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11 Months Until the Exposition

11 Months Until the Exposition

The relaunch of the Chicago Steampunk Exposition is now 11 months away! Inspired by the 1893 Chicago World's Exposition, we invite you to take a step back in time to an alternative history where technology and magic have accelerated the advancement of Victorian...

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50 Weeks until the Exposition

50 Weeks until the Exposition

With less than a year until the return of the Chicago Steampunk Exposition our weekly countdown has begun! Inspired by the 1893 Chicago World's Exposition, we invite you to take a step back in time to an alternative history where technology and magic have accelerated...

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12 Months until Exposition 2023!

12 Months until Exposition 2023!

Ladies & Gentlemen, we are thrilled to announce that in exactly one year's time the Chicago Steampunk Exposition will reopen its portals to a world of invention and imagination! Inspired by the 1893 Chicago World's Exposition, we invite you to take a step back in...

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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 events!

What to Expect at the Exposition?

The Chicago Steampunk Exposition 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.