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kcabai03 Oct 2017 6:35 a.m. PST

Little Wars 2018
"Dawn of a New Age"
April 26 – April 29, 2018

We are at that time to start making your reservations for Little Wars. We will be returning to last year's site: The Westin Lombard Yorktown Center, 70 Yorktown Center in Lombard, Illinois, 60146. The property is convenient to both Chicago and any of the surrounding communities, just 2 minutes off of I-88.

The Westin Yorktown Center has spacious areas for the Vendors; 8,362 square feet of floor space in the Junior Ballroom and 4,917 square feet with the entire Lilac Room. The Grand Ballroom will be used for events. The facility offers a varied menu of convention food items with both a hot serving line and a cold station. There is a restaurant (Harry Caray's) on site as well as the food court in the Yorktown mall across the parking lot. The facility has multiple restrooms and the building is well heated/air conditioned as needed. The building is wired for internet service at a fee. The building also has main loading dock that provides easy access for the loading/unloading of goods. Free parking is plentiful for the hotel.

Rooms again, been successfully negotiated with the Westin. Rates will stay the same, as they had for the last 2 years. Free parking is available for the hotel. The room block which is already open, can be booked at the price of $121.00 USD per night at the following website: Please be sure to mention the Little Wars room block for the reduced rate.

This year we have included a free Demo Table option for those Vendors that have expressed an interest in such. Plans include having the Demo Tables set up in the Lilac room, along with Battlefront and the Paint and Take. We have also moved to the 10 x 10 Booth space as our standard Vendor area. This was based on the overwhelming amount of feedback I acquired from speaking to you last spring. We are planning to have Television News coverage, War College Events, Reenactors, Raffles, Painting Contest, Flea Market, President's game, and we are growing our convention to include gaming on Thursday night, (April 26th). Sunday is looking to be Family, and Tournament Day. We are formulating a reduced show entrance fee that day. Coming back, will be the Wheaton Academy, FOW tournament, and we are working on Saga, X-Wing and Bolt Action events on Sunday as well.

Our BOD wants to ensure our Vendors get the support they need. My staff and I, will be located at the Vendor Check-In desk located in between the two Vendor Halls. We will be there before and during Dealer hall hours to ensure, any issues are dealt with in a quick and timely manner. As before we will have a host of volunteers to help you, with your unloading and set up, as well as take down. If you have any special requirements please let me know beforehand. We have also appointed a Marketing Manager to the BOD, who will be taking a very comprehensive approach in getting our word out. Our goal continues to see an increase in both experienced gamers and to reach out to those individuals that may be interested in the hobby, and have never attended a convention before.

To request a Vendor package or if you have any questions please feel free to reach out to me any time.

Thank you,
Kevin Cabai
Vendor Manager, Little Wars 2018/BOD
773 594 1301

For those who have not been with us before or missed last year, see below for links regarding our past conventions.


Facebook Page:

Media Announcements:

• Channel 9 WGN 2017

• link

• Chicago Tribune

• Channel 7, ABC

kcabai03 Oct 2017 10:45 a.m. PST

This is a better link to use for your Hotel booking:

Personal logo Ironwolf Supporting Member of TMP05 Oct 2017 7:29 p.m. PST

Do you list what the vendor booth prices are???

kcabai05 Oct 2017 7:31 p.m. PST

Send me an Email, and I will send you a packet.

Kevin Cabai

kcabai06 Oct 2017 6:54 a.m. PST


I sent it out this morning.

Thorby Inactive Member07 Oct 2017 8:24 p.m. PST

2018 Little Wars Vendor Booth Pricing

Standard Booth $200 USD 10'x10' 100 $2 USD 2 Free $35 USD 1 table, 2 chairs
The Complimentary package is available to Preferred Vendors. The other packages (Bronze, Silver, Gold, and Platinum) are available to Preferred Vendors as well as Outside Vendors.
• Preferred Vendors are those vendors who are currently offering a qualifying discount to HMGS-Midwest members as well as those vendors who have paid to attend Little Wars within the last 12 months, including pre-payment for the upcoming convention. Preferred Vendors will receive preference over Outside Vendors. • Outside Vendors are all other vendors who are not ‘Preferred Vendors'. Outside Vendor pricing for advertising packages is an additional $50.00 USD for each package.

kcabai07 Oct 2017 11:21 p.m. PST

I do not know who Thorby is, he is not part of HMGS+Midwest. I am also not sure what he has tried to display here. It seems like a mix of different line items from our form. As well as parts of a separate advertising promotion. if you have questions please contact me.

Thorby Inactive Member08 Oct 2017 2:32 p.m. PST

Is it wrong?

kcabai08 Oct 2017 5:01 p.m. PST


Thorby Inactive Member09 Oct 2017 8:06 a.m. PST

So is the price wrong? I copied it from the sheet my colleague passed on.

Thorby Inactive Member13 Oct 2017 4:22 a.m. PST

No response? That's because my info is correct.

kcabai13 Oct 2017 6:18 a.m. PST

We are putting the info on the website. Your info is incomplete and misleading.

Thorby Inactive Member13 Oct 2017 5:49 p.m. PST

Which part is misleading? The 10 foot square booth is $200 USD right?

If not then I will ask the editor to remove the post. If true then an apology here is best.

Thorby Inactive Member13 Oct 2017 6:08 p.m. PST

I have sent the pricing doc to the Editor. He will see that you are picking on me

kcabai13 Oct 2017 10:03 p.m. PST

We are putting the info on the website. Your info is incomplete and misleading.

Thorby Inactive Member14 Oct 2017 5:50 a.m. PST

Which part is misleading? The 10 foot square booth is $200 USD USD right?

If not then I will ask the editor to remove the post. If true then an apology here is best.

An honorable man would answer. You won't answer because you know I am right. You complain to the editor to remove this post. If you post the info to the website it will show I am right, and I will link it here. You cannot win. Apologize and I will accept it, and we can go on.

Thorby Inactive Member18 Oct 2017 9:58 a.m. PST

The rates are posted at under the little wars tab.

I will post them here by the weekend if we don't hear an apology form kcabai.

shthar18 Oct 2017 9:59 a.m. PST

I can strongly reccmend going to this show to sell stuff.

Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian18 Oct 2017 12:47 p.m. PST

Direct link: PDF link

kcabai18 Oct 2017 9:48 p.m. PST

The HMGS-Midwest website, has been updated as of 0200 Zulu (UTC), Wednesday, 18 October. The complete vendor information packet is online.
Deleted by Moderator

You may email any questions or comments to

kcabai19 Oct 2017 6:06 a.m. PST

Vendor Link link

Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian19 Oct 2017 11:20 a.m. PST

Sorry to remove your link, kcabai, but I received a complaint from Mike Pennock of Rock-Con convention staff that you had linked to a private document.

Thorby Inactive Member21 Oct 2017 9:14 p.m. PST

Don't be mad at Little Wars. Its great. We will see if the current BOD is able to get out of their own way.

And I await my apology.

Personal logo Murphy Sponsoring Member of TMP22 Oct 2017 6:55 p.m. PST

So is HMGS Midwest going with the "Annex room" again? I know a LOT of the vendors weren't happy with that decision last year….

RKE Steve24 Oct 2017 10:21 a.m. PST

Nap1814 – I would love to hear your thoughts on how the old board did not care what the members wanted. Please feel free to contact me at Note i am not part of the current board or old board for that matter. I am a current member and was the previous Event Manager.

RKE Steve26 Oct 2017 5:38 a.m. PST

Nap1814 – When you say the con was not modern I assume you mean things like registration and the non-acceptance of credit cards. I would agree with you on that front. Again having worked closely with the previous board and being responsible for the website all I can say is that no one had the skillset to modernize things. When i took over the website, the organization had been paying over $500.00 USD a year. I took that cost down to under $100.00 USD a year and my services was free. While not a web developer I do know HTML. I was able to update things at a moments notice.

As for volunteering – depending on who you asked and when and where you asked would really depend on the reply. Onsite at the con, we would typically need help at the event desk and registration desk, if we had coverage at the time asked then of course you know the answer. Putting on the con – work starts in September and runs up to the day of the con. That work was typically handled by 2 or 3 people. That takes up a lot of time.

As for suggestions – again depending on the suggestions would depend on whether or not the board had someone with the skills to implement. Any suggestion or modernization requires people with the skills to implement – without someone with those skills it would require the organization to spend money. That was how they weighed whether or not to get something done. Hence the reply of why not help to get that suggestion done.

I see your points and they are in fact valid. But it takes skills or money to accomplish things.

Thorby Inactive Member26 Oct 2017 12:09 p.m. PST

And still no response from the man who told me I was wrong, only to find that was incorrect.
I would have thought a former officer would have the personal honor to acknowledge this fact. Too bad

Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian27 Oct 2017 8:09 p.m. PST

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