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ReptileFest 2018

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P.E. Complex, Northeastern Illinois University

3600 W Foster Avenue

Chicago, IL 60625

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Refunds up to 7 days before event

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ReptileFest is the largest educational reptile and amphibian show in the nation and features over 200 species of reptiles and amphibians from around the globe. Meet amazing amphibians, big boas, captivating crocodilians and rare reptiles while learning about reptile conservation, research and care. Participants will learn about these often misunderstood creatures through educational displays and games while having an opportunity to touch, hold and interact with hundreds of LIVE animals. We encourage animal lovers, families, school groups, reptile enthusiasts and anyone who's curious about these cold blooded creatures to come join us for this wonderful event!

Over the last decade, the Chicago Herpetological Society has donated over $100,000 to reptile and amphibian research and conservation through our grants program. Revenue generated from ticket sales and donations contributes to the conservation and study of imperiled herptofauna locally and internationally. We thank you for your interest in ReptileFest. With the help of you, the participant, The Chicago Herpeteological Society can continue to support reptile conservation efforts and continue to hold this show for years to come.


Where can I get more information on ReptileFest?

Please visit our Facebook event page at the link below or visit http://chicagoherp.wixsite.com/reptilefest for more information.

Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?

If you are purchasing tickets the day of the event, an ID may be required. There is no minimum age to enter this event. If you are bringing children, parental supervision is required at all times.

Can I bring my pet/s to ReptileFest?

We do not allow any outside pets to attend ReptileFest so please leave your dogs, cats, birds, fish and reptiles at home. Service animals however are welcome.

Can I hold/touch an animal at ReptileFest?

Absolutely! We display over 200 species of reptiles and amphibians each year. These include common pet reptiles like leopard geckos, corn snakes and red-eared sliders as well as bigger animals like iguanas, boa constrictors and African tortoises. Most of the animals can be touched or held, but please ask an exhibitor about our handling rules and their specific animals before touching them.

Can I buy my ticket the day of the event?

Yes. We accept cash, check and all major credit cards.

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

We strongly encourage people to bring their printed tickets to the show. If you forget your printed ticket, we can also scan your digital receipt at the door.

Do I have to touch a reptile at your show?

No. We never force anyone to touch, hold or handle an animal if they do not want to. However, this show is a great way for people with a fear and/or curiosity for reptiles to interact with them in a safe and supervised manner.

Do you sell live animals at ReptileFest?

No. The mission of ReptileFest is to educate the public about the conservation and care of these animals. Our exhibitors may be able to recommend a breeder or trade show where you can purchase a specific species, but we DO NOT sell/trade animals at this show.

Do you sell reptile supplies at ReptileFest?

In the past we have had reptile and animal supply companies sell dry goods (bedding, reptile food etc.). Each year is different but the amount of reptile supplies for sale at our festival is limited.

Do you have food at ReptileFest?

Yes. Each year Al’s Beef caters ReptileFest and feeds all of our hungry volunteers. They also have food for sale (beefs, hot dogs, sausages) for the general public.

How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Please email chsreptilefest@gmail.com with any questions, comments or concerns.

What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?

Free parking is avaiable at Northeastern Illinois University in the lot immediately west of the Physical Education Complex (follow the signs on the day of the event).

Please see the link below for directions and more transportation options.


What's the refund policy?

We offer refunds on tickets up to a week before the event. No refunds will be given after April 7th, 2018.

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P.E. Complex, Northeastern Illinois University

3600 W Foster Avenue

Chicago, IL 60625

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Refund Policy

Refunds up to 7 days before event

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