Midwest Furniture Show to run Sept. 2-3

Chicago-area event in new location in Rolling Meadows

CHICAGO – This year’s Midwest Furniture Show will run Sept. 2-3 in a new venue, the Meridian in Rolling Meadows, Ill., organizer The Midwest Furniture Club has announced.

“We are excited announce that the show will go on,” said Kirk Handley, who is heading up efforts to produce the show with Alan Landau. Both are senior members of the Midwest Furniture Club, one of the largest chapters of the International Home Furnishings Representatives Assn.

“We felt it was time for the show to be reinvented and freshened up. So in that spirit, we are working with a new venue, better scaled for what we want to do. And we are working on bringing back some of the favorite traditions from years past,” said Handley.

Each year the show attracts around 80 exhibitors and 300 retailers from the upper Midwest, the organizers said. This will be the event’s ninth year.

“The goals of the show remain the same,” said Landau. “We want all the retailers in Chicago and the upper Midwest markets to have the chance to see new furniture and accessories, see new lines, and talk with professionals in marketing, freight and back room operations.”

Among the exhibitors at the 2014 show were Englander, Ashley, MDA Rugs, Pulaski and Aireloom Mattress. In addition, finance companies such as American Express, freight carriers, equipment vendors and advertising firms exhibited. Regional distributors such as Brady and Prime International rounded out the selection of vendors.

Amenities will include coffee in the morning, a free lunch at noon and a social hour in the late afternoon of the Sept. 2.

The cost for exhibitors remains at $3.50 a square foot for spaces more than 500 feet. A deposit of $2 a square foot is necessary to hold the reservation. Smaller spaces are available for service companies, advertising and marketing firms, transportation companies and accessory vendors at $4 per foot.

Laundau said that for $3.50 per square foot, “our exhibitors get the whole package: rental space, marketing, pipe-and-drape and carpeting, a prime venue, free breakfast and lunch for exhibitors and attendees, access to many independent retailers in a major market, staging and storage assistance, and a lively social hour.”

He said the only requirement, other than paying rent, is for each rental space to have an active member of the Midwest Furniture Club in its space.

Anyone interested in attending or exhibiting can register www.midwestfurnitureshow.com or contact the club at midwestfurnitureshow@gmail.com. For updates, follow on Twitter @MidwestFurnShow, #midwestfurnitureshow or on Facebook.

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