FLASH! Chicago GIjOE Club to Host Show, 9/9/12

Collectors will converge in Algonquin, a suburb of Chicago for this year’s big show. (Graphic: Mark Otnes)

In a surprise announcement made today, Beth Biallas, of the Chicago GIjOE Collector’s Club, sent out a mass email revealing details of their upcoming “Chicago Toy & Action Fair.” Hooah! This is great news for Joeheads and toy fans of all ages. Here are the details so far according to Beth:

Chicago GIjOE Club President Ron Biallas in 2008. (Photo: Mark Otnes)

“I’ve attached the flyer for all of you about our September 9th show! (hooray, woo-hoo!!!) It will be at Jacobs H.S. again this year, and the door, as per usual, will go to the Relay for Life Campaign to fight cancer.

We are excited to get back in the saddle (or for us “back in the jeep-seat”!) for our awesome show in September. It’s a ton of work, and we will be asking members to pitch in and help w/some of the behind the scenes tasks, as well as the set up and clean up on that weekend.

We want it to be a success, as always, and the main goal is for our vendors to be pleased that they make back their table money and come away w/some profit. Ron and I will be hitting the area radio station again as we have a friend who is a DJ for 103.9; we will also take care of requesting the town signs for advertising the week before, and we will send out forms to all of the people who’ve had a table in our show before.

Dealer John Gilane mans his tables at a previous Chicago GIjOE Show. (Photo: Mark Otnes)

But we will need your help to ‘spread the good word’ in your area communities, as well, so make copies of the attached flyer and drop some off at your local hobby stores, comic shops, toy stores & the like. It’s a team effort!”

Beth’s flyer went on to specify these details:

Sunday, September 9th

Open to the Public from 8 a.m.-4 p.m.

Early birds 8-9 a.m. $4 admission

After 9 a.m. $5 admission

Kids 12 & under are free!
 Free parking!

Harry D. Jacobs High School
2601 Bunker Hill Drive 
Algonquin IL 60102
Vendor tables are still available
 for $30 for one 6-foot table, 
$25 each additional table.
 (Dealer set up on the 9th, 6a.m.)
Call Beth at 

Past shows in Algonquin have been well worth the trip. We look forward to attending and reporting on this one as well. Thanks for the updates, Beth. We’ll be happy to pass on any further intel as it becomes available.


One thought on “FLASH! Chicago GIjOE Club to Host Show, 9/9/12

  1. Beth, Ron & Joe Biallas says:

    Mark, you are just awesome! Thanks for the plug 🙂

    Beth, Ron & Joe

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