The 1893 Exposition displayed several odd artifacts from around the world, but the strangest was a statue best described as a “monster of vaguely anthropoid outline, but with an octopus-like head whose face was a mass of feelers, a scaly, rubbery-looking body, prodigious claws on hind and fore feet, and long, narrow wings behind” . . . more about that coming soon.

PLEASE NOTE that ALL costuming is welcome and does not have to be related to the theme, and you don’t even have to come in costume; 21st Century “Time Tumblers” are welcome to 1893 as well ?

The Chicago Steampunk Exposition provides 48 HOURS of nonstop programming that includes: entertainment, presentations, exhibitors, workshops, dances, gaming, contests, and more!

Entertainment & Special Events
Panels & Presentations
Crafter & Maker Workshops (Sage)

Most workshops require an additional charge to cover the presenter’s materials fees (see specific workshop for details), but observers are welcome to watch the crafting for no fee.

Storytelling & Readings (Cyan)
Contests & Gaming

We are currently looking for new panels, presentations, and workshops for the 2025 Exposition


Chicago Steampunk Exposition