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MADE FOR THE MIDWEST 

SUMMER 2015 WINDY CITY GIFT SHOW OFFERS ONE-STOP RESOURCE FOR TOP BRANDS, NEW INTROS, REGIONAL RESOURCES

ATLANTA (April 13, 2015) - Building on the momentum of the winter edition’s 35% attendance increase, the exhibit roster for the July 25-28, 2015 Windy City Gift Show at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, IL is rapidly filling up with the leading sales representatives, top national manufacturers and new resources, including an expanded handcrafted offering. Heading into its fourth edition with a robust product offering, as well as a comprehensive line-up of money-saving buyer services, educational offerings and networking events, the Windy City Gift Show is stepping into its role as the must-attend event for the Midwest region.
 
“The Windy City Gift Show is fulfilling its promise to the region by bringing together a cost-effective, convenient and comprehensive product and meeting resource for retailers, reps and manufacturers,” says Dirk von Gal, Vice President of Gift, Urban Expositions. “This winter edition marked a turning point for the show and based on the overwhelmingly positive feedback we’re receiving from the region’s retailers, and the growing ranks of our exhibitor base, we are expecting the summer show to be the best yet.”  


Summer 2015 Market Highlights Include:


EVEN MORE NEW RESOURCES
The July 2015 edition will feature an expanded product selection with top name brands, local artisans and unique designs categorized into distinct product sectors, including Gifts, Makers’ Market, and Live In Style. The exhibitor base will include leading regional sales agencies like Patti White, Kelly & Crew, White Ginger, Rep Factor, Modern Age and DNA SALES along with top name brands such as Roman Inc., Transpac, Ohio Wholesale, Oak Street Wholesale, Bearington Collection, Delton Products and Ty, Inc. The summer show will also include a growing roster of new, first-time exhibiting companies, including Eye Catching Jewelry LLC, Instant Snow To Go!, Kinaloon, Swahili Imports, Inc., The Nutman Co. USA, Inc., Jubilee Traders, NoMonet, Sailored, Sunlemon America, PolarX Ornament & Gift and Scentennials Products


SATURDAY SHOW SOCIAL
Shop and socialize on the show floor on Saturday afternoon, July 25, 2015. From 4:00 – 6:00 pm, buyers and exhibitors are invited to enjoy drinks and hors d’oeuvres, live music and more. During the social everyone can enjoy the show hospitality while networking and reconnecting with industry friends, sharing ideas and product finds –without leaving the show floor.


SHOW SPECIALS & GIVEAWAYS 
Buyers can take advantage of a full roster of show amenities, including parking reimbursement, daily $50 cash giveaways and a grand prize drawing for a two-night hotel stay at the winter 2016 show. In addition, the first 100 stores to arrive on Saturday and Sunday will receive a special tote bag and a list of exhibitors to visit to receive a free gift. Plus, buyers who present their show badge at participating Rosemont area restaurants will receive special dining offers. And, to help retailers maximize their buying at the show, many exhibitors will be offering show specials, including discounts, dating, free freight and more.   


FREE EDUCATIONAL SEMINARS
Buyers can choose from a number of idea-packed educational programs on a variety of topics, including social media and marketing to planning and purchasing. For the full seminar schedule and complete details, visit www.windycitygiftshow.com.


Saturday, July 25


Generation Y Not?: Engaging Millennials in Your Store’s Marketing Strategy | Presented By: Claire Johnson, Managing Editor, Giftware News | 11 am - 12 pm
 

Tweet Talk: A Guide to Implementing Social Media in Your Store | Presented By: Claire Johnson, Managing Editor, Giftware News | 2:30 - 3:30 pm


Sunday, July 26
Winds Blow Favorably for Fair Trade in Chicagoland: What Do We Need to Know and What Impact Does Fair Trade Have on our Retail Businesses? | Presented By: Elena Yearly, CEO, Nostalgia Baskets | 11 am - 12 pm


Hospital Gift Shop Seminar: Power of Planning 101 | Presented By: Lilly Staments, Manager of Gift Shops, UCSF Medical Center; founder of Premier Retail Consulting | 2:00 - 3:00 pm


Monday, July 27


Retail Round Table: Handmade Industry Experts Gather to Share Their Expertise | Speakers: Moderator Elena Yearly, CEO, Nostalgia Baskets, will be joined by a panel of leading area retailers | 11 am - 12 pm 


EXHIBITOR/ATTENDEE INFORMATION
Visit www.windycitygiftshow.com for the latest show news. For more information on exhibiting, contact Stacey Barrett at 678.831.4579 or sbarrett@urban-expo.com. For information on attending, contact John Motondo at 800.318.2238 or jmotondo@urban-expo.com


WINDY CITY GIFT SHOW FAST FACTS
WHEN: July 25-28, 2015
WHERE: Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, 9301 Bryn Mawr Avenue, Rosemont, IL 60018
HOURS: Saturday - Monday | 9 am - 6 pm; Tuesday | 9 am - 3 pm
MORE INFO:  www.windycitygiftshow.com or call 800-318-2238


DISCOUNTED HOTEL RATES: 
Visit the travel section at www.windycitygiftshow.com or call Connections at 855-246-8722.


ABOUT URBAN EXPOSITIONS
Urban Expositions, which is based in Kennesaw, GA, produces and manages a portfolio of 35 events covering six sectors. Urban Expositions was founded in 1995 with the Philadelphia Gift Show and built its business in the regional Gift & Souvenir industries. In 2008 Urban began to diversify outside of Gift & Souvenir and now produces events in sectors including Art, Aviation, Foodservice and Gaming. Urban also produces one publication, Airport Revenue News, focused on the airport concession industry. Outside of Kennesaw Urban also has offices in Shelton, CT and Boca Raton, FL, as well as many remote employees based in areas that are rich with customers.  For more information, visit www.urban-expo.com. 

 


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