1. What are the dates and location?back to top

    Beverage Alcohol for Restaurants (BAR) will take place May 21-22nd, 2017 and be located in the Lakeside Ballroom of McCormick Place. It is the only beverage alcohol trade event with vintner, distiller, and brewer tastings and demonstrations.

    For more information on Exhibitor Show floor access, move in, and move out dates, visit the “Show Information” Section of the Exhibitor Service Kit.

  2. How do I find my company password and what do I use it for?back to top

    Your company password can be found on your confirmation and invoice. If you can’t find it please contact your sales representative or call (312) 853-2542.Use your company password to log in to Exhibitor Services where you can make a payment, update your company profile, add a press release, and  individual products.

  3. Where is the Exhibitor Service Kit and how do I order services for my booth?back to top

    You can order services for your booth in the Exhibitor Services Kit, which is available online in the Exhibitor Services section of the website.

    Use the Exhibitor Service Kit to access the following information:

    • Show Information/Rules & Regulations
    • Shipping Information
    • Order Electricity/ Additional Booth Furnishings
    • Food & Beverage Information

    Please note that there is limited access to utilities in the Lakeside Ballroom. There is no access to air, water, or drain. If you require electrical service, please review the Electrical Floorplan showing your options.  Electric services can be ordered through GES.

  4. What are show hours?back to top

    Exhibit Hall Hours: 

    • Sunday, May 21, 12:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
    • Monday, May 22, 12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. 
  5. Where do I mail my application and deposit or final payment to?back to top

    For mailings through the United States Postal Service, please send to:

    National Restaurant Association
    Convention Department
    24281 Network Place
    Chicago, IL 60673-1242

    If you are using a carrier (FedEx, UPS, etc.), please send payment and include a copy of invoice to:

    National Restaurant Association
    Attn: Lydia Warco
    175 W Jackson Blvd. #1500
    Chicago, IL 60604-2814

  6. Can I use a credit card to pay for my booth space?back to top

    Yes; we accept all major credit cards (American Express, Visa, Mastercard, Discover card).

  7. What is included in my 8x10 booth?back to top

    • Eight-foot high back draping plus two 33" high draped side rails
    • ID sign with company name and booth number
    • Ice, lexan tub, water pitcher & spittoon
    • Secured storage for alcohol product
    • Carpeted floor
    • 6' counter height table & waste basket,
    • Daily cleaning & porter service
    • 1000 lbs of material handling.

    Visit Booth 101 for complete information.

    Visit the “Booth Furnishings” section of the Exhibitor Service Kit to order additional furnishings.

  8. What is included in my 5x8 booth?back to top

    • Eight-foot high back draping plus two 33" high draped side rails
    • ID sign with company name and booth number
    • Ice, lexan tub, water pitcher & spittoon
    • Secured storage for alcohol product
    • Carpeted floor
    • 4; counter height table & waste basket
    • Daily cleaning & porter service
    • Material handling up to 500lbs


    Visit Booth 101 for complete information.

  9. When will exhibitor registration open?back to top

    Exhibitor Registration is now open. Login to Exhibitor Services with your company password to register your booth personnel, order lead retrieval, or rent the attendee list.

  10. How many complimentary Show badges do I receive with my booth?back to top

    • Each Exhibitor receives five (5) complimentary badges for the first 80 square feet of space purchased, and three (3) badges for each additional 80 square feet of space.
    • Exhibitors in 5x8 booths receive three (3) badges.


    Login to Exhibitor Services, then click “Registration Services” to begin registering your booth personnel.

  11. Will Wi-Fi be available at the Show?back to top

    Yes, McCormick Place offers Wi-Fi at a cost. For more information, visit the “Additional Services” section in the Exhibitor Service Kit.

  12. How do I make hotel arrangements?back to top

    Hotel arrangements can be made through our offical housing provider onPeak. Visit Housing to book now.

  13. Are children allowed on the show floor?back to top

    No one under 21 years of age will be permitted on the show floor at any time regardless of affiliation or circumstances.

  14. How do I become an Allied Member? What are the benefits? back to top

    To become an Allied Member call (312) 853-2525 or visit Restaurant.org/Join

    Allied Membership benefits include our access to our annual Restaurant Industry Forecast and Restaurant TrendMapper® report, invitation-only webinars and newsletters, access to our Knowledge Center’s Information Specialists as well as Allied member logo usage for your website and other marketing materials. Allied Members will also be noted in the NRA Show Exhibit Guide and Program.

  15. How do I update the primary contact for the booth?back to top

    Email barexhibitorservices@restaurant.org if you would like to update the primary contact for show planning communications.

  16. Where should I submit my Certificate of Insurance?back to top

    Email your Certificate of Insurance to barexhibitorservices@restaurant.org. If you are an alochol producer serving alochol your Insurance Certificates must list Liquor Liability coverage. 

  17. I’m exhibiting in Beverage Alcohol for Restaurants and NRA Show, how should I register?back to top

    Personnel who require access to Beverage Alcohol for Restaurants should be registered with a Beverage Alcohol for Restaurants exhibitor badges. It is not required to have a badge for each show.

    Beverage Alcohol for Restaurants Badges: Access to Beverage Alcohol for Restaurants & NRA Shows
    NRA Show Badges: Access to NRA Show Only

    For any other questions about exhibiting in Beverage Alcohol for Restaurants & NRA Shows, contact us at (312) 853-2525 or barexhibitorservices@restaurant.org.