PACK EXPO International
the show


Frequently Asked Questions

General Questions

  • Where are PACK EXPO International and Healthcare Packaging EXPO 2018 being held?

    McCormick Place
    2301 S. King Drive
    Chicago, Illinois 60616 USA

  • What are the show dates and exhibit hours?

    Sunday, October 14, 2018:           9:00 am – 5:00 pm
    Monday, October 15, 2018:          9:00 am – 5:00 pm
    Tuesday, October 16, 2018:         9:00 am – 5:00 pm
    Wednesday, October 17, 2018:    9:00 am – 3:00 pm

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

    Yes. Complimentary shuttle buses will run between official PACK EXPO International hotels and McCormick Place from 7:00 am – 10:30 am and 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm on Sunday through Tuesday of the show. On Wednesday, shuttle buses will run until 4:00 pm.

  • 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

Attendee Questions

  • How much does registration cost?

    Badge registration is $30 through September 28 and $100 after (including on-site registration). Your badge provides access to both PACK EXPO International and Healthcare Packaging EXPO.

  • Will my badge be mailed to me?

    If you register early enough, yes. We will begin mailing badges in September. In order to receive your badge in the mail, international attendees must register on or before September 7; attendees from the U.S. must register on or before September 28. After these dates, you will need to pick up your badge in Chicago.

  • What are the age restrictions at PACK EXPO International?

    No person under the age of 14 is allowed on the show floor, before, during or after the show. No strollers or carried infants are allowed on the show floor.

  • Can spouses attend the show?

    Yes, spouses can attend the show free of charge.

Exhibitor Questions

  • What is the PACKage Printing Pavilion?

    This is a new 50,000 square-foot pavilion area dedicated to printing and converting technologies used in packaging, including: digital printing for folding cartons, flexible packaging and corrugated packaging; labeling, coding and marking; on-demand, high speed and customized print packaging.

  • How can I become an exhibitor at PACK EXPO International or Healthcare Packaging EXPO 2018?

    Submit your application online by June 23, 2017. Booth selection will begin in July 2017.

  • What is the cost per square foot to exhibit?

    The base rate is $29 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 target move-in date. See the PACK EXPO International/Healthcare Packaging EXPO Rules & Regulations and the Exhibitor Services Manual (Available May 2018) for additional information and special assessment pricing.

  • 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 non-refundable 25% deposit should accompany your Exhibit Space Application. An additional 50% of the total booth price will be due by April 11, 2018. The final 25% will be due by June 15, 2018. Full payment is due with the space application for any booths booked after June 15, 2018. After this date, payment is due in full with the application.

    If you have any questions about payment for your booth space, you can contact Dorine Cole at [email protected] or 571-612-3200.

  • 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, Healthcare Packaging EXPO, ProFood Tech 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, ProFood Tech 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.

  • Can I change my target move-in date?

    Move-in/Move-out dates are determined based upon your location within each hall. (Your Show Contact will be notified when these dates are decided.) You can request a change to your target dates by emailing Jim Roche at [email protected].

  • 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.

  • How do I populate my company information for inclusion in the online directory?

    Go to the Exhibitor Dashboard. The online Exhibitor Search is the directory for the show. As an exhibitor, you are automatically included in the online directory (Exhibitor Search) and the printed Show Guide. The PACK EXPO International/Healthcare Packaging EXPO Show Guide lists only exhibiting company names and booth numbers. All other information you wish to convey to attendees about your company should be in your online company profile.

    Login information will be sent to the Exhibitor (Show) Contact. Once you have received the ID & Password, you can log in to the Exhibitor Dashboard and begin populating your company description, vertical markets, product categories and more.

    If you have any questions about your Exhibitor Dashboard contact the PMMI Show Department at [email protected] or 571-612-3200.

  • What is my Exhibitor Dashboard login ID?

    The Show Contact for your company will receive an email with an ID and a password to log in to your Exhibitor Dashboard. If you have not received this password or are having trouble logging in, please have the show contact call the PMMI Show Department at 571-612-3200 or email [email protected]. Passwords can only be given out to the Show Contact on file.

  • What is the cancellation policy?

    Your 25% deposit is non-refundable and non-transferable. For cancellations received after the April 11, 2018 and prior to June 15, 2018, the exhibitor will forfeit any monies paid to date, up to 75% of the total booth price. Any cancellations received after the final June 15, 2018 payment deadline will forfeit 100% or all monies paid to date. For details, see the Rules & Regulations.

  • Who is the official service contractor for PACK EXPO International/Healthcare Packaging EXPO?

    Our official move-in/move-out and freight services contractor is PACK EXPO Services, and the contact person is Phillip Ramirez, at [email protected] or 972-751-9416. More information will be available when the Exhibitor Services Manual is published, in the spring of 2018.

    Move In/Move out – Freight Services
    Phone: 847-299-0300
    Fax: 847-299-0301
    Jim Roche, Vice President, [email protected]

    Booth Services – The Expo Group
    Phone: 972-751-9400
    Fax: 972-751-9500
    Contact: Phillip Ramirez, [email protected]

  • Whom can I contact with questions regarding the show?

    General Questions:

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

    Exhibit Sales Questions:

    Beth Murray
    Phone: 571-612-3186
    Email: [email protected]

    Jessie Brown
    Phone: 571-266-4409
    Email: [email protected]

    Merideth Newman
    Phone: 571-612-3208
    Email: [email protected]

  • Whom do I contact regarding sponsorship opportunities?

    For PACK EXPO International sponsorships, Show Daily and opportunities, contact:

    Mike Bradley, [email protected] or Patrick Bradley [email protected]
    Phone: 610-647-8585

    For show-related advertising opportunities from PMMI Media Group, visit  or call 800-355-5595.

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