For Global Travelers

Dê as boas-vindas!

Welcome! We are looking forward to seeing you in Chicago this summer!

At IFT16, you will have the opportunity to meet food professionals from more than 80 countries to exchange information and insights, discuss business opportunities, and learn about the newest trends and innovations in food. Plus, you can see, touch, taste, and experience the newest products from more than 1,000 exhibiting companies from over 40 countries. IFT16 is truly the best way to experience the world of food!

Event Basics

Our 2016 event will be held at McCormick Place South. Our headquarters hotel is the Palmer House Hilton.

Sessions at the event are conducted in English.

In July, Chicago has average highs of 84°F (29°C) and average lows of 66°F (19°C). Prior to traveling to Chicago for the meeting, you may wish to check the Chicago 10-day weather forecast.

Attire at IFT16 is business casual. Since meeting room temperatures and personal comfort ranges may vary, a light sweater or jacket is recommended. Also, you may wish to wear comfortable shoes, as walking distances within McCormick Place can be long.

Travel Discounts & Hotel Accomodations
Discounts on airfare are available, and you will find a variety of hotel options at different price points through IFT's housing partner, Experient. Hotel information will be available beginning March 1, 2016.

Chicago City Highlights
Located in the heart of the United States, Chicago attracts visitors from all over the world to enjoy its acclaimed restaurants, world-famous museums, revolutionary architecture, renowned theater, professional sports teams, shopping, nightlife, and much, much more. Looking for a convenient way to gain instant access to Chicago restaurants, attractions, maps, and more? Download the Choose Chicago mobile app!

Exchange Rate
Help plan your trip by checking the current exchange rate of your currency to U.S. dollars.

Tipping in the United States is customary. A 15% to 20% tip is usually expected in restaurants, taxis, and for services you receive.

Become familiar with American etiquette for private, public, and business interactions.

Chicago is in the Central Time Zone. In July, the Central Time Zone is -5h UTC/GMT.

Business Hours
Standard business hours are 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Voltage 120, frequency 60 Hz. Adaptors that may be required are two flat blades or two flat blades with a round grounding pin.



  • U.S. country code: +1
  •  Downtown Chicago area code: (312)
  •  U.S. telephone numbers have ten digits total, which includes the area code and a seven digit phone number (e.g., 312.555.1234)
  • To make a call, dial “1,” then the area code, and then the seven-digit number
  • To call internationally from Chicago, dial "011," then the country code, then the area code, and then the  number

Most hotels offer high-speed Internet connections.

Dial 911 from any phone.


To help you with your travel arrangements, below are links to important information regarding visa invitation letters, visas, and other resources.

Visa Invitation Letters
During the online registration process you will have the opportunity to request a Visa Invitation Letter. You must register to attend IFT16 in order to receive an official visa invitation letter.

Visa Information
The U.S. government requires residents of many countries to obtain a temporary visa before entering the United States. Recent changes to the visa application process may have increased the length of time required to receive your visa. It is very important to apply for a visa at least 90 days prior to departure. For information on U.S. visa policies and procedures, visit

Visa Waiver Program
The Visa Waiver Program (VWP) enables citizens of 38 countries to travel to the United States for tourism or business for 90 days or less without obtaining a visa.

In order to travel without a visa on the VWP, you must have authorization through the Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) prior to boarding an approved U.S. bound air or sea carrier. ESTA is the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Customs and Border Protection's (CBP) automated web-based system to determine eligibility to travel without a visa to the United States for tourism or business. VWP travels must also have the correct type of passport.

To obtain a complete list of exempt countries and learn more, visit the Visa Waiver Program website at

If you have specific questions in the meantime, please contact us.