Welcome to the Chicago Steampunk Exposition!

On September 27th, 28th, & 29th, 2019 at the Westin O’Hare we had a wonderful time hosting the inaugural Chicago Steampunk Exposition and are grateful to all who attended, presented, vended, and staffed the show.

Currently we are reviewing our notes and feedback from this year’s convention and assessing our next step, but as soon as we have more news we shall certainly make an announcement.

Meanwhile, we invite you to join us at our sister convention in Cincinnati, Ohio to enjoy the delights of the Steampunk Symposium as it heads into its ninth year.

New to Steampunk?

The term Steampunk was first used lightheartedly in April 1987 by American author KW Jeter to describe an emerging literary genre that had the edginess of Cyberpunk but with the style, setting, and technology of the Victorian Era. While the name Steampunk was coined in the late 1980’s, the genre itself dates back to the actual 1800’s with the imaginations of authors such as Jules Verne and HG Wells, and today we have fun and folly with a vision of a future that neverwas.

The Steampunk genre’s style has found its way into books, comics, films, music, art, games, fashion, and other aesthetic expressions, but in the early years of the 21st century all of this began to evolve into organized communities of  Steampunk enthusiasts, and on September 27th, 28th, & 29th, 2019, the Chicago Steampunk Expo brings it all together for a delightful weekend of Victorian mirth and magic!

What to Expect at the Expo?

Starting in afternoon of Friday, September 27th, and not ending until the early evening of Sunday, September 29th, the Chicago Steampunk Expo offers a family friendly Program filled with entertainment, exhibits, vendors, presenters, games, and much more.

Whether you come for one day, or immerse yourself in the full weekend experience, there is a wide variety of Steampunk and Victorian themed things to do and see.

Latest News & Updates

Sights Set on 2021

Sights Set on 2021

There are many elements that go into the planning on a convention, but When and Where are certainly the foundations upon which the rest is built. After exploring various options currently available, we have decided that the best course of action is to wait patiently...

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Setting Course for Year Two

Setting Course for Year Two

Two weeks after the inaugural Chicago Steampunk Exposition, work is underway to find an appropriate venue for the potential Year Two of the Exposition. While we really enjoyed being at the Westin O'Hare for 2019, we are taking attendee feedback into consideration...

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A Successful First Year!

A Successful First Year!

Last weekend witnessed the inaugural Chicago Steampunk Exposition, a project that was two years in the making, and was a huge success! Roughly a thousand people visited the Exposition, and for many this was their first ever Steampunk convention, but before the weekend...

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