Review the road to getting back to business as we help you navigate your way to ASI Show® Chicago safely. From the airport to McCormick Place and all the stops along the way, we're offering helpful safety recommendations and added protocols that’ll ensure a successful in-person event (the first in over a year!).
Staying within walking distance to the convention center automatically cuts out extra touch points by eliminating the need for additional transportation. The two nearby campus hotels, which are both hosting ASI Show Chicago attendees, have added the following to their procedures and policies:
Check-in and check-out procedures: There are updated check-in and check-out procedures at each hotel to minimize unnecessary contact, such as touchless payment and installation of clear panels at the front desks.
Hotel fitness centers: The hotel fitness centers have new cleaning and disinfecting procedures. The equipment has been moved to allow for spacing and there are changes in policy to control occupancy.
Restaurants: Waiter service will be provided for tables seated at a maximum capacity of 6, as well as pre-packaged meals or self-service pantry items for on-the-go opportunities for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Other hotel safety efforts: Each hotel has invested in new equipment, such as air purifiers and UV lighting, as well as ensuring that all employees have undergone training.
As soon as you step foot onsite, you’ll notice these added and enhanced protocols that will increase your safety, offering you instant peace of mind during your time at McCormick Place:
Increase in the number of touchless automatic doors, and non-automatic doors will be propped open to minimize touches by guests and staff.
New signage and processes for elevators and escalators.
Rearranging dining spaces to allow for social distancing.
Ensuring the highest possible air quality by utilizing our team of building engineers who will regularly verify compliance within McCormick Place with ASHRAE standards, including increased frequency of filter replacement and increased outside air intake/air change rate during event hours.
Increase in cleaning and in the size of cleaning staff: The expanded janitorial team will strictly adhere to the U.S. EPA’s recommendations regarding cleaning disinfectants, using Virex II 256, a recommended hospital-grade disinfectant. Additional staff will be employed for the sole purpose of continuous cleaning of public spaces and “high touch” areas, such as:
- All info desks
- All entrance revolving door handles, main door handles, and push bars
- Public furniture
- Water fountains
- High-touch points in meeting rooms (door handles, podiums, etc.)
Increase in hand sanitizing stations: More hand-washing stations will be added at high traffic locations. These stations are mobile, so they can be deployed based on the event schedules and traffic.
Adding staff and staff training: All McCormick Place staff, including security, fire safety, EMTs, first-aid staff and paramedic personnel have guidelines from our medical advisor on how to recognize possible symptoms of COVID-19.
Simple changes to the event and schedule have been made to promote safety, but it won’t limit your ability to get down to business! Check out these new procedures, many you have already become familiar with over the last year:
Online pre-registration with mailed badge: We encourage everyone to register early with the option to receive their badge by mail. Print it out and you are good to go! Lanyards will also be available onsite at the shows.
Onsite self-registration: Bring your registration confirmation and scan the QR code to have your badge printed onsite.
Education Day & Exhibit Day Setup:
Education Day: Classes will be limited to responsible numbers with cleaning of rooms scheduled in between each session.
Exhibit Hall Setup: ASI Show will be enforcing the exhibit hall protocols required by McCormick Place on the show floor during exhibit setup day. We will be encouraging social distancing between booth personnel and mask-wearing while setting up your booth and when walking the aisles.
On the Show Floor:
Attendee/Exhibitor Booth Protocol: Mask-wearing will be strictly enforced throughout both show days and we will be working with vendor partners to ensure common areas are disinfected/cleaned regularly and sanitation stations are provided.
Concessions: Pre-packaged and served meals with individually wrapped, single-serve utensils and condiments will be available for purchase at locations on the show floor and within McCormick Place.
Updates to Specific Events on the Show Schedule:
The traditional keynotes, education sessions and networking receptions will be reformatted to encourage social distancing while offering a valuable experience. Please check back for additional details as the event approaches.
Visit Offsite Chicago Restaurants & Events
Chicago has reopened and many of its world-renowned restaurants and top attractions are safely welcoming their customers back.
ASI Show Chicago’s summer dates allow you to take advantage of the many open-air opportunities the city offers. Use these links to help you identify and locate businesses that have signed on to act in the best interests of public health and recommended guidelines:
If you’re airport-bound, check out with the touchless system at your hotel and head to the airport for your return trip home! Have your hand sanitizer and mask ready (maybe some of the samples you received at the show?), and don’t forget to review those airport protocols to refresh your memory.
If you drove, skip the valet and take those extra steps to get the fresh air and exercise back to your car. The drive home with a co-worker is a great chance to review all the great ideas and potential opportunities you discovered at the show. Traveling alone? Let those notes wait until you get home! Road safety is just as important as COVID-19 safety.
As events are changing quickly due to rapid vaccine distribution, please check back often for up-to-date information on our Chicago event and ASI Show’s preparation!