September 10-13



Pen Show

Welcome to the Oldest Pen Show at

Chicago Mariott Northwest!

Vintage Pens - Modern Pens - Notebooks - Ink Testing Stations - Ink - Classes - Auction

Chicago Pen Show

It is our goal to put on the highest quality show that we can.  As the government decides to slowly reopen the economy it is highly unlikely that we can put on the quality of show that we would want as early as the second week of June.  I’ll take the blame for being too optimistic that the Covid situation could be handled more quickly than it is.  In an effort to have a show this year as close to the standards under which we run the Chicago Pen Show the new dates are September 10-13.  We will address safety concerns and meet whatever government standards are set for having events of our size.  Until then, be safe and we will see you in September.


Roger E. Wooten

Chicago Pen Show

Date Changed

One of the Midwest's premier gathering for users and collectors of fountain pens, inks, paper and other writing instruments, the Chicago Pen Show is an annual event bringing together over 100 vendors and hundreds of pen users. 

Is this your first pen show? 

If this is your first pen show and you're looking for some guiance on what to expect, how to prepare, what to see and do, and how to interact with vendors then check out these handy resources:

  • A Pen Show Primer (YouTube, 47 min) by Matt Armstrong of the Pen Habit

  • Richard Binder, master NibMeister, has a whole series of articles on prepping for pen shows

  • Pen Show Etiquette (article) by David Nishimura, of and the Pen Collectors of America

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