Home Show to Call Chicago Home Five More Years

June 04, 2010

We reported last week that the annual International Home + Housewares Show will remain at McCormick Place. Today, the International Housewares Association (IHA) confirmed the negotiation of a long-term deal that will keep the city’s No. 2 convention here in Chicago.

Chicago real estateThe last show on the current IHA contract is set for March 6-8, 2011. The new agreement would extend that contract five years starting in 2012. The Travel Goods Show is slated to appear at the 2011 show as well.

According to the IHA, the International Home + Housewares Show attracts more than 60,000 attendees and generates $82 million in spending.

Rosemont-based IHA has made Chicago its show’s home since 1939 but threatened to find another city for future shows unless Governor Pat Quinn signed legislation that will overhaul the way McCormick Place is run. The new law will reduce labor costs and make the venue more affordable to conventions.

“This new labor reform will allow us to remain in the world-class city of Chicago and McCormick Place for the longer term,” said Phil Brandl, IHA president. “Chicago is an important part of the brand of the Show, and this positive change makes it the right place for us to be.”

Not everyone is in favor of the new legislation: The Chicago Regional Council of Carpenters believe the law is unconstitutional. The Carpenters have filed a federal lawsuit saying the changes violate their rights to negotiate the terms and conditions of their own employment without the government interfering.

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