The creative process can be mysterious. But peek below the surface, and you’ll find universal truths that unite us all—unexpected lessons to be learned, unique perspectives to be shared, and novel approaches to be taken that could benefit us all.

Confluence Chicago™ is a three-day creative summit that allows participants to connect across creative industries and design disciplines to discover, explore, and find inspiration in the common threads that unite our work.

Confluence will run during NeoCon 2022.

Featuring experts and creative minds from

  • Architecture
  • Culinary arts
  • Fashion
  • Comedy
  • Design
  • Photography
  • Music
  • Technology
  • Fine arts
  • Film

Many Minds:

A Night of Confluence

A night of unexpected, fast-paced, and thought-provoking conversations between creative and design visionaries across a wide range of disciplines.

Salon Series

Held in small venues across the city, the Salon Series is an opportunity to discover something new, connect across disciplines, or have a conversation you’ve never had before.


Carefully curated and featuring the most relevant creative topics in the industry today. These seminars, held at 1871, allow participants to learn from the best in the business.

Advisory Board

  • Jane Hallinan
  • Tara Headley
  • Stewart Hicks
  • Paul Makovsky
  • Raul Garcia‑Moncada
  • Allison Newmeyer
  • Tara Vock
  • Tanner Woodford


For event updates and Confluence news, follow us on social media. For press inquiries, see below:


Sarah Claypool


Laura Heidenreich

Studio Sixtysix


Confluence is BIFMA and NeoCon’s collaborative effort to elevate and amplify the conversation about design and design thinking in its many forms.