Travel & Venue

June in Chicago is the most beautiful time of year. From a Chicago Architecture Foundation river boat tour, to a cruise on Lake Michigan, to a visit with the animals at Lincoln Park Zoo, or an alfresco dinner atop the stellar skyline on a rooftop patio, you'll find delights at every turn. Be sure to visit the Chicago Convention & Visitors Bureau to view coupons and discounts for Chicago attractions.

Getting to Chicago is easy, with two international airports and the majority of the nation's population only one plane ride away. You'll enjoy the largest convention center in the United States, hotels to meet every need, restaurants and entertainment options galore, and a thriving economic community with 29 Fortune 500 Companies headquartered in the area.

Palmer House Hilton

Palmer House

The Palmer House is the headquarter hotel for the Global Cold Chain Expo. Transportation will be provided to and from McCormick Place for the show. See shuttle bus service below for more information.  

Palmer House Hilton
17 East Monroe Street
Chicago, IL 60603

The cut-off date to book a room has past.  Rooms are still available and will be at the hotel’s prevailing rate except for Monday, June 12 which the hotel is sold out.  To book a room at the Palmer House Hilton over the available dates, please call the hotel’s reservation department +1 312-726-7500 or use the online reservation link below. 

Rooms are available through United Fresh’s website. 

Cancellation Policy: Cancellation is 24 hours prior to arrival and any cancellation within 24 hours will be charged a 1 night room and tax.

Recommended Airports 

O'Hare International Airport: 17 miles
Midway International Airport: 10 miles


Both airports offer taxi service to downtown hotels. Rates range from $40-50 from O'Hare and $30-40 from Midway. Rates vary based on travel time and are subject to change.  The Chicago Transit Authority serves both airports for easy and economical travel using the 'L' train. The 24-hour CTA Blue Line connects directly to O'Hare and the CTA Orange Line connects directly to Midway.


Complimentary Shuttle Bus service will be provided for Global Cold Chain attendees from the Palmer House Hilton to McCormick Place throughout the duration of the event.

Inbound from Palmer House Hilton to McCormick West - Every 15-20 Minutes

Tuesday, June 13            7:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Wednesday, June 14      7:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Thursday, June 15           7:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Outbound from McCormick West to Palmer House Hilton - Every 20-30 Minutes

Tuesday, June 13            4:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, June 14      3:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Thursday, June 15          3:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Unauthorized Housing

Please be vigilant if approached by any company or service that implies or claims to be an official housing provider of Global Cold Chain Expo (GCCE). We have been made aware of other housing companies or travel agencies that may be aggressively pursuing you, or your company, to book guest rooms through their company at supposedly significant discounts. Reservations made through these “pirate” agencies or companies will be at your own risk. If you are contacted by one of these “pirate” companies, please notify GCCE immediately by emailing Melissa Edwards at medwards@gcca.org.

Some Companies to Watch Out For:

Advanced Travel Systems

Exhibition Housing Services JTR Holdings Inc.

Book My Rooms

Exhibitors Hotel Reservations Services Le Company, LLC


Expo Housing NSCN Services

Condos at OCCC

Global Corporate Consultants (GCC Inc.)

Reservation Events

CBS (Corporate Booking Services) International

Global Corporate Events, Inc. Room Connections/Rooms Connect, Limited
Convention Booking Bureau (CBB) Global Events Group Show Coordinators
Convention Hotel Management Global Housing Management/GHM Travel Silver State Convention Housing
Convention Housing Global Housing Services Corporation Six Point Travel
Convention Housing Services/Convention Expo Travel

Global Travel Partners

Stay Right Travel, LLC
ECTC Group/Executive Convention Travel

Golden Events

Tira Convention Travel Management
Elite Corporate Planners

Group TIRA/TIRA Convention Management

Trade Show Housing
Event Connections

HDMC Group

Trade Show Reservations, LLC
Event Egg

Hotel Angels, LLC

TradeShow Housing
Events Plus, Inc. IEA Event Planning Travel Maker
Event Travel Planners International Events, Inc./IEP Group XM Corp./XM Corporation
Execu-Link Corp. Itravel, Inc.  

GCCE has NO affiliation with these organizations and in no way endorses their services. These companies are contacting you by phone (and in some cases email). Please note that GCCE does not provide them with any contact information. Please do not respond.


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  • If your business is in any way related to the perishables industry, the Global Cold Chain Expo is a can’t-miss event.
    Angelo Antoci
    President, U.S. Growers Cold Storage, Inc.



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