Any AmEx Business Card or Personal Platinum for McCormick Place AmEx Lounge

If you haven’t noticed, every dentist in Chicago is at McCormick Place right now for the CDS Midwinter meeting. One of the perks of the AmEx Business Cards is the small business networking offered by AmEx. Their program is known as OPEN involves lounges and networking forums to link small business together. One nice thing is they have an unpublished lounge located at McCormick Place South building. More info is on the McCormick site here, but nothing from the OPEN site or AmEx itself. Only mention is three lounges in NYC/LAS/CHI mentioned in an advertising blog. Specifically at Javits Center in NYC, McCormick Place in Chicago, Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas.

The lounge is nice there are free snack foods and a quiet space to relax! Load up on coffee and snacks before class, no lines at all. This lounge is located in the South building which is connected to the Lakeside building on the 2.5 floor of the grand concourse.

You need any OPEN card, check for the blue OPEN logo in the back of the card. The front desk said they would take the Personal AmEx Platinum for access. You can also bring two guests per card holder.

Look for this logo on your card

They take the personal plat as well

coffee by an AmEx OPEN member company


Billy Goat Chips were good

The lounge features snacks and coffee from companies that are featured in their forum. They have videos running about their origin story, Pretty motivating if I had a business for sure. Worth a visit if you want to get away from the crowds and lines.


One thought on “Any AmEx Business Card or Personal Platinum for McCormick Place AmEx Lounge

  1. great review (wish I’d known about it a few years ago when I ran the Chicago Marathon).

    Here’s my review of the Amex Open Lounge at the Javits Center in NYC.

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