As the leading center for design in the United States featuring six floors of showrooms and world class brands for both residential and commercial interiors, theMART is thrilled to host a collection of dynamic design events, educational programs and activations running onsite in our historic building throughout the year.

Here are a number of upcoming events produced by theMART, our shows, our partners and our showrooms, all geared toward inspiring and informing design professionals about the latest innovations and hottest topics in residential and commercial design.

Backlot BBQ Bash

August 10, 2022
5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Back Lot BBQ Bash is Design’s for Dignity’s summer party in partnership with the Building Industry Association of Greater Chicago (BIAGC). Attendees enjoy bites from local chefs and vendors on the North Drive of THE MART. Craft beers and artisanal cocktails are served – along summertime games of giant Jenga and Bags along with a DJ spinning tunes to celebrate the summer season!

Oktoberfest at THE MART

September 13, 2022

Walk the 3rd floor of THE MART and experience the showrooms. Each will be offering different tastes of Germany, from beers, wines, and cocktails, to brats, pretzels and strudel. After the showroom walk, we will end with a party at the Momentum Textiles showroom, where we will be doing drawings for some great prizes.

Design Connections: Workplace | Hospitality | Education | Healthcare / Senior Living

September 19-20, 2022

Design Connections , presented by i+s, is a fully-hosted event for qualified design professionals. The September Design Connections event will focus exclusively on helping design professionals who are focused on workplace and corporate design connect in meaningful ways – find solutions to your biggest challenges, learn from industry experts, and network with your peers. What does the workplace look like now and how does it need to evolve? Let’s build a better workplace together.

Chicago Textile Week

September 25-October 1, 2022

The third annual Chicago Textile Week (CTW) will explore and celebrate all things textiles through free textile focused programming throughout the Chicagoland area. CTW highlights the vast and innovative work happening in textiles spanning interiors, architecture, fine arts, craft, and fashion. THE MART will be the hub of this year’s CTW, featuring an art exhibition, artists “in-residence” at Showrooms, panels, and a community celebration. The events and programming will extend throughout Chicago neighborhoods making intentional connections on Chicago’s South and West sides. Stay tuned for a full schedule of events!

The Chicago Show: Antiques & Art & Modern

October 6-9, 2022

The Chicago Show:  Antiques & Art & Modern returns October 6-9, 2022. The show features 60 premier national and international exhibitors presenting fine antiques, decorative and fine arts reflecting all periods from ancient to 20th century modern and introduces cutting edge contemporary 21st century designs.  The Opening Night Party benefiting the Woman’s Board of Northwestern Memorial Hospital is Thursday evening, October 6th, from 6pm to 9pm. Details and ticket information at

Design Chicago

October 12-13, 2022
Floors 1, 6, & 14, THE MART

Join Us on Wednesday and Thursday, October 12th-13th, 2022 for Design Chicago, the Midwest’s Largest Residential Design Conference featuring two days of education, product features and design inspiration from the kitchen, bath and home furnishings showrooms at THE MART.

DIFFA Art for Life

October 20, 2022

DIFFA Chicago’s juried in-person art exhibition and auction takes place Thursday, October 20th at the Mart in the North Lobby. Art For Life Chicago Ambassador, artist Sergio Gomez will be joined by co-host Jenny Vyas for an evening of art, entertainment, sips, bites, live and silent auction bidding for amazing art! Please join us for what is always an engaging and worthwhile event, while raising funds in support of Chicago area organizations helping those in our community living with and/or affected by HIV/AIDS.

NeoCon 2023

June 12-14, 2023

NeoCon is the world’s leading platform and most important event for the commercial design industry. Since launching in 1969, NeoCon has served as the annual gathering place for design professionals and end-users. The three-day event showcases game-changing products and services from both leading companies and emerging talent—providing unparalleled access to the latest and most innovative solutions. Additionally, a robust educational program of keynote presentations and CEU sessions offers world-class expertise and insight about today’s most relevant topics during the show and throughout the year. A launch pad for innovation—NeoCon offers ideas and introductions that shape the built environment today and into the future.


Visit for additional information.