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A Formal Affair

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Join us Monday, August 26th for an after market celebration of the buyers, stylists, designers and press that make our industry home. Hosted at the historical Intercontinental Hotel on Chicago’s historic Michigan Avenue – you won’t want to miss out on this wonderful evening! Dinner, drinks, and entertainment from 6:00pm – 10:00pm. Transportation will be provided.

Purchase Tickets

An Evening to Remember

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Enchanting City

Join us on Chicago’s Historical Michigan Avenue for an enchanting evening. You don’t want to miss this!


5-Star Entertainment

PBS television star and nationally-touring performer/producer Michael Ingersoll invites you to sing along to the songs you can’t forget. Ingersoll won hearts starring as Nick Massi of the Four Seasons in Jersey Boys (Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco) and as a member of retro-rock sensation Under the Streetlamp on PBS. Leading a band of Chicago’s finest musicians, Ingersoll soothes the soul with familiar favorites by Billy Joel, Frankie Valli, Sam Cooke, and more.


The Industry You Love

Mix and mingle with those who you love & work with best!

Frequently Asked Questions

Is there a dress code for this event?

The official dress is “formal cocktail”. We invite all attendees to show off their style and wear some of the formal wear they are surrounded by each day! Men are not required to wear tuxes, but if you’ve got it - flaunt it!

What is included with my purchase?

Your ticket purchase includes a full evening of entertainment! See breakdown below:

  • Transportation from theMART to the Intercontinental Hotel

  • Cocktails and hors de’vours during our Party Opening Reception

  • Three Course Dinner and Drinks

  • Special Performance by Michael Ingersol

  • More drinks and a live DJ dance floor post-dinner!

  • Transportation from Intercontinental Hotel back to theMART

Will I have time to change between market and the party?

Yes! The transportation service will run from 6pm - 6:45pm giving you just enough time to stop by your hotel room and change outfits for the event. Of course, if you’d like to provide your own - all of our contracted hotels are within a 10 minutes cab ride to the Intercontinental Hotel!

Will seating be pre-assigned? May I request special seating?

Tables will be assigned after your ticket(s) are purchased. Tickets purchased in the same transaction will be seated together. However, if you have a certain company or group that you’d like to be seated with - just make a request in the special notes box when placing your order!

How do I pick up my tickets for the event?

All tickets will be available in the Show Office! They must be picked up by the person who’s name is on the order.

How will I know where to go once I arrive?

Once you arrive, you’ll find signage directing you to the space where our party will take place (if you haven’t already seen many of you industry friends by then). Additionally, your ticket will include your Table # so that it’s easy to find in time of our seated dinner and special performance.

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Reach out to Sarah Hamilton, Buyer Relations & Marketing Manager for additional questions or special requests.

Earlier Event: August 26
The Sparkle Cart
Later Event: August 27
Tuesday: In Booth Fashion Show