The Chicagoland Survival and Preparedness Expo was held at the Lake County Fairgrounds on March 18, 2017, in Libertyville.
The business of selling survival equipment — to make it through wars, natural disasters, economic collapse or other apocalyptic events — has slowed down a bit since the presidential election, vendors say. But there has been a subtle shift in the audience.
Previously, hard-core conservatives who make up the base of the survivalist economy feared catastrophe would occur under President Barack Obama. For some, that changed with the election of Donald Trump.
“Now, everyone on the left thinks the world’s going to end,” vendor Michael Baisch, of Preparedness Essentials, said with a smile. “It’s just a little transition in the customer base.”