2020 Chicago Pipe Show Cancellation

The Chicagoland Pipe Collectors Club is sad to announce that we cancelled our contract with the Westin hotel today because of the worldwide Covid-19 pandemic. The safety of our community is our primary concern and we have been monitoring the situation carefully hoping that countermeasures would reduce the rate at which the disease is spreading. However, the increased infections throughout the world, and here in the Chicago metro area, appear to be on the rise. The airline restrictions, combined with state and local restrictions on meetings, will make it impossible to hold our international show in 2020. Our Show dates in 2021 will be May 1st and 2nd. All exhibitor deposits and payments are credits toward the 2021 show tables. If an exhibitor wants a refund, please contact me and a refund will be made. 

The Chicago Pipe Show thanks all of the exhibitors, sponsors and supporters who registered for tables and hotel rooms. The Show also thanks Chuck Martin, Allan Boyd, and Paul Bender for the many hours spent in finding and working with the Westin.

Craig Cobine, Show Director

Show Update 3.15.2020 (COVID-19)

The Chicago Pipe Collectors Club is committed to hold the Chicago Pipe Show on May 1 – 3, 2020. All of the current travel restrictions on flights run to mid-April. We are hopeful that these restrictions will slow the Covid-19 pandemic and will not be extended to include our Show dates. We are concerned with the health of all who plan to attend the Show, but we are not willing to cancel the Show in mid-March.

February 22, 2020 Meeting Minutes

Meeting called to order at 8:05 pm at 8 to 8 Cigar in Villa Park, IL.

Birthday cigars were distributed.

Old business – the April 18th meeting will be held at Arlington Smoke Shop on Northwest Highway in Arlington Heights, IL. The March 21st and May 23rd meetings will be at 8 to 8.

New business –  Chuck Martin gave a tentative report on a new venue for the upcoming Chicago Show. The Club is currently negotiating with two possible venues, a Holiday Inn in Carol Stream and a Westin in Itasca [Westin Chicago Northwest decided!] . We hope to have a contract with one of the sites soon. Keep watching our club website, Chicagopipeshow.com for further details when available.

Future Meeting Dates:

March 21st at 8 to 8 Cigar

April 18th at Arlington Pipe and Cigar

May 23rd at 8 to 8 Cigar

June 13th at Arlington Pipe and Cigar

July 18th at Arlington Pipe and Cigar

August 15th at Arlington Pipe and Cigar

Social Smoke: March 14th at Arlington Pipe and Cigar at 2 P.M. till ??

Westin Reservation Update

People who have run into problems with Westin Reservations should find the process easier.  They have increase the block of rooms to accommodate the influx of reservations including Thursday and Sunday.

2020 Show is a GO!!

All,
Here is the latest news on the show. There is a link for room registration at the end.
The show is a go!

This year’s show is May 1-3, at the Westin in Itasca, IL. Same weekend, different location! The Westin is located at the junction of three expressways and is close to O’Hare Airport.

We have a minimum number of room rentals, so we need attendees to stay at the Westin. This is about the survival of the show. Please make reservations ASAP.

We need donations for the silent auction, again, this is about the survival of the show.

Please attend the FREE Friday night banquet for future show announcements.

We apologize for any inconvenience this has caused. We have had less than three months to put the show together under the most pressing of circumstances.

Link to room reservations:
https://www.marriott.com/event-reservations/reservation-link.mi?id=1583187400452&key=GRP&app=resvlink

Show Update – 2.5.2020

At the present time, we are actively pursuing our 2 alternative locations. We are aware that Pheasant Run has been cancelling room reservations and falsely stating that the show is cancelled. This is far from the truth. THERE WILL BE A SHOW THE FIRST WEEKEND OF MAY! Please book your airfare. Venue details are forthcoming. Stay tuned for more information in the next two weeks.

Show Update 1.25.2020

At the present time, we are still contractually obligated to Pheasant Run until the new owners are established and we hear from them on their desire to host the show. Until such a time, we cannot confirm plans for an alternate venue.

In the meantime, we have bids from at least 2 other venues for the show. There will be a show the first weekend of May.

Please book your airfare. Once matters are settled with Pheasant Run, we will advise which hotel to make your reservations. We will provide details ASAP.

Show Update

You have probably heard that Pheasant Run will no longer be hosting the Chicago Pipe Show. We are currently in the process of searching for and evaluating a new venue for this year’s show and for the future. We will immediately post further information as soon as a new venue is secured. Please check back on our website periodically to keep informed. The Chicagoland Pipe Collectors Club regrets any inconvenience that any of our attendees and visitors may be experiencing during this trying time. The club was only informed of Pheasant Run’s inability to host this year’s show a few short weeks ago and we have been diligent in finding another adequate venue.