The 2021 AHR Expo in Chicago, originally planned for Jan. 25-27, has been postponed, International Exposition Co., the organizer, announced.
“AHR Expo, ASHRAE and AHRI continue to explore the feasibility of hosting the event March 15-17, 2021, however, no final decisions have been made,” International Exposition, based in Westport, Connecticut, said in a Sept. 23 statement. “A final decision regarding the in-person hosting of the 2021 AHR Expo will be announced on or before October 15, 2020.”
Here is more from the statement:
“Recently, the AHR Expo conducted a survey to gauge industry interest in moving the 2021 Show to March. Survey results indicate the proposed date change is preferred by nearly 80% of exhibitor and attendee participants. As a result, we, along with our co-sponsors ASHRAE and AHRI, have made the difficult decision to postpone the original planned January dates and focus our exploration on hosting a live event in March. While no final decisions have been made, and many factors will be considered, we remain optimistic as we continue to investigate feasibility.
“Additionally, both McCormick Place and Choose Chicago, an organization dedicated to bringing visitors to Chicago, recognize how vital the Show is to the city. They have expressed their support for the new March dates as well.
“Planning a Show under normal circumstances is no small feat, but this year we are all aware of the additional challenges we’re all facing. Over the last several months we have had countless meetings to investigate all possible avenues that lead us to a safe and successful Show in Chicago. While we must take into account the barriers for allowances within the state of Illinois and the city of Chicago that we cannot control, we will continue to explore every possibility in the next month until we make a final determination.
“Even with six months ahead of us until the proposed dates in March, we feel it is best to make a call well ahead in consideration of the significant planning and preparation required to participate in the Show. For this reason, we will reach out again on or before October 15th with more information and a final decision on the 2021 AHR Expo.”