The Merchandise Mart Set to Host Casual Market Chicago 2017

Trade Show Featuring Leading Outdoor Furniture Manufacturers Set for September 12-15

The Merchandise Mart (theMART), home to North America’s largest collection of outdoor furnishings and decor, is hosting Casual Market Chicago on Tuesday, Sept. 12 through Friday, Sept. 15, 2017. The long-standing event connects retailers with the latest, most innovative products from leading manufacturers around the world and serves as the industry’s yearly destination for what’s new and next in casual furnishings, including debuting trends in color, product design, fabric patterns and more, all under one roof.

Casual Market Chicago is the only show in North America dedicated to the casual and outdoor furnishings industry that is exclusively endorsed by the International Casual Furnishings Association (ICFA).

“We’re thrilled to continue our co-sponsorship of Casual Market Chicago this year,” said Jackie Hirschhaut, Executive Director for ICFA. “This tradeshow is the premier place for our members to reconnect with one another, shop hundreds of exhibitors featuring the best products available in the industry and take advantage of a variety of educational programs.”

More than 250 manufacturers will fill more than 300,000 square feet of exhibit space, with a combination of both permanent showrooms and temporary exhibitors selected specifically for Casual Market Chicago. theMART expects thousands of registrants ranging from buyers at mass merchandisers to executives at small- to mid-sized specialty retailers. Attendees will have the opportunity to explore a wide variety of outdoor furniture and accessories, including:

  • Wrought Iron/Aluminum
  • Cast Metal/Cast Combination
  • Rattan/ Wicker/Woven
  • Tubular Materials
  • Resin/Fiberglass
  • Wood Furnishings
  • Fire Pits
  • Umbrellas, Hammocks
  • Outdoor Lighting
  • Outdoor Accessories
  • Statues
  • Fountains
  • Outdoor Hearth and Heating Products
  • Tabletops
  • Barbecues
  • Pool and Spa

“We are proud of Casual Market Chicago’s decades-long tradition of showcasing the most complete collection of outdoor furnishings and accessories under one roof,” said Beth Hicks, Managing Director, Marketing, for the Design Center at theMART and Casual Market Chicago. “This trade show provides the perfect opportunity for retailers to discover new products, connect with business partners and make new industry contacts.”

Casual Market Chicago will be held on floors 7, 14, 15 and 16 of the Merchandise Mart, located at 222 Merchandise Mart Plaza in Chicago. Show hours will be 8:30 a.m.–6 p.m. on Sept. 12-14 and 8:30 a.m.–2 p.m. on Sept. 15. To register, please visit

About The Merchandise Mart (theMART)

Merchandise Mart Properties, Inc. (MMPI), a division of Vornado Realty Trust, is a leading owner and operator of integrated showroom and office buildings, as well as trade show facilities, bringing buyers and sellers together through market events, trade and consumer events and conferences. As both a property manager and trade show producer, MMPI has been North America’s market maker for the industries it serves, bringing together wholesalers, retailers and consumers for more than 65 years.

About the Design Center at The Merchandise Mart (theMART)

The Design Center, located in Chicago’s historic Merchandise Mart, is home to four floors constituting the world’s largest and finest design center. As a leader in the $65 billion residential home furnishings market, the Design Center offers the largest presentation of high-end, customizable, residential and outdoor home furnishings worldwide, all under one roof. Encompassing 750,000 square feet, boasting more than 125 showrooms and featuring more than 2,500 product lines, it is the ultimate resource for designers and design enthusiasts of luxury furniture, fabrics, floor coverings, wall coverings, lighting and much more. For more information, visit