Welcome to STYLEMAX. We are proud of the growth of the Show and excited about the opportunities available for all of our Exhibitors. You’ll find this season at STYLEMAX to feature the best in every category, exciting events as well as fine amenities for both you and your clients.
This manual will guide you through the process of exhibiting at STYLEMAX. It outlines helpful hints about the Show and associated special events as well as useful information about the Mart. Reference the Exhibitor Manual for promotional information and ways to maximize your exposure at the Show, operational recommendations for smooth move in, run of show and move out details, and frequently asked questions.
We look forward to your arrival and working with you to ensure another great STYLEMAX this October!
This is the official STYLEMAX operations services portal for your booth set-up needs. Access booth service order forms, as well as, shipping, set-up and dismantle information. You can also order labor, material handling, electric service, housekeeping, and/or furniture rental. Please be aware any equipment or lighting packages that you selected on your Booth Equipment Contract Page will be entered for you by our Operations Team.
Deadline for all orders: October 9th
FREIGHT DELIVERY HOURS
Thursday, October 18 8:00 am - 3:00 pm (UPS/FedEx/Freight Deliveries)
Friday, October 19 8:00 am - 3:00 pm
Saturday, October 20 8:00 am - 3:00 pm (POV's only)
SET UP HOURS
Thursday, October 18 8:00 pm - 4:00 pm [TENANTS ONLY]
Friday, October 19 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Saturday, October 20 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
SHOW HOURS - NEW!
Sunday, October 21 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Monday, October 22 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Tuesday, October 23 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday, October 23 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Wednesday, October 24 8:00 am - 3:00 pm
FREIGHT & PERSONALLY OWNED VEHICLE (POV) LOAD OUT HOURS
Tuesday, October 23 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm (POV ONLY)
ALL POVS MUST BE MOVED OUT ON TUESDAY, OCTOBER 23rd.
The loading of POVs will begin upon the completion of the return of empties.
Wednesday, October 24 8:00 am - 3:00 pm (Common Carrier Pick up only)
Carriers must be checked in by noon.
NEW POLICY: Rolling racks and carts will no longer be allowed in the passenger elevators. Please use the freight elevators. Also, the unloading of product on the North & South Drives of the Merchandise Mart is prohibited.
OVERVIEW OF WHAT EXHIBITORS GET
Also known as “materials handling,” drayage is the labor to receive freight during move-in, delivering it to your booth, removing empty containers, storing and returning them after the show, and loading materials for outbound shipping. This cost is included in your booth package.
EXHIBIT SPACE INCLUDES: HARD WHITE WALLS, GRAY CARPET, 150 WATT ELECTRICAL OUTLET, WASTEBASKET, led TUBE LIGHTING THROUGHOUT.
BOOTH IDENTIFICATION SIGN
All exhibitor spaces will be identified with a clean, simple booth sign that includes COMPANY NAME. Line listings will not be listed. As necessary, multiple signs will be available for large spaces to help attendees navigate the show floor.
BOOTH EQUIPMENT & SERVICES
As part of our service, The Mart ensures that all booths will be vacuumed prior to the show at no charge. If you require additional cleaning services, please complete add cleaning to your Boomer account here.
If you would like to have The Mart customize your booth in any way that involves construction, painting, or flooring, please visit your Boomer account here. The Mart will provide a quote that must be approved by the Exhibitor before the production of the custom work starts. Alternatively, you may contract an installer to do such work for you, consistent with the rules regarding Exhibitor Appointed Contractors.
Please see below for the lighting that comes with your booth space. Each exhibitor also receives booth identification signage, one chair and one wastebasket and the Basic Equipment Package. Please note that your booth will not have any equipment unless you specified quantities on your contract for the Basic Equipment Package. See your Boomer account here for a listing of additional equipment and services available.
Booths and corridors are carpeted in gray. If you would like to install custom flooring, please visit your Boomer account here for more information.
BOOTH LIGHTING AND ELECTRICAL SERVICES
Each 10’ x 10’ space is equipped with a 1’x4’ fluorescent light fixture, and a 150 watt duplex outlet. All electrical services will be provided and installed by The Merchandise Mart. To order additional lights, please visit your Boomer account here. Questions regarding the acceptability of your electrical set-up may be directed to Megan Davidson at email@example.com or 312.527.7514.
BUSINESS SERVICES/SERVICE DESK
The Exhibitor Service Desks, located on the 7th floor, offers business services, including photocopying and faxing. The Service Desk can also respond to questions about shipping, materials handling, and billing, and will be happy to assist you in placing orders for booth services or equipment.
VENDORS AND SERVICES
If you are interested in renting Autopoles for display purposes contact Distinctive Display at (718) 272-7273.
BOOTH STAFFING, DRESSERS & STEAMER HELP
For your temporary booth staffing needs, including dressers and steamer help, please refer to the GCJ Hospitality.
A number of food-service providers conveniently located within The Merchandise Mart are prepared to meet your catering requests. Please see most-used catering contacts below.
Artisan Cellar | Wine & Cheese | Contact: Phillip Bernstein | (312) 527-5810
Au Bon Pain | Drop Off Service | Contact: Paula or Andrea | (312) 755-9779
Holiday Inn Mart Plaza | Full Service | Contact: John Dexter | (312) 529-1133
Foodstuffs | Full Service | Contact: Jay Liberman | (847) 328-7710
The Chopping Block | Full Service | Contact: Anna Stevens | (312) 644-2678 x211
Marshall's Landing | Full Service | (312) 610-8050
DRESS FORMS / MANNEQUINS
Mannequins and bust forms are available through Dress Rite.
Plants can be ordered through Floral Exhibits at (773) 277-1888 or fax (773) 277-1919. Click here for the form.
If you are interested in hiring models or dressers for your Market Suite, we suggest the following agencies:
Factor Women at (312) 943-3226 Contact: Kasia Koniar
Ford at (312) 243-9400 Contact: Jenny
Rock Agency (773) 805-0139 Contact: Nancy
PHOTOGRAPHY, VIDEOTAPING & BROADCASTING
Photographing, videotaping, filming, or sound recording is prohibited without the prior written consent of Show Management.
Show security will be on duty 24 hours a day from move-in to move-out, but cannot and should not be counted on to provide more than a presence to inhibit theft. To help provide for the security of merchandise in your booth, we advise you to staff your booth at all times and not to leave valuables unattended. Any exhibitor requiring special guard services may request such services with the approval of Show Management.
Jeff Caldwell | 312.527.7700 | firstname.lastname@example.org
A limited amount of steamers are available on a first come first serve basis at the Exhibitor Service Desk. The rental charge is $29.75/hour
The Merchandise Mart does not provide draping for tables. You can make arrangements for table draping by contacting Stephanie D'Ambrosio with Marquee Event Rental at (708) 237-9535. Or click here to download the form.
All members of the MMPI staff are a team. Show Management requests that exhibitors do not offer gratuity for labor.
Bottled water services can be ordered through Hinckley Springs by calling (773) 586-8600
NEW: For your convenience, complimentary Wif-Fi service is available on the 7th Floor. .
EMPTY CONTAINER STORAGE
Due to City of Chicago Fire Ordinances, packing materials may not remain on the show floor while the show is open. Flammable containers must be removed from the floor.
When your containers are empty, obtain "EMPTY" labels from the Exhibitor Service Desk. Use the labels to mark your crates, boxes and containers with your company name and booth number. Leave the containers in the aisle; for your convenience, these empty labeled containers will be picked up by MMPI staff and returned to you at the end of the Show. Please remember that you will not have access to these containers during the show.
NEW: NO SMOKING POLICY
As part of theMART’s constant effort to improve our tenants and guests experience we are currently pursuing fitwel® building certification and are working with tenants on WELL™ certifications within their spaces. The fitwel and WELL standards are revolutionizing the way people think about buildings. It explores how design, operations and behaviors within the places where we live, work, learn and play can be optimized to advance human health and well-being in the environment.
While there will be several subtle changes around the building, one significant change will be that the property will become 100% “No Smoking”, both inside and outside. Effective June 1, 2018 smoking on the exterior private property of theMART will be banned. This includes, but is not limited to, South Drive, North Drive, Orleans and Wells sidewalks. Smoking is not enforced on City of Chicago property unless otherwise posted. We ask you to advise staff that if they smoke, they must proceed to an off property location.