1st Chicago Bottle Club

Bottle Show

The 1st Chicago Bottle Club holds its annual bottle show the last Sunday of October.

Our first Bottle Show and Sale was held in 1970. Ever since, the annual Bottle Show has remained the best way to bring together bottle collectors not just from the Midwest, but from all areas of the country. The Show offers collectors the chance to display, trade, buy or sell their antique bottles, along with educating the general public on the history of antique bottles, and the gratification of being an antique bottle collector.

Our Club displays are very unique with a new theme presented to our members every year. Some of our past themes have been: Chicago Blues, Our Favorite Things, Chicago goes Green and Bottles and their Go-Withs.

The Bottle Show gives everyone the opportunity to view seldom seen bottles, pottery, ephemera, and corresponding advertising pieces. Each display is featured in our Bottle Show brochure along with a brief description. We do not vote or hand out ribbons as this is strictly a Club participation event for all to enjoy.


For our current Show Flyers, click on the flyer you would like. Flyer 1 Flyer 2
For our Annual Bottle Show and Sale contract, Click Here


Contact our Show Chairman, John Vlahovich at jvlahovich@att.net for additional information.


The 2017 show will be on Sunday, October 29th at the Holiday Inn Matteson Conference Center, Matteson, IL.

From the North:
I-294S to Indiana to I-80W to Iowa. Exit 151A to
I-57S to Memphis. Exit 340 for US 30/Lincoln Hwy. Destination on the right.

From the South:
I-57N ramp to Chicago. Exit 340 for US 30/Lincoln Hwy. Destination on the right.

From the East:
I-80W/I-94W toward Chicago. Exit 151A to I-57S
to Memphis. Exit 340 for US 30/Lincoln Hwy. Destination on the right.

From the West:
I-80E towards Gary, IN. Exit 151A to I-57S to Memphis. Exit 340 for US 30/Lincoln Hwy. Destination on the right.

2016 Show and Displays

Sales Floor
Club Displays
Hayes Bros. Bottles
Ink Display

Can you tell Halloween is close?
Lou Metzinger at the Club table
President John Panek
with his grandson
Linnea and dad searching
for that special find

2015 Show and Displays

The purpose of our Club display was to show examples illustrating the progression of glass containers throughout the decades. It started with the earliest bottles when Chicago was just a frontier town (1840) all the way to post war America (1950). The bottles were a representation of the different manufacturing processes, color, shapes and sizes throughout the decades in Chicago.
Linda Dishno giving Tom Majewski his prize for selling the most raffle tickets. For his efforts, Tom received an amber Chicago square embossed: BENNETT PIETERS//31 & 33/MICHIGAN AVE.//CHICAGO. Thanks to everyone who purchased raffle tickets as we sold out this year. We would have not sold out but for the hard work Linda does year after year regarding all aspects of the raffle ticket drive.

2014 Show and Displays

Display Theme: Our Favorite Things
Sampling of ACL sodas

"Blood" related bottles from Chicago

A crowd developed around the sales tables of Jr. Gibson and Bill Vander Veen.
Mr. Hutch, Bob Harms (left) talking it up
with Club President John Panek (right)
during the show.
And the winner is...Show Chairman John Vlahovich (right) giving Tom Majewski (left) his prize for selling the most raffle tickets.
Tom received a quart, dark amber (Chicago) milk bottle embossed: LAKE ZURICH DAIRY.

2013 Show and Displays

Display Theme: Bottles and their Go-Withs

Colorful sales table of paper posters

2012 Show and Displays

Bob Harms Charter Recipient of
Hutchinson Bottle Collectors' Association
"Hall of Fame Award"
Tom Majewski and son
Busy day at the sales tables

Display theme: Chicago Goes Green

2011 Show and Displays

Display theme: Chicago Blues

Book signing for Standard Fruit Jar Reference 2011, Club member and author Jerry McCann
Book signing for Bottled in Illinois,
authors Ken Farnsworth (far right)
and John Walthall (standing)
Sales table of Jim Hall