TheNational Restaurant Associationsaid it signed a deal with Chicago and state of Illinois officials to keep the annual National Restaurant Association Restaurant, Hotel-Motel Show and International Wine, Spirits & Beer Event at Chicago’s McCormick Place through 2016. NRA officials said the made the deal "after thorough review of options."

“We continue to strongly believe that Chicago is a world-class destination that provides outstanding business facilities, along with sensational culinary, cultural and entertainment assets," said Dawn Sweeney, NRA president and CEO. “Our 66,000 attendees and exhibitors from all 50 states and more than 100 countries deserve and expect excellence - and Chicago delivers."

Sweeney noted, “McCormick Place has made a commitment to enhance its service and value at the NRA Show. Allowing exhibitors the option to undertake a number of tasks they were previously precluded from engaging in -- along with decreased foodservice and electrical costs -- are among the concrete positive steps that will make the venue highly attractive, and that will place it on a level playing field with other cities."