2014 Chicago Conference Venues

Palmer House Hotel
Ignite Glass Studios
West Supply
SAIC Ballroom

Palmer House Hilton Hotel

17 East Monroe Street • 312.726.7500

Registration, opening Ceremonies & Reception, Lectures, Auction, Goblet Grab, International Student Exhibition & Sales, Tech Display


The Palmer House Hilton is one of the twenty-six surviving grand hotels in the United States. The renowned Chicago landmark has been named one of the top five hotels in the Midwest, and Chicago Magazine regards it as a must-see for visitors to the city. Within the Palmer House Hilton, a gracious Old World ambiance lives on; it’s a place where guests receive the best of care amid the elegance of a palace. Step into the lobby of Palmer House® a Hilton hotel and gaze at the famous frescoed ceiling of this landmark Chicago, Illinois hotel. This AAA four-diamond rated hotel has been hosting visitors to the Chicago Loop for over 140 years. Today, the Palmer House Hilton continues to thrive in the heart of the theatre and financial district, just steps from the Art Institute, Millennium Park and State Street shopping. The Grand and State Ballrooms feature surround-sound systems and can combine to span over 12,800 sq. ft., each chandelier weighs nearly one ton and each boasts 10,000 fire polished Czechoslovakian hand cut crystals and prisms.

Ignite Glass Studios

401 North Armour Street • 312.465.2389

Pre-Conference Reception, Demonstrations

VENUE-Building_Front.jpgIgnite Glass Studios is Chicago’s premier glassblowing studio, with a 3,500 sq. ft. hot shop housing four glory holes along with a fully equipped cold working shop. Located in Chicago’s West Loop neighborhood, Ignite opened its doors in Fall 2012 and welcomes all ages and skill levels to experience the art and magic of glass-blowing while also providing a professional facility for accomplished artists to create their work. Recent honored guests have included Davide Salvadore, John Miller and Martin Janecky. In addition to a gallery space selling Ignite’s Signature Line and custom pieces created by its in-house artists, Ignite also features a large space for private, corporate and community events. An outdoor urban garden and rooftop deck with panoramic views of the city add to the fun and functionality of this exciting new space and have helped establish Ignite Glass Studios as a one-of-a-kind facility.


West Supply 

4201 W Wrightwood • 512.751.7701

Demonstrations, Lec-mos

VENUE-WS_ShopSnapshots_130310_04.jpgWest Supply produces hand-cast, hand-crafted heirloom quality metal and glass furnishings and wares of the finest finish for the design, architectural, and art markets. The dynamic and growing staff of 20 artisans produce an average of 16 complete pieces of a furniture a week, utilizing the 20,000 square feet to which they relocated less than a year ago. Diverse processes and offerings include hand sculpted or CNC pattern development, mould making, bronze and aluminum casting via sand and lost-wax methods, fabricated metalworks, blown glass, kiln or direct glass casting, cold-working, and product development consultation. The company is at the forefront of converging territories, pioneering new techniques and processes on the foundation of old world practices to meet the needs of their clients and their own collection WEST. As the 2014 GAS conference focuses on collaboration, new materials and technologies, West Supply is a fitting venue for hosting artists, collectors, students and enthusiasts who are increasingly interested in the design world as well as the studio glass world – and where those worlds increasingly cross over.

SAIC Ballroom

112 South Michigan Avenue • 312.345.3506

Education Resource Center, Poster Presentations, Career Resource Center

Formerly the Illinois Athletic Club, this room has been restored to reflect the look and feel of its 1927 splendor. Winner of numerous awards for architectural excellence, the Ballroom boasts 26-foot ceilings, marbleized columns, and a terrazzo dance floor. This venue is complemented by permanent bars on the main floor and balcony, a performance stage, theatrical lighting, and customized sound system. It is conveniently located about one block from the Palmer House, in the heart of downtown Chicago,

The Glass Art Society reserves the right to deny applications for Technical Display, advertising participation, GAS membership or the conference from anyone for any reason.