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SMG picked to run McCormick Place

April 29, 2011
SMG Management Inc., the Philadelphia company that runs Soldier Field, won a five-year deal to operate the McCormick Place convention center, the interim board of the Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority announced April 26.
McCormick Place’s transition to private management is part of a state-mandated overhaul to reduce convention exhibitor cost and make Chicago more competitive with rivals such as Orlando and Las Vegas.
A federal judge recently overturned parts of the new state law that allow exhibitors to do more of their own booth set-up and that limit labor overtime and crew sizes. McPier officials asked for a delay in implementing the ruling, pending appeal.