Special Events & Awards

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Special Events & Awards

2019 Casual Market Chicago Special Events

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 9, 2019


ICFA Special Events Seminar and Think Tank

ICFA
12:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Meet On 6 Conference Center | Floor 6 | theMART

Plan to arrive one day early to Casual Market Chicago to connect with other industry professionals at the International Casual Furnishings Association's seventh annual pre-market educational forum. The promotions team from Ace Hardware will present “In-Store Events 101: Online Stores Can’t Throw a Party!” followed by a panel discussion with four ICFA members who will share their success strategies for hosting meaningful in-store activities. The ever-popular Think Tank session offers attendees a problem-solving session with peers. Enjoy lunch sponsored by Treasure Garden and a reception hosted by Klaussner Outdoor

For complete event details visit ICFAnet.org.


TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 10, 2019


Charting Tomorrow Together 2020 Kickoff

ICFA
7:30 am – 8:45 am
Floor 1 | theMART

Join industry peers at a special welcome reception on the opening day of Casual Market Chicago. ICFA offers a sneak peek of the program for the 2020 Educational Conference – Charting Tomorrow Together – slated for February 4-7 at the Kona Kai Resort in San Diego, California. Mingle with friends and colleagues as you enjoy breakfast bites and sips on Tuesday morning at 7:30 a.m., follow by a speaker presentation 8 to 8:45 a.m.


See What's Brewing at Ebel

Ebel, Inc.
8:00 am – 11:00 am
Suite 15-121| Floor 15 | theMART

Come meet with our new members of our team. Enjoy a barista coffee drink and baked goods while viewing the 2020 collection. 


Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

Summer Classics
10:30 am – 11:00 am
Suite 1411 | Floor 14 | theMART

Join Summer Classics in celebrating the opening of their new showroom in space 1411.


First-Time Attendee Welcome Gathering

ICFA
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. 


Open House & Lunch at Made Goods

Made Goods
12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Suite 14-106 | Floor 14 | theMART

Enjoy an Open House an lunch at Made Goods for furniture retailers and designers.


Wine Down at Ebel's Happiest Hours

Ebel, Inc.
2:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Suite 15-121| Floor 15 | theMART

A chance to socialize, relax and build relationships with our dealers in a casual setting. Wine, beer and cheese trays will be served. 


Sangria & S'More D' Oeuvres

MAMAGREEN 
4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Suite 1586 | Floor 15 | theMART

Start off Casual Market on the right foot. Join MAMAGREEN Outdoor for an afternoon of made to order Bespoke s'mores and hand crafted sangria



Happy Hour

Plank & Hide
5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Suite 1646| theMART

Stop by Plank & Hide for happy hour with cocktails and hors d'oeuvres.


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


WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 11 , 2019


ICFA Annual Meeting

ICFA Annual Meeting
7:30 am 
Meet on 6 Conference Center | Floor 6 | theMART

Join the annual ICFA meeting to discuss current industry issues, election of Association officers and directors, and an update on ICFA activities and membership benefits. All ICFA members and interested prospective members are invited.


See What's Brewing at Ebel

Ebel, Inc.
8:00 am – 11:00 am
Suite 15-121| Floor 15 | theMART

Come meet with our new members of our team. Enjoy a barista coffee drink and baked goods while viewing the 2020 collection. 


It's Margarita Time!

Pelican Reef/Panama Jack Outdoor & Sunroom
2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Booth 7-3022 | Floor 7 | theMART

Join us for refreshing margaritas as a welcome to another great Casual Market!


Champagne Reception

Skyline Design
2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Suite 15-110 | theMART

Join us for a champagne happy hour while viewing our amazing new 2020 introductions


Wine Down at Ebel's Happiest Hours

Ebel, Inc.
2:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Suite 15-121| Floor 15 | theMART

A chance to socialize, relax and build relationships with our dealers in a casual setting. Wine, beer and cheese trays will be served. 


Happy Hour

Plank & Hide
5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Suite 1646| theMART

Stop by Plank & Hide for happy hour with cocktails and hors d'oeuvres.


ICFA Awards Gala - New Location and Date Change

ICFA
6:30 pm – 9:30 pm
New Location! Hilton 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 2019 ICFA Awards Gala will be fabric fashion show presented by Casual Living. Tickets are required and can be purchased by clicking here. Hosted by ICFA and theMart. 


THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 12, 2019


Designer Day

Casual 
8:00 am – 11:00 am
Suite 15-121| Floor 15 | theMART

Come meet with our new members of our team. Enjoy a barista coffee drink and baked goods while viewing the 2020 collection. 


See What's Brewing at Ebel

Ebel, Inc.
8:00 am – 11:00 am
Suite 15-121| Floor 15 | theMART

Come meet with our new members of our team. Enjoy a barista coffee drink and baked goods while viewing the 2020 collection. 


Wine Down at Ebel's Happiest Hours

Ebel, Inc.
2:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Suite 15-121| Floor 15 | theMART

A chance to socialize, relax and build relationships with our dealers in a casual setting. Wine, beer and cheese trays will be served. 


Designer Day

Join us for a day of educational sessions on all things outdoor. Register Now for our Keynote series and CEU presentations.

Casual Furniture 101

FEATURING:

Geneva Wallace Switzer 9:30 am | O.W. Lee | Suite 1572

Outdoor environments require furniture that is manufactured with specific qualities. The requirements vary by region, type of  outdoor space and desired usage. Learn what to look for when searching for quality outdoor furniture.

Designing the Outdoor Room: A Story of Color

FEATURING:

Doug Sanicola
10:30 am | Sunset West | Suite 15-102

Design an outdoor room to appeal to different tastes and styles. Learn to fearlessly mix and match pieces from different collections and materials with seamless coordination that results in a functional, appealing and sophisticated outdoor space.

Keynote Series: 
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Interior Design for Exterior Environments

FEATURING:

Keynote Panel: James Dolenc, Donna Mondi, Kim Scodro & John Cialone
11:30 am | location to come

Outdoor living spaces create value in a home and contribute to the overall wellness of its occupants. Why are outdoor spaces then, treated as an afterthought? Take advantage of the popularity of outdoor living and learn to create inviting and useful environments that blur the lines between the interior and the exterior. This panel discussion, led by John Cialone, is sure to be inspiring and educational. 

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Design Outdoor: New Places for Profit

FEATURING:

Keynote Speaker: Stephen Nobel
2:00 pm | location to come

Every client is a potential client for outdoor if we just ask. By synchronizing the interior space with outdoor space, designers and their clients benefit in so many ways - entertaining, recreating, exercising or just simple relaxing. Stephen Nobel will provide designers with tools and techniques to extend their business from indoor to outdoor, thereby earning the rewards from this rapidly growing segment of the market for interior design. 


Craft Beer Cruise

Craft Beer Cruise
3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Floor 7 | theMART

Join us on Floor 7 at the temporary exhibit floor to hop to our sponsored craft beer stations and enjoy tastings from Chicago's best breweries.