Announcing the “Last” CoCoFEST! 31

It’s now official, CoCoFEST! has a new home for 2023. After weeks of searching online, and dozens of phone calls, and even a 500-mile trip to Chicago, we found a great hotel to host CoCoFEST! next year.

It was not easy finding a new location. With inflation the prices have increased sustainability. It was harder to find a place within our budget and the square footage we needed. Some the locations had a great price, but were too small, and others were a lot more expensive and too large. The new location is right in the middle for both the price and square footage. 

I believe everyone will be very happy with the new location. It is located with more restaurants, shops, and gas stations within walking distance. There is even a Portillo’s just a mile down the road. This hotel is on the same road as the Fairfield Inn Heron Point location, just to the west 5 miles. We can still touch the heron for old times’ sake. 

We will be having CoCoFEST! 2023 at the Holiday Inn & Suites Chicago-Carol Stream (Wheaton) on April 22nd, and 23rd, 2023. We have three rooms to choose from at a discounted price. 

The discounted room block is available to be booked now. You can call the hotel at 630-665-3000 and provide the group code: GCT. Special rates are available if reserved before March 30, 2023

You can also book online at


We still need to come up with a theme for next year’s CoCoFEST! I would like to hear your ideas.  Please send them to

If you would like to give a presentation at CoCoFEST! 31, I want to hear from you as well. We will be opening the table registrations in October, so please stay tuned for more updates. 

Please contact me at with any questions or concerns.

– Grant Leighty


Holiday Inn - Carol Stream (Wheaton)
150 South Gary Avenue
Carol Stream, IL 60188

King Bed Deluxe Room with Refrigerator and Microwave
$119 a night +tax

Two Queen Beds Deluxe Room with Refrigerator and Microwave
$119 a night +tax

Two Room King Bed Suite with Pull Out Sofa Bed with Wet Bar
$134 a night +tax

These discounted rates must be reserved before March 30, 2020 and are good for  Thursday – Sunday night, April 20 – 23, 2023

Hotel Amenities & Service

  • 24-hour fitness center
  • On-Site Business Center, open 24-hours
  • Daily Housekeeping (upon request)
  • Free Coffee in the lobby
  • Baggage hold
  • Convenience Store
  • Swimming Pool & Hot Tub
  • Full-Service Restaurant (Burger Theory) open for Breakfast and Dinner. 

We will have a breakfast buffet for Saturday and Sunday mornings.


The 31st Annual “Last” Chicago CoCoFEST! Dates and Location

With many thanks to all who provided feedback on our recent CoCoFEST! and Grant Leighty for working tirelessly on initial 2023 CoCoFEST! planning; Grant and I, on behalf of the GCCC board of directors, are pleased to confirm the location and date for the 2023 31st Annual “Last” Chicago CoCoFEST! The event will be held, as previously noted, on April 22nd and 23rd, 2023 at the Holiday Inn & Suites Carol Stream. Grant and I apologize for the delay in confirming the dates, though it was necessary since we will be hosting at a new venue.

Though many event logistics details will continue unchanged (Friday evening vendor/exhibit setup, event start/end times, etc.), we’ll share more details as we continue to plan out the event over the next 4 months. For those wondering, the venue has an on-site restaurant and we are planning to continue our on-site Saturday evening catered meal. As with previous shows, there will be a block of King and DOuble Queen rooms for $119/night available for purchase withing the 140 total hotel rooms available.

The recent global situation as well as inflationary pressures have increased venue pricing in general, and our 2023 event costs as well. As such, we’d appreciate hearing from past attendees, presenters, exhibitors, and vendors on creative ways to fund the 2023 event.

Outsiders may sniff that spending time in a group such as ours is a waste of time, but beyond the community and technical aspects of belonging to this organization, I am so thankful for the opportunity to plan events like this. It has given me a new appreciation for both the costs needed to successfully hold such an event, how venue operators financially view such functions, and the sheer amount of planning necessary prior to the event date.

Of course, the event does not thrive without vendors, exhibitors, presenters, and attendees. We have 8 months until the 2023 show, so I will make the initial call for new and revised exhibits, interesting presentations, and interesting and economical products.