Badges and barcodes will no longer be mailed. If you have previously attended market, there is no need to pre-register for the Chicago Gift Market.



The Chicago Gift Market is a trade only event. Credentials are required for entry. Guests will be admitted with credentialed buyers at a guest fee of $50. For full rules and credentials required, please review the page below.

 Admission Policy and Credential Requirements—TO THE TRADE ONLY. The Chicago Market is not open to the general public. In an effort to provide a productive sales environment for exhibitors and buyers alike, we require EACH BUYER to provide the following credentials:
• Photo Identification

Retail/Commercially-Located Businesses are required to present one from EACH category below:

CATEGORY 1. One (1) of the following pieces of personal identification:

  • Drivers License
  • State Issued Photo Id
  • Current Passport

CATEGORY 2. One (1) of the following pieces of business identification:

  • Current Federal Tax # Certificate
  • Trade publication advertisement
  • Current Retail Business License
  • Appropriate "Yellow Pages" listing
  • Four recent wholesale invoices for gift-related purchases
  • Store/Commercial lease indicating type of business as retail

CATEGORY 3. One (1) of the following pieces of employment identification:

  • Copy of canceled company payroll check or payroll stub
  • Personalized, imprinted business card
  • Copy of W-2 form
  • Copy of company health insurance card
  • Copy of company credit card with employee and company name


  • Interior Designers qualify for admittance by presenting:
  • Photo ID
  • Tax ID
  • Professional membership card (ASID, IIDA, IBD, AIA)
  • Business Card


  • Home-based Businesses are required to present ALL of the following :
  • Photo ID
  • Personalized Business ID (business card or canceled payroll check)
  • Current Retail Business License or current Resale Tax Certificate
  • Imprinted Business Check


  • Photo ID
  • Hospital ID
  • Letter on hospital letterhead indicating that you are an authorized volunteer/buyer.

Show Rules and Regulations

The Chicago Market is a wholesale to the trade only event. Guest badges are limited to one per credentialed buyer, and ALL buyers and employees MUST have proper credentials to attend the Market. This includes a resale certificate, business card and photo ID for each buyer. Please make sure to check all of your credentials before you arrive at Market.

Strollers are not allowed. Children under the age of 16 are strongly discouraged from attending and are only eligible to receive guest badges on site. They must be accompanied by a registered attendee and will be charged a $50 guest fee. On-site sample selling is not permitted. All orders must be shipped; merchandise is not allowed to be removed from floors/showrooms during the Market. Permission must be granted by show management and the exhibitor before any photographs can be taken of the booths/showrooms and their contents.