The Inspired Home Influencer Conference

Attendee Information

The Inspired Home Influencer Conference is an advanced educational and networking event for established bloggers, influencers and brands – it’s the #1 conference for influencer and brand connections!

The Inspired Home Influencer Conference
Friday, March 13, 2020
Followed by The Inspired Home Show
Saturday, March 14 – Tuesday, March 17


Every March, the International Housewares Association (IHA) holds the world’s largest home and housewares focused trade show in the world in Chicago: The Inspired Home Show (formerly the International Home + Housewares Show). The Show is closed to the public and has over 2,200 exhibitors from all over the world showcasing their products, including bestsellers and new products that aren’t available in stores yet – and they want to meet you!

The 2020 Show will be our 123rd Show! Over the years, the attendance of bloggers and influencers has continued to grow and in March 2019, we introduced The Inspired Home Influencer Conference, a new event that takes place on Friday before the Show opens. The conference offers attendees a full day of education, speed networking with brands, and networking with other influencers.

We understand that influencer and brand relationships are key to current marketing practices. We’re here to teach you the skills for innovative and successful brand partnerships and provide you an exclusive opportunity to meet with over 2,200 home and housewares brands at our Show. We hope to facilitate valuable connections to help you do business, drive brand partnership access for your website, introduce you to products that are new to your readership, and increase consumer awareness and interest in home products through your social influence.

Due to its popularity, the conference has been expanded and offers even more advanced education! Whether you’re new to our conference or joining us again, we can’t wait to show you everything we have in store!


At This Event You Will

  • Learn current trends and best practices from bloggers, brand executives, and influencer marketing experts
  • Meet 100+ established brands and build relationships through brand networking during the conference – open to ALL attendees!
  • Network with fellow professional influencers in the home, design, food, lifestyle and organization niches
  • Attend an exclusive after party
  • Receive full media access to The Inspired Home Show, which offers 4 days of access to over 2,200 brands, education, a Cooking Theater with celebrity chefs, exclusive events and more!
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner provided

Venue Location

McCormick Place
2301 S King Dr
Chicago, IL 60616

Read below in the FAQ section for directions to the venue and the specific conference location inside of McCormick Place.


We have negotiated exclusive hotel rates and incentives with over 50 Chicago hotels. Be sure to book before December 31, 2019 to take advantage of early-bird rates! Make a reservation.

Tickets for Influencer Conference are on sale and available for $349. Get your tickets now!



8:30 AM Registration and Breakfast

9:30 AM Kick-Off & Welcome

9:35 AM Overcoming Challenges in Today’s Home and Housewares Marketplace with Influencer Relationships

10:00 AM 101 Track Breakout Session: 5 Influencer Deliverables Brands Want and How to Do It

10:00 AM 301 Track Breakout Session: Understanding the Influencer Role in Multi-Channel Retailing and How This Affects Brands

11:00 AM Panel: Measuring the ROI on Influencer and Brand Partnerships

12:00 PM Lunch

1:00 PM 101 Track Breakout Session: Creating Clickable Content that Actually Converts to Sales

1:00 PM 301 Track Breakout Session: Licensing Your Name and Brand to Products

2:00 – 4:00 PM Brand Networking

4:00 PM Closing Keynote: Consumer Trends and Insights for Influencers and Brands in 2020

5:00 – 7:00 PM After Party

Tickets for Influencer Conference are on sale and available for $349. Get your tickets now!


What is the return policy?

Tickets are non-refundable.

What airport should I fly into?

Chicago has two large international airports that are both convenient options: Chicago Midway International Airport (MDW) and Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD). They are both equally close to the city, so you should book based on which airport offers the flight times and/or airlines you want. For example, Southwest only flies into Midway.

How do I get to McCormick Place?

Complimentary shuttle bus service will be provided between the official block hotels and McCormick Place during morning and evening hours. The schedule and routes for the 2020 Show will be coming this fall.

If you don’t plan to take a shuttle bus, we recommend taking Uber or Lyft to McCormick Place, 2301 South King Drive, Chicago 60616. There are several entrances to the convention center, so ask your driver to drop you off at Gate 4 of the South Building.

How do I get my badge?

For your convenience, there is only ONE badge that will get you into both the Influencer Conference AND The Inspired Home Show the remainder of the weekend. The registration table will be located outside of the conference room. Please present your ticket and ID at check-in.

Once I get to McCormick Place, how do I get to the conference room and registration table?

When you enter McCormick Place at Gate 4 of the South Building, there will be signs directing you to the conference in room S100, which is located right off the main lobby. The registration tables will be located directly in front of the entry to the conference room. Maps will be published closer to the event.

Will there be allergy-free foods available?

Yes, all three meals will have gluten-free, nut-free, and vegan options available.

When can I schedule brand networking appointments?

All conference attendees will be able to participate in brand networking. The room will be laid out as an expo with 100+ brands, and you can schedule appointments with them and/or browse the expo and stop to meet with brands as you walk around. Appointments will be available for scheduling by early February after all the brands have signed up.

The info on this page is mainly related to the Influencer Conference on Friday. Where do I find information for the trade show (The Inspired Home Show) the rest of the weekend?

This page is part of The Inspired Home Show website. You can use the menu to navigate the site and learn all about the trade show, including location and hours, expos, displays, etc. More info relating to the Show will continue to be added to the website and this page starting Fall 2019. Informational emails sent to all Influencer Conference ticket holders prior to the event will also provide more details and FAQ’s relating to the trade show.

Tickets for Influencer Conference are on sale and available for $349. Get your tickets now!