NeoCon Introducing Outdoor Plaza at 51st Edition of Show

Chicago, Il, May 23, 2019-To further enhance the NeoCon experience and address the next frontier of flexible workplaces, the 51st edition will mark the launch of the NeoCon Plaza, a new outdoor amenity space that spans the length of The Mart’s South Drive.

Designed by Gensler Chicago and brought to life in collaboration with Forward Fruit Branded Environments, it will offer visitors a place to connect, collaborate, relax, recharge and unwind and enjoy the outdoors, with a backdrop featuring sweeping views of the Chicago River, Riverwalk, and Chicago cityscape. The NeoCon Plaza will be complemented by product introductions and programming throughout the overall show, offering attendees valuable insight into the importance of outdoor spaces for work and other commercial environments.

Inspired by the idea of “The Urban Boardwalk”, the NeoCon Plaza provides a welcome outdoor oasis. The entire footprint of the outdoor environment features carpets made with Econyl regenerated and regenerable nylon created from waste including fishing nets and old carpets. All the carpet tile has been designed and supplied by Interface, made with Econyl yarn.

Attendees will also enjoy a wide range of gourmet food and drink options for breakfast through evening created by Chef Michael Kornick of DMK, the restaurant group behind The Mart’s Marshall’s Landing. IIDA, the commercial interior design association, will be hosting a branded pop-up featuring smoothies and frozen drinks among other goodies.

The NeoCon Plaza will be open  June 9, 10:00a.m. to 2:00 p.m.; June 10, 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.; June 11, 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. and June 12, 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. A special Art on theMART projection will be featured on the façade of The Mart after sundown on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday nights (from approximately 8:30 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.).

Rendering: © Gensler | Michael Townsend (artist, design director, Gensler Chicago)