Chicago National College Fair

  • Event Details:

    McCormick Place
    2301 S King Dr
    Chicago, IL 60616

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  • Fair Hours:

    Saturday, September 29, 2018

    September 29, 2018
    11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

  • Directions and Parking:

    We recommend booking convenient and affordable parking in advance through SpotHero, the nation’s leading parking reservation app.

    To reserve your parking spot for the Chicago National College Fair, visit the McCormick Place SpotHero Parking Page and book a spot with rates up to 50% off drive-up.

    New to SpotHero? Click here to download the SpotHero app.

  • Contact Us:

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

Exhibitor Information

McCormick Place
Hall C1 – North Building
2301 S. King Dr.
Chicago, IL 60616

Fair Hours:
Saturday, September 29, 2018
11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Directions and Parking*:
Find Directions to McCormick Place located here , parking information and map located here and public transportation information located here. Exhibitors bringing their own vehicles should plan on parking in Parking Lot A.

Fair Set-up Hours:
Friday, September 28, 2018
3 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Saturday, September 29, 2018
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.  This ASUV Procedures document should also be closely reviewed because it outlines exhibitor requirements, the Check-in/Check-out process and the Self unloading/loading process. 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

Confirmed ASUV hours:

Move-in on Friday, September 28th: 1pm to 4:30pm
Move-in on Saturday, September 29th : 7:00am to 10:30am
Move-out on Saturday, September 29th : 3:00pm to 6:30pm

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


Authorized Shipping Address:
Your Name/Institution
Booth Number
2018 National College Fair – September 29, 2018
c/o J&J Exhibitors Service, Inc.
2338 South Indiana Avenue
Chicago, IL 60616

Shipping Deadline: All materials must be received by Tuesday, September 25, 2018.

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.

Internet and Telecommunications:
If you would like to purchase WiFi for your booth, you may access the McCormick Place Internet and Telecommunication Service Ordering Guide. Before ordering, please make sure to review the McCormick Place/SMG Exhibitor Bill of Rights/Exhibitor Rights Do Not Apply Documents.

Complimentary WiFi is available in the "common areas" of McCormick Place (outside the exhibit hall). The complimentary WiFi SSID is: McCORMICK.

Host Hotel:
Hyatt Centric- The Loop Chicago
100 W. Monroe St.
Chicago, IL 60603
Rate: $219.00 Single/Double
Deadline: Tuesday, September 4, 2018
Please call in reservations to receive the NACAC rate or use the NACAC personalized reservation webpage.

Authorized Media:
NACAC has a long standing relationship with the Chicago Sun-Times, the printer of our onsite guide.  This guide is distributed to their readership community, as well as made available for the attendees at the fair.  If you would like to purchase an ad in this supplement, please contact Mary Lou Davis at  

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

Promote This Fair!

Thank you for your interest in NACAC’s National College Fairs. We encourage you to share these materials on your websites, social media (#nacacfairs) and in person with the students and families you serve. Thank you for your support! ​​


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Workshop Information

2018 Chicago National College Fair Workshop Schedule

12 p.m.
The Financial Aid 101 – Room N126

The College Search Process – Room N127

Putting Your Best Foot Forward – Tips on Completing Your Application, Essay and Personal Statement – Room N128

SAT vs. ACT – Which Test is Right for You? – Room N129

1 p.m.
The Financial Aid 101 – Room N126

The College Search Process – Room N127

Community College and Transfer Admissions – Room N128

SAT vs. ACT – Which Test is Right for You? – Room N129

2 p.m.
The Financial Aid 101 – Room N126

Optimizing Campus Visits – Room N128

SAT vs. ACT – Which Test is Right for You? – Room N129

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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