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Top 25 Trade Shows in Chicago

Trade shows are essential events for businesses to showcase their products and services, network with industry professionals, and stay updated on the latest trends. Here are the top 25 trade shows happening in Chicago in 2024 and some ways that ExpoMarketing can help your business stand out with a custom trade show display!

1. MRO Americas

Date: April 9 – April 11, 2024
Venue: McCormick Place Convention Center

MRO Americas is the premier international trade fair for maintenance, repair, and overhaul in the aerospace industry, attracting professional visitors from around the globe.

2. Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo

Date: April 26 – April 28, 2024
Venue: McCormick Place Convention Center

A paradise for comic enthusiasts, the Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo is a vibrant gathering featuring comic books, TV, film, and pop culture exhibits.

3. Chicago VET

Date: May 16 – May 17, 2024
Venue: Navy Pier

Chicago VET offers a unique platform for veterinary professionals to explore the latest advancements, products, and services in the field of veterinary medicine.

4. Bellavita, Chicago (Food)

Date: May 18 – May 21, 2024
Venue: McCormick Place Convention Center

Bellavita is the leading Italian food & beverage trade show in Chicago, showcasing the finest Italian culinary delights to professionals in the food industry.

5. USA Trade Tasting

Date: May 22 – May 23, 2024
Venue: McCormick Place Convention Center

USA Trade Tasting provides a valuable networking opportunity for retailers, sommeliers, and distributors in the wine industry to discover new products and trends.

6. NeoCon

Date: June 10 – June 12, 2024
Venue: Merchandise Mart

NeoCon is North America’s largest design exposition and conference for commercial interiors, featuring innovative furnishing solutions and design concepts.

7. ASI Show

Date: July 23 – July 25, 2024
Venue: McCormick Place Convention Center

The ASI Show is an international trade fair for promotional products, offering advertisers and marketers a comprehensive range of advertising specialties.

8. IMTS, Chicago

Date: September 9 – September 14, 2024
Venue: McCormick Place Convention Center

IMTS is the premier international manufacturing technology show, highlighting the latest advancements in 3D printing and additive manufacturing.

9. Pack Expo International

Date: November 3 – November 6, 2024
Venue: McCormick Place Convention Center

Pack Expo International is a global packaging exhibition and conference, featuring cutting-edge packaging technology and solutions for various industries.

10. The Makeup Show

Date: November 16 – November 17, 2024
Venue: Rockwell on the River

The Makeup Show is a must-attend event for beauty professionals, offering a diverse range of beauty products, tools, and educational opportunities.

11. Scientific Sessions

Date: November 16 – November 18, 2024
Venue: McCormick Place Convention Center

Scientific Sessions is a scientific meeting of the American Heart Association, providing healthcare professionals with the latest research and advancements in cardiovascular medicine.

12. Midwest Clinic

Date: December 18 – December 21, 2024
Venue: McCormick Place Convention Center

The Midwest Clinic is an international band and orchestra conference, offering music educators and enthusiasts a platform to explore new instruments, techniques, and repertoire.

13. Chicago Boat Show

Date: January 15 – January 19, 2025
Venue: McCormick Place Convention Center

The Chicago Boat Show is an international exhibition showcasing the latest innovations in boating and marine technology, attracting boating enthusiasts and industry professionals alike.

14. AHR Expo 

Date: February 10 – February 12, 2025
Venue: McCormick Place Convention Center

The AHR Expo is a premier trade fair for air-conditioning, heating, and refrigeration professionals, featuring the newest products and technologies in the plumbing industry.

15. ProMat

Date: March 17 – March 20, 2025

Venue: McCormick Place Convention Center

ProMat is a leading trade show for materials handling and logistics, offering professionals the opportunity to discover the latest solutions for warehouse automation and supply chain management.

16. NeoCon

Date: June 9 – June 11, 2025
Venue: Merchandise Mart

NeoCon returns in 2025, continuing to showcase cutting-edge furnishing designs and commercial interior solutions for architects, designers, and facility managers.


Date: September 29 – October 1, 2025
Venue: McCormick Place Convention Center

WEFTEC is the largest water quality exhibition in the world, bringing together water professionals to explore innovative technologies and solutions for water management and environmental protection.

18. EATS

Date: October 28 – October 30, 2025
Venue: McCormick Place Convention Center

EATS is a specialized trade fair for food processing machinery and equipment, providing manufacturers with insights into the latest advancements in machine construction for the food industry.

19. Midwest Clinic

Date: December 17 – December 20, 2025
Venue: McCormick Place Convention Center

The Midwest Clinic returns in 2025, offering music educators and performers a platform to exchange ideas, attend performances, and explore new instruments and techniques.

20. AHR Expo 2026

Date: February 2 – February 4, 2026
Venue: McCormick Place Convention Center

The AHR Expo continues to be a vital event for professionals in the plumbing industry, providing a glimpse into the future of air-conditioning, heating, and refrigeration technologies.

21. ProFood Tech

Venue: McCormick Place Convention Center

ProFood Tech is slated to return, offering professionals in the food and beverage industry insights into the latest process technologies and innovations for food production and packaging.

22. Chicago Collective

Venue: Merchandise Mart

The Chicago Collective trade show will showcase the latest trends and designs in men’s fashion, providing retailers and buyers with opportunities to discover new brands and collections.

23. Stylemax

Venue: Merchandise Mart

Stylemax will continue to be a hub for fashion professionals, featuring a wide range of textiles, fabrics, and apparel for retailers and designers seeking the latest trends and styles.

24. The Trading Show

Venue: Navy Pier

The Trading Show will provide professionals in the finance industry with insights into automated trading and exchange technologies, fostering networking and collaboration among industry leaders.

25. Chicago Auto Show 2025

Expected Date: February 2025
Venue: McCormick Place Convention Center

The Chicago Auto Show is anticipated to return in 2025, offering car enthusiasts and industry professionals a sneak peek at the latest automotive innovations and trends.

Partner With ExpoMarketing On Your Trade Show Booth Design Today

These top 25 trade shows in Chicago for 2024 and beyond offer unparalleled opportunities for businesses to showcase their products, connect with industry leaders, and stay ahead of the curve in their respective fields. 

At ExpoMarketing, we understand the significance of maximizing your presence at these events. Whether you’re looking for trade show booth rentals or custom exhibit solutions, we’re here to help you make a lasting impression. 

Contact us today to elevate your presence at these trade shows and take your business to new heights. Let’s make your next trade show a resounding success together!