As the largest convention center in North America located in the most American of American cities, Chicago, McCormick Place has hosted numerous global events, conventions and gatherings. Since opening its doors in 1960, McCormick Place has a rich history of hosting U.S. Presidents, such as President John F. Kennedy and President Lyndon B. Johnson, for important events, speeches and notable visits. In addition to hosting U.S. Presidents, McCormick Place has welcomed more than 60 world leaders and heads of state as part of the 2012 NATO Summit and other international gatherings.

This year, the McCormick Square neighborhood is honored to welcome President Barack Obama at McCormick Place as he makes his farewell to the nation as our President on January 10, 2017. As a former resident of Chicago’s Hyde Park neighborhood, President Obama’s presence at McCormick Place is more than just his final speech to the country, but a remarkable moment in Chicago’s amazing history.