International Home + Housewares Show to Stay in Chicago

Jun 04, 2010, 11:07 ET from International Housewares Association

ROSEMONT, Ill., June 4 /PRNewswire/ -- The International Housewares Association announced today that it  is negotiating a long-term agreement with McCormick Place to keep the  International Home + Housewares Show in Chicago. The decision to stay in  Chicago was made  after the Illinois General Assembly last week passed a new law to cut costs at the  convention center.

"IHA's Board of Directors  has long been in support of staff's research-based assessment that Chicago is  the ideal location for its International Home + Housewares Show to be held, but  only if the cost environment is competitive with other venues," said Phil  Brandl, IHA president. "This new labor reform will allow us to remain in the  world-class city of Chicago and McCormick Place for the longer term.  Chicago is an  important part of the brand of the Show, and this positive change makes it the  right place for us to be."

The International Home +  Housewares Show attracts more than 60,000 attendees and generates $82 million in  spending in the city. It has been held in Chicago since its first show in 1939. The 2011  Show will be March 6-8 and include co-location with The Travel Goods Show.  

SOURCE International Housewares Association