Chicago's McCormick Place is known as a top location and events industry powerhouse. It typically generates nearly $2 billion annually to Chicago’s economy. At the moment, events are on hold for the foreseeable future, and organizers are challenged with what to expect looking at the year ahead. Planners are optimistic while uneasy as they await decisions and communication from the venue and the local government.
“I don’t know the exact drop-dead date for cancellation,” Dr. David Grenache of the American Association of Clinical Chemistry. “Obviously, you know, the sooner you can give attendees notice that the meeting has to be canceled, the better off you are.” The American Association of Clinical Chemistry rescheduled their show from July to mid-December.
While in the wait-and-see phase, organizers are beginning to consider virtual event offerings and postponement plans.