It’s back on the road for me. I will be at the Chicago International Coin Fair Friday. I have to be out early in the morning, so I figured I would post this early, too – like Thursday night.
CICF is one of the two major world coin events in this part of the numismatic field here in the United States. New York City in January is the other.
Unlike most shows, I can drive to CICF. That is an advantage as far as I am concerned. Even with the early start, it is still later than some airport runs I have had to make. As much as I like shows, it is nice to take a breather from air travel.
The driveability factor also is what sets the tone for the show. Europeans like to be downtown. Few others do – at least when looking for anyone else who would want to foot the bill for the elevated costs of a downtown show.
Year after year the issue I hear the most about is parking. If everyone were flying in, that wouldn’t be mentioned much.
So what you end up having is a much more relaxed, suburban kind of environment where people can get in easily and out easily in their own vehicles. That’s a plus, but it is also gives the show a character unlike New York’s.
What does that mean?
It means there is room for both shows on the annual calendar. Drivers can take Chicago. Flyers can enjoy New York.
Obviously, some people drive to New York and others fly to Chicago, but I think you get the idea of what I am trying to say about the dominant characteristic.
Now if you are within driving distance, get down to the Crowne Plaza O’Hare in Rosemont this weekend.
Spur-of-the-moment travel is one advantage of going by car. Come on in.
(And don’t forget to read the other blog post from earlier today.)