AHR Expo Releases Update on 2021 Show Planning

March dates continue to be considered with a final decision expected by Oct. 15

AHR Expo Releases Update on 2021 Show Planning

The AHR Expo in 2018, the last time it was held in Chicago.

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AHR Expo management recently announced the postponement of the original planned show dates — Jan. 25-27 — for the 2021 AHR Expo in Chicago. The dates of March 15-17 are now being considered. According to a survey conducted by the AHR Expo, the proposed move to March is preferred by nearly 80% of exhibitors and attendees. A final decision will be announced no later than Oct. 15. 

“We continue to exhaust all possibilities that will allow us to host a safe and successful event for all industry stakeholders,” says Mark Stevens, show manager. “But we have to take into account that there are barriers for allowances within the state of Illinois and the city of Chicago that we cannot control. We remain cautiously optimistic that we can meet together in Chicago in March.” 

In consideration of the significant planning and preparation required to participate in the show, AHR Expo management, along with co-sponsors ASHRAE and AHRI, decided to make a final determination and announcement on or before Oct. 15. Throughout the spring and summer, countless meetings have been held to explore all possible avenues in order to produce a safe and successful show in Chicago. In partnership with show co-sponsors and the advisory committee, show management has been in close contact with McCormick Place, the city of Chicago, show vendors, and other officials to provide the best guidance to host the event. 

“All of us in the industry understand the vital role HVAC plays in the world. We at AHR Expo know the importance of the show in providing a unique environment where members of the HVAC community can congregate to learn, share, and grow as professionals while experiencing all that’s new in the industry,” says Stevens. “I think we all understand the challenges this year has presented thus far, and while HVAC has emerged as a primary player in how we can hope to combat COVID-19 and other pandemic threats of the future, there are safety, governmental, and practical considerations that have to be taken into account.”

Show management plans to continue to follow updates within the state of Illinois, the governor’s office, as well as the CDC and other advisory councils. 

About the AHR Expo

The AHR Expo is the world’s premier HVAC event, attracting the most comprehensive gathering of industry professionals from around the globe each year. The show provides a unique forum where manufacturers of all sizes and specialties, whether a major industry brand or innovative start-up, can come together to share ideas and showcase the future of HVAC technology under one roof. Since 1930, the AHR Expo has remained the industry’s best place for OEMs, engineers, contractors, facility operators, architects, educators and other industry professionals to explore the latest trends and applications and to cultivate mutually beneficial business relationships. 

For more information, visit ahrexpo.com


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