One of a Kind Show

Exhibitor Central


Each Exhibiting Company is required to register their names and the names of each assistant authorized to work in the booth. Artists and assistants must show photo I.D to pick up their badges and welcome packet at the Registration Desk. Please check back later with more information.

Show Dates & Hours:
Thursday, December 7th, 10am-7pm
Friday, December 8th, 10am-7pm
Saturday, December 9th, 10am-7pm
Sunday, December 10th, 10am-5pm

Stay tuned for on-site exhibitor registration hours.

Booth Details

  • Cleaning

    All booths will be vacuumed prior to the first day of the show at no charge. If you require additional cleaning services, please request this service in the Exhibitor Services Portal, access to the portal will be available in October.

  • Drayage

    Also known as “materials handling,” drayage is the labor to receive freight during move-in, delivering it to your booth, removing empty containers, storing and returning them after the show, and loading materials for outbound shipping. This cost is included in your booth package except in the following cases: Oversize deliveries and deliveries received outside the posted times will be charged at a rate of $57.00 per 100 lbs. (cwt).

  • Equipment

    Your booth package includes hard wall partitions, gray carpeting, one chair, waste basket, 4 incandescent flood lights, standard electric (duplex outlet), and drayage (moving work to and from loading dock and your space). Chairs and wastebaskets must be requested in the Exhibitor Services Portal, this link will be available in October. Please note that tables are not included with your booth package but can be ordered for a fee.

  • Flooring

    Booths and corridors are carpeted in gray. If you would like to install custom flooring, please contact Exhibitor Services Team at [email protected].

  • Lighting

    Exhibit space includes a standard booth lighting package: (4) 17W PAR38 3500K Narrow Floods for every 100 sq. ft. of rented booth space. The first 15 minutes of light adjustments for every 100 sq. ft. of rented booth space is complimentary must be requested by 3pm on Wednesday, December 6th. Additional time and requests placed after December 6th, will be billed at the on-site electrical labor rates. All electrical services will be provided and installed by The Mart. You can order more light fixtures and electricity if needed. Questions regarding the acceptability of your electrical set-up may be directed to Exhibitor Services Team at [email protected].

  • Booth Schematic Request

    If you would like to recieve a schematic drawing of your booth, the form will be available in October.

  • Signage

    All booths come with a standard identification sign that hangs from the top of the booth header.

  • Storage

    Paid on-site accessible storage

    Accessible Storage located on the show floor is available for artists to keep extra product/inventory. Spaces are $150 for approximately 5 ft by 5 ft space and are meant solely for the back stock of product needed over the course of the 4 day show. Please check back for the form to request Accessible Storage. Please contact Marie [email protected] if you have any questions.

    Empty Boxes/Packaging

    Due to City of Chicago Fire Ordinances, packing materials may not remain on the show floor while the show is open. Flammable containers must be removed from the floor. When your containers are empty, obtain “EMPTY” labels from the Exhibitor Services Desk. Use the labels to mark your crates, boxes and containers with your company name and booth number. Leave the containers in the aisle; for your convenience, these empty labeled containers will be picked up by MMPI staff and returned to you at the end of the Show. Please remember that you will not have access to these containers during the show.

  • Fine Art Gallery

    The Fine Art Gallery offers our fine artists additional exposure in a gallery environment. Located on the show floor, this space is professionally curated, hung and lit allowing art enthusiasts a unique space to view like work. Upon acceptance, a $150 fee applies. Only one piece can be submitted per artist. More information will to apply will be available in Fall 2023.

  • Walls

    Each booth is equipped with 8' high hard walls, 1" thick, painted white. Seamless, paper-covering is available to order in a variety of colors. To view options and order, please see the Exhibitor Services Portal available in October.

  • WiFi

    Complimentary WiFi is available on the show floor to all exhibitors. The password code is: themart60654. Access instructions will be included in your Welcome Packet given to you at check-in.

Set-Up and Dismantle

  • Set-up/Dismantle Hours

    Load-in Hours - Freight and POV (Personally Owned Vehicles)
    Tuesday, December 5th, 8:00am-3:00pm
    Wednesday, December 6th, 8:00am-3:00pm

    *Any deliveries made outside these times will be subject to a charge of $57.00 per 100 lbs.

    Set-up Hours

    Tuesday, December 5th, 8:00am-4:00pm (Loading Dock closes at 3:00pm)
    Wednesday, December 6th 8:00am- 7:00om (Loading Dock closes at 3:00pm)

    Dismantling Hours and Load-out Hours
    Sunday, December 10th, 5:00pm-10:00pm (POV's only)
    Monday, December 11th, 8:00am-12:00pm (Common carriers must be checked in by 12:00pm)

  • Set-up/Dismantle Procedure


    • All exhibits must be set up by 7:00 pm on Thursday, December 6th. No construction, arranging, or setting up of exhibits, including deliveries or moving of products, are permitted during show hours.
    • Exhibitors may hand-carry small items, but we ask that they refrain from using handcarts, flatbeds, or dollies. Our Material Handling Staff is on hand to facilitate such moves.
    • Rolling racks and carts will no longer be allowed in the passenger elevators. please use the freight elevators. also, the unloading of product on the north and south drives of the merchandise mart is prohibited.
    • Use of Common Space: all display pieces and items for sale must be placed within your booth, not outside of it. Mannequin stands, clothing racks, shelving units, etc. have started to bleed into the aisles over the years. This is not only against the rules, but also unfair to other artists who are abiding by the rules. Items partially or fully in the aisle are tripping hazards, a liability and put the entire show at risk of being shut down by the fire marshal.
    • Common walls display usage: putting 2D artwork on common walls will is not allowed without approval of Show Management.
    • Column/pillar display usage: if you are in a corner booth and have an outside column, you may hang a flat display on all four sides of the column – nothing however can be setup on the floor on the two sides of the column outside your lease line (facing the aisles) If you are in an inline booth with a column in the front you may share the front of the column with your neighbor. If your neighbor relinquishes use of the column space, you are welcome to use the entirety of the front surface.
    • Artist in Attendance: artists must be on-site for the duration of the 4-day show. This is a prerequisite for acceptance and an essential element to your participation. Sending assistants in your place is not acceptable and will not be allowed.

    Dismantling Procedures

    • Any artists breaking down their booth prior to the show closing (5:00 p.m. Sunday, December 10) will be fined $1000. Please arrange travel accordingly.
    • All booths must be left in a reasonable state that enables them to be easily repaired and repainted. All nails, Velcro, staples, paper or other materials applied to the booth walls must be removed prior to vacating the booth. Exhibitors will be assessed repair charges based on time and materials if they choose not to comply.
    • Please note that every effort to return empty boxes as quickly as possible at the close of the show will be made, but it may take several hours for all empty containers to be returned. Please make travel plans accordingly.
    • If bringing down merchandise from your booth during Load Out, please make sure that you have room in your vehicle for all merchandise. An hourly charge will be assessed to the artist for any merchandise that has to be returned to your booth because it does not fit.
    • If you are unsure if your display requires labor, submit the Customization Order Form and our Operations Team will gladly respond.
    • Display materials must adhere to Chicago Fire Department Rules and Regulations. If you require further information, please contact Exhibitor Services Team at [email protected].
  • Shipping Address

    2023 One of a Kind Holiday Show and Sale®
    (Your Company Name)
    (Your Booth Number 7 - XXXX) 7th Floor
    c/o MMPI
    222 Merchandise Mart Plaza
    Chicago, IL 60654

  • Shipping Guidelines

    • Consolidate all freight—booth, merchandise, literature, etc.—into one shipment.
    • Clearly label all packages with show name, company name, and booth number. Remove all old labels.
    • All freight must be no larger than 5’ wide x 10’ long x 5’8” high and weigh less than 2,000 pounds. Any freight that exceeds these measurements and MMPI does feel safe to turn on its side will be charged a handling fee of $57 per item, per trip. MMPI is not responsible for damage or loss to product during turning. Any items too large to move will be held at the loading dock for unpacking. An hourly surcharge will be applied and your booth set-up will be delayed.
    • Create a detailed inventory sheet of every item you are shipping or bringing to the show. Be able to provide the number of units, item descriptions (i.e. cartons, cases, crates, and/or individual items), and weight for all shipments being delivered to the Show.
    • All shipments should include piece count to ensure proper tracking, manifesting, and delivery of freight.
    • Insure your merchandise against theft, damage, and loss from the time it leaves your facility until it returns.
    • A handling charge of $57.00 per 100lbs is applied to shipments that arrive outside the designated shipping schedules OR to shipments that exceed the freight size limitations.
    • You will not be permitted to use handcarts, rolling racks, flatbeds, or dollies however small luggage carts are acceptable.

    UPS/Fed Ex/Small Package Services

    All packages will be received through the loading dock. Please note that piece counts cannot be guaranteed for such shipments. Where possible, exhibitors may avoid delays and extra charges by having express deliveries shipped to their hotel. Any packages received outside of the designated shipping schedule will be billed at a rate of $57.00 per 100lbs.

    You may ship your materials to and from the show via any carrier. We do not recommend shipping your items through USPS. You are required only to contact your carrier, pack your materials, and file a Bill of Lading with the freight desk. Merchandise Mart Properties, Inc. assumes no responsibility for shipments until they are collected from the exhibitor’s booth. A representative of the exhibitor should remain with their property until this has been done.

  • Domestic Shipping

    The exhibitor is free to choose his/her means of shipping. Most exhibitors use UPS and FedEx. We do not recommend shipping your items through USPS. To aid in your shipping needs, One of a Kind Show and Sale® commonly works with the companies listed on the left for domestic ground transportation services:

    Airways Freight is the official carrier of the One of a Kind Show. They will be available on site to answer outbound shipping questions. You can contact Airways Freight at (630) 221-8850 for advanced questions and scheduling.

    Airways Freight
    Ed Andel
    [email protected]
    Tel: (630) 221-8850

    Art in Motion specializes in the transportation of art work to and from several shows throughout North America. They should be contacted in advance for shipments in and out of the One of a Kind Show. Art in Motion will not be on site for the show.

    Mobile Home, LLC
    Johan Westenburg
    [email protected]

    Tel: (860) 964-9163

    Important: These shippers are provided for your convenience only. THE MART makes absolutely no representation or warranty as to the ability, quality or expertise of any shipper, and disclaims any liability for any loss, cost or damage to any artwork in the care, custody or control of any shipper.

    Exhibitors must maintain their own insurance, as customary insurance provided by shippers is usually inadequate. Please see your shipper for additional technical details.

  • International Shipping

    The international shipping company listed below can handle all of your shipping needs including; customs brokerage, recommendations on transport carries both internationally and locally, advice on accurate documents and customs procedures, and any arrangements regarding importation and exportation rules.

    Broker's Services
    Upon arrival in the United States your shipment must go through customs. You may accompany your own shipment through customs or make arrangements with your shipper to receive the shipment and file the appropriate papers with U.S. customs. THE MART accepts no liability for inaccurate information provided to customs brokers or the U.S. Customs Service regarding contents and descriptions of shipments.


    • U.S. Customs has experienced unusual delays that may compromise the timely delivery of your shipment. Please plan your shipment accordingly.
    • Exhibitors must maintain their own insurance, as customary insurance provided by shippers is usually inadequate. Please see your shipper for additional technical details.

    International Shipments - Clearing Customs
    THE MART is available to receive freight directly at the trade show facility and will operate all drayage services in the trade show facility.

    However, pursuant to all applicable laws, THE MART is not the importer or the appointed agent of any exhibitor or tenant of a trade show. Therefore, THE MART will not provide its federal tax identification number to act as the importer of record for US customs clearance of any international shipments for exhibitors/tenants of the trade shows it manages. If you require a FEN of a consignee, we need to review your custom broker shipment paperwork for approval. Exhibitor must work directly with a customs broker to clear trade show shipments in the broker’s name or in the exhibitor’s name through a customs power of attorney form.

    Sherri Pelc
    Phoenix Int’l -Las Vegas
    Licensed Customs Broker
    Trade Show Manager
    cell: 702 575 4617
    Office: 702 272 1596
    [email protected]

    Airways Freight
    Ed Andel
    [email protected]
    Tel: (630) 221-8850

    Important: These shippers/brokers are provided for your convenience only. MMPI makes absolutely no representation or warranty as to the ability, quality, or expertise of any shipper, and disclaims any liability for any loss, cost, or damage to any artwork in the care, custody, or control of any shipper.

  • Vendors and Services

    Booth Staffing
    Please check back later for the Booth Staffing form.

    Business Services/Service Desk
    The Exhibitor Service Desk, located on the 7th floor, offers business services, including photocopying and faxing. The Service Desk can also respond to questions about shipping, materials handling, and billing, and will be happy to assist you in placing orders for booth services or equipment.

    A number of food-service providers conveniently located within The Merchandise Mart are prepared to meet your catering requests. Please see most-used catering contacts below.

    • Foodstuffs - Full Service - Contact: Brendan Adamovic (847) 328-7710 x8504
    • Marshall's Landing - Full Service - (312) 972-4352

    Central Cashier Program
    MMPI will provide an optional Central Cashier Program at the show. This convenient and affordable service can streamline your on-site money handling at the show and can benefit you in many ways, specifically by:

    • Handling all sales transactions for you for a small fee throughout the duration of the show.
    • Filing all required state and local sales tax paperwork for you.
    • Accepting payment in the form of cash, check and/or credit card on your behalf.
    • Eliminating the risk of storing cash in your booth.
    • Providing you with daily detailed sales reports.

    All cash proceeds for sales through Saturday evening will be paid in US dollars to the exhibitor on Sunday morning before the opening of the last day of the Show. All additional payment proceeds will be paid out in a check format within fifteen business days after the close of the Show.

    Convenient Central Cashier Kiosks will be located strategically on the show floor. Your customer will supply a sales ticket to the cashier, and the cashier will finalize the sale. Once complete, the customer will supply you with a proof of purchase receipt, so they may remove their paid in full item from your booth. If you would like to participate in this service, please check back later for the Central Cashier Form.


    All members of THE MART staff are a team. Show Management requests that exhibitors do not offer gratuity for labor.

    Photography, Videotaping & Broadcasting
    Photographing, videotaping, filming, or sound recording is prohibited without the prior written consent of Show Management.

    Show security will be on duty 24 hours a day from move-in to move-out, but cannot and should not be counted on to provide more than a presence to inhibit theft. To help provide for the security of merchandise in your booth, we advise you to staff your booth at all times and not to leave valuables unattended. Any exhibitor requiring special guard services may request such services with the approval of Show Management.

    THE MART Security/Jeff Caldwell
    Phone: (312) 527-7700 or Email: [email protected]

    Steamer Rental
    A limited amount of steamers are available on a first come, first serve basis at the Exhibitor Service Desk. The rental charge is $35/hour.

    Mannequin Rental

    Table Drapes/Linens
    THE MART does not provide linens for tables. You can make arrangements for table linens by contacting Dave Yargus and Jeanette Roberts with Marquee Event Rental at (708) 243-1068.

    Water Services
    Bottled water services can be ordered through Hinckley Springs by calling (773) 586-8600.

  • Sales Tax Info/Form

    A 10.25% sales tax must be charged on all art being sold in the State of Illinois and remaining in this State. It is each exhibitor’s responsibility to collect and remit this sales tax.

    If your work is sold in the State of Illinois, but shipped to the buyer who resides outside of Illinois, no sales tax needs to be collected. It is recommended that the exhibitor retain all shipping receipts indicating an out-of-state destination. If an out-of-state buyer purchases a work of art and takes possession of it within the State of Illinois, then sales tax must be collected.

    Sales tax charged on your work sold during One of a Kind Show must be filed with the Special Events Bureau of the Illinois Department of Revenue. You can view the 2022 Holiday Sales Tax Form HERE. Please note the Holiday 2023 form is still in the works.

    IDOR-6-SETR/Special Event Tax Collection form is intended for anyone Out of State or In State that does not have a valid Illinois Business Tax Number. Any questions regarding this Sales Tax should be directed to IDOR.

    Those exhibitors who have a valid Illinois Business Tax Number should file according to the requirements set by IDOR and your company.

    Out-of-State Exhibitors
    If you participate in three or more trade shows, art fairs, etc. based in Illinois a year, you must apply for an Illinois Business Tax Number. Once you are registered, you will receive a ST-1 Form along with payment instructions. If you participate in less than three trade shows, art fairs, etc. based in Illinois a year, you must use the IDOR-6-SETR/Special Event Tax Collection form. This form will also be available on-site at the Show Office.

    You should return the completed form and sales tax monies within ten (10) days after the end of the show to:

    Illinois Department of Revenue
    Attn: Barbara Wagner
    Special Events Coordinator
    9511 Harrison Avenue
    Des Plaines, IL 60016
    Tel: (847) 294.4475
    Fax: (847) 294.4214

Order Forms

Order forms (for your booth set-up needs) can be filled out at the official One of a Kind Holiday operations services portal. Here, you can access booth service order forms including; labor, material handling, electric service, housekeeping, and/or furniture rental. Access to the Exhibitor Services Ordeirg Portal will be available in October.

For questions regarding these exhibitor services/forms, please contact the Exhibitor Services Team.

Artist Seminars/Programs

Artist events and seminars will be announced here soon!


  • Online Exhibitor Profile

    Login and enhance your profile by adding images to your artist listing page on the website. Login here.

    • Username: Your username is the email address at which you received this message.
    • Password: If you are a first-time exhibitor, your password will be mmpishows. If you are a returning artist and have since changed your password, use that password.

    To begin editing your profile, click on the 'Profile' button underneath your name and complete all sections. Please note that any changes to your artist profile may take up to 24 hours to update.

  • Online Shopping Feature

    During the show, visitors to our webiste will have the ability to access your online shop. The opt-in feature will link shoppers to your e-commerce site sia your artist profile. To opt-in, please select the "Show Shopping Info" toggle in your artist profile and add your product photos and links to your artist profile. The online shopping feature will go live on the first day of the show, Thursday, December 7th.

  • Social Media Guide

    Check out this social media guide for strategies to best utilize your social media platforms to promote your participation in the show.

  • Web Banners

    Banner ads for the Holiday 2023 will be available in a variety of sizes in Spring, 2023. These can be used on your website to create awareness about you being at the show—make sure to link them to our site for more information!

  • Shareable Social Media Graphics

    Banner ads for the Holiday 2023 will be available in a variety of sizes in Fall, 2023.

  • Join Us On Social Media

    We encourage you to join us on our social media channels. Our hashtag is #OOAKChicago and you can find us and "Like" or "Follow" us on Facebook, Linkedin, and Instagram. Please note that if you tag something with #OOAKChicago or @ooakchicago we may repost it to our social media feed on our website. Stay tuned for more information about our social media efforts.

  • Artist Facebook Group

    Our Facebook Artist Group is intended to be a resource for all Chicago One of a Kind exhibitors currently contracted for the 2023 Shows. Artists and makers are encouraged to connect with one another, contribute advice as well as provide resources and tips in preparation for the show. Visit the group here.

  • Onsite Show Guide

    If you are interested in advertising in the printed One of a Kind Show Guide, please contact Performance Media at 847.770.4620 or email them at [email protected]. Artists receive a 25% discount.

Artist Newsletters

Leading up to the Show, we send monthly Artist Newsletters to our exhibitors containing important show information. The first Holiday 2023 Newsletter will be sent in August.

    Floor plan

    The 2023 Holiday floor plan is still in the works. In the meantime, please view our 2022 floor plan HERE.

    Floor plan

    Hotel + Directions + Parking

    • Hotel Discounts

      We've negotiated travel discounts and secured a limited number of reduced-rate hotel rooms to make your trip to Chicago affordable. Through the travel experts at onPeak, rooms at the group rate are limited and available on a first come, first-served basis. Book early for the best selection and price.

      View our Frequently Asked Questions for more information about lodging. If you have any questions, contact onPeak by email, or call them at 800-528-8700. The online form will be available here in October.

    • Driving Directions

      222 Merchandise Mart, Chicago IL 60654

      THE MART is bordered by Wells and Orleans Streets on the east and west, and Kinzie Street and the Chicago River on the north and south. From I-90/94, exit east at Ohio Street. Turn south on Wells Street and drive four blocks to The Mart. (The Chicago River is on The Mart's south side). For customized driving directions, click here.

      For driving directions to the loading dock, please click here.

    • Spot Hero Parking

      To reserve your parking spot visit the One of a Kind Show SpotHero Parking Page and book a spot with rates up to 50% off.

    • Parking & Oversized Parking

      Reserve your parking in advance and get there on time, stress free! SpotHero is the nation’s leading parking reservation app to book convenient and affordable parking.

      Book an oversized rate parking directly on SpotHero at the following locations. **Make sure to book as many parking spaces as your vehicle occupies**:

      For the following garages, please call George at Park 1 at (312) 617-4627 to make arrangements for parking oversized vehicles

      ***(Full size vans are fine, but no big trucks or U-Hauls)***
      ***(Must fit in one spot)***
      **Do not book online at this garages:

      603 W. Monroe
      718 W. Monroe
      623 W. Monroe
      101 S. Halsted
      328 S. Wabash
      511 S. Plymouth
      601 S. Dearborn
      863 N. Orleans

    • Other Parking Options

      More than 5,000 parking spaces are located within a four-block radius of THE MART, including the MartParcWells garage, located at the corner of Kinzie and Wells Streets, and MartParc Orleans, located at the corner of Orleans and Hubbard Streets. Tenants or other persons looking for parking information should contact the Parking Office at 312.347.3515.

      Mart Parc Wells
      Mart Parc Orleans