The Chicago Convention and Tourism Bureau scheduled a sit-down with 40 different trade-show exhibitors next week in an effort to stop the bleeding, the Chicago Tribune reports.
Conventions have been fleeing the city to places like Las Vegas and Orlando, looking to escape high labor costs and other fees.
Officials from the Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority or McPier, the group that runs McCormick Place, will also attend the discussion.
They’re slated talk about how to cut costs and keep more business from leaving the city, as well as proposed piece of legislation that would help CCTB restructure its debt to become a public employer.
The change would give them the ability to negotiate with labor groups for trade show work, including the ones that work for private contractors.