Always celebrated on Memorial Day Weekend,CGMA stands for Chicagoland GEMS,MINERALS,FOSSILS,JEWELRY + over 300 dealers, demonstrations, exhibits, lapidary arts, jewelry exhibits, faceting, cabochon cutting, polishing gemstones, silversmithing, beading, wire wrapping, prospecting, geode splitting, a silent auction, children’ rock area – and jewelry repair – are available all in one spot!
TICKETS: CASH ONLY at the door (1day and 2 days pass available)
Adults 5$ /2day 8$
Seniors (62) and students 3$ /2days 5$
Active Service Personnel with ID,Scouts in uniform,kids under 13 – FREE
FREE PARKING(enough for everybody),indoor event,air conditioned,food available
New location 2017: Kane County Fairgrounds – 525 s Randall Rd,St Charles,IL
This year,they celebrated their 40th Anniversary,and everybody received at entrance,a Ruby Crystal from Madagascar.
I’ve attended this show in the past,and I had the same great feeling about it.Lots of goodies to look at,admire and purchase.They have lots of things for lots of budgets.
For kids,they gave away for free a mini collection of rocks/crystals/fossils to learn more.On our way home we mixed our,so they might not be in the right order below 😉
They even had a learning center on how to Find Gold(panning),which i thought was really cool.
They also have museums quality specimens to admire,or buy.
Another cool thing was the fluorescent rocks booth,that you would go in a full dark room and they have case built with fluorescent light and cool stones to admire.
One more cool thing,especially for kids,you would pick and purchase a geode rock and they will crack it open for you right there,and you will be surprised on which type you’ve got.
I can’t even tell you how many rocks and crystals they have to purchase and admire,fossils,and lots and lots of handmade jewelry.
I’ve been enjoying this years show again,and I will definitely return in the future.
Here’s what I’ve got home with to expand my crystal/rock collection