Chicago Toy Soldier Show


Chicago Toy Soldier Show 2014

As we struggle through our Midwest winter, our thoughts are turning to better weather and a chance to get outside and feel the warm sun again. Meanwhile, regardless of the weather, plans for the 34th Chicago Toy Soldier Show on September 28th, 2014 have been progressing. We ask you now to turn your attention to making plans to attend the upcoming show. It is never too early to make your hotel reservations at the Hyatt Regency Woodfield, in Schaumburg, Illinois; it's been the show location for the last 31 years.

To make your Hyatt room reservation, use the direct link on this website to make an easy booking. Go to the menu above, click on Show Information; then click on Accommodations. Next, click on Hyatt Online Reservations and you will go directly to the Hyatt website where you can pick your dates and finish your entire booking. If you want to phone in your reservations, call the hotel directly at 847-605-1234; ask for local reservations. Be sure to tell them you are coming for the Chicago Toy Soldier Show to get the special $114 per night room rate. Then you can relax and make the rest of your plans for the show.

The cut off date for rooms held for us is August 14; so be sure to book by that date. If you are planning on coming to the Show on Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday, make your reservations early as those nights usually sell out by the end of June. Sunday night has also been sold out at the hotel for the last several years. If you are like a lot of us, getting older and moving slower, staying Sunday night, for a chance to relax a bit, may make sense.

The entire venue has been sold out for the last 32 years, so history suggests that again this year all the 350 show tables will be covered. Vendor contracts are mailed by the end of April. If you have never done the Sunday Show as a vendor, but would like to, you can download a contract for a table on this website and send to us now. The same contract can be used to purchase Floor Rights for those who want to enter the Sunday show, along with the dealers, at 7:00am and be on hand as boxes are unpacked in the show ballrooms. Sunday Floor Rights and a Hyatt Room Assignment are available to attendees who do not want a table at the Sunday show.

The Hyatt's area offers many amenities. Woodfield Shopping Mall, right across Golf Road, is one of the largest indoor malls in the country. It has a variety of restaurant options as well as quality shopping. The Hyatt also has a very good restaurant in the hotel; they set up special buffets for us during the week to speed up dining so you can get back to "soldiering". There is a broad range of places to eat in the area, and the hotel shuttle is available to take groups to them.

In the hotel, collecting enthusiasts begin arriving mid-week and by Thursday afternoon room socializing and trading is in full bloom. After 10:00 pm things quiet down, rooms close up and many attendees continue to socialize around the lobby bar. This pattern continues through Saturday.

Late Saturday afternoon the OTSN Chicago Toy Soldier Show hosts a get together for everyone attending. It's a chance to meet people you have had contact with in the hobby but have not yet met at OTSN. We serve cold drinks and lots of friendly conversation. It's also another time to pick up vendor badges, buy Floor Rights, and get a show floor plan for the next day.

Sunday morning begins at 7:00 am with dealer set up and also entry by those with Floor Rights badges. You can buy Floors Rights badges at any time before the opening and avoid waiting in line later. Besides the many vendors already in the hotel, we have a dozen or so local collectors who come in and set up on Sunday. It now becomes a new show for everyone with many unseen items showing up that morning. Many of the vendors keep things back for the Sunday crowd so you never know what you will find, or who you'll see, on Sunday morning. The line at the Hyatt entrance begins to form about 9:00 am for our 10 am show opening time; when we open, there are always 500 to 700 people in line. Since we start collecting the $8 admission early, when the doors open almost everyone in line has paid and been stamped in. The long line flows right in to the show and everyone is happy.

As the show draws to a close at 3:30, UPS has a booth set up for homebound shipping. With your credit card, you can ship those things you might not be able to carry home with you. Many of the vendors use this service so they can enjoy their trip home a little more.

If you are coming by plane, be sure to fly into O'Hare Airport. It is a fifteen-minute, $33 dollar cab ride from O'Hare to the hotel. The Hyatt recommends All-Star Cab; their number is 847-658-1555. If you are driving, the Hyatt Regency Woodfield is on East Golf Road, two blocks west of the 290 expressway.

We hope to see you all this September 28th for the 34th Chicago Toy Soldier Show at the Hyatt Hotel in Schaumburg, Illinois. Should you have any questions, contact us through this website. Best wishes for a good year, Don and Steve