In just SEVEN WEEKS the halls of the Chicago Steampunk Exposition will be opened for the first time, inviting you to explore the many wonders of Chicago’s own retro-futurist weekend. There will be lots to see, and many fascinating people such as Bishop Stevens, our Media Guest of Honor and star of the new The Steampunk Adventures of Salem Tusk television series project.
Bishop Stevens is an actor and a former WCW-WWE pro-wrestler. As a wrestler Bishop trained with the legendary eight time Champion Harley Race before signing with World Championship Wrestling (WCW) which was later purchased by the WWF (now the WWE). Early in his acting career Bishop appeared on some of the hottest network and cable television shows including AMC’s The Walking Dead, FOX’s Empire, NBC’s Chicago PD before landing his first guest starring role on the Verizon go90’s political series Embeds starring Don Tieri and Alexis Zalar.
Pre-Register & Win Prizes!
In celebration of our final countdown to the inaugural Chicago Steampunk Exposition, we are having a weekly drawing until the end of August, for all who have pre-registered for the convention. Click HERE for full details of the Pre-Reg Drawing.
This week we have TWO prizes from Mountain Bird Wand Shop to give away to TWO winners! The winners will get the How to Make a Butterfly Blush: Spells and Such spell book from Mountain Bird Wand Shop, AND pick out one of their magic wands!
All pre-reg tickets purchased for the Exposition by August 11th, 2019 will be entered into the drawing to win the spell books and wands from Mountain Bird Wand Shop. We will announce the winners on Monday, August 12th, 2019, and also announce the next prize in our Countdown Drawing!
Presentations & Workshops
This week we featured several panels and workshops that will part of the Exposition program this September. Click on the presentation title to learn more.
- Indie Author Q&A
- Art Nouveau and Art Deco: Brave New Art for a Brave New World
- ¡A Todo Vapor! – Steampunk in Latin America
- Japan’s Influence In The Victorian Era
- Why Can’t They Make A Really Good Steampunk Movie??!!
- Art of the Victorian Era
- Speaking with the Dead: a Primer
There are still a handful of spots open on the schedule for Presenters, so if you would like to join the program please CLICK HERE and submit a proposal for a session at the Exposition.
We added a new vendor to the Exhibitor Hall this week:
There a few spots left in the Exhibitor Hall, so if you would like to apply please click HERE.
Book Your Hotel Rooms
The Westin O’Hare is a beautiful hotel, filled with all the elegance and charm befitting an event for your retro-futuristic fashions. As we draw closer to the Exposition, our hotel blocks are getting closer to being full, so be sure to secure your room booking soon. Rooms start at $129 per night (plus taxes & fees) for kings and doubles, and some suites are available. CLICK HERE to book your rooms online, or call (800) 937-8461 or (847) 698-6000 and requesting the Steampunk Block when giving the dates of your reservation. If you are planning on vending at the Exposition, we have a separate block of rooms reserved for you. Upon acceptance to the show and settlement of vendor fees, details and instructions for booking a room in the Vendor Block will be emailed to you.
Join the Exposition Crew
A ship is only as strong as its crew, and a convention is only as strong as its team of volunteers. Chicago has waited many years to have its own Steampunk convention, and finally this dream is becoming a reality. We need wonderful volunteers dedicated to giving Chicago and the Steampunk Community an amazing weekend of retro-futuristic fun and adventure! As an Exposition Volunteer you will recieve a Weekend Badge to the convention and other Crew benefits. Positions include: Registration Desk, Stage Crew, Exhibitor Hall Assistants, Room & Hall Monitors, and more. If you would like be part the Chicago Exposition Crew, please click HERE to learn more and apply. If you have not done so already, please RSVP to the actual Chicago Steampunk Exposition Facebook Event Page HERE to help keep you up to date on all the latest Exposition news
On the Horizon . . .
We will have more details on the the Midway Masquerade, the Gaming Rooms, the Theatre Program, and more!