Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Here are answers to some frequently asked questions about AXPONA!  If we missed something that you would like to know, give us a call at 203-371-6322.

What are the hours for AXPONA?

Friday, April 21, 2017 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Saturday, April 22, 2017 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Sunday, April 23, 2017 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Where does AXPONA take place?

The Westin O’Hare, 6100 North River Road, Rosemont, IL 60018.

When is registration open?

Friday, April 21, 2017 9:00 AM – 6:30 PM
Saturday, April 22, 2017 9:00 AM – 6:30 PM
Sunday, April 23, 2017 9:00 AM – 4:30 PM

What is included with my ticket?

Your ticket includes access to the exhibits including listening rooms, the Marketplace, Ear Gear Expo (EGX), as well as educational seminars, live music, special events. 

What is a Gold Pass?

The Gold Pass is the ultimate AXPONA experience. Your Gold Pass includes access to all three days of the AXPONA, a collector's badge, official AXPONA T-Shirt, an exclusive reception on Saturday and access to our Gold Members' Lounge – where you can pick up your badge, enjoy snacks and refreshments,  take a break from the busy show and check your coat.

How do I get to AXPONA?

Whether you are arriving by train, plane or automobile, a full set of directions is available at

Is there parking available?

We will have self-parking (discounted at $10 a day) at the Westin O'Hare and complimentary overflow lots at AXPONA.  Please drive to the Westin Ohare and our parking attendants will direct you to a lot with available parking at the time of your arrival.


Westin O'Hare:  There is self-parking at the Westin O'Hare  at a discounted rate of $10/day.  A discount ticket is needed in order to receive the discounted rate.  Discount tickets can be picked up at AXPONA registration during AXPONA event hours.

Overflow Lot:  There will be additional complimentary parking at Point O'Hare.  Please go to the Westin O'Hare and our parking attendants will direct you to Point O'Hare and provide you with identification for your car.  A shuttle service will be provided at no charge in the overflow lot.

Saturday & Sunday:

Westin O'Hare:  There is self-parking at the Westin O'Hare at a discounted rate of $10/day.  A discount ticket is needed in order to receive the discounted rate.  Discount tickets can be picked up at AXPONA registration during AXPONA event hours.

Overflow Lot: There will be additional complimenary parking at MB Financial across the street.  A shuttle service will be provided and there is no charge for the overflow lot.

I have arrived at the Westin, what do I do now?

The first thing you need to do is go to registration and get your wrist band which will give you access to all that AXPONA has to offer! Then, pick up a copy of the event guide which will help you plan your time at the show.

Where can I find the exhibitors hi-fi listening rooms?

There are exhibitor listening rooms on the Lower Level, Lobby Level, 2nd Floor, Third Floor, Fourth Floor, Fifth Floor, Sixth Floor and  Twelfth Floor.

Do I need an appointment to go into the listening rooms?

No, during show hours you can visit with any of the exhibitors in the listening rooms.

What if a door is closed to a listening room?

As long as you are visiting during show hours and you knock and the exhibitor will let you in.

Will there be live music performances?

Yes!  There will be concerts open to all attendees on Friday and Saturday evening starting at 6:30 PM.  Check out the schedule here

How much does it cost to attend?

Tickets vary in price.  Check out our Buy Tickets page for a complete list.

How do I know which dealers, manufacturers and brands will be at the show?

Prior to the show you can view the exhibitor list on our website. While you are at the show the event guide that has an exhibitor index as well as exhibitor profiles. Event guides can be picked up at registration.

How will I know where each dealer, manufacturer and brand is located at the show?

The exhibitor list on our website shows the locations and the event guide will have the locations on the index page and in the exhibitor profiles.  

Are there places to eat at the Westin?

Starbucks is open throughout the show and offers a variety of food and beverage options. Benchmark Restaurant is available for sit-down services for breakfast, lunch and dinner plus drinks.  For quick service at lunch stop by the  AXPONA Café in LaSalle B, Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 11:00 am – 2:00 pm with an assortment of hot and cold options.  * Friday and Saturday Only:  Grab & Go Lunch will be open in near the Marketplace from 11:30 am – 1:00 pm.  Stop here for a selection of sandwiches and salads and a quick break!