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Parties, seminars on tap for Casual Market Chicago

Keynote address by Casual Living editor among events

We all know business is the main draw at Casual Market Chicago, but amid all that buying, there are plenty of chances to learn and have a little fun during the show. Here’s the rundown of special events held during market, Sept. 12-15:

Monday, Sept. 11

ICFA Industry Roundtables
Noon-6 p.m., Floor 7
Connect with other Industry professionals at the International Casual Furnishings Association’s fifth annual Industry Roundtables. For complete event details visit ICFAnet.org.

Tuesday, Sept. 12

Elaine Smith Buyer Breakfast
8-10 a.m., Marshall's Landing, Floor 2
Elaine Smith celebrates 20 years in the business with a complimentary hot breakfast at Marshall's Landing restaurant, located at the top of the Grand Staircase on the 2nd floor. Attendees also can enjoy mimosas, new pillow debuts and a video showcasing the 2018 collection.

First-Time Attendee Welcome Gathering 1
11 a.m.-noon, Floor 7
Market newbies can get insider tips to navigate Casual Market Chicago, answer questions and learn about resources and events.

GoodsonKeynote Address
Noon-1 p.m., Presentation Room, Floor 7
Casual Living editor in chief Waynette Goodson will reveal the top trends projected for 2018, as well as her picks for what trends have now become basic—meaning they’re here to stay and should no longer be considered “trendy.” In her perch at the intersection of manufacturers, designers and retailers, Goodson has a bird’s eye view of the entire casual industry. Based on this singular position and Casual Living’s noted research, she will offer up tips to specialty retailers on how to keep a competitive edge and increase business.

Zuo Modern Margarita Happy Hour
3-6 p.m., daily, Showroom 15-101

Lloyd Flanders Retail Tailgate
4 p.m., Showroom 1473
A celebration with food, friends and furniture.

Barclay Butera Meet and Greet
4-6 p.m., Castelle, Showroom 1576
Launch Party for Barclay Butera Outdoor Collection for Castelle

Mai Tais and Martinis
4-6 p.m., OW Lee, Showroom 1598

Opening Night Backyard BBQ Party icfa
6-7:30 p.m., South Drive, The Merchandise Mart
The Opening Night Backyard BBQ Party 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.


Wednesday, Sept. 13

ICFA Annual Meeting
7:30 a.m., Floor 7, A&B
Join the annual ICFA meeting to discuss current industry issues and the election of association officers and directors. You’ll also get an update on ICFA activities and membership benefits. All ICFA members and interested prospective members are invited.

Beka Casting 40th Anniversary Celebration
10 a.m.-1 p.m., Booth 7-8082
Beka Casting will serve breakfast bites and bubbly in celebration of 40 years of success.

Sips and Succulents
10 a.m.-noon, Woodard, Showroom 1534
Celebrate Woodard’s exclusive Tempotest fabrics and make wine cork succulents with Flower magazine.

Casual LivingTrends of 2018: Research and the Bottom Line
11 a.m., South Sea Outdoor Living, Showroom 1532
Join Casual Living Features Editor Jennifer Bringle as she talks trends and shares insights from Casual Living’s industry-leading research. Seminar is good for one CEU credit. Lunch will be served after. Click here to RSVP.

Living Outdoors with Nikki Chu
2-4 p.m., Jaipur Living, Booth 7-6087
Designer Nikki Chu will offer insight on creating the perfect outdoor space, making it an extension of indoor living spaces.

Skyline Design Happy Hour
3-5 p.m., Showroom 15-110
Light reception with cheese and wine

Kettler Martini Party
3-6 p.m., Showroom 1661
Enjoy cocktails and new introductions

Party Snacks at Panama Jack
3-6 p.m., Showroom 15-117
Beer and snacks will be served.

Treasure Garden Collection Party
4-6 p.m., Showroom 1655
An evening of music, drinks and appetizers

Whiskey Business
4-7 p.m., Summer Classics, Showroom 15-1556
Cocktails curated to match new collections

Cocktail Party with Sunbrella
5-7 p.m., The Shade Store, Floor 1, Suite 105
The Sunbrella Ventana Collection will be on display, and appetizers and drinks will be served.

Thursday, Sept. 14

ICFA Awards Gala
6:30-9:30 p.m., The Field Museum, Stanley Hall
The ICFA Awards Gala celebrates the casual industry’s great achievements. During the event, the association will recognize the 2017 Lifetime Achievement honorees, sunburyApollo Award winners, Lillian B. Winchester “Best of Show” recipient, Manufacturer of the Year and the Sales Representative of the Year. The annual Fabric Fashion Show—presented by Casual Living, the ICFA and The Mart—also will be held during the event, with Casual Living Editor-in-Chief Waynette Goodson as emcee. Tickets are required for the gala. For complete event details and tickets, visit ICFAnet.org.

Image of Jennifer BringleJennifer Bringle | Features Editor, Casual Living

Jennifer Bringle is the features editor of Casual Living. She previously served as an editor and reporter at a number of publications, including Kids Today, AAA Living Magazine, The News & Observer of Raleigh and Carolina Parent. Her work also has appeared in The Washington Post, Southern Living, Our State and The News & Record of Greensboro, and she is the author of several non-fiction books for middle and high school-aged children.  Contact her at jbringle@casualliving.com

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