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Chicago Sword Show April 30-May 2 2021 update

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I have been slower than usual promoting the show due to uncertainties with covid. I spoke with the Hotel today and they are optimistic (99% sure) I can have the show this year. States all around Illinois are opening up and they are waiting for the Governor to rescind some restrictions so they can have events like ours. I am not as sure as they are but i am cautiously optimistic.

 
As soon as i know for sure i will update the website immediately (www.chicagoswordshow.com). In the meantime I want to share this update as I have been getting a lot of inquiries about coming to the show. It seems there is a lot of pent up demand for a show.
 
Please note: If anyone does not feel comfortable coming,  i understand completely. There will be NO pressure from me to attend the show.  Everyone's health comes first.  If we do have the show I will enforce all health requirements and if anyone does not want to comply please stay home.
 
That being said I am working with the hotel and hope to use the large Ballroom on the mail floor to allow social distancing and better ventilation. I will update the website as we get closer.
 
I would recommend you make hotel reservations if you plan on coming, they can be cancelled if we don't have the show. Here is a link.
You can also click the link to reserve on my website.  I have a list of those who had tables reserved for last year's show (and those who paid and asked me to to apply it to next year).I will hold everyone's tables. Do not send money for table(s) until we know for sure.
 
As nothing is settled yet you are welcome to contact me but i won't have firm answers until the State relaxes the meeting limits. I will post changes/updates immediately on the website.
 
I attached a flyer you can print in case you can share it with others.
 
Fingers crossed
 
Mark Jones

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As of today April 1, 2021 the show is on.  It is moved into the large ballroom to allow social distancing.  Things could change but at current restrictions it complies.  If you are coming make a hotel reservation asap.....  No pressure from me just an update.

https://www.hyatt.com/en-US/group-booking/CHIRW/G-JASW?src=envision_email_grpreserv_ENG_20201030_GroupBooking_TC000000170A000007762ENG_G-_28798

 
 
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I am very much looking for to attending the 2021 Chicago Area Japanese Collectibles and Sword Show and will have a full display table. Mark Jones, thank you very much for your efforts in promoting the show during this difficult pandemic. Mark S. looking forward to meeting you and other members of NMB in person at the show.    

 

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Time for everyone to get out of the house ..... Excited to have a show again !!! 

 

I am sure its going to be a outstanding show as Mark always does such a great job !

 

 

 

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usually i have about 90 tables, some dealers have more that one table, this year is a bit unusual, we will be in the big ballroom so room for more tables but with covid some regulars can't attend but some new people are coming. hard to know how many tables this year, maybe 80 or so.  The 3 days are different so hard to know about when to come or if all days, Monday everyone is searching for bargains and undiscovered treasures, Saturday there is usually a display/lecture etc. and sunday everyone looks for last day discounts and try to buy cheaply.  so you can do one day but for some there is something different every   Usually friday noon-6 and saturday 10-6 are busiest

 

 

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I live locally... but for various reasons I’ve never done all 3 days of the show.  Main reason is Friday is Arbor Day and working in Urban Forestry, that day was taken up with ‘festivities’ at work.  COVID has put that on hold, so this year I’m doing all 3 days just for me.  It will be interesting to see how the show progresses each day.  I’m sure everyone will get tired of seeing me roaming around.  :)  Looking forward to it.

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