TheNational Restaurant Association(NRA) said its 2012 National Restaurant Association Restaurant, Hotel-Motel Show -- originally scheduled for May 19-22, 2012 at Chicago’s McCormick Place -- will be held earlier, from May 5-8, 2012 at Chicago’s McCormick Place.
Officials said they chose to avoid overlap with the Global G8 and NATO Summit scheduled in Chicago from May 15-22, 2012.
NRA says the annual event attracts more than 58,000 foodservice professionals to Chicago.
“The NRA’s primary goal is provide our exhibitors and attendees an environment that is conducive to business,” said Dawn Sweeney, NRA president and CEO. “Discussions with the Chicago Mayor’s Office, the Chicago Convention and Tourism Bureau and the Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority have made it clear to us that the security and logistics requirements for the G8 and NATO Summit will significantly restrict movement within Chicago during that time.
"Therefore, after carefully considering a number of options, we’ve come to the conclusion that keeping the 2012 NRA Show in Chicago but moving it to earlier in May will provide the best opportunity for our industry to have a productive and enjoyable 2012 Show.”
Questions about attending or exhibiting at the 2012 NRA Show can be directed to the National Restaurant Association convention office at (312) 853-2525.