After a protracted, pandemic-triggered absence, commerce reveals and public occasions will return this summer season to the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, the ability introduced Tuesday.
Occasions will likely be held on the multi-hall, 840,000-square foot middle on River Street beginning in July. It has been dormant since March 2020, when the COVID-19 disaster resulted in restrictions on gatherings throughout the state, nation and world.
“We’re excited to take one other step towards regular,” Mayor Brad Stephens stated within the announcement. “It is good for Rosemont and it is good for Illinois.”
A particular reopening date wasn’t talked about within the middle’s announcement.
An Asian-themed animation competition known as Anime Midwest is scheduled to run July 2-4. Different occasions scheduled for July embody the Exxxotica grownup leisure expo and the Chicago Tattoo Arts conference, each set to run July 16-18.
However closing dates for occasions are being decided, a middle spokesman stated.
In all, about 30 occasions are tentatively scheduled for the middle between July and Dec. 31.
Cleansing and disinfecting protocols will likely be enacted to forestall unfold of COVID-19 and different viruses on the venue.
“The well being and security of our attendees is our highest precedence,” conference middle Government Director Chris Stephens stated within the launch. “We carefully monitor and comply with all greatest practices and steering from the CDC and the Illinois Division of Public Well being.”
Earlier than the pandemic, the Donald E. Stephens Conference and Convention Middle hosted about 70 commerce reveals and 250 conferences and social occasions yearly, in line with the ability. The occasions result in 1.5 million guests and an $800 million financial impression to the area, village officers stated.
Some draw tens of 1000’s of individuals to the venue and close by inns, eating places and different companies.
“It has a very huge trickle-down impact for everyone,” Houlihan stated.
The final occasion held on the conference middle was the World of Wheels automobile present in early March 2020.
Different suburban inns and conference facilities are planning to host occasions beginning this summer season, too. For instance, the Original Sewing and Quilt Expo is ready for June 3-5 on the Schaumburg Conference Middle.
“We’re going to have an entire present with great distributors, fabulous school rooms and academics, and a few actually nice quilt shows,” stated Liz Fredrick, gross sales supervisor for the occasion.
And the Chicago Auto Present, the Black Ladies’s Expo and different occasions are deliberate for Chicago’s McCormick Place.