Today, the American Philatelic Society (APS) announced the kickoff for the Great American Stamp Show 2021. The show will take place at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, Illinois from August 12-15, 2021.
“We’ve waited patiently for some good news out of Illinois and Governor J.B. Pritzker delivered it last week,” said Scott English, Executive Director of the American Philatelic Society, “Illinois is moving very quickly toward easing restrictions and likely safely removing them by August.”
Under the Illinois Recovery Plan, the state relaxed the Phase 4 restrictions for indoor dining and other events. When 70 percent of all Illinoisians aged 65 and older are vaccinated, Illinois enters the “Bridge Phase,” further lifting restrictions and allowing the Stephens Convention Center to open. Based on current projections, Illinois will enter the Bridge Phase within weeks. Once 50 percent of all residents aged 16 and older receive at least the first dose of the vaccine, the state will enter Phase 5.
“Every week, more Americans are receiving vaccinations and taking the proper precautions to stay safe. If we continue moving in this direction, the Great American Stamp Show will be the perfect way to bring the hobby together,” added English.
The APS has established metrics as a benchmark to moving ahead with the show. By May 15, 2021, we need commitments from 75 dealers, 25 societies, and at least 500 exhibit frames reserved. These benchmarks will provide a strong show for dealers and attendees without substantial financial risk to the APS.
“This will be the biggest show held in the past two years. We need everyone in the hobby to come together,” added English, “We need our dealers, societies, and exhibitors to rally and show the world the pandemic has made the hobby stronger. We can’t wait to see you in Chicago!”
Reservation forms, hotel information, and other show details will be regularly updated on the APS website at stamps.org/GASS.