Store Tours - Retail Innovation Conference & Expo

Store Tours

Explore buzzing neighborhoods in Chicago with Insider Trends! Get a firsthand look at some of the most innovative store concepts in the city and examine how you can apply them to your brand experiences.



For this year’s Guided Store Tours, the team at Insider Trends will bring attendees around Wicker Park and Bucktown, a hotbed for emerging brands embracing new community-driven store concepts and established brands wanting to experiment with hot tech in their locations.

These guided tours are only available to a limited number of retail and brand executives, but that doesn’t mean others can’t enjoy the retail magic of Chicago! Others can partake in self-guided tours by seeing our recommended stores to visit in the Retail Innovation Conference & Expo app.

What to Expect:
  • An introductory scene-setting presentation that outlines global store trends (including attendee meet-and-greet time)
  • A two-hour tour, on foot, with stops at several stores (comfortable clothes and sneakers are recommended!)
  • Focused meetings with brands and innovators where possible
  • A follow-up document outlining the list of stores visited, key takeaways and points of interest
  • An additional list of other great stores to visit around Chicago

Key Themes & Discussion Topics:
  • The unique role that stores play for digital-first brands
  • How physical locations can turn customers into fans via immersive, community-driven spaces
  • Ways brands of all sizes and across categories are integrating tech thoughtfully into stores
  • The era of “new luxury” and how Gen Z-focused brands are creating a new kind of premium experience

Store Locations* to Include:
  • The world’s leading example of community-building spaces
  • A digital-first convenience store with a new business model for grocery retailing
  • A “new luxury” space that is more focused on content creation than sales
  • A unique and iconic independent fashion retailer blurring the lines between PR and retail
  • The record store that, by never changing, has built a global cult following

*Specific stores to be revealed soon!

In partnership with

Insider Trends

This year, we’re thrilled to have Insider Trends hosting our Guided Store Tours. After all, their tours are renowned around the world. They’ve taken many of the world’s biggest brands around New York, London, Amsterdam, Paris, Milan, Berlin, Seoul, Tokyo and more. But these tours are much more than a tour of what’s new in a city.

Insider Trends’ tours aim to inspire conversations about the biggest questions in retail today. They’re constantly seeing change happen in retail first-hand, all over the world, and they bring those trends and ideas to every single tour.

The aim is that you leave inspired, ready to provoke new ideas among your colleagues and clients.

Save Your Spot – Limited to 100 Attendees (Retailers/Brands Only)
Use the button below to begin or access your registration. Towards the end of the registration process, when you reach “Additional Events”, click the “Add” button beside Store Tours to add this event to your experience for $149

Self-Guided Store Tours

Can’t join Insider Trends for their guided tours? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered! We have curated an extended list of stores to check out around Chicago while you’re in town for #RICE23. 

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