Covid-safe Parking Lot Bag Swap

Swap bags of livebearers and have fun!

CLS will hold a parking lot bag swap on Saturday, August 15th at 11:30AM.

Marriott Hoffman Estates
4800 Hoffman Boulevard
Hoffman Estates, IL 60192

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CLS is holding a Bag Swap in the east parking lot of the Marriott Hotel in Hoffman Estates, IL

Bring up to six bags of livebearers (no more than two bags per species) and receive a raffle ticket for each bag. Please bring pairs or groups only.

‍‍Raffle numbers will be called in random order. When your name is called, you can choose a bag from what is available!

‍This is a great way to move out some fish and bring home some new ones!

‍Bring your BAP fish! You can Download the BAP Form PDF here.

Social Distance, Please!

Please practice social distancing. We insist that you wear a mask and maintain distance from other individuals.

Bag Swap Rules

  1. The event takes place rain or shine outside in the hotel parking lot.
  2. Only CLS paid members may participate.
  3. Limit of six bags total, no more than two per species.
  4. Pairs or groups of juveniles only. No single fish, please.
  5. Please bring desirable species only.
  6. You will receive a raffle ticket for each bag you bring.
  7. Raffle tickets will be randomly selected. If your number is called, you can choose any bag from a designated table.
  8. Please wear masks and maintain social distance. Hand sanitizer will be available.
  9. CLS personnel handling tickets will wear gloves and masks.


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Covid and our Meetings

Unfortunately, the Chicago Livebearer Society is unable to meet currently due to COVID restrictions in the State of Illinois.

Governor Pritzker has laid out plan to gradually reopen the state in his Restore Illinois Plan.

Restore Illinois Stages: When could we meet?

Illinois is currently in Phase 3 of the plan and gatherings of more than 10 people are prohibited.

CLS could meet when the state moves to Stage 4 (50 or fewer people). We would have to find a new meeting place to do so and masks and precautions would need to take place.

Historically, our club meets after Greater Chicago Cichlid Association Swap Meets. GCCA's next swap meet is planned for September 27th,These very large events would take place in Stage 5 since they attract over 1000 people.

To move to Stage 5, a number of key items items would need to be in place:

Testing, tracing and treatment are widely available throughout the state. Either a vaccine is developed to prevent additional spread of COVID-19, a treatment option is readily available that ensures health care capacity is no longer a concern, or there are no new cases over a sustained period.

What about meeting virtually?

CLS collaborated with GCCA to have Andy Piorkowski present in May 2020. We are looking at other speakers, too.

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