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General Information

Join fellow industry professionals working to elevate the onboard experience at the 2016 Conference & Expo in Chicago on September 19-21, 2016. We are building on our tremendous success in Portland where we had a record number of Airline attendees. Look for new experiences such as a Cocktail Competition, New Product Showcase, New Member Pavilion, and more! Details coming soon. Make sure you are signed up for our Onboard Newsletter, (email your name, company name and email address to Kristi Johnson at and that you are a part of our members-only LinkedIn Group to get the information first!


McCormick Place


2301 Lakeshore Drive

Chicago, IL  60616


IFSA’s 2016 EXPO will be held at the McCormick Place Convention Center, which features 2.6 million square feet of exhibit halls (1.3 million feet all on one level) and over 170 meeting rooms.

The Grand Concourse linking the Hyatt Regency as well as the North, South and Central Concourses is home to retail shops, cafes, restaurants and other visitor amenities.

Time Zone

Chicago is Central Standard Time which is GMT -6 hours.


The month of September is characterized by rapidly falling daily high temperatures, with daily highs decreasing from 80°F to 68°F over the course of the month, exceeding 89°F or dropping below 57°F only one day in ten.

Chicago Skyline


United States’ currency is the US dollar. Click here for current conversion rates.


Chicago is America’s third largest city, with an established position as a major airline hub. The city has played a pivotal role in air travel from the very beginning, serving as a key location for mail transport for the U.S. Post Office in the 1920’s.  Today, O’Hare International Airport is once again the busiest airport in the world by number of takeoffs and landings (reclaiming the title from Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport).

The city’s waterfront location, eminent architecture, vibrant nightlife and international cuisine make it a top destination for travelers from all over the world.

For information on things to do in Chicago, click here.



The IFSA EXPO is the ideal forum to build business relationships and strengthen partnerships. You’ll meet your colleagues and airline hospitality professionals from around the world at special networking events during the expo. This is a great opportunity to gather ideas and information, strategize with associates and add valuable contacts to your portfolio.

Networking Event schedule to be updated soon.


Educational Agenda to be updated soon.


Registration will open in the summer of 2016.

For information on membership, click here.


For complete information regarding exhibiting with IFSA check back for the EXPO Prospectus soon. Click here for the Exhibitor Merger and Acquisitions Policy.

To book IFSA booth space, please contact Kristi Johnson, IFSA EXPO Manager, at or call +1.678.303.3009.

McCormick Place and the City of Chicago have teamed up to create the Exhibitor Bill of Rights.  To review this document click here.  To learn more about exhibiting at McCormick place click here.

To view the EXPO floor check back soon.

Meeting Space

Meeting Space will be available on the Expo floor.  Check back soon for details.

Travel & Lodging

Hyatt Regency

Airport Options and Transportation:

Chicago Airports

McCormick Place Conference Center Directions




2233 South Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive

Chicago, Illinois, USA, 60616-9985

Phone:   (312) 567 1234


Connected to McCormick Place Convention Center via enclosed skywalks, the Hyatt Regency is the headquarter hotel for IFSA’s 2016 Annual Conference and EXPO.  The Hotel is just minutes away from major Chicago attractions, and features beautiful views of the downtown skyline, Lake Michigan and the Museum Campus from well-designed rooms and suites with 37” HDTVs, a plush Hyatt Grand Bed® and Hyatt Plug Panel™ for powering up your digital world. 

Reservations opening soon!

IFSA Guestroom Rate:                    $239 per night (single/double occupancy)

Reservation Deadline:                    Friday, August 26, 2016



IFSA is pleased to offer a corporate discount with Avis so that attendees can take advantage of specially discounted rates.   For reservations, please visit, and use the following Avis Wordwide Discount (AWD) number:  Q031767



To find out more about sponsorship opportunities, please contact Kristi Johnson, IFSA EXPO Manager, at or call +1.678.303.3009.