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This is my first Chicago show, and I'm not at all familiar with the area.  Is this a safe area?  Do they have overnight security?  Any info will be helpful!

Thanks!

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I did this show last year.  There is overnight security ( I was concerned about the same thing last year ).  Everyone around me had done the show before and left their artwork in their booths overnight, so I did the same for the entire weekend.  My booth was untouched and in order when I returned each morning.

Regarding the area, Lakeview is a very congested area to get in and out of ( think typical Chicago traffic ). I live in a suburb outside of Chicago and I did not enjoy the terrible commute both days.  The area has made it into the news a few times this year for crime, but there were no incidents, that I'm aware of, during the weekend of the show last year.

Hope that helps.

Thanks Colin!  I appreciate the info!  How was the show for you?

The show wasn't that good for me at all.  I made about $150 total for the entire weekend.  My profits paid for my wife's parking and gas money to and from the show. The lack of sales along with the dreadful traffic and commute made for a dismal weekend.  On the other hand, the breakfast and artist dinner were FANTASTIC!

The security is actually the Chicago PD and they do a great job.  This will be my 4th year there and I've been comfortable leaving my art in my booth.  The area is quite safe to walk around, I have several friends who live nearby.

Thank you Amy!  It sounds like a good show for you, what is your medium?

Fused glass.  Erin runs a great show and this community supports the artists rain or shine.  Oh, and the breakfast rocks!

Amy, what nearby hotels would you recommend?

Thanks!

sorry I just saw this.  I live an hour away so I go home at night. 

What are the attendees like?  Lots of buyers?  Traditional, contemporary, etc?

I did this show last year (for the first time) and although it had a few quirks (what show doesn't) I thought it was a very good show and I'm going back this year.  I stayed about 20 minutes north of the show in a hotel (Holiday Inn I think) and the drive was the worst part - the area has a lot of traffic, like Colin said; I think I got more 'honks' that weekend than the entire rest of the year.  Since it was my first time at this show, I got a little turned around on the roads, and my Google GPS directions weren't much help.  The breakfast was delicious and several local restaurants were willing to deliver meals to your booth.  I always take my art with me overnight (jewelry) but the booth appeared undisturbed in the morning.  Hope to see there!    

Thanks Elizabeth!  I'm really looking forward to this show!

I've done this show twice. I like the area, lots of people, diverse crowd, although not one of the easier shows to get in and out of being in the city. I have left my merchandise both times (fiber) and it was fine. I recommend it!

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