High Wheeler Train Show

Dates: TBD – Show is canceled until further notice.
Location: Harper College Sports Center, Algonquin & Roselle Roads, Palatine, IL


Audience: Family

Description: Family-oriented Model Train show with some vendors selling railroad-related items.

All-American Train Show

Date: March 25th, 2023
Location: Lyons Township High School, 100 South Brainard Avenue La Grange, IL 60525-2100

Visit the NMRA DuPage Division Website for more information.

Audience: Family

Description: Good family show in a large gym with train displays only, no selling of any kind.  The event is well worth attending if you are in the Chicago Area.  The show caters to family fun and children of all ages.  This show is run by the NMRA DuPage Division, please see the link above for more information about the show and recent division activities.


RPM Chicagoland

Railroad Prototype Modelers (RPM) Conference Chicagoland

Dates: October 27-28, 2023
Location: Naperville, IL

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Audience: Hobbyist / Prototype Modeler

Description: A model show for serious railroaders where in-depth sessions focus on accurately modeling prototype aspects of railroading.  The event is for adults who enjoy modeling railroad equipment with exacting detail.  Sessions cover historical aspects of railroading with elements on how to build an accurate model reflecting the prototype. The focus is primarily on steam transition era modeling however some modeling techniques can be applied to any era.  Registration and entry payment can be done on-site for the event.

Formerly known as Naperville Railroad Prototype Modelers Meet, Naperville RPM, Sunshine RPM



Dates: November, 2024
Location: Wisconsin Exposition Center at State Fair Park • Milwaukee (West Allis, WI)


Audience: Family

Description: The best train show in the Midwest with many train layouts on display and vendors selling railroad and hobby items.  The focus is trains of all scales.  This show is worth the drive to Milwaukee for the day as it is two to three times bigger than the local shows in Chicago.