Who attends SMW Chicago?

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


What are the official SMW Chicago event dates?

SMW Chicago takes place November, 14-18. Independent events occur Monday – Friday of the same week. Official programming will take place at Venue One on Tuesday Nov. 15, 2016.


Pass Pick-Up Information

Passes will be available for pickup at the SMW Chicago HQ, Venue One, at the following times:

  • Monday Nov 14: 12:00pm – 4:30pm
  • Tuesday Nov 15: 8:00am – 5:00pm
  • Wednesday Nov 16: 8:30am – 5:00pm
  • Thursday: Nov 17: 8:30am – 4:00pm
  • Friday: Nov 18: 8:30am – 4:00pm


Where can I view the schedule of events?

You can click here to view the full schedule for SMW Chicago.


Does my pass guarantee seating at events?

Reminder: all SMW events the SMW Chicago HQ (Venue One) are first come, first served (festival-style). No pre-registration is possible.. Some events will be very popular and reach fire code limits. If an event matters to you, arrive early for your best chance at seating. Don’t worry, though, there will be ample seating at HQ, and there’s always something compelling happening at HQ. Not to mention a fully-equipped co-working space, free WiFi, exhibition booths, and other activities happening all day.


Where does SMW Chicago take place? How do I get there?

The official HQ for Social Media Week Chicago is Venue One. The address is 1034 W Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60607.

Reminder: only official events take place at Venue One. Independent Events are organized by the greater SMW community, and take place throughout the city. Please check the event descriptions for venue info.


Does my pass get me into Independent SMW events?

Your pass is only for official SMW Chicago events at HQ. Independent Events are run by the larger SMW community, not us. Therefore, while your pass grants you access to all official (SMW) events, it won’t necessarily get you into Independent Events.

You must pre-register for Independent Events via the schedule, and these events are subject to availability of seating. If an event is at The Venue One, it’s an Official Event. If an event is outside of Venue One, it’s usually an Independent Event. If you’re unsure about which type an event is, just look at its label on the schedule.


Is there a mobile app for Social Media Week?

Yes! You Can download our official SMW Mobile App to connect with other SMW fans and attendees, access the conference schedule and speaker list, follow various social feeds, take notes, and more.


Will attendees have WiFi and space to work during the week?

It’s as if you read our mind! Throughout the week, The Venue One will have co-working space for you to check email, and WiFi to connect all your devices. You can make SMW Chicago your headquarters with everything you need to be productive, and get your regular work done.


What is the official hashtag for Social Media Week Chicago?

You can follow along and join the conversation online using the official hashtag, #SMWChicago. Use this on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Vine, and anywhere else to participate in the conversations and discussions throughout the week.


Do any hotels offer SMW Chicago attendees a special rate?

We’re glad you asked! We have two official hotel partners: Virgin Hotels Chicago and Hotel Palomar Chicago. You can learn more about these hotels, and the partnership, by visiting our Official Hotel Partner page.


Are there discounts or scholarships available?

At the moment, our Scholarship Program for students and non-profits is closed. If you’re still looking to purchase a pass, you can visit the SMW Chicago pass options page for our current offer, which is discounted from the walk-up price.