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2021 Events

NeoCon features exceptional events and celebrations. 

DIFFA Chicago: Cocktails by Design 2021

  • Date Saturday, October 2, 2021
  • Time 5:00 – 8:00 PM
  • Location theMART River Park – 222 Merchandise Mart Plaza
  • Tickets 312.644.6412 or

Join DIFFA Chicago Saturday, October 2, at theMART’s River Park for one of the industry's favorite events! Enjoy delicious cocktails, scrumptious bites by Marshall's Landing and mingling to fresh DJ sounds — all under the Chicago skyline alongside the Chicago River. Details and tickets

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HiP Awards + Party

  • Date Sunday, October 3, 2021
  • Time 6:00 - 8:00 PM
  • Location Marshall's Landing, Floor 2, theMART

Interior Design's HiP Awards celebrate the most innovative commercial products and design thinkers in the A+D community. Winners and honorees will be announced live at an exclusive event held at theMART on Sunday, October 3, at 6PM CDT. The awards will also stream live on DesignTV® by SANDOW. Watch the ceremony by tuning in on Facebook.

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Best of NeoCon Award Winners' Breakfast

  • Date Monday, October 4, 2021
  • Time Presentation 7:30 AM

The Best of NeoCon 2021 award winners will be announced among industry peers on the opening morning of NeoCon. Now in its 33rd 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, Sustainability Awards, and one Best of Competition Award.

Watch a live stream of the awards presentation on the NeoCon Hub.

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Interior Design Pledge for Positive Impact

  • Date Monday, October 4 | Tuesday, October 5, 2021
  • Time 11:00 - 12:00 PM
  • Location Metropolis Sustainability Lab at NeoCon, Floor 10, Suite 1091

A Commit to Positive Impact will be presented by Avi Rajagopal, editor in chief, Metropolis and representatives from IIDA and ASID. They will discuss the genesis of the Interior Design Pledge for Positive Impact and introduce the three interconnected commitments—climate, health and equity. And while you are there, sign the Pledge for Positive Impact. RSVP here

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  • Date Monday, October 4 | Tuesday, October 5, 2021
  • Time 12:00 - 2:00 PM
  • Location Livestream

For the fifth year, Interior Design will present ID Live with editor-in-Chief Cindy Allen hosting designer guests. Interviews will stream on Interior Design’s Facebook page and will be projected on the Grand Staircase at theMART on October 4 and 5 from 12-2PM CDT. Interior Design will also stream the NeoCon 2021 Keynote Presentations and Special Programming. Watch onscreen or tune in on Facebook and Instagram.


ASID Design Pathways Student Program + Tour

  • Date Tuesday, October 5, 2021
  • Time 3:00 - 5:00 PM
  • Location Floor 6, “Meet on 6”, Suite 6-180

Why are trade shows important to the life of an interior designer? A panel of experienced design professionals will explain why trade shows are essential to your career and why it’s imperative to attend them. Our experts will give you insights on what questions to ask, how to evaluate products, and why it is so critical to your success to make connections and establish strong vendor relationships throughout your career.

The panel will be followed by a tour of the show floors that will provide guidance on how to make the most of your time at these important professional events. Register here

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Climate Toolkit for Interior Design: Creative Strategies for Designing Low-Carbon Spaces

  • Date Tuesday, October 5, 2021
  • Time 4:00 - 6:00 PM
  • Location Metropolis Sustainability Lab at NeoCon, Floor 10, Suite 1091

Join editor in chief Avinash Rajagopal to find out how to design low-carbon spaces and contribute to the safety and wellbeing of generations to come. Avi will present the Climate Toolkit, a living resource created to support interior designers with creative strategies to make a positive impact throughout the design process. Immediately following the presentation is a Climate Toolkit Celebration Cocktail hosted by Material Bank. RSVP here

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Design Center @ NeoCon: Toast to Fine Design

  • Date Tuesday, October 5, 2021
  • Time 3:00 – 5:00 PM
  • Location Floors 6, 14 and 15 Floor-wide Champagne Reception

Be inspired as you step off the elevators on 6, 14 and 15 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. As the lines between residential, hospitality and commercial design continue to blur, the Design Center showrooms offer both residential and contract lines, providing the most innovative and inspirational selection of products on the market today for both indoor and outdoor design projects.

Come see all the Design Center has to offer the contract market!

The party continues in over 100 inspiring showrooms.

Registration for NeoCon is required to attend this event. RSVP here

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IIDA Design Your World Video Premiere

  • Date Tuesday, October 5, 2021
  • Time 4:00 - 6:00 PM
  • Location Grand Stair and River Park, theMart

Take a look behind the scenes of the inaugural IIDA Design Your World education pipeline program for high school students with IIDA and OFS. Network with peers, learn how to get involved with this groundbreaking educational program, and screen the Design Your World video premiere. Reception to follow the screening outside on theMart River Park Plaza (weather permitting). RSVP here

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