It's hard to believe but the 2017 Chicago Pen Show is less than six weeks away. It's at the Chicago Marriott Northwest, in Hoffman Estates, just like last year, running Thursday, May 4 through Sunday, May 7. Visit our website at chicagopenshow.com for more detailed schedule and price information.
But here is the most important thing: this is going to be the best year ever; don't miss it. Make your reservations, find a dogsitter, send the kids to their grandparents or even some stranger you meet on the street -- do whatever you have to do. Just don't miss the 2017 Chicago Pen Show.
That's because, in tribute to the Chicago Cubs, your Chicago Pen Show planners have been working all year to put together what we modestly think of as the World Series of pen shows. Leigh Reyes (the Javier Baez of fountain pen art) is going to be there, and a bunch of great vendors, old and new. There will be a particularly amazing ink testing station, with a Robert Oster and KWZ extravaganza that I like to analogize to having Kris Bryant and Anthony Rizzo on your baseball team for years to come. There are going to be so many really great opportunities for ink fans this year -- I promise you, if you like ink, you don't want to miss this year. And pens, we'll have pens, too. Old pens, new pens, red pens, blue pens. Flex pens, italic pens, American pens, Italian pens. We'll have pen fixers and pen sellers, we'll have nibmeisters, but I promise, no shysters. (Only good lawyers.)
How about a pre-show meetup? For all the folks in the Chicago area, I'll send an email if I have your email, because we'll try another pre-show meetup with some pen and ink previews. If I don't have your email, just email me or PM. Or just go to my blog and contact me there. If you're new in the Chicago area, we'd be pleased to add you to our group. All are welcome.
Feel free to PM me or Roger Wooten with any questions.