International Home + Housewares Show Readies Pre-Show, Networking Events

Buyers, exhibitors and other attendees will have several opportunities to network on and off the show floor during the 2019 International Home + Housewares Show, which will be held March 2 to 5 at Chicago’s McCormick Place.

The show will offer two pre-show events on Saturday, several networking receptions for attendees and a focus on building careers in the housewares industry.

Buyers and news media will have two exclusive opportunities to view products and meet exhibitors before the show opens on Saturday, March 2, with the New Exhibitor Preview and the Trending Today Preview: A Marketplace for Specialty Beverage. The events will run concurrently from 8 to 10 a.m. in the Grand Ballroom/Room S100. The New Exhibitor Preview will feature up to 90 first-time exhibitors from all show categories.

For 2019, the Trending Today Preview will focus on the specialty beverage movement, highlighting the various types of craft beverage trends, including coffee, beer, cocktails, tea and water, along with specialty glassware and accessories, craft beer and cocktail kits and more. Up to 60 exhibitors will participate.

Special networking events include the Housewares Young Professional Event (HYPE) on Saturday, March 2, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the Grand Ballroom Lobby (S100), South Building. The event is hosted by IHA’s Young Professionals Advisory Council (YPAC).

A Toast to Trends reception in the Discover Design Expo, North Building, Sunday, March 3, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. will offers buyers and news media attendees an opportunity to mingle with Discover Design exhibitors in the Grand Concourse Lobby near the 23rd Street Bistro.

The Networking After Dark Reception on Monday, March 4, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. is a show party for U.S. and international buyer attendees. This year’s theme is “The ‘60s” and will feature food, drinks, music and fun from the era of “Peace & Love,” along with networking. The reception is in S406a, Level 4, South Building, and is hosted by the International Business Council (IBC).

Additionally, IHA is helping to encourage the next generation of housewares suppliers by bringing college students to the show with an Experience Day. Through Experience Day, the students are exposed to the housewares industry by seeing the industry marketplace and meeting executives. This year, Experience Day will be on Sunday, March 3, and 150 to 200 students are expected to participate.