Merchandise Mart Furniture Showrooms and Factory Tour

Friday, June 23, 8:00 am – 4:00 pm


The tour starts at Merchandise Mart, where participants will arrive on their own at 8:00 am. See the full itinerary here.

Planning Chair

Denelle Wrightson, Co-Chair, Core Library Interiors, Furnishings, and Equipment (LIFE) Committee


Join us for a day visiting four national showrooms that offer a wide variety of furniture for areas within your facility.  This is an opportunity to see and hear about new furniture and proven furniture. Next, there will be a visit to a furniture factory to learn about the process and how to select finishes.  The day will conclude with a visit to a Chicago furniture manufacturer's showroom to see their latest and enjoy their hospitality.  Participants of this tour will have a better understanding of the commercial furniture market and the variety of library-appropriate furniture that is available, understand how to select furniture and upholstery based on construction, durability, cleanability, and cost, be able to test a variety of chairs, tables, desks, booths, and pods, and understand how a chair is designed and constructed. This tour is for all Librarians - anyone with a physical space.  This includes Public, Academic, and Special Libraries, as well as Architects, Interior Designers, and Library Facilities staff.

Core thanks Agati Furniture, sponsor of the tour lunch and reception


Core Member: $159 early | $159 advance | $209 onsite
ALA Member: $189 early | $189 advance | $239 onsite
Non-member: $210 early | $210 advance | $260 onsite
Other Member: $189 early | $189 advance | $239 onsite