NeoCon, IIDA to launch Inside Design tour program

NeoCon is introducing a series of “Inside Design” tours in partnership with IIDA for its 51st edition.

Chicago— NeoCon, the leading platform for commercial design to be held here June 10-12, is introducing a series of “Inside Design” tours in partnership with IIDA for its 51st edition.

These exclusive, designer-led tours will venture off-site, allowing attendees the opportunity to experience some of Chicago’s most innovative and celebrated new spaces with the creative minds that brought them into fruition. Six tours will be offered this year with plans to expand the program for future shows.

“The idea behind the Inside Design tours is to showcase great new Chicago design to the A&D community coming to town for NeoCon. What makes these tours really unique is that they are led by the design firms and teams who worked on the projects. Tour guests get a first-hand look and perspective on the design and design process,” said Lisa Simonian, VP of marketing, NeoCon.

Cheryl S. Durst, Hon. FIIDA, executive vice president and CEO, said, “IIDA is pleased to present the inaugural Inside Design tour program with NeoCon. This series allows us to showcase some never-before-seen projects in an up-close-and-personal manner, offering participants the opportunity to directly engage with the designers, project leaders and potential new collaborators.”

Tours will include:

Willis Tower Catalog and Environmental System’s Design, Inc. (ESD)

Todd Heiser, principal, Gensler, and Jim Predergrast, principal, Gensler
Tuesday, June 11 from 10:00am to 12:00pm
Location: Willis Tower, 233 S. Wacker Drive
Fee: $65, registration is required.

An urban destination in the heart of downtown, the tower aims to deliver the best experience in both life and work to residents and visitors of Chicago. The tour, led by Gensler, will offer a glimpse into “Catalog”, the new, five-levels of dining, shopping, and immersive experience at the base of the tower.

C.H. Robinson Chicago

Julie Engstrom, senior technical project designer, Vocon
Monday, June 10 from 2:00 to 3:30pm
Location: C.H. Robinson Chicago, 515 W. Webster Ave.
Fee: $65, registration is required.

Vocon’s tenant fit-out for C.H. Robinson evokes a warehouse loft with exposed structure & utilities,
metal mesh railings, and exposed concrete floors. The four-story center atrium with
open metal stairs serves as a ‘town square’ for the company—making the space
visually and physically accessible throughout.

TAO Chicago

Linda Daniels, associate, Rockwell Group and Kevin Lee Yi, interior designer, Rockwell Group
Tuesday, June 11 from 5:00 to 6:00pm
Location: TAO Chicago, 632 N. Dearborn Street
Fee: $65, registration is required.

Rockwell Group will lead a tour of TAO Chicago, the architecture and design firm’s 15th collaboration with TAO Group. Working within a historic 1892 landmark in downtown Chicago, Rockwell Group maintained the structure’s
soaring brick-walled spaces, arched windows, and special geometry and sight lines,
adding TAO’s Asian-influenced DNA for the four level restaurant and nightclub.

The full list of tours is available here