The Chicagoland Antique Advertising, Slot Machine and Jukebox Show is known by collectors and enthusiasts by many names. It is most commonly referred to as the Chicagoland Show, or the Chicagoland Coin-Op Show. I don’t believe I have ever heard it referred to by its full and official name. So for the sake of my typing fingers and so that the Editor doesn’t think I’m trying to pad the word count, through the rest of this review I will just refer to it as the Chicagoland Show.
The Chicagoland Show’s home
The Chicagoland Show is in its 39th year of operation and claims to be the largest and longest-running coin-op and collector show in North America. I haven’t done any research to verify this claim, but it seems to make sense given that a large number of major coin-op companies have called the greater Chicago area (Chicagoland) home over the years.
Tilt Productions in Wadsworth, IL, USA manages this show and a similar coin-op and collectibles show usually held each year in November.
The Lake County Fairgrounds Event Center
In the last few years, the Friday before the show opens for general admission is reserved for ‘Dealer Preview’. All-access admission is $50 (which includes Friday-Sunday general admission) for buyers. On Friday a portion of the parking lot is set up as a jumble/flea market and entry to just the outdoor market for buyers is $11 per person. General admission to the indoor portion of the show on Saturday and Sunday is $7 with free parking.
Visitors waiting to be admitted to the show on Saturday morning
In recent years, Donley Auctions of Union, IL holds a collectible and antique auction Friday evening on the grounds of the Chicagoland Show that brings spirited bidding and some bargains.
Donley Auctions held their auction on Friday evening
The Chicagoland show has contracted with NAVIS Pack and Ship to help with any items purchased at the show that buyers wish to have shipped anywhere in North America.
The show organizers have stated that there were over 300 vendors in attendance from all over the US, Canada, and as far away as the Netherlands, Australia,