Reptile Fest


Reptile Fest

Snake your way with the family to Chicago for Reptile Fest, April 11-12 and stay at the nearby and affordable Best Western Plus Chicago Hillside Hotel!

Reptile Fest, sponsored by the Chicago Herpetological Society, is the largest reptile and amphibian show in the country. There will 40,000 square feet of exhibits, vendors and games. If climbing into a tortoise pen has been your life’s dream, dream no more!
BUT we will not feed your little sister to a boa constrictor!

Hundreds of reptiles and amphibians will be on hand for Reptile Fest. Learn about the reptiles and amphibians in your own back yard. (This writer has a copperhead snake in the woods back of his house.) You’ll be able to safely hold big and little snakes, lizards, frogs, tortoises and turtles and more.

“I would one day wish to own a reptile I would love to meat other reptile enthusiasts.” Gina

In addition to live animals, there will be skeletons and fossils on exhibit. Professional herpetologists will be on hand to talk about care and maintaining of pets, ecology and the importance of reptiles and amphibians to life.

Reptile Fest will be held on the university campus at the UIC Educational Building, 901 West Roosevelt Road. Admission is $10 for ages 12 and over. No outside animals will be admitted. For more information, go to

Best Western Plus Chicago Hotel at Hillside, just a short trip to the University of Illinois Chicago campus, provides free shuttle service to and from O’Hare Airport in Chicago. The hotel offers affordable, comfortable rooms, a breakfast bar and restaurant and much more. The hotel is pet friendly and offers AAA rates.