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Chicago Loses 30,000-Person Convention As Cancellations Creep Into 2021

The toll the coronavirus is taking on tourism in major cities has no end in sight. The Chicago Dental Society meeting, which was scheduled for Feb. 25-27 at McCormick Place, is one of five there that have been canceled for next year. It was expected to bring 29,936 attendees and account for 17,305 hotel room nights. Since March, 150 trade shows have been scrapped at the convention center because of the pandemic. Those shows were expected to generate more than $2 billion, including spending at hotels, restaurants, transportation options and entertainment.

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