1. Show Dates, Hours & Location back to top

    The 2018 National Restaurant Association Restaurant, Hotel-Motel Show® will be held May 19-22 at McCormick Place in Chicago, IL.

    Show Hours: (Attendee Access)

    • Saturday, May 19 - Monday, May 21: 9:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
    • Tuesday, May 22: 9:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
  2. Show Policy & Age Requirementsback to top

    Age Requirement

    No one under 16 years of age, including infants and toddlers, will be permitted on the Show floor at any time regardless of affiliation or circumstances. Children 16 to 18 years of age must be accompanied by an adult. NRA reserves the right to request proof of age. No children, no infants, no strollers, no backpack carriers are allowed. No exceptions. This rule applies to exhibitors and attendees. 

  3. Booth Informationback to top

    Included in your booth:

    • 8 ft. high back draping plus 3 ft. high side divider drapes (except Islands, peninsulas receive 8 ft. high drape in the middle 10 ft. of their backwall and 3 ft. high drape on the sides)
    • ID sign with company name and booth number
    • General overhead lighting
    • Sanitary dishwashing facilities
    • Exhibitor Service Centers
    • Listings in NRA Show Exhibit Guide & Program and the NRA Show website

    Visit Booth 101 for:

    • Show Color Scheme
    • Utility Port Access 
    • PDF Floor Plans by Hall that include Utility Ports

    Design Regulations:

    There are NO exceptions to any of the NRA Show Exhibit Design Regulations. This is to protect the integrity of the Show and create a fair environment for all exhibitors. Click HERE to view the regulations.

    Island and peninsula booth design regulations were due to Show Management by March 1st. Past March 1st expect delays in approvals.

  4. Exhibitor Payment Informationback to top

    Current exhibitors may view/print the most up-to-date invoices and pay their deposit/balance via credit card by going to "My Account" in Exhibitor Services. You will need your company password found on your confirmation and invoice.  If you can’t find it please contact your sales representative or call (312) 853-2542.

    NOTE: The balance due reflects booth space only and does not include outstanding balances with any other contractors.

    If you are paying by credit card, we accept all major credit cards (American Express, Visa, Mastercard and Discover Card).

    If you are sending a check please send to one of the addresses below:

    via United States Postal Service:
    National Restaurant Association
    Convention Department
    24281 Network Place
    Chicago, IL 60673-1242

    via FedEx, UPS, or Overnight Carrier:
    National Restaurant Association
    Attn: Cassie Niespodziewanski
    233 South Wacker Drive, Suite
    Chicago, IL 60606-6383

  5. Certificate of Insuranceback to top

    General Commercial Liability Insurance is Required of all exhibitors. We do not collect them pre-Show but they show be available upon request in your booth onsite. 

    Liability and Insurance – All property of the Exhibitor is understood to remain under its custody and control in transit to and from the Show and while it is in the confines of McCormick Place. Neither Show Management, the Official Show contractor, the management of McCormick Place nor any of the officers, staff members or directors of any of the same are responsible for the safety of the property of Exhibitor’s from theft, damage by fire, accident, vandalism or other causes, and the Exhibitor expressly waives and releases any claim or demand it may have against any of them by reason of any damage to or loss of any property of the Exhibitor.

    Show Management does not maintain insurance covering Exhibitor’s property. It is required that Exhibitor maintain general public liability insurance against claims for personal injury, death or property damage incident to, arising out of or in any way connected with the Exhibitor’s participation in the NRA Show, in an amount no less than $250,000 for personal injury, death or property damage in any one occurrence.  Such insurance shall name the NRA and the NRAS as additional insureds on the general liability policy. Each Exhibitor is required to carry workers compensation insurance protecting employees in accordance with the laws of the State of Illinois. Exhibitor acknowledges that it is responsible for obtaining, for its protection and entirely at its expense, such property insurance for its exhibit and display materials as the Exhibitor deems appropriate.  

  6. Exhibitor Servicesback to top

    You can access Exhibitor Services at the link below. 


    Exhibitor Services Includes:

    • Edit Company Information
      • Includes company info that is printed in the guide & available in your online profile, product categories, company description & social media links.
    • My Account
    • Individual Product Information
    • Press Release
    • Show Special
    • Exhibitor Service Kit
    • Registration Services (Nov 2017)
      • Register your exhibitor badges for your booth. Everyone working in your booth is required to wear a badge at all times. 
    • Lead Retrieval & Attendee List Rental (Nov 2017)
    • Hotel Rooms
    • Exhibitor Marketing & Training (Winter 2018)
      • Includes Press Lists available for download
  7. Housingback to top


    Hotel arrangements for NRA Show 2018 can be made through NRA Show Official Housing. Visit  Housing to book now.

  8. NRA Membership (Allied Membership)back to top

    To become an Allied Member call (312) 853-2525 or visit Restaurant.org/Join

    Allied Membership benefits include access to our annual Restaurant Industry Forecast and Restaurant TrendMapper® report, invitation-only webinars and newsletters, access to our Knowledge Center’s Information Specialists, as well as Allied member logo usage for your website and other marketing materials. Allied Members will also be noted in the NRA Show Exhibit Guide and Program.

  9. How do I find my company password?back to top

    Your company password can be found on your confirmation and invoice. If you can’t find it please contact your sales representative or call (312) 853-2542.

  10. Where do I mail my application and deposit or final payment?back to top

    For mailings through the United States Postal Service:
    National Restaurant Association
    Convention Department
    24281 Network Place
    Chicago, IL 60673-1242

    If you are using a carrier (FedEx, UPS, etc.):
    National Restaurant Association
    Attn: Cassie Niespodziewanski
    233 South Wacker Drive, Suite
    Chicago, IL 60606-6383

  11. Registrationback to top

    Exhibitor Registration will open at the beginning of November. Please check back in then to register for your exhibitor badges.

    Exhibitor Badge Allotment:

    Each exhibitor receives five (5) complimentary badges for the first 100 square feet of space purchased, and three (3) badges for each additional 100 square feet of space [e.g., up to 200 square feet equals eight (8) badges, up to 300 square feet equals (11) badges, etc.].


    April 6th: Advanced Rate Discount Deadline for badges purchased over your allotment.

    May 1st: Badge Mailing cutoff date. Register your badges by this date if you want them mailed to you pre-Show. 

    Invite Customers to NRA Show:

    You can purchase customer invitations in the Registration Services of Exhibitor Services. Once you purchase the invitation, all you have to enter is a name and email. We will then send them an email letting them know that you have invited them to NRA Show.

    Once you have registered your booth staff, you can also invite customers using your leftover allotment. We recommend waiting until all booth staff is registered before using this option.

    Onsite Hours & Locations: TBD