Expo Updates

48 Weeks until the Exposition

With 48 more weeks until the opening of the Chicago Steampunk Exposition, we are thrilled to announce the addition of most recent confirmed Featured Speaker and Guest Author . . .

Leanna Renee Hieber!

An actress, playwright and award-winning bestselling author of Gothic Victorian Fantasy novels for adults and teens. Her Strangely Beautiful saga, beginning with The Strangely Beautiful Tale of Miss Percy Parker, hit Barnes & Noble and Borders Bestseller lists and garnered numerous regional genre awards and new revised editions are now available from Tor Books.Darker Still hit the American Bookseller’s Association “Indie Next List” and was a Scholastic Book Club “Highly Recommended” title.

The Eterna Files, her latest Gaslamp Fantasy saga, is now complete from Tor Books. Her short fiction has appeared in numerous notable anthologies and her books have been translated into many languages. A proud member of performer unions Actors Equity and SAG-AFTRA, she lives in New York City where she is a licensed ghost tour guide and has been featured in film and television on shows like Boardwalk Empire and Mysteries at the Museum, with a one-woman show about designer Clara Driscoll forthcoming.

Learn more about Leanna Renee Hieber at LeannaReneeHieber.com


Hotel Rooms


Staying in Chicago can be expensive, but we have managed to secure discounted rooms at the Westin O’Hare Hotel starting at $129 per night (plus taxes & fees)

Suites are also available for $179 per night (plus taxes & fees)

Links are coming soon, and we shall post them as soon as the hotel has them finalized, but in the meantime you can book your rooms by calling (800) 937-8461 or (847) 698-6000 and requesting the Steampunk Block when giving the dates of your reservation.

If you are planning on vending at the Exposition, we have a separate block of rooms reserved for you. Upon acceptance to the show and settlement of vendor fees, details and instructions for booking a room in the Vendor Block will be emailed to you.


Get Involved

Despite already having several Featured Speakers, vendors, and Entertainers lined up for 2019, and we invite you join us to Vend, to Present, and to Volunteer at the convention.

If you have not done so already, please RSVP to the actual Chicago Steampunk Exposition Event Page HERE to help keep you up to date on all the latest Expo news.


Upcoming Posts . . .

  • More booking details for the hotel block
  • Sneak peaks for Special Events

. . . and more!