FAQ

Have questions? We have answers!

Is the show open to the public?

Yes, everyone is invited!

What are the hours?

Fri – 7:00 am – 5:00 pm – Early Bird Preview
Sat – 9:30 am – 5:00 pm – General Admission
Sun – 9:00 am – 2:30 pm – General Admission

What is the cost of admission?

$50 for Early Bird Preview (Includes Friday thru Sunday admission)
$11 for adults for a 2-day ticket (Saturday & Sunday) General Admission
$7 for adults per day – Saturday/Sunday General Admission
Children under 12 – free – Saturday/Sunday General Admission

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 selling area, including the parking lot.  It also allows you to enter the building at the same time the dealers enter on Sat. & Sun. (1/2 hour – 1 hour prior to the general public entering).

Can I bring a stroller to the show?

Unfortunately, strollers are not allowed at the show. However, strollers can be securely checked at the ticket counter for no additional cost.

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
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Will there be food available at the show?

Yes! The Event Center has The Farmstand Eatery by Bauer’s Catering, which offers homemade breakfast and lunch options.
Some of the breakfast choices include coffee, cappuccino, hot chocolate, fresh donuts, pancakes, eggs, sausage, bacon & homemade hash browns.  Lunch choices include Italian beef or BBQ pork sandwiches, hamburgers, hot dogs, chicken salad on a croissant, turkey or ham on a pretzel roll, soups, chili, fruit salad & a variety of beverages.

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 when making your reservations. (Rooms fill up fast, so make your reservation early).

Courtyard Waukegan/Gurnee
Discounted 15% off of our regular rate (NOT inc. breakfast, breakfast and dinner available at bistro)
3800 Northpoint Blvd
Waukegan, IL 60085
847-689-9000 | Book Online

Residence Inn Waukegan
Discounted 15% off of our regular rate (inc. breakfast)
1440 S White Oak Drive
Waukegan, IL 60085
847-689-9240 | Book Online

Comfort Suites (3 mi.)
$89.00/night (inc. breakfast)
1775 E. Belvidere
Grayslake, IL  60030
847-223-5050

Baymont Inn & Suites  (5.5 mi.)
$69.99/night (inc. breakfast, offers shuttle service)
517 East Highway 83
Mundelein, IL  60060
847-393-8031

Double Tree by Hilton (5.5 mi.)
from $99/night ($5 breakfast)
510 East IL Route 83
Mundelein, IL  60060
847-949-5100 | Book Online

Hampton Inn (1 mi.)
Starting at $106 (inc. breakfast) **available until Oct. 15**
From $179/night after Oct. 15 (price may fluctuate)
2061 Shell Drive
Libertyville, IL  60048
847-680-8828 | Book Online

Is someone available to ship my item?

Yes, George Tourville from NAVIS Pack & Ship is available at every show.
Visit Navis Pack & Ship

Are wheelchairs or mobility scooters permitted?

Absolutely – the show is wheelchair accessible.

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