Things are progressing well as we move another week closer to the return of the Exposition. Next weekend we shall be at Chicago TARDIS to promote our convention, so if you are there please visit our table and perhaps we can have a conversation about all the various Steampunk elements that constantly occur in Doctor Who 🙂
Our Exhibitor Hall is just a few booths away from being full, but there are still some tables in our Artists’ Alley & Printers’ Row (see below for more details).
This week we begin to put the schedule together from all the presentations and workshops that we have thus far, but we still have room for some more, so if you are thinking of presenting a panel, instructing a workshop, running a game, or something else, please apply soon (see below for more details).
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” setting the theme of Victorian Fae at the 1893 World’s Fair. 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 (pictured above), but unlike the Republic of the Burgue, Chicago embraces diversity and multicultural exchanges.
PLEASE NOTE that ALL costuming is welcome, not just Fae, and you don’t even have to come in costume; 21st Century “Time Tumblers” are welcome to 1893 as well 🙂
Steam & Sorcery
The Exposition invites you to immerse yourself into the weekend’s story arc as we solve the mysteries of the fae presence at the 1893 World’s Fair with our Live Action Role Play game Steam & Sorcery. We are currently on track to release the Investigator’s Guide Book for the game on January 1st, 2023, and if you are in the Chicago area we are looking for volunteers to help us play test the game on Sunday, December 4th, 2022. We shall be using the Copper meeting room and other spaces at the host hotel to test the mechanics of the games rules (essentially seeing where we can break them) while having fun with a good old murder mystery. If you would like to join us for the play test, please RSVP on our Facebook Event Page. We look forward to gaming with you 🙂
Be a Presenter!
If you have Steampunk related knowledge and expertise that you would like to share at the Exposition, then we invite you be part of the Program and submit your proposals for presentations.
The 2023 Program Thus Far
Exposition Exhibitors & Artists
This coming April, the Exposition will offer a wide array of artists, exhibitors, vendors, and writers to entertain, educate, and entice you.
A recent change in our planning has been to merge Artists’ Alley and Printers’ Row which will now both be located in Slate Hall with the Art Gallery. For more information visit our Exhibitor page.
If you would like to be an Exposition Exhibitor, please submit an application HERE.
Update! More rooms have been added to the room block, so if you were having trouble booking a room, please try again.
The 2023 Chicago Steampunk Exposition is being hosted at the Hyatt Regency Schaumburg. This upscale hotel is a short drive from O’Hare International Airport with many facilities both in the hotel and surrounding it, plus FREE PARKING.
Visit our Venue Page to learn more about the layout of the show floors and what to expect from the Exposition new home.
Room prices and booking information are all listed on the Book Rooms page.
- LIKE the Chicago Steampunk Expo page on Facebook for regular updates!
- RSVP to our Facebook event page!
- JOIN the Chicago Steampunk Exposition Adventurers’ Club group of Facebook to make plans with other steampunks!
- Yes, it’s all Facebook, but when we start posting on other platforms, we’ll be sure to add them to this list.
On the Horizon . . .
- More teasers about the Steam & Sorcery LARP game!
- More exhibitors!
- . . . and . . . even more steamtastic information!