Chicago Steampunk Exposition

Pictures of Exposition 2023

The Chicago Steampunk Exposition (Est. 2019) is still a new show, but it is brought to you with years of experience. When the crew who have managed the International Steampunk Symposium (est. 2012) in Cincinnati, Ohio team up with the best Steampunk organizations of Chicago, expect something amazing to happen!


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!

Chicago Steampunk Exposition