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Planning for NeoCon 2021

We look forward to bringing the NeoCon community back together physically for a successful onsite event!

Our goal is to provide clear, useful and up-to-date information between now and October 2021 in order to help you plan and prepare to attend NeoCon 2021. This page will be continually updated with additional details.

Show Dates and Hours

New dates for NeoCon 2021 are October 4-6, 2021

  • Monday, October 4 | 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM
  • Tuesday, October 5 | 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM
  • Wednesday, October 6 | 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Dates for NeoCon 2022 will revert to June (June 13-15, 2022).

Health and Safety

All sectors of the economy in the City of Chicago and State of Illinois are fully open and there are no capacity restrictions of any kind. Both the city and the state recently issued mandates that everyone over the age of 2 wear face coverings in public indoor settings, regardless of vaccination status. Masking remains opitional in outdoor settings, where the risk of COVID-19 transmission is lower.

NeoCon will have measures and protocols in place to address any city, state, or CDC requirements and guidelines in effect in October and also to provide attendees with a high level of comfort attending NeoCon 2021.

theMART has received GBAC Star accreditation. GBAC STAR is the gold standard of prepared facilities and the cleaning industry’s only outbreak prevention, response, and recovery accreditation.

An extension of current building practices at theMART and event measures include:

Optimized air filtration and circulation

  • theMART has implemented the latest guidance from ASHRAE and has worked with Infectious Disease Specialists and Mechanical Engineers to execute recommendations for indoor air quality and air filtration.
  • There has been an increase in the amount of fresh air that is being circulated in the building. The entire building is also being flushed with 100% outside air two hours before and after business hours each day.
  • The building's air handlers have a MERV-15 filter rating that is hospital-grade and higher than the majority of commercial buildings.

Enhanced cleaning protocols

  • theMART is employing aggressive cleaning protocols for all common areas of the building using approved products and protocol from public health agencies.
  • Cleaning staff has been trained on the safe and healthy use of cleaning chemicals used in accordance with OSHA's Hazard Communication standards.
  • There is frequent disinfection and cleaning of high touch surfaces, and electro-static spraying of elevators and other public spaces.
  • Hand sanitizer stations will be located throughout the lobby and showroom/exhibit floors.

Event measures

  • COVID screening (proof of vaccination or negative COVID test within 72 hours of the show) is now required for all participants
  • Low contact registration
  • Masks or face coverings required for entry to building
  • Elevator monitors to manage comfortable capacity
  • A modified 7th floor Exhibit Hall Layout at 60% booth capacity to allow for social distancing comfort
  • Ample outdoor lounge space and low contact food service on the new River Park at theMART
  • Hybrid programming with virtual CEU sessions and live onsite keynotes also available via livestream
  • A new complementary online event platform offering virtual access to exhibitors, programming and networking

Registration and COVID Screening

In order to attend NeoCon 2021, all participants must register and also provide proof of COVID vaccination or negative COVID test within 72 hours of the show. NeoCon is partnering with Health Pass by CLEAR for easy, fast and secure COVID screening.

As part of an effort to better forecast and manage attendance, registrants will specify which day(s) they are attending NeoCon and will pay a registration fee of $25. Badges will be mailed to registrants who register and complete a COVID screening via Health Pass by CLEAR by September 7. Those registering and providing COVID screening credentials after September 7 will need to pick up their badges onsite. Registrants who are unable to complete COVID screening via Health Pass by CLEAR will be able to provide COVID screening credentials onsite at registration. Registrants who do not provide COVID screening credentials will not be issued a badge and will not be permitted to access NeoCon floors.

Attendee registration and badge pick up is located on the first floor of theMART and hours are: Saturday, October 2, and Sunday, October 3, 8am-4pm; and Monday, October 4 through Wednesday, October 6, 7am-5pm.

NeoCon registrants will be automatically registered for the NeoCon Hub, which provides an online connection to NeoCon 2021 with virtual access to exhibitors, floor plans, CEUs, keynotes and in-platform networking with the NeoCon community.


Hotel reservations for NeoCon 2021 in October can be made through OnPeak, our official housing vendor. Through onPeak we are able to offer you convenient and affordable options for your trip to NeoCon 2021. onPeak is the only hotel provider endorsed by NeoCon 2021, and we encourage you to book through them early for the best selection and price. Additionally, booking through onPeak allows you to make adjustments without penalty. Visit the Hotel and Travel page to make your reservations.


All CEU sessions for NeoCon 2021 will take place virtually during show days and will be available on-demand for 30 days after. Daily keynotes and special programs will occur onsite and also be available via livestream to all NeoCon registrants. Registration for programming is now open.

Make sure you are subscribed to our NeoCon Email List in order to receive email updates about NeoCon 2021.

If you have questions not answered on this page, please email us