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Prospect Expositions, LLC is answering the need for a comprehensive wine exposition serving the vast and affluent Chicagoland marketplace by launching the 2008 Chicago & Midwest Wine Show this fall.
In cooperation with the Illinois Grape Growers & Vintners Association, the show will be Sept. 27 – 29, 2008 at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, 5555 River Rd., Rosemont, Illinois. The event will cater to both individual wine lovers and those in the trade such as retailers, restaurant/bar owners, caterers, food and beverage directors, chefs, sommeliers, and others.
Show hours will be: Saturday, Sept. 27 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. for public and trade
Sunday, Sept. 28 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. for public and trade
Monday, Sept. 29 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. for trade only
“We have found wine shows to be successful in other markets but no one is serving the Midwest like we plan to with our unique event,” says Lawrence Skaja, President and Founder, Prospect Expositions, LLC. “Our Saturday through Monday event will give wine lovers and those in the business of selling or distributing wines an excellent opportunity to experience an expansive assortment of vintages from around the world and talk with producers. This will all be done in an upscale ballroom setting with a complement of accessories and equipment of all types.”
The Saturday and Sunday events will have special highlights including live music, food tastings from area restaurants, and other hors d’oeuvres. Individual tickets will be sold in advance via the event website and through beverage retailers, restaurants, and other sources throughout the Midwest. Advance tickets are $55/per day for regular admission and $145 for VIP admission which includes Saturday-Sunday admission plus complimentary valet parking both days. On-site prices will be an additional $10 for one-day tickets and $20 for VIP tickets.
Individual tickets will be available online starting around July 1 and at participating wine retailers throughout the Midwest. Discounted group tickets are available by calling 847-759-6900 around the same time.
Qualified trade attendees will have complimentary admission on all three days with exclusive access on Monday. Proof of a valid state liquor license will be required to register.
"IGGVA is pleased to be a Participating Sponsor of the 2008 Chicago and Midwest Wine Show to help increase the awareness of the consuming public on the varieties and qualities of wines available from Illinois," says William W. "Bill" McCartney, Executive Director of the Illinois Grape Growers & Vintners Association.
For general inquiries, please call 847-759-6900 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Complete event details including exhibit and sponsorship opportunities are now available on the official website http://www.chicagomidwestwineshow.com/.