Special Events & Awards

Homecrest Outdoor Living

First-Time Attendee Welcome Gathering

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. 

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

ICFA Awards Gala

6:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Swissotel 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 2018 ICFA Awards Gala will be fabric fashion show presented by Casual Living. Tickets required. Hosted by ICFA and theMart.