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#1 Laura N

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Posted 21 March 2017 - 00:28

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.
 



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Posted 27 March 2017 - 03:28

I looked into that show, but it's a bit far for me to drive by myself from Pittsburgh (I need to stop about every 1-1/2-2 hours because of my back, which adds to the reported estimate on Google Maps); and it's a bit too expensive to fly or take the train. :-(  And there doesn't seem to be a connection from Pittsburgh to Chicago on Megabus.  DC or NYC, sure; Chicago, not so much....  :( 

And of course if I didn't drive I'd still have to figure out how to get to the hotel and back from whatever terminal.  All of which adds to the cost of the trip, even before walking in the door....

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Posted 27 March 2017 - 04:32

Pittsburgh! I love Pittsburgh, and I know that drive. I guess I always try to break up any long drive by finding interesting-looking places on the road to stop and hang out, and eat a meal, visit a tourist attraction or take photos. Then it's more of a road trip, and the journey is as fun as the destination.

Driving may make the most sense from Pittsburgh, but if you get to Chicago instead by bus, train or plane, you could easily get to the hotel by taking an airport van from the airport, or Uber or Lyft or taxi from a train or bus station. Chicago is a beautiful city, and I encourage everyone coming to the pen show to spend a few days downtown, too.

We get pen show visitors from the west coast and even Canada, and would love it if you can join us. It's going to be a really good show this year, with some special things. I wonder if we should add a prize for the visitor (not exhibitor) who drove the farthest. That would be fun. And maybe one for whoever came the farthest by any other means of transportation. Leigh Reyes may win the latter, though, this year. :)



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Posted 28 March 2017 - 01:34

Well the problem with anything other than driving myself costs money -- and that's money that isn't getting spent on shopping at the show. :(  I have a budget, and while it's a lot larger than what I would normally get to spend at a show, it's not infinite (and I've already blown over a third of it on a couple of Pelikan M405 pens -- a Striated Blue and the Anthracite Stresemann -- and while I paid less than I might have from a US retailer they still were not exactly cheap...  :blush:).

If I had someone going with me, to split the driving (the way I did years ago when going to a symposium at a hotel inside the Loop) -- and the cost of the hotel room, it would be another thing.  

But I'm also going to a non-pen thing in June down in Knoxville, TN (like the thing I went to the other time I was in Chicago), and I have to budget for that as well; I'm keeping my fingers that my friend's husband's bid for next year's Symposium will be accepted and will be in the Pittsburgh area -- where I don't even have to pay for the hotel if I don't want to: I can just drive home every night since the hotel he's planning for is ~20 minutes from my house....  :P  But we won't know till Knoxville if his bid got accepted; I can't always go, due to distance & finances (like the year it was in Uppsala, in Sweden [!], or the year it was in New Orleans; two years ago it was in Toronto, and I drove up early in order to swing into the city to go to Wonder Pens  B), before going to the hotel, which was out at the airport).

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Posted 28 March 2017 - 14:39

Do we know yet what the 'doorbuster' deals will be this year? Last year it was Lamy items.

 

I have just over 4 weeks to sell a pen and stretch my budget a bit! (Pilot Custom Heritage 92 Broad)



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Posted Yesterday, 00:21

Well the problem with anything other than driving myself costs money -- and that's money that isn't getting spent on shopping at the show. :(  I have a budget, and while it's a lot larger than what I would normally get to spend at a show, it's not infinite (and I've already blown over a third of it on a couple of Pelikan M405 pens -- a Striated Blue and the Anthracite Stresemann -- and while I paid less than I might have from a US retailer they still were not exactly cheap...  :blush:).

If I had someone going with me, to split the driving (the way I did years ago when going to a symposium at a hotel inside the Loop) -- and the cost of the hotel room, it would be another thing.  

But I'm also going to a non-pen thing in June down in Knoxville, TN (like the thing I went to the other time I was in Chicago), and I have to budget for that as well; I'm keeping my fingers that my friend's husband's bid for next year's Symposium will be accepted and will be in the Pittsburgh area -- where I don't even have to pay for the hotel if I don't want to: I can just drive home every night since the hotel he's planning for is ~20 minutes from my house....  :P  But we won't know till Knoxville if his bid got accepted; I can't always go, due to distance & finances (like the year it was in Uppsala, in Sweden [!], or the year it was in New Orleans; two years ago it was in Toronto, and I drove up early in order to swing into the city to go to Wonder Pens  B), before going to the hotel, which was out at the airport).

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Well, we sure hope to see you there. Maybe another Pittsburgh pen fan will see this and be inspired to join up with you. :)



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Posted Yesterday, 00:27

Do we know yet what the 'doorbuster' deals will be this year? Last year it was Lamy items.

 

I have just over 4 weeks to sell a pen and stretch my budget a bit! (Pilot Custom Heritage 92 Broad)

 

I always find a lot of vendors who offer good prices, when you shop around and go from table to table, but I don't know of anything organized like that. :)

 

For weekend registrants, there's the auction Friday night, and you can get some great deals on vintage pens there. There are some beauties this year.

 

If you can't sell your pen, bring it -- someone might take it in trade or partial trade, too. No photos, no post office, no worries. :)



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Posted Yesterday, 17:15

 

Well, we sure hope to see you there. Maybe another Pittsburgh pen fan will see this and be inspired to join up with you. :)

 

Well I can ask around at the next SCN meeting.  But that's not till fairly late in April, IIRC -- which might be too late.  I'm more likely to get takers for Raleigh, since there's more time to get reservations & hotel reservations in (and at Raleigh last year I stayed at a place about 10 miles away for half the cost).

I'm actually more concerned about the non-pen thing I'm going to in Knoxville, two weekends after the Triangle Pen Show.  I just looked at the website for it and went "Holy Moly" when I saw the hotel rates (like some pen show hotel rates -- which is why I stayed elsewhere for OPS and for Triangle Pen Show).  So I *definitely* need someone to share a room with for that (especially after TPS two weekends before...); my husband suggested I contact a friend of mine and see if she wants to go; but the last time we carpooled to a similar (regional) event she stayed in a different room on the grounds (her claim) that she snores.  Well my answer to her would be (1) "Get a test for sleep apnea and get a C-Pap" and (2) "you can't snore any worse than my husband does.... (and he now HAS a C-pap...)."

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