Apple Pay here.

Contact Cliff Hoppus via email at choppus@factory-360.com to participate in the promotion.

Apple Pay

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