After the last three successful Expos at beautiful sites in Europe—Stresa, Italy (2014), Montreux, Switzerland (2011), and Girona, Spain (2008)—the World Model Expo Chicago Committee is proud to be bringing the modeling world's premier event back to the United States for the first time since Boston in 2005 on the weekend of July 7-9, 2017.

UPDATE: Here is some news you should know and details to help you get to the chicago hilton, 720 s. michigan ave.

scroll down the page for the schedule of events.


If you are coming to Expo from O’Hare or Midway airports, your best bet is a cab or service such as Lyft or Uber. If you are not carrying a lot of luggage, you can take the CTA's Blue Line subway directly from O’Hare to the LaSalle Street stop and walk or cab a half-mile to the Hilton; the Google Maps directions can be found by clicking here.
If you are coming from Midway Airport, you can take the CTA's Orange Line subway directly from the airport to the Roosevelt Road stop and walk or cab a half-mile to the Hilton; the Google Maps directions can be found by clicking here.
If you are taking a train to Union Station, you can walk or take a cab 1.2 miles to the Hilton. The Google Maps directions can be found by clicking here.


The World Expo Facebook page has featured a lot of discussion about parking. Parking at the Hilton or anywhere in the Chicago Loop is not cheap; the hotel’s rate is $61 a day. Our best advice remains to leave your car at home and rely on Chicago’s fast, safe, and inexpensive public transit, cabs, or a service like Lyft or Uber. But if you must drive and find parking, use the SpotHero app (You can find it here: enter the Hilton's address, 720 S. Michigan Ave., to find lots nearby, and check that they 24-hour rates and in and out access if that is important to you). Your fellow modelers have reported using SpotHero with great results, finding rates at nearby lots below $100 for three days. Again, see the discussion on Facebook!


Friends have asked on Facebook for a list of the vendors who will be present at Expo. Our vendor chair John Jefferies has done a tremendous job in organizing the vendors, and their locations in the hall will be posted at Expo, as well as featured in the show program with their ads and a map of where you can find them. The list of vendors is: Reaper; Figurines Et Collections; John’s Models; B&M Miniatures; ODG; Black Heart Enterprises; Albion Alloys; Aero Art International; The Hussar Display Bases; Badger Air Brushes; Model Cellar; Keith Rocco Art; author Will Hutchinson; Victory Miniatures; Sabot Publishing; Scale 75 USA; Colle 21; Artifact Miniatures; Collapse Industries; Silicones, Inc.; The Red Lancers; Bill Neustadt, Washington Road Group; Lord Tankerville’s Miniature Knights; Casemate Publishers; Treefrog Treasures/First Legion Miniatures; John Drown; Britains; Valiant Miniatures; Michigan Toy Soldier Co.; Castle Miniatures/Ben Kahn; Last Cavalry; CRM Hobbies; Pirate Tech Models; Birch Tree Enterprises; Dan Jones Miniatures & Toy Soldiers; The Little Tin Soldier; Armand P. Bayardi Model Maker; UMM USA; Name It; Time Machine; United Empire Miniatures; At the Front Miniatures; Les Drapeaux de France and Avalon War Books.


Online registration for the seminars will close on Friday, June 30, so if there are sessions you don’t want to miss, be sure to register now by clicking here. Admission still will be sold at the door if sessions have not sold out, but don’t risk it! (If you have prepaid, you will not receive a ticket; your name will be on a list at the door.)


You can still register your exhibit at the show: The cost is $35 U.S. in advance for entry in one category; $40 U.S. in advance for entry in two categories, or $50 U.S. in advance for entry in three categories or more. These fees underwrite the cost of the awards. Entry in the Junior Level is free, but registration still is required. Entry for toy soldier or collectors exhibits also is free; no registration is required. Admission to the show for non-exhibitors is $10 for the weekend; no advance sales, pay at the door when you arrive.

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. (The tour has sold-out. If you reserved your spot in advance, meet Joe Berton in front of the lion statue to the south at the museum, 111 S. Michigan Ave.)
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.

9 a.m.: Alan Ball seminar.
10:30 a.m.: Ivo Preda seminar.
Noon: Dan Capuano seminar.
1:30 p.m.: Penny Meyer 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 demonstration in Salon B. THIS SESSION IS SOLD-OUT
10 a.m.: Bill Horan seminar.

11 a.m. to 1 p.m.: James Wappel fantasy airbrushing demonstration: A special multi-media presentation 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, featuring Dan Tisoncik, John Rosengrant, Greg Cihlar, Andy Gulden, Roy Wells, John Maher, and Jim DeRogatis. Books available for sale. The session takes place in Salon B.
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!


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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