NRA Changes 2012 Show Dates

Event stays in Chicago but avoids overlap with pair of global events.

The National Restaurant Association has changed the dates for its 2012 tradeshow to May 5-8 from May 19-22. The show will take place in Chicago's McCormick Place, as previously planned.

The NRA made the decision to move the show to avoid overlap with the Global G8 and NATO Summit, which will take place May 15-22, 2012 in Chicago.

"The NRA's primary goal is to provide our exhibitors and attendees an environment that is conducive to business," said Dawn Sweeney, president and CEO of the National Restaurant Association. "Discussions with the Chicago Mayor's Office, the Chicago Convention and Tourism Bureau and the Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority have made it clear to us that the security and logistics requirements for the G8 and NATO Summit will significantly restrict movement within Chicago during that time. Therefore, after carefully considering a number of options, we've come to the conclusion that keeping the 2012 NRA Show in Chicago but moving it to earlier in May will provide the best opportunity for our industry to have a productive and enjoyable 2012 Show."

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