Chicago Casual Market Out-and-About Guide

Discover Chicago with Local StyleMakers Park & Oak Design

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Starting September 25th, Chicago’s legendary Merchandise Mart will open its doors for another Chicago Casual Market, one of the year’s most anticipated outdoor furniture showcases. We always look forward to this week of work and play in the Windy City! Searching for the best Chicago has to offer, we turned to local experts Christina Samatas and Renee DiSanto, Summer Classics Stylemakers and co-founders of Chicago-based interior design firm Park & Oak Design.

Chicago Shopping Guide: Local Favorites from Park & Oak

Beyond the hustle and bustle of Chicago Casual Market, Chicago is filled with shopping sources sure to inspire. West of the Magnificent Mile, the design district is brimming with showrooms and high-end boutiques just waiting to be explored.

Venture a few blocks northeast of The Mart , and you’ll find the Fine Line Tile showroom, which has served the Chicago design community for over 25-years . Standout pieces include the Simone tile, a beauty in Calcutta gold and unlacquered brass. “All of their tiles are handmade by expert artists…giving them a distinct and authentic quality we love,” explain Park & Oak.

In nearby Highland Park, the Summer Classics Home retail store is another must-see shop. Not only will you see Summer Classics outdoor furniture, but you will see Gabby high-style interior furniture mixed in with unique and transitional accessories.

Summer Classics Haley Teak Lounge Chairs styled by Park & Oak

We love the way Park & Oak styled our Haley Teak Lounge Chairs!

Workcation Wanderlust: Chicago Travel Hitlist

For market attendees seeking a sophisticated stay, the Park & Oak designers have several local suggestions. Stay, dine, and shop with this style-focused Chicago city guide.

Coffee Shop: Members-only elegance at Soho House or a convenient cup at Marshall’s  Landing located inside the Merchandise Mart.
Business Lunch: Relaxed trattoria Acanto, upscale oyster bar at Shaw’s, or Asian-fusion cuisine at Sunda.
Workcation Hotel: Luxe living at riverfront LondonHouse Chicago or, all politics aside, the cloud-grazing Trump Hotel.
Dinner & Drinks: Bavette’s sultry steakhouse, fresh Italian fare at Monteverde, or craft cocktails with stunning skyline views at Cindy’s Rooftop.
Nightlife: Late-night dancing at Underground or thumping DJ sets at Studio Paris.

Summer Classics Casual Market Preview:

We always enjoy the contagious energy and upbeat atmosphere of Chicago’s Casual Market –it’s a highlight on our autumn calendar! What can market attendees expect to discover this season? Summer Classics will be introducing the newest indoor-inspired upholstery line and will be showcasing over 150 new furniture styles inspired by spectacular travel destinations, reinvented materials, and kaleidoscopic color.

World Traveler: Dreaming of far-flung locales, our outdoor furniture designers sought inspiration from travel destinations all over the globe. The idyllic cottages of New England influenced the 2019 Kennebunkport collection, a modern homage to the adirondack chair, while the Havana collection uses cane weaving to convey the tropical exoticism of Cuba.

Summer Classics new Havana Collection

New Havana Collection

Powerful Color: In 2019, vibrant hues and performance fabrics will take center stage. Using the latest technologies in textile design, Summer Classics will unveil 18 new performance fabrics in a rainbow of customized shades and patterns.

Focus on Fabrication: Pushing the boundaries of smart and sophisticated design, Summer Classics will debut several new fabrication styles with tried-and-true materials like N-Dura Resin Wicker. Drawing from vintage design, techniques like cane weaving transform the look of rattan and woven wicker in our Soho, Havana and Montecito collections.

Summer Classics Montecito Collection

New Montecito Collection

Indoor Inspired Upholstery:  Part of bringing the feel of the indoors out includes upholstered furniture for outdoors. Building on the popularity of last year’s upholstery collection’s, Baldwin and Helena, we are introducing a new upholstery line of outdoor furniture that is inspired off the most popular tailored frames from sister company, Gabby indoor furniture brand. Bringing a fresh look to outdoor furniture, the new upholstery line is composed of 27 indoor inspired frame styles with the choice of 10 stocked performance fabric options.

Summer Classics Shelby Upholstered Collection

Summer Classics Shelby Upholstered Collection

Looking for more 2019 design inspiration? Read about our latest outdoor furniture collection.


Casual Market Chicago will be hosted at The Merchandise Mart from September 25th – 28th,
2018. For more information and event registration, visit www.casualmarket.com. Visit Summer
Classics and Summer Classics Private Label in Showroom 1556.