What is the America's Beauty Show?
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 106-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 76,000 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 April 18 - April 20, 2020 in McCormick Place West.

Show floor hours are:
Saturday, April 18, 2020 - 11am - 5pm
Sunday, April 19, 2020 - 9am - 5pm
Monday, April 20, 2020 -  9am - 4pm

Where is the show located?
America's Beauty Show is held at McCormick Place (West Building) in downtown Chicago. Click here for a map and directions.

I want to find out more about the show. What should I do?
Our ABS 2020 Advance Program will be available online in January 2020.

What is the cost of attending and how can I purchase a ticket?
You may register for the show online. Registration for ABS 2020 will open July 2019.  Please check back then for ticket pricing and sales information. Online registration is open up to and including all show days but you must register in advance to receive your credentials by mail. Important Deadlines and Dates coming soon. 

How do I pick up my badge?
Bring the email confirmation with the barcode you received upon completing registration to the show. (We can look you up too! Scan the barcode at a registration kiosk outside the ABS 2020 Show Floor. Your badge will be printed immediately.

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 rates are listed on our hotel booking page when available. Many hotels offer online booking options so make sure to check back soon to receive the best rates.
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. Children under the age of 14 will be denied access to 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.

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 at McCormick Place West during show hours.

Do you have ADA Accessibility at McCormick Place?

Yes. McCormick Place has been designed to make your visit as productive and comfortable as possible. Please click here to learn more about ADA Accessibility during America’s Beauty Show.


How can I rent a wheelchair or other mobility service and oxygen equipment?

For wheelchairs, mobility scooters, power chairs and oxygen equipment rentals, contact McCormick's preferred service partner, Scootaround Mobility Solutions at 888-441-7575 or visit www.scootaround.com/rentals/m/mccormickplace.

Where do I find the ABS 2020 HOTEL BLOCK?
(Through Conference Direct)

ConferenceDirect is the only approved housing agency for America’s Beauty Show 2020 in Chicago. If you are contacted by anyone other than ConferenceDirect, do not reserve a hotel room with them.  They are not endorsed by America’s Beauty Show and are most likely a scam.  By choosing to “book” with them you may not have an actual hotel reservation and you may forfeit any payments made. 

Despite any claims to the contrary, ConferenceDirect is the only housing company that has secured discounted room rates in Chicago.  If you make a hotel reservation with a company other than ConferenceDirect, America’s Beauty Show cannot guarantee that your reservation is valid or assist if a problem occurs.