RNDD A Year in Review: A Look Back on 2021

Now that 2021 has come to an end, we wanted to take a moment look back on all the great things our organization and our members did this past year. 2021 was a trying year for all of us but there were so many good things that happened for the River North Design District (RNDD) including the resurgence of our RNDD Fall Gallery Walk and a return of in-person meetings and events. Thank you to our members for sticking with us and thank you to everyone who supported small businesses this year. Your support did not go unnoticed.

Join us as we look back on some of the moments that made 2021 a memorable year for RNDD and we wish you nothing but health and happiness in the New Year!

We Gained New Members

Despite the strain on the economy, we were able to welcome 12 new Members to RNDD in 2021 including these Showrooms and Affiliate Members: Roca Tile, Cosentino, Framebridge, Jason Lehnhardt Consulting, JC Licht, Gessi, Sherwin Williams, and Reveal Design.

Framebridge’s River North Showroom

As well as these Interior Design Firms: Alissa Johnson Interiors, Relic Design LLC, VF Interiors, and Soucie Horner, Ltd.

Design by Soucie Horner Ltd.

We Held Informative, Digital Workshops

We kicked off the year by continuing our digital events. We hosted three virtual workshops, all of whoch have videos you can watch:

Incorporating Self-Love and Self-Care into Your Nightly Routine with Chicago Luxury Beds and be HUE Wellness

Lighting Design with Kiersten Hoiland and Technology Home Integration with Lightology and Casey Ruhlander
Sponsors & Partners: Savant, Arteriors Home & MDA Lites, Barrett’s Technology Solutions and ASID Illinois

Custom Storage spaces that will make spring cleaning a breeze with Inspired Closets Chicago and NEAT Method

We Brought Back In-Person Events

After almost two years of digital based events, we were finally able to gather safely together over the Summer and into the Fall through our bi-monthly member meetings, and our most anticipated event of the year, our RNDD Fall Gallery Walk.

On Friday, September 10th, 2021, a who’s who in the Chicago design and art communities gathered for our 6th Annual River North Design District Fall Gallery Walk to view vignettes designed by Chicago’s top designers as they showcased living settings highlighting artwork created by some of the brightest stars in the art world today. It was our biggest and best turnout yet with over 1,000 attendees! Thanks to everyone who came out to support us and save the date for next year: Friday, September 9th, 2022.

Thank You For Your Support

Thank you to everyone who supported The River North Design District and our members this year and thank you to our dedicated members for your dedication in making our Chicago Design Community so strong. It’s because of you that we continue to grow year after year. 

We have many exciting things in store for 2022 including some brand new events and partnerships, a podcast and a website redesign. Now is a great time to join us!

Be sure to check out our events page to see what we have in store for the new year or follow us on Facebook and Instagram to make sure you don’t miss out. Cheers to a healthy and successful 2022!