Attention All-Access, Reserved, and Priority Members!

October 30, 2014 in Programming, Website

 We have sent a test message via Eventbrite to ensure we can reach you! We want to assure you will get the pre-sale autograph/photo codes! If you don’t see it in your in-box, check your spam/junk box. Let us know asap if you didn’t get it!

2014 Call For Panelists

October 26, 2014 in News, Programming

Yep, that time of year again. We’re looking for people to populate these panels. No experience necessary– just an enthusiasm for the topic. Deadline for applying is coming up quickly: Sunday, November 2 at 11:59 p.m.

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Focus: Sunday Brunch

October 19, 2014 in News, Programming

Food, glorious food! Hot sausage and mustard….

(Sorry. We forgot that we’re not an Oliver! Convention for a moment.)

Sunday morning brunch… your chance to have a delightful buffet-style meal while getting to chat amiably with your fellow attendees and many of the convention guests. A separate-admission event (that requires convention membership to attend), the brunch runs from 10 a.m. – noon Sunday in the Lilac Room. Tickets are still available, but are going fast—just $55. Don’t miss out!

Year of first appearance: 2000

Focus: Accessibility Services

October 18, 2014 in convention departments, News

We understand that not all our convention members are able to see or hear well, or move about (including standing) with ease. We offer help in the form of special seating areas in Main Programming and the ability to jump most of the queue for autographs and photographs. Stop by our Accessibility Services booth (just past Main Programming, before you turn the corner for Registration) to sign up for these help-meets (and to get the Super Secret Designation Thing to assure you can receive this help w/o inadvertent hassles from well-meaning staff). Hours will be the same as for Registration, and will be posted nearer the convention.

Year of first appearance: 2000 (probably—records are sketchy)

Focus: Registration

October 17, 2014 in convention departments, News

Registration serves as the gateway to Chicago TARDIS. You claim your badge here, pick up a schedule and program book here, and get all the other information you need to have. If you’ve attended prior Chicago TARDISes (TARDI?), you’ll find the experience transformed for 2014. Instead of a booth, Registration will fill an entire room! We plan on separate lines for General Admission and All-Access/Reserved/Priority badge pick-up, along with a line dedicated to at-the-door memberships (assuming we still have any to sell at the door, of course!) and a station specifically for customer service issues. No longer will the entire registration line be held up because of an issue with one person’s membership!

We will open for badge pick-up on Thursday (Thanksgiving) night, as usual; we will also be open throughout the day on Friday-Sunday for badging needs. (Specific times will be posted nearer the convention.)

Year of first appearance: 2000

Focus: Game Shows

October 16, 2014 in News, Programming

We love our game shows at Chicago TARDIS! This year, we will be bringing you three different ones—all open for participation from the audience!

On Friday night, we present the first installment of Kamelion’s Circus. This fun new game will get the whole audience involved. You don’t need to be a Doctor Who knowledge expert at all, all you have to do is have an active imagination! This game will involve asking the participants to do something creative on the fly – it might be to recite a made-up poem about River Song, or to invent a new monster, or to draw a new Doctor Who logo, or create the next Dalek plotline, or… well, Who knows? Audience response will be measured by applause level, and a panel of judges, also randomly selected from the audience, will give extra points on most entertaining response. Gift certificates will be awarded as prizes. Read the rest of this entry →