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The Chicagoland Gun Show will take place on January 22-24, 2016 at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, Illinois.

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Friday, January 22 1 PM 8 PM
Saturday, January 23 10 AM 8 PM
Sunday, January 24 10 AM 5 PM

Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, Rosemont, Illinois

The Donald E. Stephens Convention Center offers a total 840,000 square feet of flexible exhibition space. Configure it any way you like. You may need a 500-booth to 800-booth area, or 100 to 200 booths. If you’re planning a larger show, you’ll appreciate our continuous 250,000 square-foot space for 1,225 booths. Or you can create a multiple hall layout for up to 3,566 booths. Customized floor plans are our specialty, so just ask.


Outdoor Sports Group is proud to announce the Chicagoland Gun Show at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, Rosemont IL. This year’s show will join an historic 33+ year tradition of great sports shows gracing the shores of Lake Michigan and providing the greater Chicagoland area a break from cabin fever.

The show team is proud to present dozens of fishing and hunting seminars, tons of new family-friendly attractions and hundreds of quality vendors and exhibitors preferred by the outdoor enthusiast.

The Chicagoland Gun Show’s goal is to deliver seminars, attractions and exhibits designed to speak to sportsmen and women of all ages with a focus on activities that the entire family can enjoy.

Attendees will have an opportunity to shop for amazing deals on fishing tackle, boats, archery, outfitters, wildlife art, hunting supplies, charters, rafting, gun safes and knives, taxidermy plus so much more. The countries and worlds most prestigious fishing and hunting lodges will be on hand to provide you with unique travel opportunities. Destinations and family fun attractions await you around every corner at the sports show. You never know what you will see.


2 Shows for the Price of 1

Purchase of a 1 Day Admission Ticket is valid for access to Chicago Outdoor Sports Show on the same day.

Online $10.00     Includes special magazine offer below Field & Stream Outdoor Life
At the Door $12.00 Does not include magazine subscription
Children 11 and under are free    

*NOTE: Included with your online ticket purchase is a choice of a 1 year subscription to Field & Stream, Outdoor Life, Islands or Popular Science (Value $9.00)*. Note: One subscription per household. First subscription issue will be received within 8-10 weeks of the show. * A show postcard with refund information will follow. Should you wish to participate in this offer, please select the ticket that reads "Adult One Day Ticket + 1 year subscription to (magazine of choice)."

Can't wait to see you at this years Chicagoland Gun Show!


For the 2015 Show the following Rules Apply to Show Attendees:

The Chicagoland Gun show is an Education Symposium. No Attendee Gun Selling or Trading is permitted. This is a Buyers Show! Vendors at the show will be selling firearms, ammo, knives and related accessories. Attendees will not be permitted to enter the show with personally owned guns. Show Management and Local Police Authority reserve the right to do random checks of bags and articles of clothing.

Illinois requires residents to possess a valid FOID card to handle or purchase firearms or ammunition. The card is valid for 5 years, with no limit on the number of firearms purchased. State law does not provide for concealed firearm permits.

The show will have a limited number of gun on display for sale.  If you are anticipating a traditional gun show with lots of vendors, guns and ammo this is not the show for you. If you want to learn the latest in gun safety, self defense, home safety, IL Laws, etc this is the show for you.

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Register for an FOID in advance at a local center or with the state

You must have a Firearms Owners Identification Card (FOID) card. You have to wait 30 days for them. www.dnr.state.il.us has the registrations or you can go to a sports store and they do it for you. its 5 dollars online and $15 or more at the store but the store takes the picture and processes all the paperwork.  http://www.isp.state.il.us/foid/

Non Residents are permitted to attend the show but to purchase Firearms and Accessories must have a valid IL (FOID) card.

Attendees are required to obtain the proper wrist band for admission to the gun show.  The wristband will also gain you access to the Chicago Outdoor Sports Show that has Chicagoland Gun Show Exhibitors.

Frequently Asked Questions about an FOID: http://www.isp.state.il.us/foid/firearmsfaq.cfm

Firearm Owner's Identification Information: http://www.isp.state.il.us/foid/foidinfo.cfm

FOID Application: http://www.isp.state.il.us/foid/foidapp.cfm

RESOURCES (link the below)

Illinios State Rifle Association: http://www.isra.org/links/illinois_firearms_info.shtml

Acquiring or Transferring Firearms in Illinois: http://www.isp.state.il.us/docs/9-049.pdf

Transport Your Gun Legally: http://www.isp.state.il.us/docs/1-154.pdf


Gun owners, dealers, and collectors must follow state and federal laws if they wish possess a firearm, or run a business selling guns.

The Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution says that "the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed."

Gun owners often cite the Second Amendment when arguing against state or local gun law restrictions.

Federal Gun Laws

Federal law restricts who can own, possess, or sell a gun. The National Firearms Act makes it unlawful for a person to have a firearm that is not specifically registered to them.

Under the Brady Act, you cannot have a gun for personal or business if you:
1. Were convicted of a crime punishable by being in prison for more than one year;
2. Are a fugitive from justice;
3. Are addicted to, or illegally use, any controlled substance;
4. Have been ruled mentally defective by a court, or are committed to a mental institution;
5. Are an illegal alien living in the United States unlawfully;
6. Received a dishonorable discharge from the U.S. Armed Forces;
7. Renounced your U.S. citizenship, if you are a U.S. citizen;
8. Are subject to a court restraining order that involves your 'intimate partner,' your partner's child, or children
9. Were convicted of domestic violence in any court of a misdemeanor.

State Gun Laws

Illinois: http://statelaws.findlaw.com/illinois-law/illinois-gun-control-laws.html
To check your local Illinois Municipal Ordinances relating to firearms click here: http://www.isp.state.il.us/foid/ordinances.cfm

Gun Safety Tips

  • Follow local, state, and federal gun laws. If you own or sell guns, you must still use extreme care when handling them. Mistakes happen, and guns have the potential to seriously injure or kill.
  • If you are outside your home state, check applicable local and state laws regarding gun ownership, possession, and use.
  • Make sure that you get safety training and practical experience to supplement your lawful gun possession and ownership.
  • Like any dangerous weapon, guns have the ability to hurt others. If someone is hurt, or property is damaged in an incident involving your gun, you could be held liable in a civil lawsuit, and/or face charges in a criminal court.
  • Never let children play with guns.
  • Keep your firearm safely secured and unloaded when not in use.
  • Never use guns while under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol.
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