In 1934, Chicago was one of the first regions added to the FGI organization. Our first Regional Director was Mrs. Ford Carter. Our region has a history of hosting our own Rising Stars Awards, Night of Stars and Retail Symposiums. Today, our members enjoy programming in all fashion / beauty / interiors segments, including networking events, trend events, symposiums, workshops, panels, dinners, and virtual events.

Bhavana Jain and Maryanne Grisz

FGI Membership Merit Award in June of 2022.

Masha Titievsky DeHaan and Jess Crane

FGI Special Programming Award in June of 2018.

Meet Our Board of Directors!

Current Events:

Innovate & Illuminate : Unveiling Technology in the Beauty Industry

Join us on June 28th for an exclusive event hosted by the renowned Tricoci salon at their flagship location on 900 N Michigan Ave.

At this unique event, we will provide you with insights and live demos into the latest advancements in beauty technology. From cutting-edge skincare innovations to revolutionary treatments like Cryo Shock therapy to name a few, we are dedicated to bringing you the forefront of what the beauty industry has to offer.

As with all FGI events, we aim to serve a platform for you to connect with like-minded individuals who share a passion for beauty, wellness, and technological advancements. Engage in meaningful conversations, exchange ideas, and network with fellow enthusiasts as you collectively explore the possibilities that lie within the realm of new beauty technology.

Please note that due to the exclusivity of this event, space is limited. We highly recommend securing your spot at your earliest convenience to ensure your presence at the event.

A very special thanks to our Sponsor, Maria Vathis, for providing drinks and lite bites. Cheers!

This event will have the following approximate timeline:

5:30-6pm: Networking Reception with drinks and lite bites.

6-7pm: Tricoci Presentation/Demonstration.

7-7:30pm: Time for questions and additional networking.

Where: Tricoci Salon and Spa, 900 N Michigan Ave, Chicago – Lower Level

When: June 28, 2023, 5:30-7:30pm CST

Parking is available at a discount at 900 N Michigan garage. See link for discount options: https://www.shop900.com/parking/

Please email fgichicago@gmail.com for any other questions. We can’t wait to see everyone!

Some of our past event highlights include:

  • Converge: Elevating Fashion & Retail with Technology at WeWork River North in June of 2018. This was an award-winning event featuring a panel discussion about the impact of technology on today’s product development and retail fashion industries.
  • The Age of Collaboration: A Retail Symposium at Columbia College Chicago in February of 2018. Speakers shared how the industry is interacting in unique, unexpected, and surprising ways to master the modern retail experience.
  • The 9th Rising Stars Awards at The James Hotel in September of 2014 which honored nominees for their innovation, creativity & accomplishments in Accessories, Beauty, Interiors/Home, Men’s, Retail & Women’s Apparel.

Breakfast & Conversation: Angela Missoni & Ken Downing at The Gwen Michigan Ave in November of 2017.

FGI hosted a breakfast and conversation with Angela Missoni to celebrate her 20th anniversary as the creative director of her family’s brand.

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