Fae at the 1893 World’s Fair

Each year the Chicago Steampunk Exposition hosts a Special Exhibit that sets the underlying “theme” for that year’s convention; for 2023 our special exhibit will be “Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Fantastic Discovery of the Fae World.” This exhibit will feature art, relics, and other items of interest collected around the Fae Academia following Doyle and his father establishing diplomatic contact with the Fae territories. The Exposition will celebrate the many cultures, achievements, and art of Faekind, and be joined by ambassadors and representatives of these magical realms as we welcome them to Chicago. In many ways this will be like Carnival Row, but unlike the Republic of the Burgue, Chicago embraces diversity and multicultural exchanges.

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.

For 2023 our Guests of Honor include Gail Carriger, S.J. Tucker, Leanna Renee Hieber, Frenchy & the Punk, and more. 

Latest News & Updates

11 Weeks until the Exposition

11 Weeks until the Exposition

Eleven more weeks until the return of the Exposition, and each week something new is added to the program, the exhibitors, and all sorts of things for your steam powered amusement this April! This week were thrilled to add the following exhibitors to our halls:...

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12 Weeks until the Exposition

12 Weeks until the Exposition

We are now just 12 weeks away from the return of the Exposition, and while so much has already been added to the Program, and we have such an extensive list of Exhibitors, there is still EVEN MORE that is being added in the next few weeks. We plan to have the schedule...

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Three Months until the Exposition

Three Months until the Exposition

Here we are! Just three more months until the Chicago Steampunk Exposition opens its door once more after years of hibernation through the pandemic. We are so excited to see the return of the convention, and we are so happy that you are here to join us for this...

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