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July 2021

Mental and Social Elements of Design

July 28, 2021 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm

Join three expert panelists for an engaging and relevant conversation about key topics that impact well-being in design, including: Mental Health & Design, Sustainable Materials & Ethical Sourcing in Outdoor Design, and Color Psychology and Sensory Detail.

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August 2021

Katonah Rocky Mountain Hardware Mobile Showroom

August 19, 2021 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Join Katonah Architectural Hardware in viewing the new collections in the Rocky Mountain Hardware Mobile Showroom at the South River Drive at theMART.

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September 2021

Business Insurance – Do You Need It?

September 15, 2021 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm

The topic of insurance can be overwhelming and even exhausting. This session will help to simplify what is an important element of your business. Hear real-life stories from designers and expert advice from an agent to understand insurance needs for interior design businesses.

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October 2021

Design Center @ NeoCon

October 4, 2021 - October 6, 2021

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

October 5, 2021 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Be inspired as you step off the elevators on 6, 14 and 15 to an oasis of fine design.

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Design Chicago

October 27, 2021 - October 28, 2021
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Midwest’s Largest Residential Design Conference featuring two days of education, product features and design inspiration from the kitchen, bath and home furnishings showrooms at the Merchandise Mart.


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November 2021

The Power of Project Photography

November 17, 2021 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm

Showcasing your projects in the media or on your website, beautiful photography has the power to sell your services, build your business and enhance your reputation. Don’t let the wrong photography be a stumbling block to your firm’s growth.

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December 2021

CAI Designs: Hang it for the Holidays Lighting Sale

December 1, 2021 - December 30, 2021

Wrap up your end of year projects. Shop a curated collection of luxury lighting and save 10% on all chandeliers and sconces purchased off the floor.

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February 2022

ASID Illinois SketchUp & Podium Class

February 2 - February 3

Join the Design Center at theMART & ASID Illinois for an informative 2 day program focused on workshops using the popular interior design software, SketchUp. On Thursday, February 3rd, students may also join for lunch and an engaging podium discussion. This program is currently full with an open waitlist.


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CAI Designs: Hartmann & Forbes Window Covering Trends

February 10 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Be inspired by Hartmann & Forbes' 2022 Window Covering Trends.

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ASID Illinois Imprint

February 16

Join the Design Center at theMART and ASID for an all-day event that includes an informative panel discussion, games, resume and portfolio review, and food & drinks. Imprint is free to attend and open to all students.

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CAI Designs: View Arteriors’ Spring ’22 Collections

February 24 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am

Get an exclusive sneak peek at Arteriors' Spring 2022 collections.

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SANDOW Building What Matters

February 24 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Join theMART and SANDOW Design Group for “Building What Matters: What Justice, Equity & Inclusion Look Like in Practice,” a panel discussion about how to identify authentic efforts at inclusion as part of a company’s culture, and how those efforts can lead to positive change within the design industry.


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March 2022

PowerHouse SMART 6th Annual Luxury Conference

March 2 @ 10:30 am - 6:30 pm

Experience all new "SMART Talks" at the 6th Annual PowerHouse SMART® Luxury Conference. Powerhouse Luxury International Network, an exclusive community of business leaders come together for world class inspiration, collaboration & education.

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April 2022

ASID Illinois Chapter New Member Breakfast

April 28

ASID members are invited to mix & mingle with the ASID Illinois Board of Directors. They welcome new members & friends.

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Science in Design Summit

April 28 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

POSTPONED: Stay Tuned for Future Date

Learn how to better market your values and services, improve the health of clients and utilize the health benefits that design provides. Attendees will leave with greater knowledge of this emerging field in the design industry and will gain a competitive edge in the marketplace.

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May 2022

Elevate Your Exterior at Kravet, Inc.

May 4

Stop by the Kravet, Inc. showroom for an open house introducing their newest lifestyle collection including furniture, rugs, fabric & decor.

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Des Moines Designer Social

May 5 @ 4:30 pm - 7:00 pm

theMART is coming to Des Moines – join us for casual cocktails & hors d’oeuvres while mingling with fellow designers and architects.

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Lexington Designer Social

May 12 @ 4:30 pm - 7:00 pm

theMART is coming to Lexington – join us for casual cocktails & hors d’oeuvres while mingling with fellow designers and architects.

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How to Be Magnetic to Your Future Client

May 18 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm

Learn how to attract future clients & gain insight on marketing for the design industry.

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