Special Events & Awards

Homecrest Outdoor Living


First-Time Attendee Welcome Gathering

11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Floor 7 | theMART

New to Market? An essential stop for firsttime attendees, this is your opportunity to get insider tips to navigate Casual Market Chicago, answer questions and learn about resources and events. 

Opening Night Backyard BBQ Party

Casual Market Chicago
6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
South Drive | theMART

The much anticipated Opening Night Backyard BBQ Party will again be a must attend networking event. It will take place on the South Drive of the Merchandise Mart along the scenic Chicago River. Kick off your Market experience with BBQ-inspired cuisine and cocktails at this key networking event. Enjoy live music and mingle among well-curated furniture displays.

Hosted by theMART
Presenting Media Partner: Hearth & Home Magazine


Craft Beer Cruise

Casual Market Chicago
3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Exclusively 7th floor | theMART

Join us for our first ever unique event that encourages networking and socializing while experiencing some of Chicago's popular breweries!  Hop from our several different sponsored beer tasting stations to mingle and taste our selected craft beers.


Designer Day

Calling all Designers!  Join us to discover what is new and trending in today's outdoor projects. 

More details to come.

ICFA Awards Gala

6:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Swissotel Chicago

The grandest event of Causal Market Chicago, the ICFA Awards Gala celebrates the casual industry’s great achievements. Join us to recognize the 2018 Lifetime Achievement Honorees, Apollo Award Winners, Lillian B. Winchester “Best of Show” recipient, Manufacturer of the Year and the Sales Representative of the Year. Featured during the 2018 ICFA Awards Gala will be fabric fashion show presented by Casual Living. Tickets required. Hosted by ICFA and theMart.