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Casual Market registration opens

 31 July 2017     HGO Staff 

CHICAGO – The registration desk for this year’s Casual Market Chicago is now open, the organisers have announced. Held at the Merchandise Mart here, it is the only trade event in North America dedicated to the casual and outdoor furnishings industry.

This year it will be held from Tuesday, September 12 until Friday, September 15.

According to the organisers, the long-standing event connects retailers with the latest, most innovative products from leading manufacturers around the world and serves as the industry’s yearly destination for what’s new and next in casual furnishings, including debuting trends in colour, product design, fabric patterns and more, all under one roof. It is also endorsed by the International Casual Furnishings Association (ICFA), the High Point, North Carolina-based industry association.

The Casual Market Chicago is set to open September 12 at the Merchandise Mart.“We’re thrilled to continue our co-sponsorship of Casual Market Chicago this year,” ICFA executive director Jackie Hirschhaut said. “This tradeshow is the premier place for our members to reconnect with one another, shop hundreds of exhibitors featuring the best products available in the industry and take advantage of a variety of educational programs.”

More than 250 manufacturers will fill more than 300,000 square feet of exhibit space, with a combination of both permanent showrooms and temporary exhibitors selected specifically for Casual Market Chicago.

Executives with the Merchandise Mart – or, theMART, as it is referred to – expect thousands of registrants ranging from buyers at mass merchandisers to executives at small- to mid-sized specialty retailers. Attendees will have the opportunity to explore a wide variety of outdoor furniture and accessories, including:

  • Wrought Iron/Aluminum
  • Cast Metal/Cast Combination
  • Rattan/ Wicker/Woven
  • Tubular Materials
  • Resin/Fiberglass
  • Wood Furnishings
  • Fire Pits
  • Umbrellas, Hammocks
  • Outdoor Lighting
  • Outdoor Accessories
  • Statues
  • Fountains
  • Outdoor Hearth and Heating Products
  • Tabletops
  • Barbecues
  • Pool and Spa

 “We are proud of Casual Market Chicago’s decades-long tradition of showcasing the most complete collection of outdoor furnishings and accessories under one roof,” said Beth Hicks, theMART’s managing director of marketing. “This trade show provides the perfect opportunity for retailers to discover new products, connect with business partners and make new industry contacts.”

Casual Market Chicago will be held on floors 7, 14, 15 and 16 of the Merchandise Mart, located at 222 Merchandise Mart Plaza in Chicago. Show hours will be 8:30am to 6pm from September 12 to 14 and from 8:30am to 2pm on September 15.

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