Join 8,500 technologists, regulators and users across commercial and defense sectors for AUVSI XPONENTIAL 2019, the largest, most comprehensive trade show for unmanned and autonomous systems. As adoption spreads and applications expand, XPONENTIAL is the one event that brings together the entire unmanned systems community to share ideas, collaborate across markets, capitalize on best practices and emerging trends and harness the power of unmanned technology for your business.

Connect the dots on cross-industry opportunities:

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Check out all of the show features designed to shape your XPONENTIAL experience:

Onsite Services + FAQs

Once you've arrived in Chicago, we understand that you might have questions or need help navigating the city as well as XPONENTIAL. These onsite services are available to ensure that you have the best possible experience. Please see below for information on:

If you have questions or need assistance, contact us at


Accessible Parking

Accessible parking is available in Lot A (located on Martin Luther King Drive), Lot C (located underground in Lakeside Center) and the Hyatt Regency McCormick Place parking garage.

Accessible Restrooms

All restroom facilities in McCormick Place are accessible and are compliant with ADA standards.

Accessible Entrances and Exits

McCormick Place has four designated drop-off points for taxis and cars that provide ramped curbs and automatic entry doors:

  • Lakeside Center (East Building) - Drop off at Gate 37 (car drop off at Gate 31); pick up at Gate 30 
  • North Building - Drop off or pick up at Gate 22
  • South Building - Drop off or pick up at Gate 4
  • West Building - Drop off or pick up at Gate 40

Please note that AUVSI XPONENTIAL is taking place in the South Building.


Elevators are located near the main entrances in all McCormick Place buildings, and near the main exhibit halls on all levels.

Service Animals

Trained service animals are welcome at McCormick Place.

Wheelchair and Scooter Rental

For wheelchairs, mobility scooters, power chairs and oxygen equipment rentals, contact McCormick Place’s preferred service partner, Scootaround Mobility Solutions at 888-441-7575 or visit


Accommodations + Hotel Shuttle Service

AUVSI has reserved room blocks in various hotels found here: Hotel + Travel. For attendees staying in the hotel block, complimentary shuttle service will be provided from the following hotels:

  • Chicago Marriott
  • Embassy Suites Chicago Downtown
  • Hilton Chicago
  • Hilton Garden Inn Downtown
  • Hyatt Regency Chicago
  • Intercontinental
  • Sheraton Grand Chicago
  • Swissotel

The shuttle schedule is available here. Be sure to get your shuttle bus wristband at hotel check in or at the Hotel Assistance Desk in the registration area in Lobby A of McCormick Place (must have your hotel confirmation with you). The wristband is valid for the entire show and must be worn to use this service.


Dining Options at the Convention Center

Food carts offering a range of options will be open on the XPO Hall floor from 10:30 AM – 4:30 PM, Tuesday and Wednesday, and 10:30 AM – 3:00 PM on Thursday. For attendees’ convenience, the convention center offers retail cafes in the lobbies.




To ensure safe evacuation, McCormick Place staff have been trained in emergency preparedness and evacuation procedures.


FedEx Office

FedEx Office provides a worldwide network of digitally connected locations. An extensive variety of superior document services are designed to make you more productive. Services include: full-service printing, computer rentals, document finishing services, presentation services, FedEx Express® U.S. Package Services, FedEx Ground®, etc. For more information about these convention services as well as to place business orders, go to

FedEx Office is located on Level 2.5 of the Grand Concourse in the South Building. It is open Monday Through Friday, 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM.


Internet and WiFi

Complimentary WiFi is available in all lobbies of McCormick Place and in the meeting rooms.



McCormick Place provides access to three parking lots.

  • Lot A – 2301 South Prairie Avenue, Chicago, IL 60616 (8' height clearance) is a six level garage with 2,100 parking spaces located on Martin Luther King Drive, adjacent to the West Building. Covered walkways from Lot A leading directly into McCormick Place, Wintrust Arena, Marriott Marquis and Hyatt Regency McCormick Place Hotel also provide added convenience. The parking rate is $23 for up to 16 hours and $36 from 16 to 24 hours.* There are no in-and-out privileges.Overnight parking is available in Lot A only. Lost tickets will pay the $36 (overnight) fee per day.
  • Lot B – 3050 South Moe Drive, Chicago, IL 60616 (also known as 31st Street Lot) is an outdoor surface parking lot located at 31st Street near Lake Shore Drive South and Moe Drive. It holds over 1,800 vehicles.The parking rate is a flat fee of $15 per day with no in-and-out privileges.* This parking lot is open throughout event hours. Overnight parking is not available.
  • Lot C – Fort Dearborn Drive, Chicago, IL 60616 (6'4" height clearance) is an underground garage with 1,900 parking spaces and is located on Ft. Dearborn Drive, adjacent to the Lakeside Center. The parking rate is a flat fee of $23 per day with no in-and-out privileges.* This parking lot is open throughout event hours. Overnight parking is not available.

    * Credit Cards are accepted at the parking pay stations. 

Show Badge Pickup

Show badges can be picked up from the Registration area in Lobby A.

Sunday, April 28 1:00 – 5:00 PM
Monday, April 29 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Tuesday, April 30 7:30 AM – 5:30 PM
Wednesday, May 1 7:30 AM – 6:00 PM
Thursday, May 3 8:00 AM – 3:00 PM


When and where does the show take place?
XPONENTIAL will be held Monday, April 29 to Thursday, May 2, 2019 at McCormick Place. Conference Sessions will run from Monday, April 29 to Thursday, May 2. The exhibit floor is open from Tuesday, April 30 to Thursday, May 2.

Where is McCormick Place located?
McCormick Place is located at 2301 S. Dr Martin Luther King Drive, Chicago, IL 60616.

When will the XPO Hall be open?
The XPO Hall will be open:

Tuesday, April 30 10:30 AM – 5:30 PM
Wednesday, May 1 10:30 AM – 6:00 PM
Thursday, May 2 10:30 AM – 3:00 PM

How do I register as an attendee?
Registration can be completed online through April 27 or onsite beginning April 28. For more information, please visit XPONENTIAL’s Registration Information page.

Onsite Registration Hours:

Sunday, April 28 1:00 – 5:00 PM
Monday, April 29 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Tuesday, April 30 7:30 AM – 5:30 PM
Wednesday, May 1 7:30 AM – 6:00 PM
Thursday, May 2 8:00 AM – 3:00 PM

How do I register as an exhibitor?
Information regarding exhibitor registration can be found on the Exhibitor Registration page.


Who do I contact if I have any questions?
If you have questions or need assistance, contact us at


How many people are expected to attend?
More than 8,500 individuals from across the globe and a range of expertise are expected to attend XPONENTIAL 2019.


I have a media inquiry. Whom should I contact?
Detailed press related information can be found on the Media Inquiry webpage. If the answer to your question is not found there, please contact Tom McMahon.


What is the schedule of events?
Each day’s schedule includes a variety of programming, exhibits, and demonstrations. Please visit the Schedule page, or view the Educational Program to explore more than 200 sessions and create a personalized itinerary. Finally, be sure to download the XPONENTIAL mobile app for the most up-to-date information onsite.


How do I download the show app?
Search for "XPONENTIAL" in your app store or click here.


How many exhibitors will be at XPONENTIAL 2019?
We anticipate approximately 700 exhibitors at the show.


What is the dress code?
The dress code for XPONENTIAL 2019 is business casual. Remember, there will be lots of walking and standing on concrete floors so make sure to wear comfortable footwear.


Is food allowed on the show floor?
Yes, food is allowed on the show floor. Exhibitors wishing to order food for their booth, must do so through Savor; an order form can be found in the Service Order Kit (SOK).

Food will also be available for purchase from the numerous outlets available in the convention center lobby, as well as in the XPO Hall.


What are the benefits of joining AUVSI?

AUVSI membership is open to all types of unmanned systems and robotics companies and professionals serving the industry. If you want to have access to the innovative resources that will help you gain the competitive edge in this fast-paced and continually evolving industry, then AUVSI membership is a must.

Our members take advantage of numerous opportunities to get connected, get informed and get involved all year long. In fact, AUVSI is known for encouraging market growth and stimulating innovation with our custom resources that will help you realize your full potential in the industry. Join us now and:

Get Connected

  • Build your own database of “go to” people in the industry that will help you expand your business at AUVSI events
  • Grow your network locally by affiliating with one of our Chapters

Get Informed

  • Access webinars detailing industry best practices and specific ways you can capitalize on unmanned systems market opportunities
  • Stay updated on current trends and discover what’s on the horizon for unmanned systems with unlimited access to AUVSI publications like Unmanned Systems magazine and e-newsletters such as the AUVSI Daily and Weekly eBrief
  • Easily identify products operating in the air, ground and maritime domains with information found in the industry’s most comprehensive database – AUVSI Unmanned Systems and Robotics Database (USRD)

Get Involved

  • Contribute to the unified voice of unmanned systems as we advocate for policies and regulations that encourage industry growth and innovation
  • Organizational members can participate in AUVSI Hill Day and educate members of Congress about the benefits of unmanned systems technology, how this market is contributing to the nation’s economy and the role legislation plays in advancing the industry
  • Lend your voice and experience to our Remote Pilots Council and help raise the bar for professionalism in the UAS/drone operator community.
  • Take advantage of the game-changing benefits that will help you realize your full business potential. Become an AUVSI member today.

Find more information on AUVSI membership at


Can I become a member of AUVSI at the show?
Yes, stop by the AUVSI Member Lounge, booth 2812 in the XPO Hall:

Tuesday, April 30 10:30 AM – 5:30 PM
Wednesday, May 1 10:30 AM – 6:00 PM
Thursday, May 2 10:30 AM – 3:00 PM

What are the future show dates and locations?
We are excited to announce that AUVSI XPONENTIAL 2020 will be held May 4 - 7 at Boston Convention and Exhibition Center. Stay tuned for more details on this event soon!