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CHICAGOPEX 2017 Features Three Book Signings, Two Convening Societies

CHICAGO, Oct. 16, 2017 – CHICAGOPEX 2017 will feature three book signings among its special events at the show, which takes place Nov. 17-19 at the Westin Chicago Northwest, 400 Park Blvd., Itasca, Ill.

There is one book signing and presentation each day of the show:

Copies of the books will also be available for sale. Please see the Chicago Philatelic Society’s Facebook page Events and the show program for specific conference rooms within the hotel.

The annual philatelic exhibition, celebrating 131 years of the Chicago Philatelic Society, features two convening societies: the Society of Israel Philatelists and the British Caribbean Philatelic Study Group. These groups will present special exhibits of stamps and postal history as well as hold meetings open to the public.

The following groups are also meeting at the show (all free and open to the public):

  • Chicago Philatelic Society (Saturday)
  • Germany Philatelic Society Chapter #5 (Saturday)
  • Illinois Postal History Society (Sunday)
  • North Shore Philatelic Society (Sunday)

Many of these groups feature expert guest speakers giving talks open to the public. The full schedule will appear in the show program, which will be available at the hospitality desk in the hotel’s atrium. It’s also available at the show website.

This year’s show theme is “Celebrating the 525th Anniversary of Columbus’ Sailing.” Special souvenir show cachets and cancellation will be available for all three days of the show. There will also be an exhibit of material from the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition, which took place in Chicago.

There will be 290 frames of philatelic material on display with something of interest for all attendees. 2017 also marks the 51st anniversary of the philatelic literature competition with the books and other materials on display. CHICAGOPEX judges also evaluate electronic literature such as websites, blogs and online articles.

The show bourse will feature 75 dealers from the United States and Europe. They will offer a vast array of material to interest everyone: from the beginning collector to the advanced collector and exhibitor. The U.S. Postal Service and the U.N. Postal Administration will also attend.

The show includes a youth booth with free stamps and supplies.

Attendees are asked to contact the hotel to make reservations and to mention CHICAGOPEX for the special room rate. Admission and parking are free. Show hours are: Friday and Saturday: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Sunday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Saturday night will also feature a catered awards banquet. Tickets must be purchased in advance ($60 each) and dress is business casual. Please see the CHICAGOPEX website for the reservation form. Special diets can be accommodated upon request.

About Chicago Philatelic Society (CPS):

Organized Oct. 8, 1886, continuing the Chicago Stamp Collectors Union, which was organized in Dec. 1884. CPS is chapter no. 1 of the American Philatelic Society and one of two organizations with the longest uninterrupted service to philately in the United States. Each month, CPS holds meetings on the third Thursday in downtown Chicago at the Harold Washington Library (400 S. State St.) in meeting room 3N-6. Meetings run 7 p.m.-9 p.m. and usually include a philatelic presentation and society business. All are welcome. Many speakers are advanced collectors who share insights on exciting stamp and postal history subjects. Some members and guests attend a Dutch-treat dinner at 5:30 p.m. at the Berghoff (17 W. Adams St.).

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For more information, contact:
Melanie Rogers
Publicity Chair, CPS