McCormick image Chicago For those of our readers who live in the Chicagoland area, this is a great opportunity to meet other gluten-free people and find up-to-date information about celiac disease and food allergies. April 18th and 19th at Chicago’s McCormick Place you can go to the Thrive Allery Expo, the only allergy and gluten-free expo in North America. SBWire reports, “Twinject, Allegra, University of Chicago’s Celiac Disease Center, American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, Medic Alert Foundation, Inflammatory Skin Disease Institute, The American Lung Association, The National Psoriasis Foundation, The National Eczema Association and the Gluten Intolerance Group are among the participants and speakers in this effort to disseminate information and educate the public.”

The official website lists events such as 2 days of gluten- and allergen- free baking hosted by Jules Shepard, free lung screenings, “cutting edge information on Celiac detection” by the University of Chicago Celiac Disease Center, a funny talking robot, the latest allergy specific books displayed by Borders, free MedicAlert bracelets for school age children, sample products, and exhibitor demonstrations. There will also be several speakers.

Adults are $10 or $15 for a 2 day pass and children under 12 are free. For more information please call 866-617-EXPO or log onto the website at http://www.thriveallergyexpo.com. McCormick Place is located at 2301 S. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, IL.