NeoCon 2015_Chicago Merchandise Mart
National Exposition of Contract Interior Furnishings.
I am very excited to be attending this years trade show at the Worlds Largest Design Center in the Renown Merchandise Mart on the Chicago River. I will attending the Awards Gala with the Design Rep team from Sherwin Williams Paint. While I am in CHI town, I will be walking about to visit some the most historic and famous buildings to experience the Architecture of some my favorite Architects.
In addition to attending the trade show, I plan to eat and drink my way through some of the ICONIC old and new restaurants, bars. For example, one bar in particular that was one of Al Capone's and Frank Sinatra's favorite places and has a secret door that was used to illegally sneak alcohol through the underground tunnels during prohibition and also served as a speakeasy.
NeoCon is the largest commercial interiors show in North America, taking place at The Merchandise Mart in Chicago since 1969. NeoCon today remains the premier platform for connecting, learning and doing business in the industry. The three-day event attracts nearly 50,000 design professionals and showcases more than 700 leading companies. With over 1 million square feet of exhibition space, the show launches thousands of new products and covers a spectrum of vertical markets including Workplace, Healthcare, Hospitality, Retail, Education, Public Spaces, and Government. The exhibition is complemented by first-class educational programming featuring over 100 accredited seminars, association forums, special events and keynote presentations that showcase leading industry and business experts.
The Merchandise Mart was built in 1930 and was the largest building in the world at that time. It has over 4 million sq. feet of floor space. Some the best furniture and textile manufacturers showrooms are located here and therefore I will be doing some shopping for my Residential Clients as well as gathering information on the latest trends and products for my Commercial Clients. LUXE home is also in the mart and is one of my favorite sources for 'High End LUXE Style' furnishings and accessories.
Stay tuned as I will posting pictures on social media and adding more blogs from the road about the trade show, products, and Chicago attractions.