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Chicago International Quilt Festival

Throw off that winter blanket and come to the Chicago International Quilt Festival March 26-28 at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont and stay at the nearby and affordable Elk Grove Chicago Hotel!

The Chicago International Quilt Festival is for pro quilters, competitors, beginners, art lovers and students! The Quilt Gallery features juried quilts from all parts of the world. See the Astronomical Quilts, featuring one made by astronaut Karen Nyberg, which flew aboard the international space station! Enjoy the heritage quilts, 20th Century replicas of traditional early American designs!

Make It University offers one hour classes with top quilters and fiber artists! Visit the Open Studios to watch professional artists work on quilts and fiber art while explaining their process. Attend workshops with topics such as Applique, Design, Professional Development, Binding and Finishing, and many more!

American quilt making (sewing and stitching of swatches of cloth), is an art form older than the United States. Early spinners and sewers made objects of stitched cloth for their families. Quilting was considered an activity for the upper classes. In the 1800s, African American quilters made beautiful quilts which, when hung from porches and doors, served as encoded routes on the Underground Railroad, for escaping slaves. Quilting today is practiced by thousands of hobbyists, artists both young and old.

The Donald E. Stephens Convention Center is located at 5555 North River Road in Rosemont. For more information, email shows@quilts.com. Children 10 and under are admitted free with an adult paid ticket.

The Elk Grove Chicago Hotel, located just minutes away from the Chicago International Quilt Festival, offers affordable, comfortable rooms with amenities such as an indoor swimming pool and free Wi-Fi. Our local shuttle can take you to Woodfield Mall, Allstate Arena and O’Hare Field. Ask about our Park, Stay and Fly special rates!

 

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