The Chicago Market Announces 2012 Calendar

Winter Market kicks-off Thursday, January 19 and runs through Wednesday, January 24

CHICAGO, IL (October 25, 2011) - Merchandise Mart Properties, Inc. (MMPI) and The Chicago Market announce their 2012 Market schedule offering retail buyers in the Midwest and beyond access to an extraordinary line- up of new and established resources. A world-class market with Midwest hospitality will welcome buyers, manufacturers, reps and designers four times this year with its expansive array of categories and collections.

2012 kicks-off with the Midwest’s best and largest Gift show, the Chicago Market: Opening on Thursday, January 19 and running through Wednesday, January 24, the Market will showcase the latest trends and products for Gift and Home in the Mart’s permanent showrooms, on the Temporaries floor and at the most highly recognized handmade wholesale trade event in the gift industry, Beckman’s Handcrafted Show(TM).

Based on our buyer feedback we are looking forward to a strong start this year,” said Mark Furlet, vice president gift + home, Chicago Merchandise Mart. “The retail buyers who are planning on attending in January are sharing with us their excitement to find fresh, innovative products in the most popular categories at our market; January will have a number of surprises in store.”


Thursday, January 19 - Friday, January 20
Showrooms: 9 am - 6 pm | Floors 13, 14 | Floor 8
Saturday, January 20 - SHOP LATE NIGHT
Showrooms: 9 am - 8 pm | Floors 13, 14
Temporaries and Beckman’s Handcrafted Show: 9 am - 6 pm | Floor 8
Sunday, January 21 - Monday, January 22
Showrooms: 9 am - 6 pm | Floors 13, 14
Temporaries and Beckman’s Handcrafted Show: 9 am - 6 pm | Floor 8
Tuesday, January 23
Showrooms: 9 am - 6 pm | Floors 13, 14
Temporaries and Beckman’s Handcrafted Show: 9 am - 3 pm | Floor 8
Wednesday, January 24
Showrooms: 9 am - 5 pm | Floors 13, 14 | Floor 8

March 25-27, 2012
Running in conjunction with STYLEMAX
Showrooms: July 19-25
Temporaries & Beckman’s Handcrafted Show: July 21-24
September 20-22, 2012
Running in conjunction with The International Casual Furniture and Accessories Market

Note: Dates are subject to change, please check for up to date calendars

The Chicago Market: is a trademark of Merchandise Mart Properties, Inc. (MMPI). Beckman’s Handcrafted Show(TM) is a registered trademark of MMPI. The Chicago Market is a quarterly wholesale tradeshow designed for store owners, retail buyers and designers to shop a wide array of quality products ranging from home accents and furniture to handcrafted or eco-friendly product to collectible items, holiday, baby/children’s product, gourmet and more. The Chicago Merchandise Mart is located at 222 Merchandise Mart Plaza, Chicago, IL 60654. For more information call 800.677.6278 (MART) or visit

Merchandise Mart Properties, Inc. (MMPI) is a trade show and property management firm, specializing in managing buildings devoted to wholesale showrooms and commercial office space. MMPI produces more than 300 trade shows, market events and conferences each year. MMPI manages The Merchandise Mart and 350 West Mart Center in Chicago; the Architects & Designers Building and 7 W New York in New York; the Boston Design Center in Boston; the L.A. Mart in Los Angeles; and the Washington Design Center in Washington D.C.

Vornado Realty Trust, owners of Merchandise Mart Properties, Inc. (MMPI), based in New York City, is a fully integrated equity real estate investment trust. Vornado’s common shares are listed on the New York Stock Exchange and are traded under the symbol VNO.

Contact: The Chicago Market / (312) 527-7600
The Chicago Market
The Merchandise Mart / Suite 470
Chicago, IL 60654
United States