Frequently Asked Questions

Cosmetologists Chicago® (CC), is an association of 19,500+ members who are professional cosmetologists, salon owners, nail technicians, estheticians, educators and beauty students. It is owns and produces America’s Beauty Show (ABS). Our most popular, yearly member benefit is that you get an ABS 3-day admission FREE! 

Professional cosmetologists, nail technicians, stylists and colorists from all over the world attend ABS every year to experience superior education and innovation in all aspects of beauty, as well as gain inspiration to take back to their salons. ABS is the financial driver of legislative protection for licensure & regulation, funds scholarships for advanced education, and boosts awareness of the excellence of professional beauty services. With more than 80,000 admissions including salon professionals and owners, aspiring students and teachers, headliners and educators, leading product manufacturers and distributor personnel showing their latest products and distributors, America’s Beauty Show is a great destination for serious beauty professionals.

Our association family also consists of CIDESCO USA, (AAE) American Association for Esthetics and (INTA) International Nail Technicians Association

America’s Beauty Show is ONLY for licensed salon professionals and students, NOT the general public. Some 60,000 hairdressers, nail technicians, estheticians, salon owners, beauty school instructors and students, plus manufacturer and distributor personnel attend each year.

America's Beauty Show will be April 18 - 20, 2020.

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

America's Beauty Show is held at McCormick Place (West Building) in downtown Chicago.

Our ABS 2020 Advance Program will be available online in December 2019.

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.

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.

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.

America's Beauty Show's partner hotels and rates are listed on our hotel booking page when housing opens July 2019. 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.

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.

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.

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.

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 on-site. To be sure you get a spot in the class you wish to attend, we strongly encourage pre-registration.

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.

Unfortunately, all sales are final. There are no refunds.

Yes, it is located at McCormick Place West during show hours.

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