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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 facilitate 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 #3129)

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.

To register or if you have any questions, please contact Pernilla Jonsson at: or (703) 264-7200 ext. 252.

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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.

Are you ready to party and benefit a cause that matters to our PRINT community? Last year, we raised more than $5,000 for Family Rescue Chicago to celebrate our return to the windy city. This year, join us at PINSTRIPES for a fresh take on bowling, games, Toast & Jam DJ, and modern rustic food in a trendy nightclub atmosphere. Connect, play and unwind while we benefit CJ's SKATEPARK, empowering children to overcome challenges and build confidence through recreation.

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

Guided Exhibit Hall Tours

New to PRINT 18 — get an exclusive look at the Exhibit Hall through the lens of industry experts on special guided tours. These free tours follow topic-specific education sessions in the Exhibit Hall Learning Experience Theater (Booth 1652) and run each day of the event.

Limited space available (15) on a first-come, first-served basis. Reservations are required for each tour and you must be a registered attendee of PRINT 18 (no exhibitors or suppliers). E-mail Erin Harrison at to reserve your spot today once you have completed your attendee registration. Include your name, company, email address and the name of the tour(s) you would like to attend.

Click here to view the archived webinar about our Guided Tours; brought to you by Steven Schnoll, Trish Witkowski, and John Leininger.

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Guided Tours

Tour: Automated Solutions for Today's Finishing

Mon. October 1 | 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM

The bindery is the final frontier of total workflow automation—but what’s the appropriate path to this goal? This tour will take you on a fascinating journey to explore automated solutions in 5 bindery categories.


Tour: Emerging Trends Reshaping Print

Mon. October 1 | 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Evolving digital technologies ranging from dealing with data management to printing are reshaping our industry. This tour will showcase diversified segment leaders and offer important conversations in providing the viable options to the future.


Tour: For In-Plants the Secret for Success Can be Found in Two Things

Sun. September 30 | 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

For in-plants, its two things: constantly strive to keep prices competitive and add more value-added products. The tour will engage with companies that can help in-plants cut manufacturing costs and others with products that can add more value.


Tour: High Speed Ink-Jet Print Advancements

Tues. October 2 | 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

This tour will provide an overview of competing approaches to enhancing inkjet print quality and expanding media compatibility. The introduction will be followed by an exhibitor tour led by Inkjet Insight analysts who are ready to answer questions.


Tour: Ideas Around Specialty Print and Embellishments

Tues. October 2 | 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Today print is much more than just putting ink on paper. This tour will take participants to some of the Specialty Print and Embellishments thought leader companies making the printed piece a stimulating marketing choice.


Tour: Print is Flying in the Cloud

Sun. September 30 | 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM

Cloud Technology is impacting the print industry in many different areas. Cloud computing is the delivery of many different services. This tour will highlight five industry segments that utilize the cloud in impactful ways.

Co-Located Events


Annual Board of Directors Meeting

Sunday, September 30; 11:30 AM - 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

Brand Owner Council

Brand Owner Council Meeting

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

McCormick Place South; Room S105abc

CMO Council

Brand Inspiration Forum

Tuesday, October 2; 8:30 - 11:30 AM

McCormick Place South; Room S103a


Dscoop Session

Monday, October 1; 3:00 - 4:30 PM

McCormick Place South; Room S104ab

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, Booth #3129


Solution Theater

September 30 - October 2

McCormick Place South; Booth 3833

Imaging Network Group (INg)

2018 Annual Workshop

September 28 - September 29

Fairmont Chicago Millennium Park

International Newspaper Group (ING)

2018 Annual Conference

September 28 - 29

Hyatt Regency Chicago


IPMA Luncheon Session

Monday, October 1; 12 - 1:30 PM

McCormick Place South; Room S105ab

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

Premier Print Awards Gala

Sunday, September 30

Hyatt Regency McCormick Place, Chicago, IL; Also featuring the InterTech Technology Awards

Rochester Institute of Technology

RIT Alumni Gathering

Monday, October 1; 5:30 - 7:30 PM

Kroll's South Loop - 1736 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL 60616

Xplor International

Breakfast Panel Presentation

Monday, October 1; 8:30 - 11 AM

McCormick Place South; Room S105abc