Chicago Toy Soldier Show Covid-19 Announcement

Updated 27 May, 2020

Dear CTSS Vendors and Friends,

It is with a heavy heart that we announce the rescheduling of the 40th anniversary Chicago Toy Soldier Show to Sunday, September 26, 2021

After our May 13 conference with the Hyatt, it became clear that a Chicago Toy Soldier Show in September 2020 would need to be so altered that the Show would not be recognizable to our vendors and attendees. There would be fewer vendors and attendees. Room display and trading would be spread out throughout the entire hotel. A Sunday Show would be impossible to plan and carry out.

The CTSS family decided to reschedule the 40th Anniversary Show using the following three factors as rationale:

1.   Vendor concerns: After reviewing feedback from vendors, CTSS noted that many vendors were concerned about traveling, safety measures, and lower-than-average attendance levels. Vendors were also concerned about governmental restrictions and regulations, as well as flexibility with the venue. 

2.   Federal, state, and local regulatory considerations: According to Gov. Pritzker’s 5-phase plan for reopening Illinois, events such as CTSS could resume in Phase 5. CTSS’s leadership cannot guarantee that Schaumburg, situated in Cook County and part of the Northeast Region as outlined by Pritzker’s plan, will be ready for Phase 5 by September. For the 2020 CTSS to take place as initially planned, Schaumburg would need to be in Phase 4 with an attendee limit of 50, or Phase 5 with testing, tracing, and treatment for COVID widely available, either a vaccine or treatment option, and no new COVID cases over a sustained period. In Phase 5, there would be no cap on attendees. 

 3.   Venue and contractual issues and concerns: After discussing their options with the Hyatt Regency of Schaumburg, Illinois, CTSS’s leaders determined that if held, the Show would undergo significant changes due to the hotel’s restrictions regarding congregating. For room trading to continue, vendors’ room assignments would be spread throughout the hotel to discourage large gatherings.

We are planning the 40th anniversary 2021 Chicago Toy Soldier based on our traditional schedule and layout. If we have to alter or reconsider how the 2021 Show will be laid out, run, or otherwise adjusted, we have enough time to do so.

NOTE: Celebrated artist Doug Dearth created a special 2020-2021, CTSS vs. COVID poster to commemorate this unusual collecting year. Please help CTSS offset 2020 losses and underwrite the 2021 Show. For details, visit the CTSS online store at:

Thank you to everyone for your continued support of the Chicago Toy Soldier Show!

Roger, Jan, and the CTSS family