Have a question? Well, we have an answer!

Check out some of our frequently asked questions below. 

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What is a venue?

A venue is any location where people can gather. This includes but is not limited to:

  • Restaurants

  • Bars

  • Nightclubs

  • Ballrooms

  • Event Spaces

  • Theaters

  • Cinemas

  • Museums

Why should I sign up on the Host Committee’s venue portal?

The information collected is showcased on our Venue Search Portal (found here), which is a free tool that can be used by anyone who visits our website looking for venue assistance.

What should I do if someone expresses interest in booking my space?

Venues should work directly with the individual/group that is interested in booking their space.

I do not have professional pictures of my event space. Do I have to hire a photographer to take pictures to submit to the portal?

No! Pictures are a great resource to help give people the best understanding of your space, but they by no means need to be taken by a professional photographer. While we would like at least one picture of your venue, a high quality photo taken on a cell phone will work.

The venue portal sign-up sheet is really long. Do you need all of that information?

The more information you can provide, the more information people will have to consider when looking at potential spaces. Please fill out as much of the form as possible. If you have any questions, please contact the Milwaukee 2020 events team at

Am I able to make changes to my venue on the portal?

Once you have submitted information about your venue to the portal, you are unable to make changes to the submission on your own. Please email if your listing requires edits or if you need to completely redo a venue listing.

If/When we book an event, will our venue be taken off the portal?

If your venue is completely booked, please send an email to to inform the Host Committee. Once that happens, your venue will be taken off the portal or noted that it is booked and no longer available. 

What if I decide not to book an event in my venue during the DNC?

That’s okay! We are encouraging venues to be creative and ready to welcome small group reservations and walk-ins. Find unique ways to attract guests, such as creating a special item on your menu or televising the convention. 


How do I use the portal to showcase ALL of my spaces, such as inside versus outside? Should I submit different entries for each space?

Please submit a separate entry for each event space or location of your business. However, we do not need a different entry for every room within a single event space. 

What is the difference between the venue and vendor portals? If I have a venue and catering services, should I utilize both portals?

The venue portal is meant for event spaces only, but that includes a wide variety of options all over the greater Milwaukee area, including wedding venues, restaurants, bars, warehouse space, open storefronts, and more. If you can host an event in your space, submit the information to the venue portal! If you are looking to provide goods and services for the 2020 Democratic National Convention, please submit your information to the vendor portal. 

How will we be notified when you have a referral, opportunity, or connection for us (i.e. email, call, etc.)?

Venues will be informed via an email or call from the Host Committee events team. However, please note that some organizations or groups do these types of events all the time and all over the country, and they may do their own research and reach out to you directly. There is no need to wait for the Host Committee to show your space, talk dates, talk pricing, etc. Sell your space! 

Will legislation be passed to offer extended hours for bars, restaurants, and venues during the DNC?

While the Host Committee does not control these decisions, we will be sure to share updates related to this legislation as they are released. Stay tuned. 

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