In 2006 the Remodeling Show heads to the Lakeside Center, McCormick Place, Chicago. This year's Show, owned and operated by our publisher Hanley Wood, LLC, is expected to attract more than 10,000 remodelers and home improvement professionals from around the country. Each year they come to be educated by classes that are part of the Remodeling Show conference, to visit the Show floor packed with products from more than 350 manufacturers and filling more than 100,000 net square feet of exhibit space, and to network with peers.

What: 2006 Remodeling Show

When: October 18-21

Where: Lakeside Center, McCormick Place, Chicago

Sponsors: NAHB, NAHB

Remodelors Council, and REMODELING magazine.

Ways To Go This year the Remodeling Show has partnered with Travel Planners to provide the most flexible and economical way to make hotel, airline, and rental car arrangements for your visit to Chicago.

You can book all your travel arrangements online at the official Remodeling Show Web site,, or you can call Travel Planners at 800.221.3531, ext. 1. (Callers in area codes 212, 516, 718, or 914 should call 212.532.1660.)

Special hotel pricing for Show attendees ranges from $129 to $215 per night. Online travel discounts are also available for American Airlines, America West, Continental Airlines, and Northwest flights into Chicago O'Hare airport, as well as for Amtrak and Avis car rental.

By the time you read this, the Web site will also have a complete list of all educational seminars, on-floor demonstrations and clinics, and after-hour events, plus a comprehensive search function that allows you to not only register online but to plan activities, hour by hour. A Show Specials page will also list products and discounts offered by Show exhibitors.

Schedule at a Glance CAPS classes: October 16

CAPS/CGR classes: October 17

Workshops: 3 hours each (one is full-day), October 18

Seminars: 90 minutes each, October 19-21

Exhibits: October 19-21

Welcome Reception: October 19, 5:30 p.m.

Town Hall Meeting: October 20, 10:00 a.m.

Remodelors Council Gala: October 20, 6:30 p.m.

Work Smarter The Remodeling Show's educational program offers a wealth of information for both you and your employees, with two streams through which to get your info: the Show floor (demos and clinics) and the Conference (workshops, seminars, and CAPS/ CGR classes).

This year's Show offers 20-plus on-floor technical demos and clinics on everything from hanging doors to hanging drywall. And the conference program has a total of 86 sessions (including the CGR and CAPS classes), with 14 seminars and workshops specifically designed for field personnel. Speakers include REMODELING columnist Shawn McCadden on eliminating punch lists, and REMODELING contributor Tim Faller on time management and customer service.

And, for business owners and managers, the Master Series (which requires separate registration) presents course material for high-level remodeling personnel on topics such as client psyche and mastering the art of delegation.

Continuing Ed Remodeling Show seminars qualify for Continuing Education Units (CEUs) for the American Institute of Architects (AIA), American Institute of Building Designers (AIBD), American Society of Interior Designers (ASID), International Interior Design Association (IIDA), and National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA).