What is the America's Beauty Show story?
America's Beauty Show® is one of the largest professional events in the global beauty industry today, and consistently among the Top Ten trade shows in Chicago. Cosmetologists Chicago, a 104-year, non-for-profit organization of beauty industry members, owns and produces America’s Beauty Show.
Who may attend America’s Beauty Show?
America’s Beauty Show is ONLY for licensed salon professionals and students, NOT the general public. Some 50,000 hairdressers, nail technicians, estheticians, salon owners, beauty school instructors and students, plus manufacturer and distributor personnel attend each year.
What are the dates and times of the show?
America's Beauty Show will be March 25 - 27, 2017.
Show floor hours are:
- Saturday, March 25, 11am - 5pm
- Sunday, March 26, 9am - 5pm
- Monday, March 27, 9am - 4pm
The 2016 America's Beauty Show took place March 12 - 14.
Where is the show located?
America's Beauty Show is held at McCormick Place in downtown Chicago. Click here for a map and directions.
I want to find out more about the show. What should I do?
See the ABS 2017 Advance Program by clicking HERE.
What is the cost of attending and how can I purchase a ticket?
For Show Pricing click here. You may register for the show by mail, fax, phone or online. Visit the Registration Gateway page for more information about ticket pricing and sales. Online registration is open up to and including all show days but you must register in advance to receive your credentials by mail. Click here for our deadlines and policies.
What kind of ID is required?
In addition to a photo ID, you will be asked to provide proof of professional licensure or other industry-related identification. Any non-licensed professionals need to produce a business card, letterhead, student ID, or other document that proves their involvement in the professional beauty industry.
What about travel and hotels?
America's Beauty Show's partner hotels and their rates are listed on our hotel booking page. Many hotels offer online booking options and we've included those links whenever possible.
For info about air travel and other options for getting to Chicago, visit our Hotel & Travel page and click on the Transportation tab.
Is my spouse or friend allowed to come to the show?
Only members of the professional beauty industry may attend the show. Proof of licensure is required. If you feel there are extenuating circumstances that would require a spouse or friend to attend, please contact the registration department at 800.883.7808 to offer an explanation.
Can I bring my child?
America's Beauty Show is open to licensed salon professionals only. Proof of license will be required. This will be strictly enforced. No child under the age of 14 will be allowed on the show floor. Thanks for your understanding as we keep our event safe and professional.
How can I model at the show?
America's Beauty Show does not hire models for exhibiting companies. If you are interested in modeling for an exhibitor, please contact the exhibiting company directly or contact one of the many professional modeling agencies in Chicago. You may also wish to check listings on http://chicago.craigslist.org/. ABS does not have a model call before or during the show.
Do I need to pre-register for classes?
All workshop classes and events offering continuing education credit at America's Beauty Show must be purchased separately from admission tickets. You may purchase classes in advance or onsite. To be sure you get a spot in the class you wish to attend, we strongly encourage pre-registration.
The Student Conference and the Runway @ ABS are included in the price of daily admission and are FREE to registered attendees. Seating for these events is on a first come, first served basis, though you may reserve a seats for Manufacturer Classrooms when you register in advance.
I lost my badge/receipt. What do I do?
Go to the registration area and one of our representatives will be happy to print you a new badge. There is a charge for reprints.
I bought a ticket but couldn't attend. Can I get a refund?
Unfortunately, all sales are final. There are no refunds.
What if I need special assistance?
If due to a disability, you have special needs or requirements, please contact us in advance at 800.883.7808 so that we may provide you with assistance options.
Is there a coat check?
Yes, it is located on the first level of McCormick Place West during show hours.