Urban Expositions Launches Windy City Gift Show

In an effort to reestablish the Chicagoland area as the premier trade center for gift retailers throughout the Midwest and surrounding areas, Urban Expositions has announced plans to launch the Windy City Gift Show.

Set to debut Jan. 18-21, 2014 at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, Ill., the new semi-annual exhibition will offer retailers a large product selection in a convenient, cost-effective location just minutes from Chicago's O'Hare International Airport.

"From its easy accessibility to its solid convention infrastructure to its vast retail base, history has shown there are many reasons why the Chicago area should host a vibrant trade show for the gift industry," said Doug Miller, president, Urban Expositions. "In studying the marketplace, we felt Rosemont offered countless money and time-saving benefits to buyers and exhibitors alike. An ideal convention city that caters to the business-travel audience from O'Hare, the city offers quality hotels at affordable prices, easy access, an excellent convention facility and a brand new entertainment district filled with restaurants and entertainment venues."

Because of its central location and easy accessibility — just minutes from Chicago's O'Hare International Airport and within a six-hour drive of 24-plus urban areas — the Windy City Gift Show is expected to attract retailers from throughout the region, including Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Missouri and Kentucky. These retailers will represent every category, including gifts and decorative accessories, souvenir/resort, floral, boutique, hardware, apparel/women's accessory stores, stationery/greetings, garden centers, jewelry stores, museums/zoos/aquariums, toy stores, specialty gourmet food stores, bookstores and more.

In addition, the show's selection will be custom-tailored to reflect the regional tastes and interests of the area — its strong seasonal business, great lakes and coastal towns, lodges and resorts.  As a result, this distinctive selection will also offer appeal to top national retailers as well.

The Windy City Gift Show is projected to open with a diverse offering of lines categorized into distinct product sectors, including: Gifts, Handcrafted, Design Chicago and Jewelry Cash & Carry.

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Originally posted Monday, Jan. 7, 2013

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