Social Media Week Chicago is one of the premiere digital media conferences in the United States. The event brings together some of the industry’s leading brands and individuals at the intersection of entertainment, media, marketing and technology, including BuzzFeed, National Geographic, IBM, The Chicago Cubs, Trello, Edelman, LinkedIn, WOMMA, Capital One, Havas Worldwide Chicago, The Onion, and General Assembly.


What’s New in 2016?

SMW Chicago

November 14 – 18, 2016

In 2016, Crowdcentric, the global organizers of SMW, will focus on creating a content experience that provides attendees with new ideas, insights and best practices in media and technology at a brand new venue optimal for networking and collaboration throughout the week.

One featured stage allows all official programming to place at one, large theatre so you won’t miss any of the sessions. We also introduced our new digital SMW Insider subscription, which allows registered attendees to watch every official session live online and on-demand until December 11.


Why Attend?

#SMWChicago attendees are immersed into a collaborative environment for learning about the industry’s most important trends, conversations, and best practices. Speakers from various pockets of the industry will share the tactical advice on how to be become a better marketer, media professional, and technology user in today’s constantly evolving world. In addition, you’ll have opportunities to meet and network with thousands of other individuals in similar roles as you.



  • Data & analytics
  • Paid media
  • Video
  • Content marketing
  • Mobile messaging
  • Virtual reality
  • Ad-blocking
  • Growth marketing



  • BuzzFeed
  • National Geographic
  • Chicago Cubs
  • Edelman
  • LinkedIn
  • Havas Worldwide Chicago
  • The Onion
  • Capital One



  • State of the art stage
  • Comfortable seating
  • Keynotes
  • Panels
  • Interviews
  • Masterclasses
  • Co-working
  • Lounges


Who Attends #SMWChicago?

The SMW audience is made up of senior marketers, founders, entrepreneurs, influencers and digitally connected consumers across a range of industries including marketing, advertising, communications, media, publishing, technology, arts and entertainment.

By attending SMW you will learn from the world’s leading experts who share insights, best practices and emerging trends through talks, debates and masterclasses.

Attendees will also meet the people who are shaping the future of how social media, technology and mobile is impacting business, society and culture around the world.


Which Brands Hosted Official Events in 2015?

Social Media Week Chicago brings some of the world’s most innovative, educational, and inspiring Content Partners to the official stage. From major social media platforms and global agencies, to the technology startups and publishing powerhouses we read about everyday, here are some of the official Content Partners from #SMWChicago of last year:


How Do I Register?

To attend the official sessions, you will need to purchase an HQ Pass via our pass options page. Early Bird rates are now in effect.

View Pass Options

Panelists at Conference


How Can My Brand Participate?

If you are interested in submitting your company to host an event session (whether an official session or independent session) or have members of your team speak and be placed on a panel, check out our “Get Involved” section to learn more about speaking and other event opportunities.

  • Early Bird Pass Sales begin: June 1
  • Event Submission Opens: August 9
  • Event & Speaker Submission Deadline: September 9
  • Initial Schedule to be Published: September 28


Where Does #SMWChicago Take Place?


Venue One Chicago
1034 W Randolph Street, Chicago, IL

The venue has a theater that holds up to 400 people, which means no long lines or sessions at capacity.

In addition, we’ll have co-working lounges where you can meet with colleagues or clients, connect to WiFi to get your normal work done, and space to relax as you enjoy the incredible sessions throughout the week. The aim this year is to provide attendees, speakers and partners with a much bigger stage and plenty of space to enjoy the entire week.



Travel & Accommodations

If you’re traveling from outside of Chicago, we will have preferred hotel partners listed on our website in the coming weeks.

We also recommend Airbnb as one of the most affordable ways to spend a week in Chicago.

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