Chicagopex Stamp Show Is Back!

CHICAGO, Sept. 26, 2021 - Chicagopex takes place Nov. 19-21, 2021, at the Westin Chicago Northwest, 400 Park Boulevard, Itasca, IL, 60143. The show runs 10am-6pm on Friday and Saturday. It runs 10am-4pm on Sunday. Admission and parking are free.

The show marks the 135th anniversary of the Chicago Philatelic Society and will feature almost 300 frames of exhibits, which may be viewed by the public. Many of them are from exhibitors from the convening societies: Germany Philatelic Society, the Lithuania Philatelic Society, Polonus Polish Philatelic Society, and the American Association of Philatelic Exhibitors. AAPE is hosting its single frame team competition, while GPS is back in Chicago with many of its study groups offering talks and meetings too.

Chicagopex is also hosting its 55th annual literature competition, featuring entries in a variety of formats including print and digital.

The convening societies are offering special presentations and meetings open to the public. See the full Chicagopex schedule for details. On Friday night, there are dinners for the convening societies’ members and guests, and on Saturday, show-goers are invited to attend the show banquet. Both events require reservations in advance.

Speakers include:

  • APS Executive Director Scott English at 11am Friday hosting a town hall for the American Philatelic Society.
  • James Mazepa at noon Saturday speaking on “Postal Systems in Liberated Poland – 1944-1945.”
  • Jim Hill at 2pm Saturday speaking on “Around the World on the Graf Zeppelin.”

There will be multiple opportunities to get books signed (with books available for purchase) in the hotel lobby:

  • Each day 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. – “Walt Disney’s First Superstar: Mickey Mouse,” Vols. 1 and 2, by author Edward Bergen
  • Friday and Sunday 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. – “U.S. Zeppelin and Airship Mail Flights” by Cheryl Ganz and “Carol Gordon: Cachetmaker” by Susan B. Jones.
  • Saturday 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. - “The History of Airmail in Poland” by Jerzy W. Kupiec-Weglinski

Other groups with meetings and/or speakers include: the American Topical Association, the British North America Philatelic Society, Chicago Philatelic Society (CPS), the Collectors Club of Chicago, the Collectors Club [of New York], Germany Philatelic Society Chapter #5, and Illinois Postal History Society.

The show committee expects about 70 dealer booths, booths for USPS and UNPA, a youth booth and a book sale by the Collectors Club of Chicago.

All meetings and speeches are free and open to the public. When booking a room, ask for the Chicagopex special rate. The hotel phone number is 630-773-4000. For more information visit


About Chicago Philatelic Society (CPS):

Organized Oct. 8, 1886, as a continuation of 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.

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