The room rate for staying at the Westin Lombard Yorktown Center for Chicago TARDIS has been posted on our hotel page– just $107/night! Also on the hotel page you will find a handy link that will take you right into the Westin reservation system for rooms convention weekend. Last year, the host hotel sold out, so make sure you make your reservation sooner than later!
…. but the moment has been prepared for.
Tomorrow (Wed Apr 30) is the last day to get memberships at the Early Bird pricing. A handful of Reserved seats remain; Priority is going fast; buying General Admission now will save you some money. Go to our registration page to sign up now!
Don’t miss the party at the most-affordable rate that will be offered! Membership prices go up May 1st. “>Sign up now to attend!
For those of you interested in Reserved or Priority Memberships (which get you line perks and other benefits), we will put the last block of both up for sale this Saturday, April 19, at approximately 10 a.m. Make sure you read our Membership policies if you want to try for an upgrade. (Hello, Cyberman!)
Those of you who attended last year’s Chicago TARDIS may have noted the huge gap in seating we had in Main Programming. The first row was generally filled with our All-Access Members… and rows past 7 were jammed packed with our general admission members. In between? The gap that was Reserved seating. Realizing that most people bought Reserved to get priority in our autograph and photograph lines, we decided to create a new category of membership.
Our Priority Membership is a weekend membership with 3rd highest priority in lines, early access to online autograph/photograph session sales, and early access to the dealers room on Friday morning. Seating in Main Programming for this membership will be with the general admission memberships (i.e. row 6 and higher, not reserved).
We have reduced the number of Reserved memberships– siphoning them off to Priority– in the hopes of creating less of a gap between the stage and the audience. Those members who like the perk of having a seat reserved in their name will still be able to have the seat saved for them… and those members who don’t care where they sit as long as they can get priority in lines can now be better accommodated.
Full details on our 2014 Membership categories– including pricing– can be found on our Registration page. 2014 memberships go on sale Friday, February 14 at noon (CST).
We appreciate your patience in waiting for your jpgs. We do everything in-house here at Chicago TARDIS– from taking the photos to printing them and, now, uploading them for your use. The holidays, along with adapting new plug-ins etc., delayed delivery. (Now that we have the system in place, we won’t have this problem again!)
Those of you who bought tickets in advance though our online system will be receiving an email sometime this week with the password. (We can’t be more specific, because a) we have to send the emails manually and b) we don’t know yet how many we can send in a given time period before our ISP gets annoyed with us “spamming” people.) If you don’t get an email by Friday, January 10th, or if you registered via paper/phone/at the door, use the form below to request the password.
You can access the photo galleries via this link, or through the main menu under Autographs/Photographs.
Why are we doing the password thing? And why are we making you jump through a hoop to get it, if you didn’t register online? Not everyone is comfortable with having their photo online for the entire Internet to see. Plus, a number of photos have children in them, and we want to make sure to keep children’s photos as secure as possible.
Password Request Form
Please provide the following information to get the photo password. Also please allow 48 hours for the password to show up in your in-box-- we're sending out passwords manually so it will take some time.
Chicago TARDIS 2013 succeeded in part because of your help– plus the generosity of our guests and the fortitude of our staff. This post will be expanded with further comments on Monday, December 9th– but we wanted to get the thanks out there NOW.
(We are also grateful for your patience and understanding regarding the photograph/autograph lines. We found out the hard way that although our system worked for 1200 attendees, it failed miserably for 2700. We will be fixing things for 2014, guaranteed.)
We have had to re-arrange our photo session slightly for Saturday, November 30. The Freema Agyeman photo session, orgininally scheduled for 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., will now take place from noon to 2 p.m. The Paul McGann/Daphne Ashbrook photo session orginally scheduled for 1-2 p.m., will now take place from 11 a.m. to noon. Sorry for the confusion! We will be posting signs whereever we can onsite about the change.
We have updated the Programming page with the version of the schedule that went to the printer– so you now have a preview of what you will pick up at registration. If you save the jpgs to your phone/tablet, you won’t have to worry about where the paper copy of the schedule got to over the weekend. If you’re wondering about a text-only online version, we will provide the link to it as soon as it has been updated to reflect the final version of the schedule.
Can you believe it? Chicago TARDIS is this weekend! We want to share with you some last minute news and details that will make your weekend more enjoyable.
Unfortunately, neither Nicholas Briggs nor Paul Vanezis will be able to join us this weekend. We will miss them both!
Autograph Pricing Adjustments
Autographs from our Doctors– Colin Baker, Peter Davison, and Paul McGann– will be $25/signature, not the $20/signature previously advertised. Also, there will be a nominal charge for Tracey Childs to sign non-Big Finish items.
Our registration booth will be open for badge-picking up on Thursday night for our All-Access, Reserved, and 3-Day General Admission members. Friday and 3-Day At-the-door tickets will be available on Friday morning; Sunday tickets will be available on Sunday morning. No tickets will be sold on Saturday– we are sold out for that day.
The complete schedule is:
Thursday: 6-9 p.m.
Friday: 8 a.m.- 6 p.m.
Saturday: 8 a.m. -6 p.m.
Sunday: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
At-Door Ticket Availability
At-the-door ticket availability is still being determined; we plan on posting further information on Wednesday.
Social Media Options
Whether you will be at the con this weekend or just living vicariously through your friends’ posts, we will have you covered. As in previous years, we will be posting large amounts of photos to our Facebook page, as well as schedule changes, the odd quip from our guests onstage, and other news. On Twitter, you’ll find schedule reminders, quips, and news updates. For the first time, we will be posting the photos and quotes we like best to our Tumblr account.
Food Options at Chicago TARDIS
The food court at Yorktown mall is closed– undergoing remodeling. Don’t despair, though– the Chicago TARDIS Program Book will list all your nearest food options for the weekend.
We look forward to seeing you all this weekend!
If you don’t have a ticket yet, don’t despair, just get to the convention early on Friday. We will have a limited quantity of 3-Day and Friday-only admissions available for purchase at the door on Friday, and a limited quantity of Sunday-only tickets available on Sunday. Saturday-only tickets have already sold out and none will be available at the door.
Thanks, everyone, for your support. See you in two weeks!