What to Expect at PACK EXPO International

With 2,100+ exhibitors, PACK EXPO International is the world’s largest, most comprehensive processing and packaging trade show in 2016. The immense show floor is packed with:

  • Full-scale machinery in action and never-before-seen technology
  • Solutions for 40+ vertical markets—all types of CPGs—all under one roof
  • Free educational opportunities that include Innovation Stage, the Food Safety Summit Resource Center and Reusable Packaging Learning Center as well as exhibitors’ in-booth offerings
  • Pavilions dedicated to containers & materials, confectionery, processing and reusable packaging

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First Timers’ Lounge

Located in the South Building, Room S-104A

Allow us to welcome you to PACK EXPO International! Stop by this exclusive lounge to enjoy free refreshments, comfortable seating and free Wi-Fi.

Sponsored by: Festo Logo


Preparing for PACK EXPO International 2016

To get the most out of your time, we recommend you come with a plan. There are several resources to help you accomplish this. 

Attendee Resources

My Show Planner

This online planning tool lets you easily create a personalized plan for your time at the show.

  • Search for exhibitors and products you want to see and add them to your plan.
  • Create an agenda. (Plan on covering one building/hall per day.)
  • Explore education sessions and add them to your agenda.
  • Print your agenda or access it from anywhere online or via the mobile app. 

Mobile App 

  • Includes all of the features of My Show Planner as well as transportation and Chicago tourism information.
  • Helps you navigate the show with interactive floor plans.
  • Alerts you to news, updates and reminders of events going on at the show. 

Game Plan – Coming in October 2016

  • Personalized for you based on your registration profile.
  • Provides information on exhibitors, specially curated to meet your needs.
  • Mailed (print version) and emailed (digital version) to all registered attendees.

Show Guide

  • Printed book containing comprehensive information such as exhibitor listings, schedules, show features and reminders—such as where to get your free coffee each morning! 
  • Pick up your Show Guide when you arrive at McCormick Place.   

Quick Guide to The Main Event 

  • Booklet will be mailed to you with your badge, provided you register by October 21 (or October 7 if you reside outside of the U.S.).
  • Includes tips for first-timers, a show overview, shuttle information and packing list.

Six Quick Tips for First-Timers 

  1. Book your hotel as early as you can. Rooms go fast.
  2. Do your homework using the resources listed above.
  3. Leave free time in your agenda to look around and explore.
  4. Download the mobile app to keep your agenda and information handy.
  5. Pack comfortable shoes—you’ll be walking a lot. Also remember to pack your badge and event and/or session ticket(s) if purchased.
  6. Pick up a Show Guide when you arrive at McCormick Place.  

We look forward to welcoming you to PACK EXPO International! 


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