Registration for Outdoor Design Conference Now Open

Chicago, IL, February 19, 2018-The Design Center at the Merchandise Mart, Chicago’s destination for outdoor furnishings, is excited to announce that registration is now open for its fourth annual Outdoor Design Conference, taking place on March 8.

The one-day, trade-only event features more than 65 programs, including continuing education units (CEUs), featured presentations, product debuts and showroom events that showcase the latest in outdoor residential design knowledge and trends from Design Center’s top casual furnishings showrooms.

CEUs include presentations on emerging trends in outdoor design for 2018, tips on how to choose the best outdoor design medium for a project and eliminating the challenges of teak maintenance. In addition, owner and president of Schmechtig Landscapes, Michael Schmechtig, will host a panel discussion on the advancement of outdoor entertaining, which will discuss the innovative materials, equipment and technology that are transforming outdoor design. Design professionals can earn .1 CEU credits for each course.

Twenty-eight showrooms will host open houses during Outdoor Design Conference, welcoming guests with product launches, raffles and refreshments. There will also be 30 products debuting from leading casual furnishings showrooms, including Janus Et Cie, Mamagreen, Woodard, Tuuci, Castelle, Zuo, and many more.

The trade-only Outdoor Design Conference will be held on March 8 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. throughout the Design Center’s 14th, 15th and 16th floors at the Merchandise Mart. To register, please visit http://