|By Kathy Bergen, Chicago
TribuneMcClatchy-Tribune Regional News
July 05, 2012--The Chicago-based American Library Association has agreed to bring three more annual conventions to McCormick Place, returning with greater frequency than in the past, Mayor Rahm Emanuel's office will announce today.
The organization booked the convention center for 2020, 2023 and 2026, or every three years.
It previously was in Chicago in 2009, and three years ago decided to relocate its 2013 show here, from New York. It also booked for 2017. The organization generally meets the week before the 4th of July.
"The recent legislative changes and cooperation from Chicago labor have made this agreement possible," said Maureen Sullivan, president of the American Library Association. She was referring to an overhaul of operations aimed at cutting costs and hassles for exhibitors.
The convention attracts about 25,000 attendees, and generates an estimated $50 million in economic activity, according to Choose Chicago, the city's convention bureau, which books shows into McCormick Place.
"ALA's decision to include Chicago in its annual convention rotation is a perfect example of a major customer returning to Chicago as a direct result of these reforms," Don Welsh, president and CEO of the convention bureau, said.
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