Preparing & Delivering Your Shipment

Freight Planner & Custom Block Package

Submit your Freight Planner & Custom Block Package, located in your e-Kit, as soon as possible! This will ensure your exhibit experience is smooth, efficient, and cost effective.


Help for Drivers


Move-in/Move-out Target Dates by Building

Labor hours for installation and dismantle for all days except Sunday, September 9, are 8:00 am – 4:30 pm. Labor hours on September 9 are 8:00 am – 8:00 pm. The halls are closed on September 2nd and 3rd. No work can be done these days.

Exhibitor Show Hours

  • East, Level 2                 7:00 am – 5:00 pm
  • East, Level 3                 7:00 am – 5:30 pm
  • West, Level 3 Annex    7:00 am – 5:00 pm
  • West, Level 3                7:00 am – 5:30 pm
  • North, Level 3               8:00 am – 6:30 pm
  • South, Level 3               8:00 am – 6:30 pm

Visitor Show Hours

  • East, Level 2                 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
  • East, Level 3                 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
  • West, Level 3 Annex    8:30 am – 4:30 pm
  • West, Level 3                9:00 am – 5:00 pm
  • North, Level 3               10:00 am – 6:00 pm
  • South, Level 3               10:00 am – 6:00 pm

Target Date Check-In

Target Date Check-In Information


Information for Exhibitors


Directions to GES Advance Warehouse

Location: Global Experience Specialists, 4108 W. 52nd Place, Chicago, IL 60632
Receiving Hours: Monday through Friday: 8:00 am - 2:30 pm; Closed from 11:30 am - 12:30 pm daily.

North of Chicago:

Take I-90 E / I-94 E (Kennedy Expressway) to I-55 South Exit (Exit 53)
Proceed onto I-55 South (Stevenson Expressway)
Head South on I-55 to Pulaski Road Exit (Exit 287)
Take Pulaski Road Exit and turn Left, heading South on Pulaski Road
Take Pulaski Road South approximately 1.7 miles to 52nd Place
Turn Right onto 52nd Place
Facility is approximately .02 miles on the right

South of Chicago:

Take I-90 W / I-94 W (Dan Ryan Expressway) North
Merge onto I-55 South (Stevenson Expressway) via Exit # 53B toward St. Louis
Proceed onto I-55 South (Stevenson Expressway)
Head South on I-55 to Pulaski Road Exit (Exit 287)
Take Pulaski Road Exit and turn Left, heading South on Pulaski Road
Take Pulaski Road South approximately 1.7 miles to 52nd Place
Turn Right onto 52nd Place
Facility is approximately .02 miles on the right

Southwest of Chicago:

Take I-55 North (Stevenson Expressway) toward Chicago
Head North on I-55 to Pulaski Road Exit (Exit 287)
Take Pulaski Road Exit and turn Right, heading South on Pulaski Road
Take Pulaski Road South approximately 1.7 miles to 52nd Place
Turn Right onto 52nd Place
Facility is approximately .02 miles on the right

Questions? Call GES 800.801.1429 or 702.515.5970

Refer to the Material Handling Information page for receiving guidelines, restrictions and hours.
Advance Warehouse Directions (PDF)

These directions are provided for convenience only and the driver remains responsible for determining the best route for his vehicle and load. GES makes no representations as to road conditions, hazards or clearance.


McCormick Place Marshalling Yard Information

All vehicles delivering booth materials, freight and products to McCormick Place must first check in at the Marshalling Yard, located at 31st Street just west of Lake Shore Drive, approximately six (6) blocks south of McCormick Place. Please advise your carrier of the following Marshalling Yard information to better facilitate your direct shipment to McCormick Place.

For complete details, download the Delivery of Freight Information (PDF).

Directions to McCormick Place Marshalling Yard

Marshalling Yard Street Map (PDF)

Due to Interchange Reconstruction of the entrance/exit bridges on Lake Shore Drive, to and from I-55, please notify your carrier of extreme traffic buildup and waiting times. Traffic patterns change weekly.

Please visit the IL Department of Transportation — Studies & Projects – Cook County – I-55 at Lake Shore Drive for updates.
Phone: 312.808.3161
Gate Fee: $23 (as of August 1, 2015)
Scale Fee: $11

North of Chicago to McCormick Place

Interstate 90 (Kennedy Expressway) to Interstate 55. Bear right just past 18th Street. Then bear left to go North on Interstate 55 to Lake Shore Drive South (41 South).* Lake Shore Drive South to 31st Street. At the 31st Street Exit bear right to Marshalling Yard. Signs for Marshalling Yard are posted at 31st Street Exit.

West of Chicago to McCormick Place

Interstate 290 (Eisenhower Expressway) to Interstate 94 (Dan Ryan Expressway). East on Interstate 94 (Dan Ryan Expressway) to Interstate 55 North. Bear right just past 18th Street. Then bear left to go North on Interstate 55 to Lake Shore Drive South (41 South).* Lake Shore Drive South to 31st Street. At the 31st Street Exit bear right to Marshaling Yard. Signs for Marshaling Yard are posted at 31st Street Exit.

Southwest of Chicago to McCormick Place

Interstate 55 North directly to Lake Shore Drive South (41 South).* Lake Shore Drive South to 31st Street. At the 31st Street Exit bear right to Marshaling Yard. Signs are posted at 31st Street Exit.

South of Chicago to McCormick Place

Interstate 94 (Dan Ryan Expressway) to Interstate 55 North. Interstate 55 to Lake Shore Drive South to 31st Street.* At the 31st Street Exit bear right to Marshaling Yard. Signs for Marshaling Yard are posted at 31st Street Exit.

*Trucks permitted on Lake Shore Drive southbound between Interstate 55 and 31st Street
The State of Illinois legal trailer restrictions are 102” in width and 13’6” in height. Questions may be directed to:
Illinois Department of Transportation, Permit Section
2300 South Dirksen Parkway, Springfield, IL 62764
Phone: 217.782.6271

These directions are provided for convenience only and the driver remains responsible for determining the best route for his vehicle and load. GES makes no representations as to road conditions, hazards or clearance. Traffic routes to the McCormick Place Marshaling area are subject to change due to ongoing construction considerations.

Directions to McCormick Place Marshalling Area — (printable PDF)


GES Information Call Center — Lines of Communication for IMTS 2018

General Contact Information

We understand that planning for an event such as IMTS 2018 can be stressful, and sometimes confusing, process. The GES-IMTS 2018 Information Center is here to assist you in this process. Please feel free to contact us by any of the means listed below. We’ll be happy to help!

Toll Free: 1.866.280.7765
Direct: 001.630.671.7960 (for International Exhibitors)
Fax: 702.914.5043
E-mail: IMTSservice@ges.com

The GES – IMTS TEAM (Assignments by Building)

Name Department Direct Line Email
Amanda Butler GES – IMTS Call Center Manager 630-539-4872 AButler@ges.com
Arencenia Harris Freight Representative 630-539-4875 ArHarris@ges.com
Sharmin Boyd South Building Representative
Booth 338000 – 339999
630-295-6041 Sboyd@ges.com
Ceara Brown North Building
Booths 210100 – 210999
Booths 236000 – 237999
1-866-280-7765 CeBrown@ges.com
Nya Carney East Building – Level 3 Representative
Booth 133000 – 135999
630-351-7763 Ncarney@ges.com
Jae McCoy East Building – Level 2 Representative
Booth 121000 – 121999
630-539-4874 JMcCoy@ges.com
Kristina Vicory West Building Representative
Booth 431000 – 432999
630-351-7768 Kvicory@ges.com
Carlos Rosas Target Date Representative 630-295-6040 Crosas@ges.com

If you need additional assistance you may also contact either Amanda Butler or Tom Gilmore in the GES-IMTS Information Center. They can be reached at the following:

Please contact us at any time. We're here to help!