PINBALL EXPO 2020 UPDATE
The entire Pinball Expo staff hopes that you and your families have been safe and healthy during this Covid-19 pandemic. These are such unprecedented and uncertain times. During the last few months, we have been facing numerous decisions regarding the 2020 show scheduled to be held on October 14 – 18th in Wheeling, IL. The safety of our attendees, vendors, speakers, and staff remains our highest priority.
We have been following the Governor of Illinois closely and monitoring the guidelines to reopen the state in phases. As of this announcement, the state is in Phase 2. (“Essential gatherings must be 10 or fewer. No essential gatherings”). There is no time frame as to when the state of Illinois will move through the next few phases – and there is currently no vaccination. This makes it challenging to plan and promote Pinball Expo when we do not know when this crisis will end. We hope to make a final determination soon if we can safely gather to have our convention following the recommended CDC guidelines.
We are asking for your patience and support as we continue monitoring the Governor’s orders. Those who have purchased registration packages and tickets online will be completely refunded and the hotel will release any room reservations with no penalty should the decision be made to postpone our convention.
We will keep you updated on our website and through our social media. Feel free to contact us with your questions and concerns.
Thank you for your patience, keep flippin’ and be well.
ROB AND BRIGITT BERK AND OUR PINBALL EXPO TEAM
ABOUT PINBALL EXPO
Pinball Expo is the brain child of Rob Berk who grew up playing pinball. His dream was to recognize his heroes – the pinball designers and artists that created the games he loved. With the help of Bill Kurtz and Mike Pacak, Pinball Expo became a reality taking place in Chicago, the home of pinball. Founded in 1985, Pinball Expo is the longest-running event dedicated to pinball.
GUINESS BOOK OF WORLD RECORDS
PINBALL EXPO, CHICAGO, ILLINOIS
The longest-running pinball event is the Pinball Expo (USA) which has run 32 consecutive years as of its 33rd annual event held in Chicago, Illinois, USA on 11-15 October 2017.
As long as we have fingers that we can press a button, pinball will be fun.
As one of the most prestigious pinball events in the world, the Pinball Expo has been chosen by many pinball manufacturers as the site for official "world premieres" of new pinball titles.
In 1984 Rob Berk put together a questionnaire than ran in Steve Young’s publication called Silverball Quarterly. The questionnaire basically said, ‘We are considering doing a national pinball convention, are you interested, would you come? The resounding answer was yes; it would be a good idea. It has always been in the Chicagoland area or Chicago suburb.
SPECIAL THANKS TO ALL THE PINBALL EXPO
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