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Registration is now open for IFT FIRST: Annual Event and Expo July 16-19 at McCormick Place in Chicago. Book your travel and hotel accommodations early for the best prices. Please keep the following information in mind as you consider your hotel accommodations for the event.

  • All hotel reservations for IFT FIRST need to be made during the registration process through our provider, Maritz.
  • IFT has secured hotel rooms specifically for event attendees. All hotels within IFT’s room block will be available for review by registrants. See the link below for hotels rooms and rates. 
  • A credit card will be required to hold your hotel room reservation.
  • Registrants will receive an email confirmation from Maritz once your hotel reservations have been made.
  • If you would like to book a hotel room after you have registered for IFT FIRST, you will need to return to your registration dashboard via Maritz. 
  • For any questions regarding hotel reservations booked through Maritz, please email [email protected] or call their customer service line from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Central Time Toll free: 219.354.6722.

For your information, hotel rates and locations can be viewed below.

Hotel Rates and Locations     Register

Global Travelers

Will you be traveling internationally to IFT FIRST? Now is the time to start the visa application process. Check out this section exclusively for global travelers.


IFT FIRST is designed to connect science and business while providing a place to find solutions to specific issues and complex challenges within the global science of food community.