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There was no shortage of celebratory events at NeoCon 2024. From networking happy hours to annual galas and award ceremonies, this year's schedule ignited collaboration and created meaningful connections. See the full list of events below. 

Event Schedule

DIFFA Chicago Gala: DIFFA Through the Decades

  • Date Saturday, June 8
  • Time 5:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. CDT
  • Location River Park, THE MART

From our beginnings in the 1980's and as we look into the future of achieving our goal of getting to zero by 2030...

Come join us for an amazing evening on the river park at THE MART, under the stars and celebrate the kickoff to NeoCon!

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Interior Design's HiP Awards + Party

  • Date Sunday, June 9
  • Time 4:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. CDT
  • Location Marshall's Landing, THE MART

Join Interior Design for an unforgettable evening at the 11th annual HiP Awards, where Editor-in-Chief Cindy Allen will recognize excellence and innovation in commercial design at NeoCon. Kicking off the show on Sunday, June 9, winning designers and manufacturers will receive their awards at an exclusive ceremony.

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Revel in Design, IIDA's black-tie event

  • Date Sunday, June 9
  • Time 7:00 p.m. - 11:30 p.m. CDT
  • Location Four Seasons Hotel Chicago, 120 East Delaware Place

Revel in Design is hosted by IIDA EVP and CEO, Cheryl S. Durst, Hon. FIIDA and features prominent international interior designers and global design manufacturers gathering to celebrate the design industry. The evening of powerhouse networking, delectable dining, and revelry honors the winners of two of the most prestigious design competitions in the interior design profession—the 50th Annual Interior Design Competition and the 31st Annual Will Ching Design Competition.


Best of NeoCon Awards Presentation

  • Date Monday, June 10
  • Time 7:30 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. CDT

Held annually since 1990, Best of NeoCon is the official awards program for NeoCon, honoring outstanding new products from NeoCon exhibiting companies.

Best of NeoCon 2024 will feature entries in product categories evaluated by a diverse jury of leading architects, designers, specifiers and facility managers with expertise spanning commercial, healthcare, institutional and hospitality sectors.

Click here to learn more about the Best of NeoCon.

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ASID IL Luncheon

  • Date Monday, June 10
  • Time 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. CDT
  • Location Suite 1485, FL 14

Join ASID Illinois for their annual NeoCon Luncheon at their showroom on the 14th floor. All members are welcome to attend.


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SnapCab's ‘Space To Be You’ Pod Reveal Event

  • Date Monday, June 10
  • Time 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. CDT
  • Location North Central Corridor, FL 1, THE MART

NeoCon is the place for all things design and innovation, and we’re kicking off the festivities by celebrating the exceptional talents and creative vision of designers in the industry. Join us in the North Lobby on the first floor of THE MART as we unveil the winning pod design of 2024.

Hear from the winning designer herself, as she speaks to her concept, showcasing the innovative ways in which she incorporated natural and organic colors, textures, and materials to create an atmosphere that is grounded and inviting.


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IIDA’s 30th Anniversary Toast

  • Date Monday, June 10
  • Time 4:30 p.m. CDT
  • Location The Grand Stair, THE MART

It’s true: IIDA was founded 30 years ago in THE MART, during NeoCon 1994! You’re invited to cap your NeoCon Monday with IIDA and THE MART at Marshall’s Landing as we raise a glass and salute 30 years of dedication to design and designers with IIDA Executive Vice President and CEO Cheryl S. Durst.

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MRL NeoCon After Hours Party

  • Date Monday, June 10
  • Time 8:00 p.m. - 1:00 a.m. CDT
  • Location Tree House, 149. W Kinzie St, Chicago, IL 60654

Don't miss out on the hottest party at NeoCon! Join us at the annual MRL + NAIRC NeoCon AfterHours Party, Monday, June 10th, 8pm, at Tree House, 149 W. Kinzie St. A wristband for entry to the party is required. Head to the MRL Showroom on 11th floor #1191 early on Monday morning of NeoCon to get your exclusive wristband. Limited quantities of wristbands are available, and they run out FAST!

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ASID IL Student & Emerging Professionals Design Trivia & Prizes

  • Date Tuesday, June 11
  • Time 2:00 p.m. - 2:45 p.m. CDT
  • Location Suite 1485, FL 14

Join ASID Illinois for a design trivia event. Win prizes, snacks and drinks provided. Recharge your phone and have some fun!


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Toast to Fine Design

  • Date Tuesday, June 11
  • Time 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. CDT
  • Location Floors 6 & 14, THE MART

The showrooms on floors 6 & 14 offer the most innovative and inspirational selection of products on the market today for both indoor and outdoor design projects. Stop by for a floor-wide champagne reception and be invigorated.


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Happy Together Hour

  • Date Tuesday, June 11
  • Time 5:00 - 6:30 p.m. CDT
  • Location River Park, THE MART

Get together with NeoCon friends and colleagues on THE MART's River Park Tuesday after the show and enjoy complimentary drinks and live music. All NeoCon registrants welcome!

Sponsored by:
INDEAL and officeinsight

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Designing a Better Chicago, a NeoCon After Party

  • Date Tuesday, June 11
  • Time 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. CDT
  • Location Secrist Beach 1801 W Hubbard

Join us for NeoCon's after party at the stunning new venue of Secrist Beach, graciously hosted by the Design Museum of Chicago. Let's raise a toast to another triumphant year of visionary international design and extend a warm welcome to the recipients of the Designing a Better Chicago Award, an impactful program by NeoCon and the Driehaus Foundation. Indulge in delectable light bites courtesy of Chicago's culinary gem, Beatrix, and enjoy refreshing beverages provided by Half Acre and Liquid Death.


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BIFMA Breakfast

  • Date Wednesday, June 12
  • Time 7:30 a.m. CDT
  • Location Marshall's Landing + NeoCon Presentation Studio, FL 2

BIFMA’s annual breakfast brings together BIFMA members and all conference attendees for the last day of the NeoCon show offering social and networking opportunities accompanied by an industry-forward presentation. This year the presentation will be focused on "Trends in Government Workplace Strategy".