NeoCon 50 was a particularly vibrant hub featuring the most coveted awards in the industry, a week of exceptional events and celebrations, innovative installations, and top design resources. 


The Future Is PARTY

  • Date Held on Tuesday, June 12, 2018
  • Time 5 - 8 PM
  • Location The Mart South Drive
  • Tickets $50; Available at registration on Tuesday
The Future is Party

Join the NeoCon community to celebrate “50 Years of Tomorrow’s Design” and to usher in the future at The Future Is PARTY, presented by Mohawk Group! Enjoy fresh summer food and drink, live musical performances by DJ Greg Corner and a performance by Classixx, and other delights in a designed environment spanning The Mart’s entire South Drive. This will be a party worthy of a half century—you won’t want to miss it! Tickets are $50 with proceeds benefiting DIFFA/Chicago

Online ticket sales are now closed. Tickets will be available for purchase at the South Lobby Registration Desk on Tuesday, June 12 after 10 AM. 

DIFFA Chicago: Gala 2018

  • Date Held on Saturday, June 9, 2018
  • Time 6:00 PM – 11:00 PM
  • Location Modern Wing of the Art Institute
  • Tickets 312.644.6412 or

The DIFFA/Chicago 2018 Gala will feature an evening dedicated to the cause of eradicating HIV/AIDS in our lifetime. 

Attendance is limited, so please purchase your tickets early! 

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2018 IIDA COOL Awards Gala

  • Date Held on Sunday, June 10, 2018
  • Time 7 - 11 PM
  • Location The Ritz - Carlton, Chicago 160 East Pearson Street
  • Tickets Prices Vary

Honor the winners of two of the most prestigious competitions in the Interior Design profession—the 45th annual Interior Design Competition and the 26th annual Will Ching Design Competition—at the COOL Gala. Join IIDA, prominent international interior designers, and global design manufacturers for an evening of cocktails, dinner, and dancing at The Ritz-Carlton to celebrate the award-winning design firms and their outstanding projects.

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2018 Best of NeoCon Award Winners' Breakfast

  • Date Held on Monday, June 11, 2018
  • Time 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. Doors open at 7:15 a.m.
  • Location The Renaissance Hotel Ballroom, One West Wacker Drive, Chicago
  • Tickets $95

The Best of NeoCon 2018 award winners will be announced among industry peers on the opening morning of NeoCon.  Now in its 29th year, the iconic competition honors the best new commercial interiors products in the industry, which are exhibited at NeoCon. Honors include Gold and Silver Awards, as well as Innovation Awards, Editors' Choice Awards, and one Best of Competition Award. 

2018 Winners

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IIDA Monday Party, 2018

  • Date Held on Monday, June 11, 2018
  • Time 3 - 6 PM
  • Location IIDA Headquarters, 111 E. Wacker Drive, Suite 222, Chicago RSVP required

Join the IIDA International Board of Directors, Headquarters staff, and industry colleagues for an exclusive IIDA NeoCon party. Nosh on hors d'oeuvres and sip on frosé and have a good time mingling in the thoughtfully designed IIDA workspace. 


2018 Showroom Parties

  • Date Held on Monday, June 11, 2018
  • Time 5 – 7 PM
  • Location Floors 3, 10 and 11

The momentum at NeoCon will be in full swing on Monday night with showroom celebrations on floors 3, 10 and 11.  Browse new products and connect with all of your colleagues and friends from the industry in select showrooms.

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2018 Exhibit Hall Party

  • Date Held on Tuesday, June 12, 2018
  • Time 3 – 5 PM
  • Location Floor 7

Enjoy afternoon cocktails, conversations and connections when the NeoCon energy and festivities move onto the 7th floor Exhibit Hall. Gather with A&D professionals while exploring hundreds of exhibitors from around the world.

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Design Center @ NeoCon: Toast to Fine Design, 2018

  • Date Held on Tuesday, June 12, 2018
  • Time 3 – 5 PM
  • Location Floors 6 and 14 Floor-wide Champagne Reception

Be inspired as you step off the elevators on 6 and 14 to an oasis of fine design. Enjoy a glass of bubbly and live music throughout the hallways then relax with hors d’oeuvres and cocktails in showrooms. Come see all the Design Center has to offer the contract market!

Featuring: Lori Weitzner | Ode to Color Book Signing and Meet & Greet |14th Floor

The party continues in 75 inspiring showrooms. 

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2018 BIFMA Annual Membership Meeting

  • Date Held on Wednesday, June 13, 2018
  • Time 7:00 - 7:40 AM breakfast | 7:40 – 8:55 AM meeting
  • Location Holiday Inn Mart Plaza - Wolf Point Ball Room

Members of the Business and Institutional Furniture Manufacturers Association (BIFMA) and invited guests are encouraged to attend the Association’s Annual Membership Meeting to hear the state-of-the-industry and state-of-the-association reports. 

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2018 Exhibitor Hospitality and Events

  • Location NeoCon Exhibitors: Floors 1, 3, 7, 10 & 11

Stop by the showrooms or booths of NeoCon Exhibitors as they host a special event, important guest(s), hospitality, giveaways etc. 

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2018 LuxeHome Boutique Special Events

  • Date Held June 11-13, 2018
  • Location Floor 1

Many of the boutiques at LuxeHome, the world’s largest collection of premier boutiques for home building and renovation located on the first floor of The Mart, will host special events during NeoCon. These include cocktail receptions, book signings, chef tastings, product introductions, open houses and much more. 

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  • Date June 9, 2019
  • Time 9am
  • Location theMART

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