IDS Conference: Chicago
IDS Conference: Chicago
BEYOND THE DESIGN. BUILDING A THRIVING BUSINESS.
August 6 - 8, 2020  ·  Chicago, IL

Refund policy regarding COVID-19: In the event that the IDS 2020 Conference would need to be canceled or rescheduled, all registered attendees will receive a full refund of their registration price. 

Our early bird rate has been extended through April 30th! Register now for significant savings.

Rest assured - you can make your hotel reservations in confidence. Cancellations are allowed up to 3 business days before your reservation.

Join IDS as we explore the Chicago Merchandise Mart, host seminars on hot designer topics, and tour the city known for its architecture and design. Interested in conference sponsorship opportunities? Click here to learn more. 

The 2020 IDS Conference will host top designers from around the country who are dedicated to staying ahead of the curve and are constantly striving to improve their business. They are IDS chapter leaders, award-winning interior designers, and industry insiders.

What's included in your conference registration:

  • Exclusive opening night reception, hosted in the Monogram showroom
  • Ticket to our Designer of the Year Awards Gala at the historic Blackstone Hotel (Friday, August 7th)
  • Private Architecture Boat Tour (Saturday, August 8th)
  • Seminar sessions lead by LuAnn Nigara, Julia Molloy, Michelle Lynne, Kae Whitaker, and Beth Bender
  • Small group breakouts focusing on business tools and resources for interior designers
  • A VIP tour of Chicago's Merchandise Mart
  • Cocktail parties and meals
  • Transportation between hotel and event locations
Sponsors
Agenda
Thursday, August 6
8:00 AM
8:00 AM
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
For chapter leaders only.
12:30 PM - 2:15 PM
12:30 PM - 2:15 PM
The IDS Conference officially opens with a lunch and keynote kickoff. LuAnn Nigara will present: New Decade, Better Business
2:15 PM - 3:15 PM
2:15 PM - 3:15 PM
Conference attendees will go on a quick tour of The Merchandise Mart. Complete with a signature cocktail, of course!
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
4:30 PM - 4:45 PM
4:30 PM - 4:45 PM
4:45 PM - 5:45 PM
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Monogram will host us for cocktails, heavy hors d'oeuvres, and a live presentation on their appliances.
9:00 PM - 9:15 PM
9:00 PM - 9:15 PM
Load buses at after the Welcome Reception to head back to the Westin River North.
Friday, August 7
8:15 AM - 9:15 AM
8:15 AM - 9:15 AM
9:30 AM - 11:45 AM
9:30 AM - 11:45 AM
Choose 3 out of 5 to attend: -Increasing Revenue Through Procurement - Beth Bender, The Dove Agency -Why SEO? - Kae Whitaker -Time is Money - Michelle Lynne -Luxury Marketing is not Marketing - Julia Molloy -Overcoming Obstacles - LuAnn Nigara
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
3:00 PM - 5:30 PM
3:00 PM - 5:30 PM
5:30 PM - 6:00 PM
5:30 PM - 6:00 PM
Buses will pick up at the Westin River North to take attendees to the Gala venue at 5:30 pm, 5:45 pm, and 6:00 pm
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
7:30 PM - 10:00 PM
Saturday, August 8
9:00 AM - 10:30 AM
9:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Creating a Process: Your New Standard
10:45 AM - 12:15 PM
10:45 AM - 12:15 PM
Choose 3 technology providers to visit during scheduled rotation times.
12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Private architectural boat tour just for our group with Chicago Line Cruises. Join us for beverages, narration of the most famous Chicago architecture, and the enthralling view of Chicago's skyline.
3:30 PM
3:30 PM