CHA Summer 2011 Returns To Rosemont

The Craft & Hobby Association has announced that the CHA 2011 Summer Conference & Trade Show will once again be returning to the Donald E. Stevens Convention and Conference Center in Rosemont, IL. The trade show will take place from Tuesday, July 19th through Thursday, July 21st, with the conference beginning on Monday, July 18th.

“At CHA, we pride ourselves in our ability to listen to our members and develop meaningful trade shows and programs that contribute to our members’ success and growth in the industry,” explained Steve Berger, President and CEO, CHA. “After examining the success of the recent Summer Show and evaluating the results of the 2010 Summer Show Post-Show Attendee and Exhibitor Surveys, it becomes easy to see that our members and attendees overwhelmingly support, attend and exhibit at our Show in Rosemont.”

The announcement of the return to Rosemont, the show’s traditional home, for a second consecutive year after the experimental move of the show to Orlando in 2009 came with a caveat for Rosemont fans from CHA, however. According to the association’s announcement, “While the Summer Show will likely remain in Rosemont for the next few years it is also likely that CHA will move the Summer Show once every three to four years to keep it fresh and to keep negotiated rates as low as possible.”

CHA also shared some statistics in the 2011 show announcement about the CHA Summer 2010 show, including:

  • Square Footage: Up almost 9% from 2009, to 74,698 sq. ft.
  • Exhibitors: Up 10% from 2009
  • New Exhibitors: 31% of exhibitors were new
  • Attendance: 16.7% increase in total attendance, and 38.5% increase in buyers, over 2009
  • International: 11% of buyers were international

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10 Responses to CHA Summer 2011 Returns To Rosemont

  1. Rap October 25, 2010 at 5:49 pm #

    Any word if there will be a consumer show?

  2. Lain Ehmann October 25, 2010 at 6:21 pm #

    I really would prefer ANYWHERE but Rosemont! Guess they’re not listening to me — haha!

  3. Betsy Burnett October 26, 2010 at 2:22 pm #

    Lain sounds like you’ll get your wish every few years or so.. I’m glad to know where it’s going to be…can make some plans now for both shows!

  4. Lysa Colonna October 26, 2010 at 6:36 pm #

    Why oh why is it that it is never in Atlantic City!? I understand that Jersey may not have the most papercrafters, and artists in the U.S. (though we have plenty) But we are the home of Ranger Ink, EK Success and most of all The Craft and Hobby Assoc. is based here too. I would so love if they would access the convention center in Atlantic City. I was there for Antiques Road Show. The convention center was beautiful and all in my party had a blast. Com’on CHA peeps THINK JERSEY!

  5. Mary January 25, 2011 at 4:38 pm #

    Wondering if there is going to be a consumer show or not? Last summers seemed to go over very well. The only draw back is the cost of parking plus admission seems steep for the consumer to pay plus come and shop. I know EK, Michaels, JoAnn Fabrics, Provo Craft, etc. don’t sell anything at the show, but they get extreme exposure. The vendors that were there were VERY, VERY busy. It was wonderful exposure for them also, not to mention sales. I do hope they will have the consumer show also.

  6. Linda cain January 27, 2011 at 2:25 pm #

    I love going to Rosemont. Anaheim is more to my liking than LA.

  7. Maree April 23, 2011 at 11:30 am #

    Why isn’t the summer cha show over a weekend? Do t you realize people have to work to pay for their crafting addictions?!

    • Nancy Nally April 23, 2011 at 12:17 pm #

      Maree, the CHA show is a trade show for people who actually work in the crafting industry. If it isn’t your job to attend the show, you can’t get credentials to get into it.

      And you addressed your comment to CHA here to “you”…Scrapbook Update is not affiliated with CHA. We simply reported the news about the CHA announcement.

  8. Vickie Rupprecht June 28, 2011 at 10:04 am #

    Still no mention of a consumer show at Rosemont. I was there last year and it was very crowded and it was a very good show. Please do it again this year — we’ve been looking forward to it since last year. Thanks

    • Nancy Nally June 28, 2011 at 10:33 am #

      Vickie, CHA announced that it has stopped sponsoring stand-alone craft shows for now. It is instead sponsoring sections at several other shows, including one at the Jewelry, Fashion and Accessories show in Rosemont in July.

      Please note that Scrapbook Update is a news organization and not affiliated with CHA in any way.

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