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PRINT 18 welcomes you to explore the networking and event opportunities happening all three days of the show to help you connect with others in the industry. Not only do we offer an extensive Learning Experience complete with seminars, computer labs and lunch sessions, but also a handful of events meant to faciliate networking and building long-lasting connections. Maximize your event experience before, during and after the show by attending some of the events below!

First Timers' Reception

Calling all first-timers at PRINT 18! YOU are invited to attend the First Timers' Reception taking place on the show floor at PRINT 18. This fun event will feature light fare, refreshments, and games for all to enjoy! Whether you're completely new to the industry or just new to PRINT, please join us for some networking and fun.

  • Date: Sunday, September 30
  • Time: 4:00 - 5:00 PM
  • Where: Reception Area (on the show floor; booth number to come)

No RSVP required!

International Networking Reception (FREE Event)

Sunday, September 30 - 4:30 to 6:00 pm
Hyatt McCormick Place Hotel

Regency Ballroom CD

Join your industry colleagues from around the world as we welcome international buyers and representatives, APTech members and other distinguished guests to this VIP reception during PRINT 18. This is the perfect opportunity for companies seeking to expand their international business relationships. Enjoy beverages and hors d'oeuvres as you mingle.

The Young Entrepreneur Award 2018 will be presented by CONLATINGRAF to Luis Miura, Vice President of Administration at Famira Srl. Labels and Packaging and Impresora Arte Y Cine from the Dominican Republic.

If you have any questions or request further information, please contact Pernilla Jonsson at: or (703) 264-7200 ext. 252.

Celebrate PRINT! Our Party With a Purpose

BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND! Join us again for CELEBRATE PRINT! Our Party with a Purpose, taking place Monday, October 1 from 5:30 – 7:30 PM.

Last year we raised more than $5,000 for Family Rescue, one of the largest domestic violence agencies in Chicago. This year, we are planning a sporty new Party with a Purpose at Pinstripes, a multi-level indoor and outdoor venue located on the Chicago River in the historic River East Arts Center. Toast & Jam DJ, plush seating, great bowling, dozens of games, and fabulous food and drinks await you! Let the pins fall where they may—and help us raise even more money this year to ensure that children have access to sports and recreation.

Shuttles will be available to take you from McCormick Place to Pinstripes.

More information to come!

Co-Located Events


Annual Board of Directors Meeting

Sunday, September 30; 1 PM - 4 PM

McCormick Place South; Room S501a - Anyone interested is welcome to attend! Contact Ervin Dennis ( for more information.


Annual User Conference

Saturday, September 29; 11 AM - 5 PM

Dinner and Speaker to follow at 6 PM. Fee: $100 for customers; $200 for non-customers

American Dealer Group (ADG)

Member Meeting

Monday, October 1; 7:15 - 10 AM

McCormick Place South; Room S501d

Brand Owners Council

Brand Owners Council Meeting

Monday, October 1; 2:30 - 3:30 PM

McCormick Place South; Room S105abc

Foil & Specialty Effects Association (FSEA)

Bindery Buffet Breakfast

Tuesday, October 2; 8 - 9 AM

McCormick Place South; Room S502a

Foil & Specialty Effects Association (FSEA)

Board Meeting

Tuesday, October 2; 9 - 11 AM

McCormick Place South; Room S501d

Girls Who Print

Girls Who Print Day

Tuesday, October 2

McCormick Place South; The Printerverse, Booth 3823

Girls Who Print

Girls Who Print Luncheon

Tuesday, October 2; 12 NOON

McCormick Place South; The Printerverse, Booth 3823


Seminar: Printing - The Original Creative Industry

Sunday, September 30; 1:30 - 2:30 PM

McCormick Place South; Room S102cd

Graphic Arts Alliance

Annual Meeting

Monday, October 1; 7:30 - 10 AM

McCormick Place South; Room S501a

Great Lakes Graphic Association (GLGA)

Member Reception

Monday, October 1; 4 - 5:30 PM

McCormick Place South; Show Floor Reception Area


Solution Theater

September 30 - October 2

McCormick Place South; Booth 3833

Imaging Network Group (INg)

2018 Annual Workshop

September 28 - September 29

Chicago Fairmont Agenda and Register:

International Newspaper Group (ING)

2018 Annual Conference

September 28 - 29

Hyatt Regency Chicago


IPMA Luncheon

Monday, October 1; 12 - 1:30 PM

McCormick Place South; Room 105abc

Print and Graphics Scholarship Foundation (PGSF)

Board of Directors Meeting

Tuesday, October 2; 7 - 10 AM

McCormick Place South; Room S501a

Print Media Centr

The Printerverse Theater

September 30 - October 2

McCormick Place South; Booth 3823

Printing Industries of America

Permier Print Awards Gala

Sunday, September 30

J. W. Marriott Hotel, Chicago, IL; Also featuring the InterTech Technology Awards

Xplor International

Breakfast Panel Presentation

Monday, October 1; 8:30 - 11 AM

McCormick Place South; Room S105abc