Chicago Rocks & Minerals Society, Chicago, IL
Chicago Rocks and Minerals Society
Chicago Rocks and Minerals Society
Chicago Rocks and Minerals Society
Chicago Rocks and Minerals Society
Chicago Rocks and Minerals Society

Calendar of Events
Club events are highlighted in yellow.
Meetings are at 7:30 p.m. on the second Saturday
of the month (except July & August)

(Just click on the green "+" sign to see the month's events.)
Last Updated: 3/6/2017


OpenJanuary 2017
January 1 - February 28, 2017

Quartzsite, AZ
Every year the great rockhound migration takes place in Quartzsite, when there are eight major gem and mineral shows in January and February. Quartzsite's population swells to nearly a million people as rockhounds, jewelers and vendors come, mostly in RVs, to search out the good buys.

Info: http://www.desertusa.com/cities/az/quartzsite.html

January 14, 2017
(Sa)

CRMS Meeting at 7:30 PM!

Speaker: Arthur Lifshin
Topic: An Overview of the Geology and Structure of Illinois, Including the Hydrothermal Zones

St. Peter's United Church of Christ
8013 Laramie Ave., Skokie, IL.
(At Laramie and Oakton - across from the Skokie Public Library)

January 28, 2017
(Sa-Su)

Lincoln Gem & Mineral Club Rock Swap
Sa: 1pm-5pm

Bethany Park Shelter House, Cotner & Vine Streets, Lincoln, NE.

Info: Visit their website http://www.lincolngemmineralclub.org.

January 28 - February 12, 2017

Tucson, AZ
More than 35 wholesale and retail shows!
For an interactive map of the shows, visit Google Maps to start planning your itinerary: http://bit.ly/1eVweTn

OpenFebruary 2017
January 1 - February 28, 2017

Quartzsite, AZ
Every year the great rockhound migration takes place in Quartzsite, when there are eight major gem and mineral shows in January and February. Quartzsite's population swells to nearly a million people as rockhounds, jewelers and vendors come, mostly in RVs, to search out the good buys.

Info: http://www.desertusa.com/cities/az/quartzsite.html

January 28 - February 12, 2017

Tucson, AZ
More than 35 wholesale and retail shows!
For an interactive map of the shows, visit Google Maps to start planning your itinerary: http://bit.ly/1eVweTn

February 9-12, 2017
(Th-Su)

Annual Gem and Mineral Show™
"Mineral Treasures of the Midwest"
Th-Sa: 10am-6pm, Su: 10am-5pm
Adults $13; Seniors/active military $2 off Fri.; under 14 free.
The acclaimed "Main Show" hosted by the Tucson Gem and Mineral Society is the largest gem and mineral show in the US with 250+ retail dealers, extraordinary mineral, gem, fossil, lapidary and jewelry exhibits from private and mineral collections from around the world, and free lectures and seminars open to the public.

Tucson Convention Center, 260 S. Church Ave., Tucson, AZ

Info: http://www.tgms.org

February 9-12, 2017
(Fr-Su)

GeoFest — Indiana State Museum Fossil, Gem & Mineral Show
Fri: 10am-5pm, Sat: 10am-5pm, Sun: 11am-4pm. Adults $13, seniors $12, children $8.50.
Dealers, regional clubs, adult and kids' activities.

Indiana State Museum, 650 W. Washington St., Indianapolis, IN.

Info: Visit their website at: www.indianamuseum.org , email them at: pfisherkeller@indianamuseum.org or call them at: 317-232-7172.

February 11, 2017
(Sa)

CRMS Meeting at 7:30 PM!
Come celebrate our 70th Birthday!!

Speakers: Ben Chorn, our very own member and Geologist
Topic: Montana Moss Agates: Locations, history, tips, and more

St. Peter's United Church of Christ
8013 Laramie Ave., Skokie, IL.
(At Laramie and Oakton - across from the Skokie Public Library)

OpenMarch 2017
March 4-6, 2017
(Fr-Su)

Eastern Indiana Gem & Geological Society Annual Rock & Gem Show
Fr: 10am-6pm, Sa: 10am-6pm, Su: 11am-4pm.

Wayne Co. Fairgrounds, 861 N. Salisbury Road, Richmond, IN.

Info: Email them at: jleeburton@woh.rr.com or call Judy Burton (937) 339-1966.

March 4-5, 2017
(Sa-Su)

Mineral Miner Open House
Sa: 12-6, Su: 12-5.
We have been to Tucson and are back with some interesting new aquisitions. Come and see what we have found. We also have more of the collections that we aquired last summer and fall. Again, we will have "stuff" that has been hiding in the basement out for you to see. Basement is 50% off. Come shop or come and just "talk rocks."

Mineral Miner, Highland Park, IL.

Info: Call Henry or Patsy at 847-433-2413.

March 3-5, 2017
(Sa-Su)

Burpee Museum's Annual PaleoFest
Sa: 10-5, Su: 10-5. $15 per person, $7 Burpee Members. Paleofest began in 1999 and has been growing ever since. The event attracts everyone from kids to experts on dinosaurs. Each year thousands of dino enthusiasts flock to the Burpee Museum for Paleofest. PaleoFest features 20 internationally renowned paleontologists presenting on all aspects of paleontology, plus educational opportunities and hands-on activities for paleo-enthusiasts of all ages and all levels. This year's theme is to be announced. Tickets are on sale now.
Burpee Museum, 737 N. Main St., Rockford, IL.

Info: Visit the museum's website at http://www.burpee.org/event/paleofest-2017/ or call 1-815-965-3433.

March 11, 2017
(Sa)

CRMS 68th Annual Silent Auction, 6 to 9 PM!
First table closes at 6:30 PM. Free admission and parking.
Bid on rocks, crystals, minerals, fossils, geodes, handmade jewelry, lapidary materials, books, magazines and much more! Special selection just for kids. Families welcome; children must be accompanied by an adult. Refreshments available.

St. Peter's United Church of Christ — Gymnasium
8013 Laramie Ave., Skokie, IL.
(At Laramie and Oakton, across from the Skokie Public Library).

Info: Visit our Auction page or

March 11-12, 2017
(Sa-Su)

Kettle Moraine Geological Society's Annual Show
Sa: 10-5, Su: 10-4. $3 adults, children under 12 free. Meet Amanda Adtkins and Travis Anderson from the TV show "Prospectors," Dinosaur Jim, and see lunar rocks from NASA. Agates, minerals, gems, fossils, cabochons, Native American artifacts, geology and earth history displays, educational speakers, demonstrations, and a fluorescent rock and mineral display.
The new location will be Washington County Fair Park & Convention Center, 3000 Hwy PV. Just 1 block east of Hwy 45, 2.5 miles north of State Hwy 60, 6 miles south of State Hwy 33. West Bend, WI.

Info: Visit their website at http://www.kmgsrocks.com/.

March 17-19, 2017
(Fr-Su)

Michigan Gem & Mineral Society Annual Show
Fr: 10am-7pm, Sa: 10am-6pm, Su: 11am-5pm. Adults $4, seniors $2, students $1, children (under 5) free.
Kids' activities, gems, minerals, fossils, beads, jewelry, lapidary supplies, demonstrators, exhibits, displays, silent auctions, door prizes, raffle.

Jackson County Fairgrounds, American 1 Event Center, 200 W. Ganson, Jackson, MI

Info: http://mgmsrockclub.com/annual-show.html or email them at info@mgmsrockclub.com.

March 25-26, 2017
(Sa-Su)

Cedar Valley Rocks and Minerals Society's Annual Show
Sa: 8:30-6, Su: 9:30-5. Admission - Adults $3.00, $1 for students 12-18, children under 12 FREE when accompanied by an adult, youth groups with leader are free.
Dealers in minerals, fossils, gems, jewelry, tools, equipment, lapidaries, educational programs, silent auctions, demonstrations, displays, door prizes, kids' activities, gem sluice.

Hawkeye Downs Expo Center, 4400 6th Street Southwest, Cedar Rapids, IA.

Info: Visit their website at http://www.cedarvalleyrockclub.org/show.html.

March 25-26, 2017
(Sa-Su)

Earth Science Club of Northern Illinois (ESCONI) Mineral and Fossil Show
Sa: 10-5, Su: 10-4. Free admission. Dealers, live and silent auctions, demonstrations, museum and special exhibits, book sales, kids' corner, and geode cracking.

DuPage County Fairgrounds, 2015 W. Manchester Road, Wheaton, IL.

Info: Visit their website http://www.esconi.org/esconi_earth_science_club/esconi-gem-mineral-show/ or contact Jeff Lord at jlord83@yahoo.com

March 25-26, 2017
(Sa-Su)

Badger Lapidary and Geological Society's Annual Rock, Gem, Mineral and Fossil Show
Sa: 9am-5pm, Su: 9am-4pm. Free admission: Free-will donation and free parking.
Ten dealers, excellent speakers, many beautiful club displays, fluorescent mineral tent, lapidary demonstrations, club sales table, hourly door prizes, educational films. Activities for kids: Fishpond, spinner game, scavenger hunt, gold panning, and roaming rock wizard. Great food.

NEW LOCATION: Rock County Fairgrounds, Craig Center Building, 1301 Craig Ave., Janesville, WI 53545

Info: www.badgerrockclub.org or contact Debbie Wehinger at jdrules3@gmail.com or call 608-897-2608.

March 31 - April 2, 2017
(Fr-Su)

MAPS (Mid America Paleontology Society) 37th National Fossil Expo
Fr: 8-5, Sa: 8-5, Su: 8-3. Free admission.
The expo is the largest show in the world that exhibits fossils exclusively. From tiny fossils to giant dinosaur bones, fossils for every budget and interest. Buy, sell, swap, and view displays of fossils. Children's activities, silent auction, live auction, programs and workshops. Friday keynote speaker: Phil Currie.

Sharpless Auctions Facility, 5049 Herbert Hoover Hwy NE, I-80 Exit 249, Iowa City, IA.

Info: Visit their website http://www.midamericapaleo.org/content/expo.php.

OpenApril 2017
March 31 - April 2, 2017
(Fr-Su)

MAPS (Mid America Paleontology Society) 37th National Fossil Expo
Fr: 8-5, Sa: 8-5, Su: 8-3. Free admission.
The expo is the largest show in the world that exhibits fossils exclusively. From tiny fossils to giant dinosaur bones, fossils for every budget and interest. Buy, sell, swap, and view displays of fossils. Children's activities, silent auction, live auction, programs and workshops. Friday keynote speaker: Phil Currie.

Sharpless Auctions Facility, 5049 Herbert Hoover Hwy NE, I-80 Exit 249, Iowa City, IA.

Info: Visit their website http://www.midamericapaleo.org/content/expo.php.

April 1, 2017
(Sa)

Rock River Valley Gem & Mineral Society Open House
Sa: 10-3.
Gems, Minerals, Fossils, and More... Children's activities: geode cracking, fish pond, & displays. Meets Boy Scout Geology badge requirement by attending exhibition.

North Suburban Library, 6340 N. 2nd St., Loves Park, IL.

Info: John Wood, 815-978-6960; rrvgms@gmail.com.

April 1-2, 2017
(Sa-Su)

Des Plaines Valley Geological Society's 50th Annual Gem, Mineral, Fossil, Jewelry and Lapidary Arts Show
Sa: 9:30-5, Su: 10-4. Admission - Adults $3.00, Seniors $2.00, Students with School ID $1.00, Children under 12 FREE when accompanied by an adult.
Gem, mineral, fossil and jewelry dealers, silent auction, educational exhibits, lapidary demonstrations, gold panning, kids' room, and raffles.

Des Plaines Park District Leisure Center, 2222 Birch Street, Des Plaines, IL.

Info: Visit their website at http://www.desplainesgeologyclub.org.

April 2 - 3, 2017
(Sa-Su)

Lincoln Gem & Mineral Club
Sa: 9-6, Su: 10-5 Admission $6.00, Adult 2 Day Pass $11.00, Children 11 and under free with adult.
Dealers, demonstrators, exhibits, youth booth, educational programs daily, gem digs — Discover Nature's Glorious Wonders.

Lancaster Event Center Lincoln Room, 4100 North 84th St., Lincoln, NE.

Info: Visit their website http://www.lincolngemmineralclub.org.

April 8, 2017
(Sa)

CRMS Meeting at 7:30 PM!

Speaker: Paul Mayer, Field Museum Fossil Invertebrate Collections Manager
Topic: How Digitization Helped Tame the Tully Monster

This is also the night of our Spring Pot Luck So bring your appetitie & a dish to pass!

St. Peter's United Church of Christ
8013 Laramie Ave., Skokie, IL.
(At Laramie and Oakton - across from the Skokie Public Library)

April 8-9, 2017
(Sa-Su)

Columbus Rock & Mineral Society Annual Show
Sat: 10-6, Sun: 11-5 Adults $7.00, Seniors $6.00, Students $3.00, Children under 6 Free.
Scouts in Uniform and Teachers with a school ID are free. Large children's area with dozens of educational exhibits, children's games and educational activities. Special speakers at 1:00 and 3:00pm Saturday and 2:00pm Sunday. Free specimen ID booth, demonstrations, hourly and grand door prize, case exhibits, silent auction and large dealer variety.

Northland Performing Arts Center, 4411 Tamarack Blvd, Columbus, OH.

Info: Visit their website at: http://www.columbusrockandmineralsociety.org.

April 22-23, 2017
(Sa-Su)

Nature's Treasurez
Sa: 1pm-8pm, Su: 1pm-8pm
Experience and procure original art, tableware and jewelry hand crafted from natural crystals, coral, stone, fossils, and petrified wood.

Nature's Treasurez, 18640 Laramie Lane, Country Club Hills, IL 60478

Info: Contact Wayne Dawson (708) 704-1979.

OpenMay 2017
May 5-7, 2017
(Fr-Su)

International Gem and Jewelry Show
Fr: 12-6, Sa: 10-6, Su: 11-5.
$6 admission or free with prepaid admissions cards to be mailed in April. Discount coupons available on their website. Free admission to all active duty military and veterans with current military identification (offer includes immediate family). No children 8 & under permitted.

Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, 5555 N. River Rd., Rosemont, IL.

Info: Visit their website at: https://www.intergem.com/shows/upcoming-shows/chicago-il-may-5-7.

Be our guest! You read that right, be our guest at this show by downloading and printing our special "Free Admission" ticket to the show. Tickets are now for 1 person only to enter the show. Click here to get your free ticket.

May 6-7, 2017
(Sa-Su)

21st Annual Art in the Park
Sa: 10-5 Su: 10-5. Admission is free.
Members of the West Suburban Lapidary Club will demonstrate their skills inside and outside the Lizzadro Museum of Art during this juried outdoor show featuring more than 100 fine artists from the Midwest.

Wilder Park, 175 S. Prospect, Elmhurst, IL.

Info: Visit their website at: http://www.rglmarketingforthearts.com/elmhurst-art-in-the-park.

May 5-7, 2017
(Fr-Su)

Kalamazoo Geological & Mineral Society 57th Annual Rock, Gem, Fossil and Mineral Show
Fr: 4-8, Sa: 10-6, Su: 10-5. Adults (ages 12 and up) $4, children free with paid adult, and uniformed scouts are free.
Demonstrations, displays, dealers, silent auctions, geode cracking, petoskey stone polishing, full-size cast of the skull of famous T-rex, Sue, hourly door prizes, gold panning, and much more.

Kalamazoo County Expo Center, 2900 Lake St., Kalamazoo, MI.

Info: Visit their website at: http://kalamazoorockclub.org/annual-show/.

May 13, 2017
(Sa)

CRMS Meeting at 7:30 PM!

Speaker: TBD
Topic: TBD

St. Peter's United Church of Christ
8013 Laramie Ave., Skokie, IL.
(At Laramie and Oakton - across from the Skokie Public Library)

May 27-28, 2017
(Sa-Su)

NEW LOCATION THIS YEAR!
Chicagoland Gems & Minerals Association (CGMA) 41st Annual Gem, Mineral, Jewelry and Fossil Show

Sa: 10-6, Su: 10-5.
Adults - $5.00, seniors - $3.00, students (13-17) - $3.00. Active service personnel with ID, scouts in uniform, and children under 13 free. 2-day passes also available. Free parking.
Over 30 retail and wholesale dealers of gems, minerals, fossils, jewelry, beads, books, and much more. Special exhibits by museums and private collectors, gold panning, Kids Korner, silent auction, and door prizes. Live demonstrations of jewelry making, opal cutting, metalsmithing, glass fusing, gem tree creation, and wire-wrapping. Air-conditioned. Food available. Wholesale room requires state tax ID and trade credentials.

The clubs that make up CGMA are Chicago Rocks & Minerals Society (Skokie), West Suburban Lapidary Club (Elmhurst), Earth Science Club of Northern Illinois (ESCONI, Glen Ellyn), South Suburban Earth Science Club (Park Forest), Des Plaines Valley Geological Society (Des Plaines), Elgin Rock Club (Elgin), and Northeast Illinois Gold Prospectors (Mokena).

NEW LOCATION THIS YEAR! Kane County Fairgrounds, 525 S. Randall Road, St. Charles, IL 60174

Info: Visit their website at: http://cgma.squarespace.com/. Or, contact them at (630) 377-0197 or e-mail cgma@sbcglobal.net.

OpenJune 2017
June 10, 2017
(Sa)

CRMS Meeting at 7:30 PM! Potluck dinner so bring your appetite and a dish to pass.

Speaker: TBD
Topic: TBD

CRMS Officer Elections will be taking place at this meeting.

St. Peter's United Church of Christ
8013 Laramie Ave., Skokie, IL.
(At Laramie and Oakton - across from the Skokie Public Library)

OpenJuly 2017
OpenAugust 2017
OpenSeptember 2017
September 9, 2017
(Sa)

CRMS Meeting at 7:30 PM!

Speaker: TBD
Topic: TBD

Welcome back!! It is that time of year again for us to get together and discuss what we did on our summer vacations. Write your "What I Did Over Summer Vacation" paper and have Rachele publish it in the newsletter.

St. Peter's United Church of Christ
8013 Laramie Ave., Skokie, IL.
(At Laramie and Oakton - across from the Skokie Public Library)

September 16, 2017
(Sa)

Rock River Valley Gem & Mineral Society — Rock, Mineral, Fossil, and Jewelry Swap Meet
Sa: 9:30am - 4pm. Rain or Shine. Free Admission.
Bring it, Swap it, Buy it, and Sell it. $20 space donation for 10 ft. by 10 ft.

Odd Fellows Hall, 6219 Forest Hills Rd. Rockford, IL

Info: John Wood, 815-978-6960; rrvgms@gmail.com.

OpenOctober 2017
October 14, 2017
(Sa)

CRMS Meeting at 7:30 PM!

Speaker: TBD
Topic: TBD

St. Peter's United Church of Christ
8013 Laramie Ave., Skokie, IL.
(At Laramie and Oakton - across from the Skokie Public Library)

OpenNovember 2017
November 11, 2017
(Sa)

CRMS Meeting at 7:30 PM!

Speaker: TBD
Topic: TBD

St. Peter's United Church of Christ
8013 Laramie Ave., Skokie, IL.
(At Laramie and Oakton - across from the Skokie Public Library)

OpenDecember 2017
December 9, 2017
(Sa)

CRMS Meeting at 7:30 PM! It's a Party!!
We're celebrating the Holidays! It's our annual Holiday Potluck Dinner! Bring your appetite & a dish to pass.

Speaker: TBD
Topic: TBD

St. Peter's United Church of Christ
8013 Laramie Ave., Skokie, IL.
(At Laramie and Oakton - across from the Skokie Public Library)



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