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November 2017

Business of Design Lecture Series

November 16, 2017

Mechanics Lien Rights and the Interior Designer. Learn About an Upcoming Change in Illinois Law that Affects Interior Designers. On January 1, 2018, the Illinois Mechanics Lien Act will be amended to allow interior designers to assert mechanics lien rights against projects to collect…

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January 2018

Business of Design – Sanely Growing Your Interior Design Business.

January 24 @ 11:30 am - 12:00 pm

Learn actionable, proven ways to build your business for the long term.

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February 2018

Business of Design – Harvesting Wisdom for Interior Design

February 21

Bill Wittland, Vox Strategic
February 21, 2018

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March 2018

Outdoor Design Conference

March 8
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Business of Design – The Brand of You

March 21

Your Personal Brand is the Key to Your Success

Aga Artka & Jenny Rebholz – Co-authors, The Brand of You

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April 2018

Business of Design – “9 Money Magnets for Designers”

April 25

Learn to charge for your true value by exploring your relationship with money and how money beliefs control personal income.

Terri Taylor, Interior Design Business Academy

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May 2018

Outdoor Sample Sale

May 1 - May 4

Outdoor dining sets • Outdoor seating • Outdoor accessories • and more

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Digital by Design

May 22

The Design Center welcomes you to join us for a day filled with the latest trends and best practices in digital, web and social. Learn the latest trends and network with design industry professionals as we share ideas on how technology can inspire design.


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June 2018

Design Center @ NeoCon

June 11 - June 13

Come see all the Design Center has to offer for the contract market during NeoCon, including luxury fabrics, wall coverings, floor coverings, furniture, outdoor furnishings, accessories art and much more. Many products on display are fully customizable.

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Design Center @ NeoCon: Toast to Fine Design

June 12 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Be inspired as you step off the elevators on 6 and 14 to an oasis of fine design.  Enjoy a glass of bubbly, live music and relax with hors d'oeuvres and cocktails in showrooms.  Several special features will take place, including a book signing by Lori Weitzner.

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Business of Design – “Ode to Color: The Ten Essential Palettes for Living and Design”

June 27 @ 11:30 am - 1:00 pm

Join us for a lively discussion with world renowned textile designer Lori Weitzner about her design philosophy and approach.

Lori Weitzner, Weitzner Design, Inc.

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July 2018

Business of Design – Find Your Tribe

July 25 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Are you an interior design solopreneur? Being on your own gives you freedom and flexibility, but sometimes you need to bounce something off someone who is in a similar business. It’s more than just networking; it’s finding like-minded souls who want to meet on a consistent, planned basis. Learn how to create, build and maintain your own peer group or organize a group that you already have.

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August 2018

Business of Design – From Pitch to Press

August 22 @ 11:30 am - 1:00 pm

Is your design work ready for media attention? Recipe for Press founder Amy Flurry offers a behind-the-scenes fact-check on what editors and content producers everywhere love (and loathe) in a pitch. Expect straight talk and insider info on where to find the right contacts, how package your pitch, when to follow up, and smart ways to steer clear of the little mistakes proven to kill big opportunities

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September 2018

ASID IL Celebration of Design

September 13 @ 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm

Celebration of Design Thursday, September 13th | Marshall's Landing at theMART Join ASID as they celebrate the 15th Annual Design Excellence Awards. More Information & Tickets

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Casual Market- Designer Day

September 27 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Outdoor living spaces are more popular than ever, yet in design these spaces are often treated as an afterthought. Learn ten easy steps to create a space that blurs the lines between the interior and exterior environments, creating value in a home with expanded square footage and overall wellness for its occupants.

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October 2018

Design Chicago

October 3 - October 4

Join Us on Wednesday and Thursday, October 3rd and 4th 2018 at the Merchandise Mart in downtown Chicago for Design Chicago, the Midwest’s Largest Residential Design Conference featuring two days of events for kitchen, bath and home furnishings.

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Kravet ASID IL Design Charrette

October 18

On-site at the Merchandise Mart, this daylong group competition is open to all undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in a design degree program. The final design projects will be judged by a panel of interior designers and a winner will be announced.

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November 2018

DFA Chicago Task-Force Meeting

Chicago is our last stop for the follow-up to our E-Commerce Summit in May.  We are hosting a members-only task-force meeting for our industry leaders to help determine the future of the Interior Design trade.

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Design’s Role in the Healthy Home Movement

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December 2018

Calculating Transparent Design Fees

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