"The NRA's primary goal is provide our exhibitors and attendees an environment that is conducive to business," said Dawn Sweeney, president and CEO of the National Restaurant Association. "Discussions with the Chicago Mayor's Office, the Chicago Convention and Tourism Bureau and the Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority have made it clear to us that the security and logistics requirements for the G8 and NATO Summit will significantly restrict movement within Chicago during that time. Therefore, after carefully considering a number of options, we've come to the conclusion that keeping the 2012 NRA Show in Chicago but moving it to earlier in May will provide the best opportunity for our industry to have a productive and enjoyable 2012 Show."
Along with NRA Show, the co-located International Wine, Spirits & Beer Event will also move up two weeks to take place from May 6-7, 2012.
Questions about attending or exhibiting at the 2012 NRA Show can be directed to the National Restaurant Association Convention Office at (312) 853-2525.
Source: National Restaurant Association