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 and Update

 
Following is the updated schedule for World Model Expo July 7-9 at the Chicago Hilton, 720 S. Michigan Ave., as of March 13. You’ll also find some new information about admissions and set-up. We’ll be sending out more of these email blasts about exciting events and seminars at Expo still to be announced, along with other information you’ll want to know, so look for these emails and check our Web site regularly at www.we2017chicago.com.

Remember, you can and should register on our site in advance for seminars (seats are filling up fast) and the categories in which you intend to exhibit your work; the links are at the top of this page and also follow below. In the days before Expo, you’ll get an email reminder with links to print out your registration sheets at home with all of the information you’ll need to list with your exhibits, saving the time when you arrive to set up at the show. Thanks, and as always, questions can be directed to wechicago2017@gmail.com.
 

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.
 
5:30 to 8 p.m.: Guided Tour of the Art Institute of Chicago. Interested attendees must sign up in advance (space is limited!); more info on registration coming soon.
 
8 to 10 p.m.: Chicago-Style Welcome Social. Details to be announced soon.
 
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.: 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
 
8:30 a.m.: Ben Komets seminar.
 
9 a.m.: Show and Vendor Area open to the public. Saturday exhibitor registration and set-up open.
 
10 a.m.: Bill Horan seminar.
 
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.
 
10 a.m.: Mike Blank seminar.
 
1 p.m.: Awards Ceremony in the Grand Ballroom.

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