K/BIS Whirls into the Windy City

Show dates and times

Friday, April 11: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Saturday, April 12: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sunday, April 13: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

The Kitchen/Bath Industry Show is back in Chicago on April 11-13.

For those professionals who have never attended the show, this might be a great year to do so. Located mid-country and on a weekend, the show sets up for easier access than last year when it was in Las Vegas. And with the housing market not treating many very well, this also might be the year that professionals find the innovative ideas and products they need to set themselves apart from the competition.

Returning this year is the Design Idea Center — a great resource for designers to get inspired. “The Design Idea Center is a booth with five kitchens that were designed by well-known designers. This Center shows a variety of plans for kitchens, baths and outdoor living,” says Mark Karas, CMKBD, and 2008 vice president, National Kitchen and Bath Association. It’s located at booth S4058, with this year’s focus on the different stages of a woman’s life.

Again at the show is the Center Stage program which offers education and networking for attendees. “It spotlights a variety of topics and design winners. Hopefully it will draw a lot of people for education and presentations,” Karas says. Center Stage is located in the Lakeside Center in Chicago’s McCormick Place.

Attendance is expected to be flat this year — about 60,000 attendees — due to the down economy and construction industry, Karas says. However, exhibitor numbers are up with 900 booked. “This year we are covering all three halls — north, south and Lakeside halls,” he says. “More companies from overseas are exhibiting this year which adds to the increase in exhibitor numbers at this year’s show. There will be a China Pavilion and Italian Pavilion.”

For attendees looking for new products, two options are available: The New Product Pavilion and the Program Guide. The New Product Pavilion showcases the new products at the show all in one location. This is located in the Lakeside Center. Companies and products can also be searched online at kbis.com.

Karas says this show is the place to be for anything kitchen and bath related. “You will be able to see the entire industry under one roof. There’s nothing for the kitchen and bath industry that can’t be seen here,” he says.

For more information on K/BIS, visit kbis.com.