Not sure if this is the best place to ask, but I've been hanging around here for years, and I know all the names I think I trust.Doing a medical conference next May (2015) probably in McCormick Place, Chicago. Am getting conflicting information as to who (production companies) are allowed in there.We would be using Arie Crown theatre for the main/plenary sessions, with the breakout/concurrent rooms other spaces within the Lakeside Centre.Venue gave me a list of "approved" suppliers, some other people have told me that anyone can go in there, but their (McCormick's) list give them kickbacks/commissions.The kind of thing I'm going to need are 5 or so rooms with 8 x dpa headsets (Shure UHF-R or Senn 2000 kind of level) and a sound system that can cope with that. Very interactive sessions with multiple people speaking - back and forth banter type of thing. Along with some relatively high impact playback.Vision wise, very IMAG heavy, maybe a blend screen (in main room), Barco 20K level of projectors more than likely.I'm also a little unsure as to how the union thing works over here. I'm based in Australia, but currently in Chicago doing site visits with the client.Only here today and tomorrow (tues/wed)So main points are:1. allowed providers or preferred providers2. suggestions for providers ﹣ I'd prefer a fullservice provider3. Union rules ﹣ how does this work with different unions and outside providers, given that we're using both the Theatre and the Convention CentreIt would be cool to have some comments fairly quickly, only because I'm here at the moment.Cheers,Steve.
You might also want to give TC Furlong a call. I am in no way associated with them, but the do a great job.Bill
Thanks for the info guys, will call them this morning.Any tips regarding the union/venue stuff? It's just completely foreign to me.Cheers!
We have a show in up there in September and my understanding is that it is all union for load-in to electric to setup and tear down. The only thing that we can do is give direction and run the lights and sound for the show.Actually, it makes it a fairly easy day for us.Bill
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