What is Chicago TARDIS?

Chicago TARDIS, the Midwest’s largest Doctor Who event, brings together fans every Thanksgiving weekend to celebrate the world’s longest-running science fiction television show. “By fans, for fans” is the convention model - organized by fans of Doctor Who, for fans of Doctor Who. Chicago TARDIS has dozens of volunteers that work hard to put the convention together each year.

Founded in 2000, the convention has been growing in scope every year, with attendance exploding as the show’s popularity in the United States has blossomed. You can get an overview of the way our event has grown on the Convention History page. 

Read on for a quick overview (and some photos) that illustrate what Chicago TARDIS is all about.


“CT gives one an inclusive, insider experience.”
- Lewis, Illinois

Alien Entertainment, the company behind Chicago TARDIS, is a local small business dedicated to bringing you new and vintage toys, collectibles, apparel, accessories, and more – all from your favorite nerdy fandoms.  The showrunner and founder, Gene Smith, began Chicago TARDIS because of his love of and desire to connect with the community.  


“After a weekend at CT…you get to know the people sitting next to you, the people running the autograph line, the people sitting next to you at the brunch or buffet or the lobby.”
- Christina, New York

If you’d like to contact us, please use the form on the Contact Us page.  If you’re a member of the press, please feel free to visit our Press Inquiries page.


See you in November!