NeoCon is back at Chicago’s historic Merchandise Mart this week, today through Wednesday, October 6th. A staple in the commercial design industry since 1969, the in-person return of this seasoned event is what the design community has been waiting for since 2019, though this year’s show has started much differently than previous years.

In order to receive a NeoCon badge and access show floors, those in attendance have been required provide proof of COVID vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours of the event. Additional safety measures and protocols are also in place to address any necessary city, state, or CDC guidelines. This currently includes a city and state mask mandate for public indoor settings.
Aside from these safety measures that are a testament to current times, attendees can expect the same design and innovation that shape the built environment today and into the future, organizers say.
“Whether it is groundbreaking new ways of approaching wellness and sustainability, the growing convergence of the commercial and residential sectors, or the powerful intersections between innovation and strategy and diversity and inclusion, NeoCon 2021’s programming will offer an exceptional opportunity to come together, discuss, evaluate, and learn from each other," said Lisa Simonian, vice president of marketing, theMART.
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