DemDaily: Your Convention Primer!

April 15, 2024

We are now just 125 days away from the Democratic National Convention in Chicago, Illinois.

The Super Bowl of American politics, the convention is the largest single gathering of Party leaders and influencers -- an unparalleled opportunity to connect with the people and players who are shaping the future of our Party and the country.

Through hundreds of events, convention-goers will share in celebrating the renomination of President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris while some 35 million Americans tune in nightly by television or online.

The "Windy City," has hosted more political conventions than any other US city: 11 for Democrats and 14 for Republicans. While the Convention will not take place for another four months, the planning is in high gear as thousands of staff in a dozen departments prepare to take over the convention campus.

The 2024 Democratic National Convention will take place in Chicago, Illinois August 19-22 when Democrats will nominate President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris for a second term.


Convention Primer
Purpose: The Democratic National Convention is the formal event, held every four years, at which Party delegates and members convene to choose their nominees for President and Vice President.

At the Convention, the Party adopts the official Democratic platform as well as the rules and procedures governing party activities.

Place: Chicago, home to a population of 2.7 million, is the nation's third-largest city, as well as one of its most diverse.

The committee's choice of Chicago, which last hosted the convention in 1996, also recognizes the critical role of the region's "blue wall" of states which will be key to holding the White House in 2024.


Chicago's United Center, which holds 23,000, will serve as the main venue for the evening convention proceedings. The staff at all convention facilities are card-carrying union members.

The Center offers 45 acres of surrounding lots for transportation, volunteer staging, media workspace and broadcast compounds, and First Amendment activity.

McCormick Place will host daytime party affairs activities, including standing committees, councils, caucuses and smaller events. The West Building, the newest facility on the complex, boasts ample updated meeting space for coalition groups, state parties, vendors and other interested parties.


Transportation: Shuttle service (including ADA compliant vehicles) will be provided between official convention hotels, McCormick Place Convention Center and the United Center on a regular schedule. Chicago also has a robust public transportation system.

Process: The four-day Convention Schedule covers official party business and speeches, and culminates in a state-by-state roll call vote for the nominee. On the final night, President Biden will deliver his acceptance address, setting the stage for the Fall campaign.

Votes will be cast by convention Delegates, who are elected during state primaries, caucuses, or party conventions based on candidate preference.

People: All told, over 50,000 delegates, elected and party officials, allies, activists, donors, labor leaders, celebrities and media will descend on the Midwestern city for four days. Another 12,000 will volunteer.

57 state delegations, as well as donors, media and volunteers, will stay in 30 separate hotels secured by the DNCC in Chicago and the region.

The 2024 Democratic National Convention Committee (DNCC) is chaired by veteran political strategist, senior presidential advisor and former DNC Chief Executive Officer Minyon Moore. Along with Executive Director Alex Hornbrook, she leads a team of experienced politicos who oversee convention operations and public engagement, including credentialing, housing, transportation, site operations and media.

The 2024 Chicago Host Committee serves as a partner to the DNCC, providing resources necessary to support the Convention and engaging in community outreach to ensure a positive and meaningful impact on the city of Chicago and the greater region.

Development Now for Chicago is responsible for raising the roughly $85 million needed to put on the convention (in addition to $50 million in security spending provided by the federal government). The convention is expected to infuse $150 million into the region's economy.

GCM Grosvenor Board Chair and CEO Michael Sacks Chairs the committee, and Christy George, a top deputy to Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker, is its Executive Director.

The Calendar
For the fourth presidential cycle, DemList is hosting the party-endorsed Convention Calendar -- expected to profile more than 500 official and unofficial events.

The DemList Democratic Convention Calendar is a free resource for promotion of Democratic Party, allied organization, supporter and public events related to the convention.

The calendar is open now for event submissions and we expect to publish in May. Events will be accepted on a rolling basis through the convention and we will be working with the DNCC and DNC to post official activities as they become available. Contact Us for Sponsorship Opportunities.

Venues: Visit the Host Committee Venue List
Vendors: Visit the Host Committee Vendor List
Volunteer for the Convention: SignUp
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Learn More! DemDaily: Call to the Convention Calendar 3/25/24

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