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IFT FIRST: Annual Event and Expo will be held in Chicago at the conveniently located McCormick Place. 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 six 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.

Check out Choose Chicago’s 10 reasons to attend a meeting in Chicago

  1. Cultural attractions
  2. Diverse population
  3. Exciting public events
  4. Lake Michigan and the Chicago River waterfronts
  5. Award-winning dining options
  6. Hundreds of music venues across the city
  7. Chicago architecture
  8. Championship winning sports teams
  9. Accessibility
  10. Walkability

Click here to access Choose Chicago’s full Visitors Guide to discover all that there is to do in the Windy City. Please visit their website for even more things to do in this great city of Chicago.

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