The Chicago Toy Soldier Show is in three days! The show is on Sunday the 22 from 10am to 3:30pm at Hyatt Regency Schaumburg, 1800 East Golf Road, Schaumburg, IL 60173. We'll be set up in room 4206 - come visit us! We're so excited to be there and would love to chat with you about trains and toy soldiers. Swing by room 4206 for high quality toy soldiers and to enter our raffle for a Hartland Locomotive Works ready-to-run G Gauge train set.
2019 Chicago Toy Soldier Show
When: Sunday, September 22, 2019, 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Where: Hyatt Regency Schaumburg, 1800 East Golf Road, Schaumburg, IL 60173. Click here for information about hotel reservations at CTSS 2019.
General Admission: $10
Children 12 and under: Free
American Legion and VFW Members receive free admission when wearing their unit hats. OVMS members receive free admission with member ID.
View the calendar of pre-Show events for the 2019 Chicago Toy Soldier Show. These events are for all collectors, fans, and friends of the Chicago Toy Show. Attendance by the general public is welcome!
Interested in the history of the show? The Chicago Toy Soldier Show premiered in 1980 as a spinoff of the hobby publication, Old Toy Soldier Newsletter (OTSN), which began publication in the mid-1970s. The five founding OTSN partners—Steve and JoEllen Sommers, Joe Wallis, Don Pielin, and Roger Garfield—envisioned a publication dedicated solely to the toy-soldier-collecting hobby. Collectors were enthusiastic about the venture and suggested a show of their own.
When first founded, the Show was primarily a showcase for vintage and antique toy soldiers and related items. As the hobby evolved, manufacturers began to produce toy soldiers in the manner of the original toys. More recently, manufacturers began to produce exquisite model figures that are detailed and not intended for use as toys. Today, visitors to the Chicago Toy Soldier Show will see vintage and antique toys, original toys that are compatible with the old toys, and reproductions cast from the same molds as the original toys. There is also an array of exquisitely detailed models that are made to be admired rather than played with. Because of its longevity and size, the Chicago Toy Soldier Show has also become a trade show; many manufacturers will debut new lines and products.
Visitors to the show will find toy soldiers made of metal, plastic, composition, paper, and other materials. There are toy soldiers for every taste and every budget. Find more information about the origins of the show on the Chicago Toy Soldier Show website here.
See you there on Sunday the 22!