AHR Expo Show Management announced on Oct. 15 the forced cancellation of the 2021 AHR Expo after working with McCormick Place to tentatively reschedule the Show for March 2021. With roadblocks set in place by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and resulting current state and local restrictions that prohibit mass gatherings over 50 people, an in-person event will not take place in 2021. Instead, Show Management will shift its focus to 2022 and prepare for an in-person event in Las Vegas, NV.
“We’ve examined every scenario and questioned every roadblock to see how we might hold an in-person event in 2021,” said Mark Stevens, Show Manager. “Unfortunately, the pandemic continues to present unpredictable challenges and other variables that are beyond our control. The safety of all our participants — attendees, exhibitors, speakers, employees, venue staff and everyone involved at every level — continues to be our top priority. With these barriers, along with state and local restrictions due to COVID-19, we have unfortunately exhausted all efforts to bring the Show to Chicago in 2021.”
Show Management worked alongside Show co-sponsors AHRI and ASHRAE, as well as an advisory council inclusive of Choose Chicago, representatives from McCormick Place and many vendor partners, to explore every possibility that could lead to hosting an in-person event that maintained the expectation for AHR Expo. In consideration of time and planning requirements to participate in the Show, October 15th was marked as the deadline for the decision.
“We were hopeful that March would be a feasible solution, but there are too many obstacles that are beyond our control,” said Stevens. “We know how disappointing this news is for the HVACR industry, and we are disappointed, too.”
The AHR Expo connects industry professionals working in the various roles that make up HVACR with manufacturers exhibiting products and solutions under one roof. Exhibitors include global representation in the areas of air-conditioning and refrigeration, systems and components, heating equipment (boilers, burners, exchangers, etc.), ventilation equipment (fans, blowers, diffusers, etc.), instruments and controls, building automation and control systems, IAQ products, renewable energy equipment, plumbing products and services, software, tools and contractor supplies and other service provider solutions. Attendees gather from all sectors of HVACR, representing job roles within engineering and design/build firms, OEMs, contracting firms, distributors and rep firms, public utilities, commercial, industrial, residential, institutional faculty operators, educators and members of the press.
The AHR Expo will return January 31 – February 2, 2022 at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas, NV. Registration is expected to open in the summer of 2021. Visit ahrexpo.com for updates and information.