For Exhibitors

Are you an exhibitor and have questions? We have answers! Check out our full list of exhibitor frequently asked questions below.

Basic Show Information

What time does the show open for Exhibitor setup?
  • Exhibitor setup opens at 9:00 am.
  • Early Access Ticket Holder opens at 9:30 am
  • General Admission Ticket Holder access opens at 10:00 am

Earlier entry for exhibitor setup may occur if the venue does not have an event the night prior. If this is the case, exhibitors will be able to begin setup at an earlier time. All exhibitors will be notified if the time changes closer to the event.

Who can attend the show?

Attendance at the Show is open to the general public. Attendees will be issued credentials identifying them as a Buyer, Collector and Sworn Fire or Police.

Are children allowed in the show?

Yes, children 12 and under can attend at no cost. We do ask that you not bring strollers or infant carriers (worn or carried) on the Show floor. Children are permitted only if accompanied by an adult at all times.

The Chicago Show reserves the right to request proof of age from any one at any time. This rule is strictly enforced and there are no exceptions to this policy. This rule applies to all exhibitors and attendees. Registration as an exhibitor for anyone under 16 years of age is unauthorized and in violation of these policies.

Will food or beverage be available for purchase at the show?

No food or beverages will be available for purchase during the show. Exhibitors may opt to purchase a boxed lunch during registration.

Is the concealed carry of a firearm permitted at the show?

Concealed carry is only permitted by sworn law enforcement. CCL holders are not permitted to carry per venue rules.

What are the Health and Safety guidelines?
The Chicago Show considers the health and safety of all those onsite a top priority. Regarding COVID-19, the Show will follow all governmental and venue guidance / regulations. Masks are optional.

Registration and Credentials

How much does a table cost?

There are two category types and two table sizes available in each category.


The center category consists of tables located in Sections 200 through 600

  • 6′ tables are $40 each
  • 8′ tables are $45 each

The center category consists of tables located in Section 100. These tables are stationed around the perimeter of the hall and back to a wall. Most tables have access to electricity. Exhibitors must provide their own extension cords. Outlets are labeled on the floor plan by a red rectangle.

  • 6′ tables are $45 each
  • 8′ tables are $50 each




Can I use a credit card or a check to register?

Yes, table registration can be paid for with Cash, Check, Credit Card or via Zelle. Please note checks will only be accepted if received 1 month before the show date.

How do I pick up my exhibitor credentials?

Credential pickup will be available the morning of the show beginning at 8:30 am outside the main lobby of the venue.

Will Exhibitor credentials be mailed in advance of the show?

No, all credentials must be picked up onsite the day of the show. Credential pickup will be located in the main lobby of the venue.

What time does exhibitor credential pickup and setup begin?

Credential pickup will be begin at 8:30 am outside the main lobby of the venue.

How do I update my Chicago Show directory listing?

You can update your directory listing by contacting Customer Service at

Travel & Accommodation Arrangements

How do i make hotel arrangements?

To make your stay convenient and affordable, we’ve partnered with Hilton Garden Inn. They have set aside a room block of ten rooms. The Hilton garden Inn provides superior service and an easy booking experience. We know plans change, so to help ease your travel planning, Hilton Garden Inn offers convenient flexible change and cancellation policies and their book now, pay later policy allows you to secure a reservation with no money paid up front. Don’t risk booking elsewhere — the Hilton Garden Inn is the only official hotel provider for the Show. For more information, visit the link below.


Other FAQ’s

Who do I contact if I have additional questions?

If you have a question about the Chicago Show e-mail your inquiry to, or call (312) 291-1911