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Next Event: Kao Salon Global Experience

Here you'll find everything you need to know about the Kao Salon Global Experience event taking place in September.

Event Locations

UK & Ireland Hotel

Location: Marriott Marquis Chicago

Check in date: Saturday 23rd September

Check in time: 4:00pm

Check out date: Tuesday 26th September

Check out time: 12:00pm

No breakfast Included


Marriott Marquis Chicago,

2121 S Prairie Ave, Chicago

IL 60616


UK & Ireland Welcome Drinks

Location: VU Rooftop Bar

Date: Saturday 23rd September

Time: 7:30pm - 11:30pm


VU Rooftop Bar

133 E Cermak Road


IL 60616


Main Event Exhibition Centre

Location: McCormick Place Exhibition Centre

Dates: Sunday 24th September - Monday 25th September

Sunday doors open: 09:00am

Monday doors open: 11:00am


McCormick Place

2301 S King Dr


IL 60616


Farewell Party Location

Location: TAO Chicago Nightclub

Date: Monday 25th September

Time: 09:00pm - 02:00am


TAO Chicago Nightclub

632 N Dearborn St


IL 60654


Bus Schedule

Marriott Marquis Bus Timings

The bus information listed below is specific for guests staying at the Marriott Marquis Hotel only. Specifically, the UK and Ireland guests.

Timetable for Sunday 24th September

Pick up location: Prairie Avenue

Pick up time (day): 8:45am

On the Sunday morning buses will run every 15 minutes until 9:45am. There will then be no buses until 1:00pm.

Buses will be run every 30 minutes from the exhibition centre to the hotel.

Pick up time (evening): 7:30pm

Last bus: 2:30am

Buses back to the hotel after the gala show will begin from 11:00pm.

Timetable for Monday 25th September

Pick up location: Prairie Avenue

Pick up time (day): 10:45am

Buses will run every 15 minutes. Buses back to the hotel will start from 2:00pm.

Pick up time (evening): 8:30pm

Last bus: 2:30am

Buses back to the hotels from TAO nightclub will leave every 30 minutes starting from 10:00pm.


Key Information

Event Access

Upon arrival at the Marriott Marquis Hotel, please pick up your event lanyard and wristband from the UK & Ireland welcome desk. Remember to wear them throughout the event.

Access to Event

Make sure to wear your event lanyard and wristband at all times. If not presented, entry to the events will be denied.

Food and Drink

Join us for finger food and drinks on the evenings of the event (Sat, Sun, Mon). For main meals, kindly dine before the evening events.

Kindly note the hotel does not include breakfast.

Age Requirements

Guests must be 21 years or older to enter nightclubs. A valid photo ID or passport is necessary.

Dress Code

Welcome drinks: smart/ casual

Gala Night: Dress to impress

Farewell party: Party style


The average daily temperate for Chicago in September is still a warm 24 degrees, but this can still drop down to 12 degrees on average.


Things to do in Chicago

Millennium Park

Home to a number of world-renowned attractions – most notably, Cloud Gate (the giant mirrored bean) and the quirky and artistic Crown Fountain –as well as plenty of green space, gardens, sculptures and more, there’s something for everyone at Millennium Park. Millennium Park is conveniently located in downtown Chicago, so you can easily wander to other nearby attractions, making it the perfect place to start your sightseeing adventure!

SkyDeck at Willis Tower

Evoking panoramic views from the 103rd floor of the infamous Willis Tower (formerly Sears Tower), the SkyDeck is one of Chicago’s top tourist attractions for a good reason. From this iconic vantage point, you’ll be treated to sweeping views of Lake Michigan and four surrounding states (Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin, and Michigan) through the floor-to-ceiling clear viewing glass.

Buckingham Fountain

Brilliant by day and majestic by night, the Buckingham Fountain is a luminous Chicago landmark that’s been a postcard-worthy attraction for the better part of a century. The enormous fountainsits on Grant Park (which connects Lake Michigan with downtown) and provides instant elegance to any visit here.During warmer months, you’ll be able to watch regular 20-minute choreographed water shows set against music every hour on the hour — a whopping 15,000 gallons of water per minute shoot 150 feet into the air, making for one incredible vista.

Chicago Riverwalk

Teeming with energetic city dwellers, and skirting 1.25 miles along the Chicago River from Lake Michigan to Lake Street through the middle of Downtown Chicago, the Riverwalk dishes up impressive entertainment, history, and architecture in spades. Take a stroll down the historic banks (solo, or as part of a guided tour, whatever floats your boat) and you’ll check off an array of historic buildings, wander by open green spaces, and pass by plenty of notable restaurants, hidden wineries, cozy cafes, and more.


Recommended Tours

River Cruise

90- Minute Chicago River Architecture Tour Price: From £33.35

Discover the architectural gems of the Windy City from an ideal vantage point on a cruise down the Chicago River. Offered several times throughout the day, it’s easy to fit the leisurely excursion into your itinerary. Covering more than 130 years of architectural history, the tour is the perfect opportunity to see a huge area of the city without the hassle of taxis and public transit.

  • Enjoy unobstructed views of the city’s top attractions

  • Gain an in-depth understanding of local architecture

  • See the sights of Chicago without getting worn out.

Read more about 90-Minute Chicago River Architecture Tour and to book simply visit:

Bus Tours

Big Bus Chicago Hop-On Hop-Off Tour Price: From £38.80

Don’t spend time figuring out what to see in Chicago and how to get there—this hop-on hop-off tour provides a mapped-out itinerary of the city's top sights. With several strategically located stops, the tour allows you to explore the Windy City at your own pace. See the world-class Art Institute and landmark skyscrapers, while audio commentary onboard gives you insight into the city's colorful history.

  • See top attractions like Millennium Park, the Magnificent Mile, and Grant Park

  • Capture unobstructed views from the open-top, double-decker bus

  • Learn about Chicago’s sights and history from the onboard audio commentary

  • Choose a Classic, Premium or Deluxe ticket to suit your schedule


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