After the last three successful Expos at beautiful sites in Europe—Stresa, Italy (2014), Montreux, Switzerland (2011), and Girona, Spain (2008)—our committee, comprised of members of the Military Miniatures Society of Illinois with experience in running one of the most popular local modeling shows in the world for the last 40 years, is proud to be bringing the World Expo back to the United States for the first time since Boston in 2005 on the weekend of July 7-9, 2017.

World Expo Chicago 2017 Schedule

Thursday, July 6, 2017

 
Noon: Vendors set-up begins.
 
3 p.m.: Early exhibitor set-up begins in Salon A for Advanced and Basic Historical and Fantasy Open and Painters categories only; Salon B is not available to us until Friday, so exhibitors in the Advanced and Basic Ordnance Open and Painters categories, Juniors, and Collectors must wait to set up until Friday morning.
 
5:30 p.m.: Vendors Area and Exhibit Area Salon A close.
 
5:45 to 8 p.m.: Guided Tour of the Art Institute of Chicago. Interested attendees must sign up in advance; $10 per attendee. Sign up now and find more details by clicking here.
 
8 to 10 p.m.: Chicago-Style Welcome Social/Meet and Greet, Exchequer Pub, 226 S. Wabash. Admission is free, and more details can be found by clicking here.
 
Friday, July 7, 2017
 
7 a.m.: Exhibitor set-up begins for all categories: Advanced and Basic Historical, Fantasy and Ordnance Painters categories, Juniors and Collectors.
 
9 a.m.: Exhibitor set-up for all categories continues, and Show and Vendor Area opens to the public. Admission for all non-exhibitors or vendors is $10 for three days; juniors under 12 and active military with ID are free.

ALL SEMINARS TAKE PLACE IN THE ASTORIA ROOM, THIRD FLOOR
 
9 a.m.: Alan Ball seminar.
 
10:30 a.m.: Ivo Preda seminar.
 
Noon: Dan Capuano seminar.
 
1:30 p.m.: Catherine Cesario flats seminar.
 
3 p.m.: Dennis Levy and Nick Infield box diorama seminar.
 
4:30 p.m.: John Rosengrant seminar.
 
6 p.m.: Show and Vendor Area close.
 
Saturday, July 8, 2017
 
9 a.m.: Show and Vendor Area open to the public. Saturday exhibitor registration and set-up open.

9 to 11 a.m.: Ben Komets seminar/demonstration: A special multi-media presentation. PLEASE NOTE THE NEW START TIME AND EXTENDED LENGTH OF THIS SESSION. If you already signed up, there is no change to your ticket price. This session is filling up fast, so sign up now! (Demonstration takes place in Salon B)
 
10 a.m.: Bill Horan seminar.

11 a.m. to 1 p.m.: Iain Hamilton seminar/demonstration: The U.S. rep for Ammo Products by Mig Jimenez will demonstrate techniques for weathering, shading, and chipping armor and other models using an airbrush and standard brush applications. Every attendee will receive a raffle ticket for the chance to win some of the excellent products from World Expo co-sponsor Badger Airbrushes. (Demonstration takes place in Salon B)
 
Noon: Exhibitor registration and set-up close; no entries will be accepted or judged after this point.
 
1 p.m.: Michael Kontraros seminar.
 
2:30 p.m.: Keith Rocco seminar.
 
4 p.m.: Adam Wilder seminar.
 
6 p.m.: Show and Vendor Area close.
 
Sunday, July 9, 2017
 
8:30 a.m.: Panel discussion with contributors to the new book, Shep Paine’s Armor Modelers Guide (Kalmbach Publishing).
 
9 a.m.: Show and Vendor Area open to Expo attendees for a final look and some last-minute shopping (no public admission). Exhibitors and vendors may also begin breaking down their displays. PLEASE NOTE: THE SHOW IS NOT OPEN TO THE PUBLIC ON SUNDAY.
 
10 a.m.: Mike Blank seminar.
 
1 p.m.: Awards Ceremony in the Grand Ballroom.
If you cannot pick up your award at the ceremony, please ask a friend to do so. Expo must charge of shipping and handling for awards mailed out after the event, $10 in the U.S. and $25 overseas. Thanks!

REGISTER YOUR EXHIBITS HERE

A reminder on how this will work: Register for each category in which you intend to exhibit. When you have prepaid, you will receive an email 10 days before the show with a link to fill out the form giving us the titles of each piece in every category in which you have registered. You should print out this form and bring it to Expo! It is both your receipt to show at the door and the form you will need to display with your exhibits in order to be judged.

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General inquiries: wechicago2017@gmail.com