Home Show to Continue to Make Chicago Its Home

May 29, 2010

The International Home + Housewares Show will remain in Chicago now that Governor Pat Quinn signed legislation that will lower costs to McCormick Place exhibitors.

The major trade show, which draws about 60,000 attendees from over 100 countries to McCormick Place each year, has been meeting in Chicago since 1939.

While reviewing locations for shows in 2012 and beyond, the Rosemont-based International Housewares Association sent a letter to Quinn urging him to okay the bill or they would take their event elsewhere.

The Governor signed the legislation into law on Thursday after the General Assembly blocked Quinn’s veto to amend it; on Friday, the International Housewares Association agreed to keep its event in Chicago.

The International Home + Housewares Show, which features 2,000 exhibitors from more than 35 countries, is the leading marketplace of home products, designs and trends for all areas of the home, inside and out.

McCormick Place provides 66,000 jobs, generates $251 million in tax revenue and pumps $8 billion into our state from its attendees each year.  The venue has been under fire for its high costs and restrictive labor rules; the new legislation addresses both issues.

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