ProMat 2015: Tips and tricks for navigating the show floor

These tips are aimed to help you navigate Chicago, McCormick Place South and ProMat 2015 next week.

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Where’s the Show Directory?
Due to the popularity of smart phones and tablets—and in an effort to minimize the show’s environmental impact—MHI no longer publishes a ProMat Show Directory. Instead, the official ProMat app is available for free at both Android and Apple app stores. Downloading information is at

The app offers an interactive map, exhibitor search, educational sessions search and information about the four keynotes. Attendees can also access their personalized agenda using the mobile app. Registration for events related to ProMat that require separate fees (such as such as MHI’s 70th Anniversary celebration on Wednesday) is only available at ProMat Attendee Registration on Level 3 of McCormick Place—not through the app.

For attendees who prefer paper, a condensed, pre-printed Show Guide handout is available at the entrance to the exhibit hall. This guide includes an exhibitor list, floor plan, and a list of education sessions with times and locations.

What is ‘The Hub’?
The Hub is an interactive resource center that offers multiple social media and informational opportunities for ProMat visitors. Located in Booth 2647 in the center of the show floor, the area has been dedicated as a social networking lounge—where attendees can catch the latest buzz about the event on Twitter (follow @ProMatShow and add #ProMatShow hashtag to your tweets), LinkedIn (, the MHI blog (, and the ProMat 2015 YouTube Channel ( It’s also home to a wireless Internet center for checking e-mail and networking with other attendees.

Immediately next to the Networking Lounge is information about ProMat sponsor MHI and the resources and opportunities it offers to manufacturing and supply chain professionals. There, you can also find details about the next Modex expo, scheduled to be held in Atlanta from April 4 to 7, 2016.

How to Score a Free Ride to the Show
Complimentary shuttle buses will run from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. and again from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. between all 26 designated show hotels and the McCormick Place South, Monday through Thursday. Bus schedules are posted in each hotel, as well as at the convention center.

Show hotels include: Conrad Chicago, Courtyard by Marriott Chicago Downtown Magnificent Mile, Courtyard by Marriot Chicago Downtown River North, Embassy Suites Chicago – Downtown, Embassy Suites Chicago – Downtown Lakefront, Fairfield Inn & Suites Downtown, Fairmont Chicago Millennium Park, Hampton Inn & Suites Chicago – Downtown, Hard Rock Hotel Chicago, Hilton Chicago, Holiday Inn Chicago Mart Plaza, Homewood Suites by Hilton – Chicago Downtown, Hyatt Regency McCormick Place, Hyatt Regency Chicago, Intercontinental – Chicago Magnificent Mile, JW Marriott, Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile, Omni Chicago, Palmer House Hilton, Renaissance Blackstone, Renaissance Chicago, Sheraton Chicago Hotel & Towers, The Westin Michigan Avenue, Trump International Hotel & Tower, W Chicago City Center and W Chicago Lakeshore.

What to do at the end of the day?
Looking for ideas on how to spend your free time? Check out to find attractions, restaurants, theater, sporting events and more.

Where Can I Learn More About Modex 2016?
The next installment of MHI’s Modex returns to Atlanta next year and highlights the latest solutions for manufacturing, distribution and supply chain. Set for April 4-7, 2016, Modex 2016 will feature the latest materials handling and logistics equipment and technologies from more than 800 leading providers in the industry. To learn more about what you can expect—either as an exhibitor or as an attendee—drop by The Hub in the center of the ProMat show floor or visit

ProMat 2015 is scheduled to be held March 23-26, 2014 at Chicago’s McCormick Place. The tradeshow will showcase the latest manufacturing, distribution and supply chain solutions in the material handling and logistics industry. Modern’s complete ProMat 2015 coverage.


About the Author

Sara Pearson Specter
Sara Pearson Specter has written articles and supplements for Modern Materials Handling and Material Handling Product News as an Editor at Large since 2001. Specter has worked in the fields of graphic design, advertising, marketing, and public relations for nearly 20 years, with a special emphasis on helping business-to-business industrial and manufacturing companies. She owns her own marketing communications firm, Sara Specter, Marketing Mercenary LLC. Clients include companies in a diverse range of fields, including materials handing equipment, systems and packaging, professional and financial services, regional economic development and higher education. Specter graduated from Centre College in Danville, Ky. with a bachelor’s degree in French and history. She lives in Oregon’s Willamette Valley where she and her husband are in the process of establishing a vineyard and winery.

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