by JennAK

Focus: The Chicago TARDIS Masquerade

October 15, 2014 in News, Programming by JennAK

The Chicago TARDIS Masquerade showcases the best in fan cosplay and costuming. Be prepared to be amazed at the fantastic costumes you will see on stage in Main Programming (Grand Ballroom E-F). The Masquerade starts at approximately 7:30 p.m on Saturday night. You will howl with delight at our Master (of Ceremonies). Just be careful of knocking four times….

We clear the room prior to the event, so those of you with Priority and General Admission memberships will need to line up to get good seats for both this event and what follows afterwards.

Interested in entering the Masquerade? Review the rules and sign up at the Masquerade table at the convention, right next to the Virtual Queue table outside the Junior Ballroom. (Download the forms in advance, if you’d like.) Deadline for signing up is 3 p.m. Saturday of the convention. Wondering what sort of costumes you’ll see at the Masquerade? Check out our Facebook Masquerade galleries from 2011, 2012 (scroll to the bottom), and 2013.

Year of first appearance: 2000

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Focus: Chronological Cavalcade and Costumers’ Retreat

October 12, 2014 in convention departments, News, Programming by JennAK

The Chronological Cavalcade is a non-competitive cosplay showcase that spans the millennia of Time Lord culture, fashion, and that of their companions, tin dogs, and even their modes of transportation. Delight in the work the goes into bringing characters to life off of the screen, out of the pages of books, and beyond the waves of sound. Showcase your talent, or cheer on our costumers the Friday of con. Sign up in advance to reserve your character/costume.

For those cosplayers who need some down time but don’t want to retreat to your hotel room, this year we offer the Costumers’ Retreat—a room where you can relax, make minor costume repairs, and generally be quiet. No photography will be allowed in the room, so you can take off those accessories without having to worry. The Retreat will also serve as the Green Room for both the Chronological Cavalcade and the Masquerade.

First year of appearance: Cavalcade– 2013; Retreat– 2014

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Focus: Britrock Cyberkaraoke Party

October 11, 2014 in News, Programming by JennAK

Ain’t no party like the Saturday night Britrock Cyberkaraoke Party, ‘cause the Britrock Cyberkaraoke Party combines the best of dancing and karaoke with a dash of gyrating Daleks in one fantastic late-night event. Cash bar will be available to solve any thirst issues. Hope you don’t want to get up early on Sunday, ‘cause this party goes late.

First year of appearance: 2011

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Focus: Dealers’ Room

October 10, 2014 in convention departments, News by JennAK

The Dealers’ Room is located in Junior Ballroom B-C. Hours are Friday from noon until 6 p.m. (11 a.m. for All-Access, Reserved, and Priority members), Saturday from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m., and Sunday from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. The room will also host a number of autograph sessions; check the convention schedule when published to see who is signing when.

Alien Entertainment will dominate the room, as usual. You will also find autograph/photograph session sales, guest photos for signing sales, and stand-by tickets for autograph/photograph sessions in the room. (More on autograph and photograph sessions will be revealed in “The Arc of Infinity” soon.) Our other dealers offer new and unusual, many one-of-a-kind items for your perusal.

First year of appearance: 2000

by JennAK

Focus: Charity Auction

October 9, 2014 in convention departments, News by JennAK

This year, we continue our partnership with the Northern Illinois Food Bank, raising money and receiving canned goods to ensure no one goes hungry over the winter holidays. Read all about it on the Charity Auction page!

Year of first appearance: 2013

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Focus: Dalek Invasion

October 8, 2014 in News, Programming by JennAK

Join us in the Dalek Hallway (near the dealers room) for a splendid exhibit of Dalek construction. The following Daleks are expected to invade the convention this year:

  • 2 copper Time War Daleks
  • Yellow Dalek
  • Storm Dalek
  • Dalek Jast
  • Little Blue-Purple Dalek
  • Supreme Dalek
  • Gunner Special Weapons Dalek
  • Davros (ok, not exactly a Dalek, but he’s allowed in anyway)
  • Red Supreme Dalek
  • Dalek Sec
  • Ironsides Dalek (if the Dalek Workshop is able to put him to rights—he is old, you know)

This gathering, as far as we can tell, will be the largest gathering of full-scale Daleks in one location in North America. Read the rest of this entry →