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Stay in the Loop at the Annual Meeting & Food Expo

BY: Kelly Hensel

Accessing and sharing information about the Annual Meeting & Food Expo has never been easier and more convenient. In fact, there’s an app for that! Additionally, the IFT Live show daily is the resource for in-depth coverage of the event, before, during, and even after the show is over. And let’s not forget about social media. Join us in spreading the word on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, etc.

But let’s face it. You won’t be spending all of your time at McCormick Place. To ensure you make the most of your visit to Chicago, we’ve provided a slew of resources covering travel, dining out, and city-wide activities going on during the event.

IFT Mobile App

Available for iPhones, iTouches, iPads, Androids, and Blackberrys, the IFT13 mobile application is easy to download and available at no charge. It will keep users up-to-date on floor plans, exhibitors, the Scientific Program, and more. In addition, IFT Facebook and Twitter updates can be viewed within the mobile app. And keep an eye out for QR codes in exhibitors’ booths. Scan the code and the app takes you directly to the exhibitor’s product/service information.

IFT Live Show Daily

Don’t miss the daily digital edition of the IFT Annual Meeting & Food Expo’s show daily (psst…you are on it right now!). You’ll find regularly updated articles on Annual Meeting programs and sessions, news from the show floor, competition results, and much more. Interactive content will include videos, photos, and Twitter feeds. IFT Live may be accessed at Internet Café terminals or through laptops, smartphones, or PDAs. Additionally, there is a direct feed from IFT Live on the mobile app.

Social Media

IFT is using the social media channels LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter (twitter/#IFT13), and Flickr (flickr/IFTphotos) to communicate about event highlights and changes during the Annual Meeting & Food Expo and to allow those on-site to engage in the virtual IFT community.

Choose Chicago

From towering skyscrapers overlooking tulips on the Magnificent Mile, to sun-filled baseball games at Wrigley Field and a stunning Millennium Park: summertime in Chicago is buzzing with energy and excitement.

Did you know, Chicago sees over 46 million tourists, including 11+ million U.S. business travelers, and 1.3 million from outside the U.S. each year? We are ready for you. Check out information on attractions, theater, events for visitors and discounts on Choose Chicago.

In the Loop

The Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) operates the nation’s second largest public transportation system–a regional transit system that serves the City of Chicago and 40 neighboring communities. CTA provides 1.64 million rides on an average weekday. Chicago public transportation is an easy and inexpensive way to navigate the city. In addition to rail and bus, the Chicago Water Taxi provides stunning views from the Chicago River.

Not Just Pizza and Hot Dogs

Celebrity chefs? Check. World-renowned restaurants? Check. World-renowned restaurants? Check. Ethnic dining from around the globe? Check. Chicago’s dining scene is unparalleled. From lavish cuisine to deep dish pizza, one thing is for certain in Chicago: an appetite is required.

6 Responses to “Stay in the Loop at the Annual Meeting & Food Expo”

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  2. Vijay says:

    the most important thing which is not mentioned anywhere is if there will be free wireless internet available at the Expo??
    The APP is only good if there is internet access.
    I have checked everywhere on the IFT website but this info in not provided.

  3. Kelly Hensel says:

    Hi Vijay,
    Actually McCormick Place does offer free wireless throughout the building! Your smart phone should automatically pick up the signal. Please let me know if you have further questions.
    Kelly Hensel (

  4. Tom Klebe says:

    I am responsible for setting up my booth this weekend and would like to receive dates and times of the exhibitor booth set up schedule.

    Would you also be able to provide the contact information for the exhibitor floor manager in case I need assistance with the booth.

    Thank you.

  5. David says:

    Where do i find the chart or spread sheet with all the different science programs and where they and when they are?

  6. Kelly Hensel says:

    Hi David,
    Sorry for the delay in responding. You can find all the scientific programs in our online Program Planner ( These will also all be laid out in the Program Directory that can be picked up on site at the meeting. Let me know if you have any questions.

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