Best upcoming Illinois Cannabis Expos: Check out our list

There are so many different types of weed events in Illinois coming up. We don’t even know where to begin. There’s business events, personal, jobs, special interests, etc. There’s even schools now. We tried to narrow down the best events list for you a bit, and keep to the best of the best. Most of these events have been successful in other cities, so they’re now coming here. So, keeping that in mind, here you go. These are the best upcoming Illinois Cannabis Expos: Check out our list:

NECANN- 2020 Illinois Cannabis Convention, April 3-4, Chicago

Coming up in early spring, this convention tries to set itself apart. It claims its the first event focused solely on Illinois. NECANN’s been around about 6 years, and helps new weed businesses grow. They try to bring in huge numbers of your local marijuana pros and experts in the market. So now, they’re doing Illinois!  This looks like a cool event for growers, consumers and business people across Illinois, so it’s worth you looking into. Also, with the recent legalization of recreational marijuana in Illinois, look forward to an extra special kickoff, and tons of excitement. Learn more here.

CannaGrow Expo, April 17-18, Chicago

Are you a grower or an extractor? If so, then this event is for you. The 10th CannaGrow Expo is geared towards the art and science of growing cannabis. The event is open to everybody 18 and up, and is targeted towards cannabis growers, grow managers, extractors, and grow enthusiasts. You can explore the latest cannabis cultivation technology, tools, and cutting edge techniques. The event will also feature a selection of over 25 educational sessions on cultivation, led by world-class growers over two full days. You can also take advantage of networking with cultivators from around the globe, and a vendor expo hall packed with the latest tools & technology for growing and extracting cannabis. Again, if you’re into cultivating and extracting cannabis on a high level, you should check this out. Learn more here.

Cannabis Industrial Marketplace Chicago Summit & Expo, May 21-22, Rosemont

This trade show is geared towards businesses. If you are in the business of cannabis, whether you are directly involved or an ancillary, you should look into this trade show. You’ll find an expo floor showcasing everything from grow lights, to hydroponics, to security, and more. You will have the opportunity to attend seminars covering the latest in licensing, selling, and production techniques. One thing to note is that this is a non smoking show, so you won’t be sampling any product that way. Just an aside in case that’s a priority for you. Otherwise, check it out here.

CannaCon Chicago Cannabis Expo, Midwestern Cannabis Trade Show, July 17-18, Rosemont

CannaCon considers itself to be the most influential B2B cannabis conference around It provides attendees the perfect opportunity to meet others in the industry. You’ll meet other marijuana entrepreneurs, farmers, distributors, equipment specialists, and more. You’ll find plenty of resources that you need to start your own cannabis business. And while you’re in town, take advantage of a city known for industry and culture. Learn about licensing and registration from the best experts, during the best time of year to visit the Chicago area. Check more out here.

Cannabis Drinks Expo, August 3, Chicago

Here’s a specialty event for you: This one focuses strictly on marijuana infused beverages. We’ve talked about weed drinks before. It’s a rapidly growing part of the industry. If edibles is your thing, you should consider checking this out. Following the successful launch of the first-ever Cannabis Drinks Expo in San Francisco in July 2019, event organizers Beverage Trade Network have announced a follow-up Cannabis Drinks Expo event in Chicago for Summer 2020. This could prove to be very cool. For anyone thinking of getting involved in the fast-growing cannabis drinks category, the upcoming Cannabis Drinks Expo offers opportunities to meet new high-quality partners with expertise in growing, manufacturing, packaging, distribution, packaging and branding. An expo hall allows you to interact with these partners directly, find out what types of services they offer, and see how they can help to bring new products to market. By some estimates, the cannabis industry is growing at a 20% compound annual growth rate, so you may want to look into this. Get info here.

Cannabis Food Show, August 4, Northlake

So the first global event dedicated to the cannabis edibles industry will put the spotlight on an industry that is now estimated to be worth over $1 billion in the US and Canada. It could grow to be worth $4.1 billion in North America alone by 2022, according to ArcView… At any rate, the show will bring the food and cannabis industries together with the first of a series of business events. Major cannabis players, brand owners, distributors, and retailers can network and learn in one of the biggest cannabis categories that has exploded in recent years. Are you a weed foodie? Learn more here.


If you want to get into the industry, or if you’re an avid consumer, attending these events is a must. This is a great way to get ahead of trends, make great contacts, learn, and have an all around awesome time. These shows will only get more creative and varied as time goes on, so stay tuned for more.