Shipping and Important Addresses

For assistance, please contact Skip Haile at 203.840.5912 or email at

Check the Exhibitor Action Checklist/Additional Official Contractors Services section of the manual to see all approved vendors for C2E2 2014.

Shipping and Move-In

2014 Brings FREE drayage back again! Yes, you read that right!

We're happy to announce that again there will be no material handling charges at C2E2 2014 for onsite shipping! Bring your car, box truck, trailer or van to McCormick and the move in costs (drayage/material handling) are on us.

So how does it work? Simple, just drive or ship your Booth materials to the Marshaling Yard at McCormick Place (address: 2900 South Moe Drive, Chicago, IL 60616 – click here for MAP) and you will be assisted in getting your materials onto the Show Floor. At the Marshaling Yard we will determine the fastest and best way to move you in. We will be using both Show labor and the McCormick based ASUV program to move you in free of charge.

This program is offered during all hours of move-in and move-out and is open to all types of vehicles from POV's, box trucks and tractor trailers.

Move-In Times

Wednesday, April 23 11:00 AM – 4:30 PM
Thursday, April 24 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM

Click here for a targeted floor plan displaying where you can park to unload your materials. We want to give you the best chance to be as close to your Booth as possible. You will be given specific directions and on where to go once you check into the Marshaling Yard. 

Unfortunately there are some exceptions to the rules:

  1. If you ship your items in advance to the warehouse there will be a charge for these items – please click here for the rate schedule
  2. Any/all items shipped to either the Hyatt Hotel or the McCormick Place Business Center will be charged based on their fees
  3. Shipments arriving prior to April 23, 2014, may be refused and/or incur a storage fee

For questions on the program, please feel free to contact the C2E2 Operation Manager directly to help you in deciding what method works best for you – Skip Haile, 203.840.5912 or

Shipping FAQs:

Where do I go for this Program?

For the C2E2 Free Material Handling Program you must check in at the Marshaling Yard Located at 2900 South Moe Drive, Chicago, IL 60616. For recorded directions please call 312.808.3161 or click here for a map.

Be on the lookout for the C2E2 signage directing you to the correct area to check in. Once you check in you will receive a dock pass with instructions on where you are to go to unload and load your materials.

What is a Targeted Floor Plan?

The Targeted Floor Plan allows you to park as close to your Booth as possible giving you the ability to walk items over to your Booth quicker. While we may not be able to get you right next to your Booth, we will make every effort to get you moved in as close and quickly as possible.

How does move-out work?

After you have packed up your materials there will be a sign-in area at the Exhibitor Service Center for assisted labor during move-out. At the Exhibitor Service Center you will need to complete the required form (bill of lading). You will receive your dock pass and can proceed straight to your assigned dock.

NOTE: Labor will be provided to bring your materials from your Booth to the loading dock.

Directions to Marshaling Yard?

Take I-55 North to the Lake Shore Drive South exit, stay in the right lane and exit at 31st Street. At the end of the exit ramp follow the sign that says "McCormick Place Truck Marshalling". Take a right via a wide U-turn. The Marshaling Yard will be on your left.

If you have questions please contact Devon Priola at 203.840.5927 or

Important Addresses:

Warehouse Shipments

GES will accept crated, boxed or skidded materials beginning Thursday, March 20 at the below listed address. Please note the advance warehouse is NOT part of the FREE Material Handling Program and you will incur a fee if used.  Material arriving after Friday, April 18 at the warehouse will incur an additional late fee.  Warehouse materials are accepted at the warehouse Monday through Friday between the hours of 8:00 AM - 2:30 PM.  Any shipments received outside of this time frame will incur additional charges.

Advance Shipments to the Warehouse should be sent to:

c/o GES
Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo
(Your Company Name & Booth Number)
2300 S. Throop St.
Chicago, IL 60608 USA

Direct to Show Shipments

GES will receive shipments at the exhibit facility beginning Wednesday, April 23. Shipments arriving before this date may be refused by the facility. Any charges incurred for early freight accepted by the facility will be the responsibility of the Exhibitor.

Direct Shipments to Exhibit Site:

c/o GES
Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo
(Your Company Name & Booth Number)
McCormick Place, South Hall
2301 South Lake Shore Drive
Chicago, IL 60616-1490 USA

Shipments should arrive on:

Wednesday, April 23 11:00 AM – 4:30 PM
Thursday, April 24 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM

Marshaling Yard Site Address:

Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo
(Your Company Name & Booth Number)
2900 South Moe Drive
Chicago, IL 60616 USA

PLEASE NOTE: The GES Marshaling Yard address is for information only. Do not ship any Booth Materials/Displays to
this address. Your drivers will need to check into this address upon arriving at McCormick Place.

Crate Removal, Storage & Return

Empty crates, shipping containers, cardboard boxes, etc. marked with “EMPTY STICKERS” will be removed to storage and returned to your Booth at the end of the Show by our floor crew at no additional charge.  Storing merchandise in crates or cartons marked for empty storage or behind Booths is prohibited and against Fire Regulations in the building.  “EMPTY STICKERS” can be acquired from the GES desk located at the Exhibitor Service Center.  Please label your materials as soon as they are ready to be removed.  We ask your cooperation in this important matter so that we can clean the aisles and install aisle carpet.

Customs Broker/International Shipping

TWI Group is the official provider of international shipping, customs brokerage, freight forwarding and related services for C2E2.  All merchandise imported into the United States requires Custom House Clearance prior to release from any USA port or airport.  It is the sole responsibility of the Exhibitor to adhere to customs and international guidelines. 

The Exhibitor must insure that all documents are valid and complete and procedures are followed correctly. Show Management will not be held liable for freight held up due to customs issues, duty payments or any other problems related to inbound and outbound international shipments. 

TWI Group will maintain a full staff on-site at the Exhibitor Service Desk.

Please refer to the Exhibitor Action Checklist/Additional Official Contractors Services section of the manual to see all approved vendors for C2E2 2014.

Elevators and Escalators

All large and heavy equipment should be transported using the freight elevator. No equipment may be transported on escalators. This includes items such as easels, chairs, tables, wheelchairs, baby carriages and other similar devices. Normally, escalators are not operating during move-in and move-out periods.

Passenger elevators are not to be used for transporting heavy freight and equipment.

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