LIGHTFAIR International chooses Chicago for 2018


LIGHTFAIR International (LFI) will hold its 2018 trade show and conference at McCormick Place in Chicago.

Set for 6-10 May, the event will mark LIGHTFAIR’s first staging in the Windy City since 1995.

Jeffrey L. Portman, Sr. vice chairman, president and COO of LFI managing partner AmericasMart Atlanta, which produces and manages the show, said the move is designed to accommodate the show’s continuing growth.

The move to Chicago will provide the global lighting design community with up to 241,548sqm of exhibition space.

“We expect Chicago and McCormick Place to help deliver a LIGHTFAIR experience of extraordinary relevance and resonance,” Portman said. “The spectacular scope of LIGHTFAIR exhibits, together with its extensive conference programming, demands an environment of the scale which McCormick Place offers – one that our customers will embrace and enjoy.”

As the world’s largest annual architectural and commercial lighting trade show and conference that rotates between the east and west coasts, LFI brings products and technologies to lighting designers, specifiers, architects, consultants and engineers from around the globe.

“Chicago and LIGHTFAIR enjoy closely aligned postures within the global lighting design community,” said Marsha L. Turner, CAE, chief executive officer of LFI partner International Association of Lighting Designers (IALD). “Both command pivotal roles as centers of lighting and technology innovation and thought leadership.”

She added: “We look forward to all that the 2018 trade show and conference will achieve in this uniquely advantageous setting.”

Held at the San Diego Convention Center April 24-28, LFI 2106 set new trade show floor and west-coast attendance records with 27,628 attendees and 617 exhibitors.