For Global Travelers

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

At IFT15, 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. IFT15 is truly the best way to experience the world of food!

Event Basics

Venue
Our 2015 event will be held at McCormick Place South. Our headquarters hotel is the Hilton Chicago.

Language
Sessions at the event are conducted in English.

Weather
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
Attire at IFT15 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.

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. For information on what to see and do while you’re with us in Chicago, visit choosechicago.com. Looking for a convenient way to gain instant access to Chicago restaurants, attractions, maps, and more? Download the new Choose Chicago mobile app!

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

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

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

Time
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.

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

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Telephone

  • 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 + area code + seven-digit number
  •  To call internationally from Chicago, dial "011" + country code + area code + number

Internet
Most hotels offer high-speed Internet connections.

Emergencies
Dial 911 from any phone.

Visas

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 IFT15 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 travel.state.gov/visa/visa_1750.html.

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 travel.state.gov/content/visas/english/visit/visa-waiver-program.html.

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