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Symposium Features


Hotel Information

Hilton Chicago
720 S. Michigan Ave.
Chicago, IL 60605

Room Rates:

$170/night for Single/Double occupancy
$195/night for Triple occupancy
$220/night for Quad occupancy
*All guest rooms booked within the AIFD® room block receive complimentary standard internet within the guest room.

You can book your reservations in the following ways (Be sure to reference AIFD®):
Hilton Reservation: 855-786-4716 (reference: MNL)
Reservations must be made by May 29, 2020


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Award Nominations

Every year at the annual Symposium, AIFD® recognizes industry professionals with several awards. It is important as an Accredited member of AIFD® that you make your voice heard. The nominations for those awards come from you so, please think about all the people in the industry that deserve recognition.

Awards Information

AIFD® Bobbi Cup International

Named in honor of Bobbi Ecker-Blatchford AIFD, AAF, PFCI, the inaugural Bobbi Cup Competition was held January 2012 at the Merchandise Mart in Chicago, Illinois in conjunction with the January North Central Chapter meeting weekend events. The Bobbi Cup moves to the Main Stage at the AIFD National Symposium in Chicago to become a more inclusive tribute to honor the memory of industry icon Bobbi Ecker Blatchford AIFD, AAF, PFCI. Nine designers, one from each region and international society, will be able to participate in a live design competition. Interested designers must submit an application by February 28th, 2020. A jury of peers will choose a diverse representation of floral artists to compete. More details can be found in the application by following the link below.

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AIFD® Young Professionals Vision Lounge Designers

AIFD® seeks nine (9) Young Professionals to create a floral art composition that reflects their personality and the design influences from which they draw inpiration. Arrangements will be presented on the Symposium Main Stage on Friday, July 3rd as part of the Opening Program “Inspirational Insights.”

Designs will be featured in the Vision Lounge, where they will remain on display throughout the Symposium. Each designer will have signage accompanied by their photo with their floral art piece.

The deadline to submit your application is February 28, 2020. More details can be found in the application by following the link below.

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