Have questions? We have answers!

Is the show open to the public?

Yes, everyone is invited!

What are the hours?

Sat – 9:30 am – 5:00 pm – General Admission

Sun – 9:30 am – 2:30 pm – General Admission

Fri – 7:00 am – 5:00 pm – Early Bird Preview & Dealer Setup

What is the cost of admission?

$50 for Early Bird Preview (Includes Friday thru Sunday admission)

General Admission
$8 for adults per day – Saturday/Sunday
Children under 12 – Free
$12 for adults for a 2-day ticket (Saturday & Sunday)

How much does parking cost?

Parking is free!

Is everything for sale?

Generally, yes, unless previously sold

Do you have to be a “dealer” to come in on Friday?

No – Many people come for the best selection of items because so much merchandise changes hands that day.

What does the $50.00 dealer preview charge allow?

It is your admission for all 3 days. It allows you early buying privileges in the parking lot and in the Event Center on Friday (no selling). All Friday early buyers will need a ticket/wristband to enter the fairground’s Event Center or to drive in to the parking lot to pick up purchased items.  It also allows you to enter the building at the same time the dealers enter on Sat. & Sun. (1/2 hour earlier than the general public entering).

Do I have to pay to “shop the parking lot” on Friday?

No – shopping in only the parking lot is free – you may walk in.  We have ‘Friday only’ dealers that sell outside all day on Friday, as well as dealers who are selling outside while they move their items into the building.  However, a $50 early buyer pass is required to drive in to the parking lot on Friday or to enter the building during dealer set up.

Can I bring a stroller to the show?


How do I get to the show?

Our show is located at the Lake County Fairgrounds Event Center. The address for the location is below or you can click “Get Directions” and print directions to the show!

Lake County Fairgrounds Event Center 1060 East Peterson Road Grayslake, IL  60030 Get Directions

How can I purchase tickets to the show?

All tickets, both Saturday/Sunday General Admission and Friday Early Buyer tickets are available only at the show.  Tickets are sold in the lobby of the Lake County Fairgrounds Event Center beginning the Thursday before each show, as well as each day of the show.

Will there be food available at the show?

Yes! The Event Center has The Farmstand Eatery.

I’m coming from out of town. Where can I stay?

Hotel accommodation information is below! Discounted room rates are available upon request. Ask for the Chicagoland Show discount (unless otherwise noted) when making your reservations. (Rooms fill up fast, so make your reservation early).

Double Tree by Hilton (5.5 mi.) (from $119 until 10/25 – Group Code 915) –   510 East IL Route 83 Mundelein, IL  60060 847-970-6905 |Book now

Hampton Inn (1 mi.) (from $106 until 10/17)  – inc. breakfast  2061 Shell Drive Libertyville, IL  60048 847-680-8828 |

Sonesta Simply Suites (formerly Candlewood)(1 mi.) From $90/studio & $105/1-bedroom for 1-6 days inc. kitchen; ask for *Lake County Fairgrounds discount* 1100 N US 45 Libertyville, IL  60048    847-247-9900

Are wheelchairs or mobility scooters permitted?

Absolutely – the show is wheelchair accessible

Are wheelchairs or mobility scooters available to rent?

No, they are not.


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