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Chicago has department stores a la Macy’s, Nordstrom, Bloomingdales and Saks offering sprawling floors of inventory as well as plenty of independently owned shops stocking the uncommon while sporting a ton of heart and personality.

Visitors and locals adore shopping along the Magnificent Mile and Water Tower Place (as evidenced by the throngs no matter the weather) because, honestly, it’s all there from Uniqlo to Tiffany, American Girl Place  in Water Tower Place to an Amazon Pop-up Store in The Shops at North Bridge. You can stroll and window shop outdoors and pop into one of the indoor malls like 900 N. Michigan Shops for a breather from icy winds or thick-as-pea-soup humidity in the summer. Attracting tons of international tourists, Michigan Avenue is perfect for people watching, too. Those shopping according to Gywneth’s goop, may want to take a turn just a tad west for Oak Street’s couture and class.

Like many urban downtown areas, State Street had it’s tacky era but we’re gleeful to report that the Great Street is back teeming with with college students and their fave shops like American Apparel and Urban Outfitters. Macy’s, ensconced in our beloved Marshall Field’s building, is a testament to the rich history of American department stores, and don’t miss Block 37  with its eclectic mix of retail and dining in a five-story shopping mall.

Chicagoans love their neighborhoods and the indie retailers lining Wicker Park, Bucktown, Andersonville, Edgewater, Lincoln Square and others. Take a water taxi to Chinatown for great eats and shops offering inexpensive imported treasures.

The suburbs beckon with an impressive designer outlet mall is in suburban Rosemont, next to O’Hare, and one of the largest indoor malls in the country, Woodfield Mall, lies just a little further northwest in suburban Schaumburg.

WOODFIELD MALL

Every imaginable national clothing store chain is inside this massive, indoor mall, one of the largest in the United States. You’ll find everything from Claire’s Boutique to Coach, plus kiosks inviting customers to sample new products. Nearly 30 full and quick service eateries are scattered throughout and a new dining pavilion is in the works. Entertainment options include The Improv, a comedy club, and Yu Kids Island, a toddler play area. Mall exercisers can blow out their pedometers walking the more than 2.2 million square feet and if you can take even more retail exposure, hop the trolley to more shops outdoors at Woodfield Village Green and The Streets of Woodfield.

ANDERSONVILLE

During the 19th century immigrant Swedish farmers began to move north from the center of the city into what was then considered a suburb of Chicago. By the 20th century, the entire commercial strip was dominated by Swedish businesses and today the smorgasbord includes the Swedish American Museum and one-of-a-kind, locally owned, independent businesses. Among the shops in the National Historic District you’ll find more than a few antique and vintage stores; candy shops; bookstores; lots of spots featuring clothing and accessories; furniture; music; kitchenware; pet supplies; shoes; and food and wine. Unfortunately, Swedish Bakery recently closed after 88 years but you can still get pickled herring or the Stockholm Special at Svea.

RIVER NORTH

Chicago’s gallery district in the River North neighborhood is just a few blocks from Michigan Avenue and if you’re shopping for original art, this is your bliss among the former warehouses turned exhibition spaces. If the creme de la creme of furniture and home decor is calling, you’re a few blocks from the Merchandise Mart and furniture showrooms. Don’t miss The Golden Triangle, an 18,000 square foot global design resource featuring hand-selected vintage and modern furnishings from around the world. The Bloomingdales Home Store in the former Medinah Temple is four levels of luxury home furnishings set in the distinctive historic building. Treat yourself to chocolate in the new neighbor, L.A. Burdick, and P.O.S.H. has been enchanting locals and visitors for years with its flea market finds, hotel silver and French kitchen accessories.

STATE STREET

Like many urban downtown areas, State Street had it’s sad, downtrodden days but the Great Street is back teeming street musicians and college students and their favorite shops like American Apparel, Puma, Sephora, Forever 21 and Urban Outfitters. Macy’s, ensconced in our beloved Marshall Field’s building and the second largest department store in the world, is a testament to the rich history of American department stores, and don’t miss Block 37 with its eclectic mix of retail and dining in a five-story shopping mall. The food court at Seven on State in Macy’s is a who’s who of celebrated chefs like Rick Bayless, Takashi Yagihashi and Marcus Samuelsson. Sports fans should head for the two-level New Era Chicago flagship and a House of Hoops by FootLocker.

FASHION OUTLETS OF CHICAGO

Fashion Outlets of Chicago offers more than 130 designer outlets, high-end amenities and a contemporary art collection. The Rosemont mall is anchored by Bloomingdale’s The Outlet Store, Forever 21, Neiman Marcus Last Call, Nordstrom Rack and Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5TH. Some of the newer retailers to open at the shopping center include Stuart Weitzman, Superdry, Ted Baker, TimBuk2, Movado and Dockers. Those with little consumers appreciate Fashion Outlets’ children’s wing with retailers such as the Disney Outlet, Carter’s, Oshkosh B’gosh and the Gymboree Outlet, all situated in the same wing on level one. Because it’s next to O’Hare, expect a bevy of traveler-friendly services, like bag checks, free shuttles to and from the airport, and a service deck that tracks your flight.

WATER TOWER PLACE

There’s more than shopping at Water Tower Place, an eight-level shopping center located at the northern tip of the Magnificent Mile. In addition to 104 stores, there are myriad dining options, a theater that is part of Broadway in Chicago and the Chicago Sports Museum. Shops like a massive Lego Store, Macy’s, Forever 21 and Sephora share space with foodlife, which features 14 kitchens serving food made from scratch daily. People come from all over the world to shop at the American Girl Place store. New shopping include IRL (in real life) an immersive experience that aims to keep brick and mortar shopping alive. You are encouraged to touch, learn and experience new products from brands that are normally only available online. Forever 21’s new beauty boutique. Riley Rose, is a bright and colorful new space focused on accessories, cosmetics and home goods for millennials.

LINCOLN SQUARE/RAVENSWOOD

European ambiance, cobblestone streets and quaint storefronts make Lincoln Square (and the Ravenswood corridor) an appealing outing for shopping, dining, drinking and discovery. Home to the Old Town School of Folk Music where you can catch a concert in an intimate space and then purchase a mandolin, Lincoln Square feels like the Chicago immigrants built in the 19th and 20th centuries. Stop in Gene’s Sausage Shop and Delicatessen, a full range European market, or The Chopping Block for classes and a gourmet retail store with wines, craft beer and spirits. See what local artists and artisans are creating at a bevy of boutiques and galleries and don’t miss Merz Apothecary, Chicago’s oldest pharmacy, established in 1875. Uncle Dan’s is a legendary outfitter for outdoor apparel and travel gear. There are shops specializing in spices, books, clothing, jewelry, home decor and vintage goods. And don’t get us started on the restaurants from which to choose.

OAK STREET

If words like Prada, Hermes, Tory Burch, Armani and Jimmy Choo increase your pulse rate, Oak Street should be your shopping destination in Chicago. High-end shops, from international couture houses to local boutiques, adorn the one block shopping district, many of which are located in converted town homes. Oak Street”s collection of shops and eateries are wedged between Michigan Ave and North Rush Street. For a see and be seen spot, order a glass of champagne at Fred’s at Barney’s New York especially after a visit to the In-house Vera Wang bridal salon. Visit Harry Winston after plied with bubbly to pick out the rings.

WICKER PARK & BUCKTOWN

Once the purview of Nelson Algren, Wicker Park has been disparaged as “hipster central” but take it from someone who grew up in the ‘hoods pre gentrification – this is way cooler – and safer. Snag an Eastwood hat, Inspired by classic Americana western films, at Wayward and browse wool pea coats and signature Perfecto motorcycle jackets at The Chicago Flagship of Schott NYC. You’ll find trendy fashion at Fab’rik, Current/Elliott and Oak + Fort. Stop in Velvet Goldmine for Mid Century Modern furniture, housewares, barware, pottery, clocks and artwork; and there’s fine vintage decor and womenswear at North Avenue Collective. The area is a magnet for artists who work on the canvas and the plate so don’t leave without having a bite and a pint. Better yet, plan to visit during one of the annual events like the WPB Summer Sidewalk Sale; Chillfest; and Wicker Park Fest.

MAGNIFICENT MILE & STREETERVILLE

Apple, Nike, Cole Haan, Uniqlo, Crate & Barrel, Burberry, Neiman Marcus, and Tiffany & Co. all call the famous shopping stretch home. On the north end of the strip is Water Tower Place and the 900 North Michigan Shops, with stores like Macy’s, Bloomingdale’s and Saks Fifth Avenue among the anchors. You’ll find The Shops at North Bridge on the southern section which includes a four-story Nordstrom with a shoe department that occupies the entire first floor. Hello, Manolo! Not resting merely on laurels, new retail includes several new openings in 2017: a flagship location of Ulta (430 N. Michigan); ELOQUII and an Amazon Pop-up Store (The Shops at North Bridge mall, 520 N. Michigan); Ugg Store (545 N. Michigan Ave); Canada Goose (800 N. Michigan); and Sugar Bliss, 822 N. Michigan.

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When and where is the DigiMarCon Midwest 2020 Conference?

DigiMarCon Midwest 2020 takes place from June 17th to 18th, 2020 at the Hyatt Regency McCormick Place in Chicago, Illinois. Click here for travel details.


Hyatt Regency McCormick Place Address:
2233 S Martin Luther King Dr
Chicago, IL 60616
United States




What’s the Schedule?

Here’s the high-level schedule (note: all times are Eastern Daylight Time):

Wednesday, June 20, 2019
9:00am - 9:45am: Registration Check-in, Welcome Refreshments & Networking
9:45am - 12:00pm: General Session
12:00pm – 1:00pm: Networking Luncheon
1:00pm – 2:30pm: General Session
2:30pm – 3:10pm: Refreshments & Networking
3:10pm – 5:00pm: General Session
5:00pm – 7:00pm: Welcome Cocktail Reception

Thursday, June 21, 2019
9:00am - 9:45am: Registration Check-in, Welcome Refreshments & Networking
9:45am – 12:30pm: Master Classes
12:30pm – 1:30pm: Networking Luncheon
1:30pm – 4:00pm: Master Classes
4:00pm - 6:00pm: Farewell Cocktail Reception


How much does it cost to attend DigiMarCon Midwest 2020?

Regular price is $797 (USD) for a main conference access. We are also offering an All Access Pass, which includes the main conference, all Master Classes, Welcome and Farewell Cocktail Receptions and Video on Demand, for $1,097 (USD). Last but not least we have a Virtual Pass/Video On Demand (VOD) option for those who can’t make the conference for $347 (USD). For more information about pricing and the different passes available please click here.


What is included in the Main Conference Pass registration fee?

Your completed Main Conference Pass registration provides you the following:

  • Conference Bag
  • All General Sessions – Wednesday, June 17th, 2019
  • TECHSPO Hall (Unlimited Access) – Wednesday, June 17th, 2019
  • AM/PM Refreshments, Networking Luncheon – Wednesday, June 17th, 2019
  • Welcome Cocktail Reception – Wednesday, June 17th, 2019


What is included in the All Access Pass registration fee?

Your completed All Access Pass registration provides you everything included in the Main Conference Pass plus the following:

  • All Master Classes – Thursday, June 18th, 2019
  • TECHSPO Hall (Unlimited Access) – Thursday, June 18th, 2019
  • AM Refreshments, Networking Luncheon – Thursday, June 18th, 2019
  • Farewell Cocktail Reception – Thursday, June 18th, 2019
  • On Demand – Available online approximately 2 weeks after conference concludes


What is included in the VIP Pass registration fee?

Your completed VIP Pass registration provides you everything included in the All Access Pass plus the following:

  • VIP Priority Registration Check-In – Wednesday, June 17th, 2019
  • VIP Seating on General Session Day – Wednesday, June 17th, 2019
  • VIP Seating on Master Class Day – Thursday, June 18th, 2019


How do I register? Register now!

Full registration information is available here.


What forms of payment are accepted?

The following forms of payment are accepted: American Express, Visa, MasterCard, and PayPal. Payment is required to complete your registration.


Is there a group discount?

Absolutely! Bring as many colleagues as you’d like! Register FOUR or more people from the same company simultaneously to receive $200 discount off the prevailing registration price for each member of your group.

There are just a few simple Group Registration rules:

  • All registrants must be employed by the same company.
  • All members of the group must be registered at the same time. Discounts will not be applied retroactively.
  • You must pre-register to take advantage of these rates, which will not be offered on site.
  • Group Registration Rates cannot be combined with any other offers.

More details about Group Rates here.


Are there academic, government, nonprofit or military discounts?

Academic, Government, Military & Non-Profit discount rates at DigiMarCon Midwest 2020 apply to current full-time employees of academic institutions, federal, state or local government agencies, international government agencies, active military and non-profit organization employees only.

More details about Discount Rates here.


What is the dress code?

Conference attire is business casual for all events, including the evening events. We do recommend bringing a sweater or light jacket with you since personal preferences vary regarding room temperature.


Can I bring a guest to the conference and networking events?

All attendees at the conference and networking events must be registered attendees who purchased tickets.


Can I send a substitute in my place?

You may send a substitute in your place at any time. All such requests must be submitted by email to registration[at]digimarcon.com (replace at with @). Only requests made by the original registrant will be honored.


What is the refund policy?

You may cancel your participation in DigiMarCon Midwest 2020 at any time, but please be aware of the following cancellation policy listed below.

Registration cancellations received 90 days prior to the Conference incur a 25% processing/administrative fee. Refunds will be issued within 30 days after event. If you must cancel for any reason, notify our registration department by 90 days prior to the Conference. Cancellations less than 90 days prior to the Conference are non-refundable. Substitutions allowed prior to 90 days prior to the Conference with written or Faxed authorization only. No substitutions less than 90 days prior to the Conference. Cancellations less than 90 days prior to the Conference are non-refundable for any reason, including, but not limited to, failure to use DigiMarCon credentials due to illness, acts of God, travel-related problems, acts of terrorism, loss of employment and duplicate purchase. DigiMarCon will not issue refunds for badges that have been revoked.

Unused registrations/applications have no monetary value and cannot be credited to future years or events. DigiMarCon will not issue refunds or credits due to failure to redeem a discount coupon during the registration process. Discounted prices are based on the date payment is received in the DigiMarCon office. Reselling DigiMarCon Midwest 2020 registrations is not permitted.


I live outside of United States, do you accept attendees from other countries?

Yes, international attendees are welcome at each of our conferences.


I live outside of United States and my country requires a Visa to visit United States, can DigiMarCon prepare an invitation letter for me to attend the conference for Visa Processing purposes?

Yes, this is often requested for International Attendees. After you have registered, send a letter request email to info@digimarcon.com and provide your address, company name, company title and passport information to be included in the invitation letter.


I live outside of United States and my country requires a Visa to visit United States, if my Visa Application is declined will I get a refund?

You can request a cancellation at any time. Refer to our refund policy for refund eligibility criteria.


Where should I stay in Chicago?

The official conference hotel to stay in Chicago is;

Hyatt Regency McCormick Place
2233 S Martin Luther King Dr
Chicago, IL 60616
United States
https://digimarconmidwest.com/hyatt-regency-mccormick-place/

Hotel Booking Instructions

To book a room at Hyatt Regency McCormick Place follow the instructions below;

By Phone:
Call 1-312-567-1234, ask for reservations, give group name ‘DigiMarCon Midwest 2020’ and arrival date and book.


What networking activities are associated with DigiMarCon Midwest 2020?

A full list of the official conference networking functions are available here.


Will I receive event updates?

Yes, DigiMarCon will send emails periodically to update you on the agenda, event happenings and logistics. Please make sure that the email address registration[at]digimarcon.com (replace at with @) is in your safe senders list to ensure you are receiving all important event information.


How can I submit to speak at DigiMarCon Midwest 2020?

There are a limited number of sponsored keynote speaking spots still available during the conference. Please contact Aaron Polmeer, aaron[at]digimarcon.com (replace at with @), if you are interested in this opportunity.


Can I record what is presented at DigiMarCon Midwest 2020?

Sessions may be audio recorded without special permission for personal use only. They cannot be placed online or transmitted to others without permission.

Sessions may be videoed only with special permission for personal use and also cannot be placed online or transmitted to others. Short audio and video clips may be used for blogging and press coverage of sessions. As a general guide, non-contiguous clips of one minute or less should be used. Contact us if you need guidance about longer clips.


How can we sponsor DigiMarCon Midwest 2020?

Complete the sponsorship inquiry form here for more details on sponsorship, exhibiting and advertising opportunities at DigiMarCon Midwest 2020.


Do you have an affiliate program?

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