The World’s Leading Home + Housewares Show

March 17–19, 2024 | McCormick Place | Chicago, IL

The World’s Leading Home + Housewares Show
March 17—19 | McCormick Place | Chicago, IL

Exhibitor Services Kit

Exhibitor FAQs
What is The Inspired Home Show?

The Inspired Home Show attracts a global audience of retail executives and buyers responsible for sourcing home + housewares products.

Buyers from more than 20 retail channels across 125 countries gather in Chicago every March to discover new products and make their buying plans for the next year.

Who Attends the Show?

Manufacturers and suppliers of home + housewares products from more than 30 categories can be found displaying their latest innovations on the Show floor.

Retail buyers from 125 countries attend to discover new products, new trends and new customers.

Who Exhibits in the Show?

There were over 1,600 exhibiting companies in the 2023 Show. Typically over one-third of these exhibitors are outside the United States. The Show is categorized into four expos and 19 product categories. For more information, visit Expos and Exhibit.

When is the 2024 Show?

To create the most vibrant, productive and efficient trade show experience possible for the industry, the Show has been reduced to three full days.

Date Day Hours
March 17 Sunday 8:30 am – 5:30 pm
March 18 Monday 8:30 am – 5:30 pm
March 19 Tuesday 8:30 am – 5:30 pm

 

What changes are being made to the 2024 Show?

The Show will now open on Sunday, March 17 and close on Tuesday, March 19. The majority of exhibitors and retailers indicated on recent surveys and in discussions that three full days at the Show is sufficient with business being more concentrated over that timeframe. Making the move from four days to three full days will not only make the Show more productive and dynamic but will also reduce costs for both the exhibitor and retail audiences, something frequently cited throughout discussions.

The Wired + Well Expo will move from the Lakeside Center to the North Hall co-locating with the Clean + Contain Expo to create an incredibly active and dynamic destination at the Show. In fact, housing all three of the Show’s primary Expos, which includes Dine + Décor, together in the North and South Halls will bring the industry’s core categories together into a central location that is much easier and more efficient to navigate with quick trips between two halls now being possible.

The North Hall will be divided into two halves with Wired + Well occupying the right-hand side and Clean + Contain continuing to occupy the left-hand side. Both Expos will be reconfigured with exhibitors being placed in each based on seniority number. Additional details will be provided to returning and new exhibitors in the coming weeks about this process and schedule.

The Discover Design Expo will be disbursed with current exhibitors being placed within their appropriate categories. Discover Design was created in 2011 in order to concentrate and highlight design-driven companies that wanted to exhibit in a central location. With design-forward products now being widespread and found throughout the Show, there is simply no longer a need for this specific area. As with the changes to Wired + Well and Clean + Contain, current exhibitors from Discover Design will be contacted directly regarding the space assignment process.

The Travel Gear + Luggage category will move into the South Hall to give this new, exciting area room to grow and develop. Additional details about this category’s development will be released in the near future.

The International Sourcing Expo will return to the Lower North Hall, a location previously occupied by that group of exhibitors in 2019. Exhibitors without branded products and U.S. distribution will be grouped in this area together to create product sourcing opportunities for the industry.

Where is the Show Held?

The Show is located in Chicago, Illinois USA at:

McCormick Place (Directions)
2301 S. Lake Shore Drive
Chicago, Illinois 60616
+1-312-791-7000 phone
+1-312-791-6543 fax
www.mccormickplace.com

What are the Future Show Dates?

You can view the dates for our future shows on the Show Location, Dates & Hours page.

How Do I Receive an Application and Become an Exhibitor at the Show?

To join the world’s largest home and housewares marketplace, you must first complete and submit the following:

  • Show Corporate Profile Questionnaire. Companies can complete this form online.
  • Company Biography or Company History
    (We would like to know more about your company. Tell us your story.)
  • Catalog Sheets – Original Catalog Sheets showing the products you intend to display. Make sure the catalog sheets include the name of your company.
  • Photo(s) of your product in consumer packaging
  • A photo of your booth display from a previous Trade Show

This information can be mailed or emailed to:

IHA
Attn: Trade Show Sales Team
6400 Shafer Court, Suite 650
Rosemont, IL 60018
Email: [email protected]

What Happens After I Turn in All The Required Information for Prospective Exhibitors?
  • The Trade Show Sales Team will review the information submitted by your company and determine which category is best suited for your company and its products. This review takes approximately 5-10 business days.
  • Upon approval, a space application, floor plans, and membership application will be sent to the designated Trade Show Contact.
What is the Cost to Exhibit at the Show?

Booth space is sold on a per-square-foot basis with additional charges for corners. There are discounted rates for IHA Members.

2024 IHA Member Pricing:
$23.00/sq ft until July 7, 2023 (early-bird rate)
$23.50/sq ft starting July 8, 2023
$450 per corner
Learn more about IHA Membership at www.housewares.org/join-iha

Standard Pricing:
$36.50/sq ft until July 7, 2023 (early-bird rate)
$37.00/sq ft as of July 8, 2023
$450 per corner

What Does the Cost of Booth Space Include?

The cost of booth space includes the raw floor space for the duration of the Show and all of the various services listed under “What is included after I become and Exhibitor?” Exhibitors have the opportunity to design their own exhibit structure. A solid backwall, floor covering/carpet, and an identification sign are required. IHA encourages exhibitors to be creative in their booth and product presentation.

What is the Standard Booth Size?

Booth lengths (widths) are available in increments of 10 feet. Booth depths are available in either 10 feet or 15 feet. The 2024 floor plan will be available to view online in early July.

Metric equivalents
10 feet = 3 meters
50 square feet = 4.5 square meters
100 square feet = 9 square meters

Am I Allowed to Share Booth Space With Another Company?

The IHA only allows companies that are legally affiliated to share booth space.

What is the Deadline for Companies to Submit a Space Application to IHA?

The IHA accepts applications throughout the year. Previous exhibitors will receive their 2024 Space Applications in mid May. They are due back, with payment, by early July. Prospective exhibitors who return their applications and payment early will have a better opportunity to obtain booth space in the Show. If the Show is sold out when the Space Application is received, a waitlist will be compiled. If no booth space is assigned, a full refund (minus membership fees) will be issued. Membership fees are non-refundable.

What is Included After I Become an Exhibitor?

Maximize your Show by taking advantage of the following Free Show Services:

  • A Show Service Team ready to assist you in planning your Show and answer your questions about the home and housewares industry
  • Contact list of all registered buyers from the previous Show
  •  Access to global media whose Show reporting generates over 600 million consumer impressions
  •  A year-round listing on Connect 365. Help buyers, media and consumers find you year-round on this website tool.
  • An Exhibitor Marketing Kit including many complimentary services for increasing buyer attendance before, during and after the Show and receiving media recognition
  • Exhibitor Services Information for displaying efficiently and cost-effectively
  • Exhibitor Badges
  •  Signs to highlight what’s new and innovative in your booth
  •  Complimentary meeting rooms located on each exhibit floor
  •  E-mail access at the Show. E-mail computer stations are located on each exhibit floor
  •  Shuttle bus or train service to official Show hotels
  •  Targeted program for attracting Specialty Retailers

Information coming soon on services available to assigned exhibitors.

Where Can I View Floor Plans for the Upcoming Show?

Floor plans for the upcoming Show are available here.

When Will I Receive Information on Show Services and the Various Costs of these Services, E.G. Labor, Furnishings, Exhibit Structures, Utilities, etc.?

All exhibitors will receive an email regarding the online Exhibitor Service Kit in November. If a company is assigned booth space after November, a link to our website will be sent upon booth space assignment. If you have questions regarding the pricing of services please contact a member of the Trade Show Sales Team by calling +1 847.292.4200

What is Connect 365?

Connect 365
Help Buyers, Media AND Consumers Find You Year-Round on this website tool.

Connect 365 is a website tool available year-round to promote your company and products to buyers, media and consumers. The buyers attending the Show will use this tool prior to the Show to plan their exhibitor visits and it will be accessed year-round by the half million annual visitors to our website. Your online listing includes:

  • company brands & licenses
  • company description
  • new products
  • catalogs
  • product images
  • on-site promotions
  • company logo
  • company video
  • company news/press releases

For more information visit Connect 365

What Pre-Show and On-Site Marketing Opportunities are Available?

All exhibitors have access to the Exhibitor Marketing Kit which includes several complementary services to help market your company before, during and after the Show. This information is available in November.

How Can I Get More Information About IHA & The Inspired Home Show?

To receive more information about The Inspired Home Show, please visit our website at https://www.theinspiredhomeshow.com or contact a member of the sales team:

Alyssa Fulton
Manager, Trade Show Sales
International Sourcing
Wired + Well
Smart Home
Phone: 847-692-0125
Email Alyssa Fulton

Michele Orto
Manager, Trade Show Sales
Clean + Contain
Travel Gear + Luggage
Phone: 847-692-0118
Email Michele Orto

Katie Thill
Senior Manager, Trade Show Sales
Tabletop, Kitchen Essentials + Accents
Phone: 847-692-0122
Email Katie Thill

Stacey Barrett-Brooks
Manager, Trade Show Sales
Cook + Bakeware
Debut
Phone: 847-692-0102
Email Stacey Barrett-Brooks

 

What is the cancellation/refund policy?

The deadline to cancel your 2024 booth space and receive a refund is August 31, 2023. After this date, if you elect to cancel your participation you will forfeit your payment.

Be a Part of the Premier Home + Housewares Show in the World!