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Visiting Chicago

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IFT FIRST: Annual Event and Expo will be held in Chicago at the conveniently located McCormick Place. Discounted hotel rooms have been secured for IFT FIRST attendees. Please visit our Hotels page for more information.

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In July, Chicago has average highs of 84°F (29°C) and average lows of 66°F (19°C). Prior to traveling for the event, you may wish to check the Chicago 10-day weather forecast.


Attire at IFT FIRST is business casual. Since meeting room temperatures and personal comfort ranges may vary, a light sweater or jacket is recommended. Also, you may wish to wear comfortable shoes, as walking distances within McCormick Place can be long.

Explore Chicago

Welcome to the city that feels like home!

Come discover Chicago’s famed restaurants, renowned museums, stunning waterfront, groundbreaking music, award-winning theatres, more than 300 parks and green spaces, iconic architecture designed by legendary architects — all within 77 vibrant, ethnically diverse neighborhoods that are the heart and soul of Chicago. It’s no wonder why Condé Nast Traveler ranked Chicago the #1 Best Large U.S. City three years in a row.

Here is a list of great Chicago restaurants located near IFT FIRST. Be sure to check out Chicago Concierge’s complimentary service for making dining reservations and planning your exploration during your stay. Please visit Choose Chicago’s website for more information regarding things to do in this great city of Chicago.

Cheers for an amazing visit during your time at IFT FIRST!