I went to the show when it was in Chicago twice, but the last time was at least four years ago and I was only there for a few hours that time. Going to an international quilt show like this is a great way to see what is new and exciting in the quilt world. Of course, I try to keep up on the internet and that works pretty well, but there is nothing like seeing several hundred quilts in person.
And... the vendors! The amazing number and variety of vendors you find at these kinds of shows is worth the trip by itself. So many fabrics and products to see and try (and maybe a few to buy).
I also understand that the Cincinnati Modern Quilt Guild will have an exhibit at the show so I'm really looking forward to seeing their quilts.
This may be the year of the quilt show for me too (in addition to being the Year of the Swap). The other major American international quilt organization, the American Quilter's Society, is having one of their big shows in Grand Rapids, MI in August (about 2 hours away from me). This show has been held previously in Nashville, but will be in Grand Rapids this year. I don't know if this is a long term change or a temporary one, but I'm going to try to get to that show too. AQS's main show is the big one in Paducah, Kentucky every April. I went to that show back in 2005 and have been hoping to get back every year since. I almost went last year since I had a quilt in the show (it won a prize!), but the logistics didn't work out.
Are you planning any big quilting related trips this year?