Special Events

In addition to the tradeshow and conference there are many must-attend networking events.


design:retail CitySCENE Chicago

Date:Monday, March 26, 2018 Time:7:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. Location:The Game Room | Athletic Association Hotel

Join design:retail at The Game Room at The Chicago Athletic Association Hotel to kick off the night before the show in style. Grab your entire team and come meet new people and reconnect with your old industry friends.


Windows of the Magnificent Mile

Date:Tuesday, March 27, 2018 Time:April 27, 2018 Location:The Magnificent Mile | Chicago, IL

In partnership with The Magnificent Mile Association, Windows of The Magnificent Mile is a collection of inspired window displays, inviting you and thousands of consumers to the district highlighting the unique retail experience!


The displays will be branded with a custom “Windows of The Magnificent Mile” cling featuring the name/logo and booth number of participating exhibitors at GlobalShop. The campaign will stay up in the Mag Mile windows through April 27, 2018.

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PAVE'S Opening Night Bash

Date:Tuesday, March 27, 2018 Time:8:30 p.m. - 11:30 p.m. Location:Untitled Supper Club - Chicago

The Planning and Visual Education Partnership (PAVE) continues the tradition in celebrating student education at this year’s PAVE BASH, the GlobalShop Opening Night Party. The one-of-a-kind event, will once again be held at one of Chicago’s premier venues, Untitled Supper Club, a truly unique escape from the ordinary nightlife experience. The opening night BASH celebrating PAVE will combine music, food, cocktails and entertainment. For tickets, visit the PAVE booth 4046.


Shop! Awards Celebration

Date:Wednesday, March 28, 2018 Time:5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Location:Ballroom 196, McCormick Place

Join your industry colleagues as we recognize the best in retail design and experiences. The 2018 Shop! Awards Celebration will include the Design Awards (excellence in retail design), OMAs (the most innovative and effective in-store and point-of-purchase displays) and Global Awards (the “best of the best” in point-of-purchase, advertising display, marketing-at-retail activation and retail design from previous Gold Winners from around the world).



Shop! Women's League Presentation: Inspired Leadership

Date:Tuesday, March 27, 2018 Time:4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. Location:Room 474A - McCormick Place, Chicago

Inspired Leadership: The opportunity and impact of inspired leadership Presenter: Inez Blackburn, President of Market Techniques and Innovations, adjunct professor at University of Toronto, best-selling author of Pride Passion Profit – 7 Steps to Category Development, and a serial researcher.