A deal struck earlier this week between the unions at McCormick Place and Navy Pier, two Chicago locations, will make it easier for trade shows to come to the windy city.
As of Tuesday, three trade shows, including a comics show and a book expo, have already committed to come through McCormick Place. This is big news considering trade shows had almost completely backed out of Chicago all together.
"They had abandoned Chicago, basically, because they weren't getting the product they needed or the services they needed here," Jim Reilly, chief executive of the firm that owns McCormick Place and Navy Pier, told the Chicago Tribune.
The new agreement will allow for big clients like Microsoft to organize corporate gatherings in Chicago. The Chicago Tribune explains: "...the labor break-through -- allowing stagehands, rather than show-floor electricians, to do audio-visual production work for presentations held outside the exhibit area -- should open the door to potential mega-clients..."
Hopefully the new work-rule will help bring in new business to Chicago soon!