Freqently Asked Questions

General | Exhibitor Attendee | Speaker

General Questions:

Where are PACK EXPO International and Pharma EXPO 2016 being held?
McCormick Place
2301 S. King Drive
Chicago, Illinois 60616 USA

What are the show dates and exhibit hours?

Sunday, November 6: 9 am – 5 pm 
Monday, November 7: 9 am – 5 pm 
Tuesday, November 8: 9 am – 5 pm 
Wednesday, November 9: 9 am – 3 pm 

How do I book a hotel?

Hotels are now available. Expovision is the official hotel reservation office of PACK EXPO International and Pharma EXPO.

Book through the PACK EXPO International and Pharma EXPO Hotel Reservation Office (Expovision) to enjoy:

  • Discounted room rates for PACK EXPO International and Pharma EXPO attendees and exhibitors
  • Friendly support from our service staff
  • Complimentary shuttle service between McCormick Place and official PACK EXPO International and Pharma EXPO hotels

Will there be shuttle bus service from the hotels to the convention center?

Yes. Complimentary shuttle buses will run between official PACK EXPO International and Pharma EXPO designated hotels and McCormick Place from 7 am – 10:30 am and 3 pm – 6 pm on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday, and from 7 am - 10:30 am and 1 pm - 4 pm on Wednesday. Buses depart every 15-20 minutes for most hotel routes, less frequently for others.

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Can I take the Metra to McCormick Place?

Yes, Metra train service is available between downtown Chicago and McCormick Place. For further information on Metra, including schedules, visit

Is there parking available at McCormick Place?

Yes, parking is available. Visit for driving directions and parking information. To locate parking facilities elsewhere in Chicago, visit

How do I reserve a scooter/wheelchair?

Scootaround, Inc. is the official onsite provider of wheelchairs and scooters at the show. Visit for more information and to make a reservation.

Exhibitor Questions:

How can I become an Exhibitor at PACK EXPO International or Pharma EXPO 2016?
To apply for booth space, complete an Exhibit Space Application. Past exhibitors may use their current password to complete the space application. New exhibitors must be qualified in order to purchase a booth space. A representative from the PMMI Show Department will contact you once your application is received.

What is the cost per square foot to exhibit?
The base rate is $28 per square foot. PMMI member space rates vary. If you are a PMMI Member and would like to know your space rate, please call 571-612-3200.

Drayage/material handling is included in your space rate, provided your shipment/truck checks in at McCormick Place by 2 pm on your assigned targeted move-in date.

What is drayage?
Drayage is the moving of the exhibitor’s machinery, etc., off the exhibitor’s truck at the dock to the exhibitor’s booth and back to the dock to be loaded back onto the truck. This is included in the price of the exhibitor’s booth space. 

What is the payment schedule for booth space?
A nonrefundable 25% deposit should accompany your Exhibit Space Application. An additional 50% of the total booth price will be due by April 15, 2016. The final 25% will be due by June 24, 2016.

How can I improve my priority point standing?
Each exhibitor is assigned a priority point for space selection. PACK EXPO International, PACK EXPO Las Vegas, Pharma EXPO and PACK EXPO East hold separate priority standings. By exhibiting continuously, and those ahead of you in priority not exhibiting, an exhibitor begins to move up the priority point system. Choosing not to exhibit at PACK EXPO Las Vegas or PACK EXPO East does not affect your PACK EXPO International priority.

What are the height regulations?
Booths that are less than 1,500 square feet have a maximum 12’ height restriction, booths 1,500 square feet and over have a maximum 18’ height restriction. Setback and line-of-sight rules apply.

For more information, please consult the complete Rules & Regulations.

Where can I get a copy of the Rules & Regulations?
The PACK EXPO International/Pharma EXPO Rules & Regulations are posted online and will be emailed to you.

If you have any questions about the PACK EXPO International/Pharma EXPO Rules & Regulations, you can contact Merideth Newman at 571-612-3208 or [email protected].

When can I register my booth personnel?
Booth Personnel Registration
is now available. Your company password is required in order to register personnel and has been emailed to the show contact we have on file for your company.

How many complimentary booth personnel badges do we receive?
Exhibitors receive one (1) complimentary booth personnel badge for every 75 sq. ft. of contracted space or fraction thereof. E.g., 100 sq. ft. = 2 badges, 200 sq. ft. = 3 badges, etc.

Who is the official service contractor for PACK EXPO International and Pharma EXPO?
The official move-in/move-out and freight services contractor for PACK EXPO International and Pharma EXPO is PACK EXPO Services. The Exhibitor Services Manual will be published online in May and you can begin ordering your services then.

Our booth services contractor is The Expo Group, and the contact person is Phillip Ramirez at [email protected] or 972-751-9416.

Who can I contact with questions regarding the show?

Hotel Reservation Questions:

3141 Fairview Park Drive, Suite 550
Falls Church, VA  22042
Phone:  866-523-0877 or 703-205-0480
Fax:  703-205-0235 

Registration/Badge Questions: 

5202 President’s Court, Suite 310
Frederick, MD 21703
Phone: 866-833-3569
Fax: 301-694-5124
Email:  [email protected]

Booth Services:

The Expo Group (d/b/a PACK EXPO Services)
5931 West Campus Circle Drive
Irving, TX  75063
Contact: Phillip Ramirez, [email protected]
Phone: 972-751-9416
Fax: 972-751-9270

Move-in/Move-out, Freight Services:

PACK EXPO Services
2720 South River Road, Suite 152
Des Plaines, IL  60018

Jim Roche, Vice President, [email protected]
Larry Gibas, Director of Operations, [email protected]

General Questions:

PMMI– Show Management

11911 Freedom Drive, Suite 600
Reston, VA 20190
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 571-612-3200

Advertising Opportunities: 

PMMI Sponsorship Marketing
(PACK EXPO Online Advertising, PACK EXPO Sponsorships and PACK EXPO Show Daily)
3 Paoli Plaza, Suite A
Paoli, PA 19301
Phone: 610-647-8585
Fax: 610-647-8565
Main Contact: Mary Thorne, [email protected]

Attendee Questions

When will attendee registration open?
Registration for PACK EXPO International and Pharma EXPO is now open.

Are there age restrictions at PACK EXPO International/Pharma EXPO?
No one under the age of 16 will be allowed on the show floor, before, during or after the show.  No strollers are allowed on the show floor.

Can spouses attend the show?
Spouses can attend the show free of charge. 


Innovation Stage
Our on-floor education program, Innovation Stage, is designed to provide exhibitors the opportunity to present new innovations on the show floor. This opportunity is only open to Exhibitors. If you are interested in submitting a proposal for Innovation Stage, please contact Alaina Herlihy at [email protected]

If you are interested in exhibiting at PACK EXPO International or Pharma EXPO, please contact the PMMI show department at 571-612-3200 or email [email protected].

Pharma EXPO Conference Program
We have a co-located show focused on the pharmaceutical industry, Pharma EXPO. This show will include a full conference program put on my ISPE. If you have a solution for the pharmaceutical industry that you would like to present, please contact John Donaldson at [email protected] about speaking at their conference.