The International Housewares Association has announced that its annual home and housewares gathering, The Inspired Home Show, will be held in-person 7-10 August 2021 at McCormick Place Convention Center in Chicago. The event had previously been scheduled for March 13-16, 2021.
“As the pandemic continued into the summer, we had multiple conversations with our Board of Directors, exhibiting members and retail buyers, all of whom were experiencing apprehension about the ability to safely convene the industry as soon as March of 2021,” said Derek Miller, IHA president. “While the Show continues to be a critical part of their businesses, the health and safety of our industry is our first priority and moving the event to later in the year allows more time for authorities to successfully manage this crisis.”
“On behalf of the IHA Board of Directors, all of whom are exhibitors at The Inspired Home Show, I’m extremely pleased that we were able to find alternate dates for The Inspired Home Show 2021,” said Howard “Chip” Steidle Jr., CEO of John Ritzenthaler Company and 2020 IHA chair. “Given the current trajectory of the pandemic and the ongoing nature of treatment and vaccine development, I can confidently say that this is the best option for our industry right now.”