Casual Market Chicago Reveals What’s Hot this Season

Casual Market Chicago, which returns to theMart September 20-23, will reveal the newest products and the latest trends in the outdoor furnishings industry. For more than 35 years, Casual Market Chicago has been the must attend trade fair for outdoor living with thousands of new products on display from permanent showrooms and temporary exhibitors. The New Product Gallery, located on the 1st floor, will feature major product launches from top manufacturers and offer a first look at what’s new and hot in the outdoor category.


Blended Design Palettes

Outdoor furniture designers look to nature’s raw beauty to find inspiration for many of their new collections through organic, natural materials. Explore this significant design trend at many of the leading showrooms.

Drawn to Texture, Mixed Materials

The juxtaposition of hard and soft surfaces, so common in nature, is becoming more evident in outdoor materials and textures. Weathered gray finishes that result from years of exposure, are increasingly duplicated for a distressed, aged appearance. Mixed materials as well, continue to gain momentum, with teak, and other woods paired with all forms of aluminum, wrought iron, stainless steel and other metals.

Taking the Talk Outside

The chat group category of outdoor furniture is exploding. Expect to see an unmatched offering of product that captures this relaxed spirit prominent in Chicago, from big names to new emerging resources.

Shelter from the Sun

Shade products are also experiencing substantial growth. An outdoor staple, look for a plethora of options this year that combine on-trend color and design options with new forms of functionality.

Fashion First

Pillows and other accessories now embody all of the major trends seen in the indoor market, from interesting architectural elements to popular mid-century modern and minimalist designs. Always a strong draw, manufacturers in this category embrace the looks driving other fashion-conscious markets.

“Manufacturers and retailers have done a great job of addressing the rising popularity of outdoor spaces by focusing on fresh new colors, styles and materials,” says Jackie Hirschhaut, executive director of the International Casual Furnishings Association. “And after the winter that many have had, spring and the outdoor living that comes with it will be even more welcome.”

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Casual Market Chicago is a four-day trade show that provides retailers with an outlet to find all things related to outdoor and casual living. Featuring the latest products and trends in the industry, the Casual Market features permanent showrooms and temporary exhibitors totaling approximately 350,000 square feet of exhibit in The Mart.