Chicago National College Fair

  • Event Details:

    McCormick Place - Lakeside Center
    2301 S King Dr
    Chicago, IL 60616

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  • Fair Hours:

    Saturday, October 05, 2019

    October 05, 2019
    11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

  • Contact Us:

    Email or call 703/836-2222 ext. 14.

Exhibitor Information


McCormick Place
Hall D1 – Lakeside Center  (**Different Location than Last Year**)
2301 S Lake Shore Dr.
Chicago, IL 60616

Fair Hours:
Saturday, October 5, 2019
11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Directions and Parking:
Find Directions to McCormick Place, parking information and public transportation information. Exhibitors bringing their own vehicles should plan on parking in Parking Lot C (Fort Dearborn Drive). This is the lot adjacent to the Lakeside Center.


Fair Set-up Hours:
Friday, October 4, 2019
3 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Saturday, October 5, 2019
9 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Estimated Attendance: 10,000

Exhibitors that have more materials that can be self-carried or brought in by small hand cart should use the loading dock. The McCormick Place has an Automobile and Small Utility Vehicle (ASUV) program in place to allow exhibitors easier access to the show floor. If you are planning on using the loading dock, please visit their website to familiarize yourself with this program. 

Please note that if you are using the loading dock and using the ASUV program, you must go to the Marshalling Yard at 3050 S. Moe Drive to check-in.  You must have at least 2 people to use the loading dock (one to unload, one to stay with the vehicle).   EXHIBITORS USING THE LOADING AREA SHOULD FOLLOW SIGNS FOR AREA “E2” ONCE THEY LEAVE THE ASUV CHECK-IN AREA. PLEASE REMEMBER: MCCORMICK PLACE WILL NOT ALLOW YOU TO LEAVE YOUR CAR UNATTENDED IN THE LOADING/UNLOADING AREA. 

Confirmed ASUV hours:
Loading Dock Move-in on Friday, October 4th: 1pm to 4:30pm
Loading Dock Move-in on Saturday, October 5th: 7:00am to 10:30am
Loading Dock Move-out on Saturday, October 5th: 3:00pm to 6:30pm

Directions and Map of ASUV Area

Detailed ASUV Procedures

Exposition Services Provided by: J&J Exhibitor Service, Inc., 312/225-3323


Authorized Shipping Address:
Your Name/Institution
Booth Number
2019 National College Fair – October 5, 2019
c/o J&J Exhibitors Service, Inc.
2338 South Indiana Avenue
Chicago, IL 60616

Shipping Deadline: All materials must be received by Tuesday, October 1, 2019.

Material Handling Charge:*
Please refer to the J&J Exhibitor Service, Inc. Exhibitor Kit for Material Handling Rates.
*Rates are subject to change without notice. Please contact J&J directly for current rates.

Electrical Services:
Electrical services are supplied through Edlen Electrical Exhibition Services. You can order your electricity online. The order forms are also located in the J&J Exhibitor Service, Inc. Exhibitor Kit.

Host Hotel:
Hyatt Regency McCormick Place
2233 South Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive
Chicago, IL
Rate: $229.00 Single/Double
Deadline: Friday, September 13, 2019
To make your reservations, please use NACAC's personalized reservation link.
If you need additional assistance, please contact us at 877-803-7534 or click here to find contact information by Region.
If the group rate is no longer available, prevailing rates may be offered for some or all of your dates.

The Hyatt Regency McCormick Place is connected to the West Building of McCormick Place.

Contact Information:
For more information regarding this National College Fair, contact Jason Smith or call at 703/299-6856.

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Thank you for your interest in NACAC’s National College Fairs. You can now download NACAC College Fairs promotional materials here. We encourage you to share these materials on your websites, Social Media (Facebook and Twitter Hashtag: #nacacfairs) and in-person with the students and families you serve. Thank you for your support! ​​

Onsite Locator Guide

Download the onsite locator guide. This guide includes the colleges and universities that will be attending the fair and an exhibit hall map of where you can find them.

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