Everything You Need To Know About The 2017 Game Worn Expo Chicago

Date, Location, and Cost

Date/Time and Location:
April 8th, 2017
Joe’s on Weed St.
940 W Weed St, Chicago, Illinois 60642
Setup: 9am.  Start: at 10am – 3pm
Venue Pictures.

Cost: (Includes lunch.  Cash bar will be open)
$30 / Person without Table
$80 / Person with 1 Table ($35 Each additional table)
$100 / 2 Persons with 1 Table ($35 Each additional table)

You MUST pre-register for a head count for lunch using the Registration Form.

Hotel Information

A group rate has been negotiated for:
Le Meridian Hotel
2100 Spring Road.
Oak Brook, IL  60523
$145/night based on double occupancy
Register Here

Reservations MUST be made before March 14th to reserve the rate.  It is a 15-20 minute commute to the venue for the expo.  Many collectors have already offered their carpooling services.


There are two raffles at the expo this year.  There is a raffle that allows participation from anyone and a raffle for the expo attendees.  The open raffle will have a ticket drawn for each prize.  The expo raffle will allow attendees to place their tickets in a cup representing the prize they would like to win, and a winner will be selected by the prizes in the cup.

More prizes are being added to the raffles continuously.  For details on cost, prizes and to purchase your raffle tickets for the open raffle, check our our raffle article that we will keep updated until the end of the show.

Group Events

Derek Christensen of Derek Christensen Reclaimed Creations is assisting in scheduling group events for the weekend.  So far, the events being planned are:

Friday Night: Whirlyball with collectors.  There are 2 locations that are being evaluated for Whirlyball.  One is near the hotel many collectors will be staying at.  The cost will be between $30-50 an hour depending on duration and head count.  If you would like to discuss this even, please visit the Expo Event Page or Contact Us.

Saturday Night: Collectors will be organizing ticket purchases through stubhub or other similar services to attend the Frozen Four Championship game at 8PM ET.  This has been determined the most effective way to obtain tickets at a reasonable rate.  Discussions for this event can also be had on the Expo Event Page.

Sunday Night: Derek Christensen is again helping to organize a group event at the Chicago Wolves game this evening.  Tickets are anticipated to be $10 for a great AHL game.  A head count will be necessary to organize ticket count. Again, you can discuss this even on the Expo Event Page or contact Derek.

Frozen Four Events: 
Wednesday: Open Practices
Thursday: Semi-Finals
Friday: Hobey Baker Presentation

Notable Attendees

The MeiGray Group
Detroit Hockey Company
Representation from the Syracuse Crunch
Representation from the Chicago Wolves
Representation from the Winnipeg Jets and Manitoba Moose
Collectors from Germany
Collectors from Austria
Collectors from England
Collectors from the United States (CA, FL, IL, IN, MI, OH, WI)

Game Worn Radio: Wearing Jerseys, Chicago Expo, Jersey Count

Last night on Game Worn Radio, we opened up the banter to suggestions.  What resulted was a lengthy discussion on whether or not to wear your game worn jerseys.

Eventually we ended up talking about the Chicago Expo in April and the increase in special event jerseys among lower level teams.

Audio Only:

Game Worn Radio Returns 2/20/17


For those that have been following Game Worn Radio or are interested in calling in to the show, we will be returning this Monday at 9PM ET after a couple weeks off due to scheduling conflicts.

This will be an open mic night, most likely with a decent amount of discussion about the upcoming expo in Chicago.  If you have any questions or comments about the expo, or there is something you would like discussed about the hobby, let us know!

Special Event Jerseys are Everywhere


These days, special event and warm-up jerseys are everywhere.  There are some teams that will wear 6 or more special event jerseys in a year, creating themed nights around the jerseys, while we see in the NHL, special warm-up jerseys worn by the teams for various causes.

What are some of your favorite and hated special even jerseys?

2017 Game Worn Expo Raffle Is Open


Collectors can now purchase tickets for the 2017 Game Worn Expo Global Raffle.

The global raffle is open to all collectors, not just those attending the expo.  The cost of raffle tickets is $5 each, 5 for $20, and an extra ticket for each $20 increment afterward.  Winners of items pay actual shipping for the item which will be collected after notification of winning.  Raffle drawing will be performed live at the expo and technology permitting, live streamed.


Number of Entries


The current list of prizes for the global raffle are as follows (More may be added):