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The Inspired Home Show 2020 Cancelled Amid Coronavirus (COVID-19) CONCERNS

March 5, 2020

Frequently Asked Questions

General Questions

Is it true that The Inspired Home Show has been cancelled for 2020?

Yes, due to ongoing concerns about the spread of Covid-19 (Coronavirus) and after numerous discussions with exhibitors and attendees, our Board of Directors determined that for the safety and well-being of the industry, the Show should be cancelled.

Are the events cancelled as well?

All events associated with The Inspired Home Show are also cancelled, including the Influencer Conference, Independents’ Day, gia Dinner and Awards Gala, and the Housewares Charity Gala.

Exhibitor Questions

How are refunds being handled for Exhibit Space?
IHA is working through an analysis of the financial impact to the Association. Once that is complete, the Board of Directors will determine the amount and form of refunds.
Will exhibitors be reimbursed for third-party arrangements?
Please review your agreement with your vendor. IHA is not party to any arrangement between exhibitors and third-party providers.
How will my Advance to Warehouse freight be returned?

All exhibitors will need to submit their outbound shipping information forms by Thursday, March 12, 2020 to Chi.Trans@Freemanco.com. The appropriate forms will include Quick Facts, Outbound Shipping Forms, and Terms and Conditions. An email from Freeman with this information has been sent directly to the Exhibitor Show Contact.

For additional questions please contact:

Freeman Services Representative 1-773-379-5040 or email Chi.Trans@Freemanco.com
South Hall Booths Bryan Dunican 773-379-5040 Bryan.Dunican@Freemanco.com
North Hall & Lakeside Booths Moises Garcia 773-379-5040 Moises.Garcia@Freemanco.com

 

I submitted product for a Show display. Will it be returned to me?

Each planned product display will be handled individually by the IHA contact indicated below.

  • gia Product Design – Products that have been selected as gia Product finalists will be held for judging and award distribution. After judging concludes, Connie Chantos will be in touch with options.
  • New Product Showcase – If you would like your product returned, please contact Connie Chantos with your shipping account number by April 10, 2020. After this date, products will be donated to an IHA-approved charity on your behalf. Note: These items are currently in transit between Freeman and McCormick Place and it may be up to two weeks before we are able to ship them back
  • Celebration of Coffee Display – If you would like your product returned, please contact Lindsay Pearson-Wessels with your shipping account number by April 10, 2020. After this date, products will be donated to an IHA-approved charity on your behalf.
  • Discover Design Gallery – If you would like your product returned, please contact Lindsay Pearson-Wessels with your shipping account number by April 10, 2020. After this date, products will be donated to an IHA-approved charity on your behalf
  • Pantone ColorWatch – IHA and Pantone will be reviewing options for delivering the annual color forecast vignettes and we will be in touch once additional information is available. Please contact Vicki Matranga with any questions.
  • Influencer Conference – If you would like your product returned, please contact Leana Salamah with your shipping account number by April 10, 2020. After this date, products will be donated to an IHA-approved charity on your behalf.
  • Independents’ Day – If you would like your product returned, please contact Connie Chantos with your shipping account number by April 10, 2020. After this date, products will be donated to an IHA-approved charity on your behalf.
  • IHA Market Watch – We are reviewing these products for possible inclusion in ongoing PR efforts related to the IHA Market Watch Report. We will contact selected exhibitors directly to discuss next steps. Questions can be directed to Leana Salamah.
  • Press/Media Room – We are reviewing these products for possible inclusion in ongoing PR efforts. We will contact selected exhibitors directly to discuss next steps. Questions can be directed to Debbie Teschke.
Can I get a list of registered buyers?

We will be releasing the list of registered buyers to our exhibitor community via Exhibitor Connect later this month. 

Can I get a list of registered media?

The pre-Show media list is currently available through your exhibitor portal. We will be updating and finalizing this list over the next two weeks.

Attendee Questions

Will the cost of badge registration be refunded for attendees?

Badge registration costs for attendees will be refunded to the credit card used for the original purchase. These will be done processing by mid-March and may take up to two weeks to appear on a statement.

Can I get a list of exhibitors and contact information?

Please visit Housewares Connect 365 for a complete list of exhibitors as well as a searchable database of exhibitors, products and contact information.

Travel-Related Questions

If I booked my hotel through the official housing provider, OnPeak, how do I cancel my reservation?
As of March 3, 2020, all hotel reservations made through onPeak have been cancelled on your behalf. For the few reservations that were cancelled after the allowable cancellation period, applicable charges may apply.
Can I get a refund for my hotel reservation?

If you booked your hotel through the official housing provider, onPeak:

  • If deposits were taken at your hotel and your cancellation fell within the allowable timeframe, your deposit will be refunded.
  • For the few reservations that were cancelled after the allowable cancellation period, applicable charges may apply.

If you elected to book outside of the official room block, you will have to work directly with the hotel on any cancellation fees.

Can I still keep my hotel room or retain my discount?

All hotel reservations made through onPeak have been cancelled on your behalf. You will need to contact your hotel directly to re-instate your hotel reservation.

Will IHA be reimbursing flight cancellation fees?

IHA is not liable for costs related to travel to Chicago. Please contact your specific airline carrier to inquire about their change/cancellation policy.

The Inspired Home Show 2021

What are the dates for the 2021 Show?
The Inspired Home Show 2021 will be held March 13-16, 2021 at Chicago’s McCormick Place.
When can I book my hotel for the 2021 Show?

The 2021 official room block will open in mid-March; an exact date will be communicated soon. If you want to be notified when 2021 booking is available, please provide us with your e-mail.

When does the 2021 space application become available?
The 2021 space application will be made available in April.
Will I have the same booth space as 2020?
We will follow the standard IHA procedure for booth space assignment for the 2021 Show as outlined in our Terms and Conditions.
When will registration open for 2021?
Registration for The Inspired Home Show 2021 will open in mid-March.