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The 70th World Science Fiction Convention
August 30-September 3, 2012   Hyatt Regency   Chicago
Page Contents 1. Social Networking
2. Website Updates
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Filk Concerts

26 Aug 12 We have a great program of Filk concerts lined up throughout the convention, including performances by Seanan McGuire, Betsey Tinney and Mary Crowell as well as "Choice of Ending", an operetta based on the story by Tanya Huff.

Stroll with the Stars

26 Aug 12 Stroll with the Stars now has a confirmed schedule. Chicon 7 strollers will include Connie Willis, Ellen Datlow, Paul Cornell, Bill Willingham, John Scalzi and many more!

Are We Not Men?

26 Aug 12 Chicago's Moebius Theatre will present an audio theatre adaptation of H.G. Wells' "The Island of Dr. Moreau" on Friday evening in the Grand Ballroom.

WSFS Business Meeting

24 Aug 12 The agenda, reports and submitted motions for the WSFS Business Meeting are now available.

Rowena Withdraws from Chicon 7 Appearance

23 Aug 12 Press Release 35 - Chicon 7 regrets that Artist Guest of Honor Rowena Morrill will not be attending the convention due to health issues.

Hugo Awards Update

23 Aug 12 Press Release 34 - Chicon 7 Confirms High Turnout for Hugo Awards Ballot, Announces More Ceremony Details.

The Chicon 7 App is Here!

22 Aug 12 Our mobile app is now available for download for Android, with the Apple version following soon.

Classics of Science Fiction

22 Aug 12 John Hertz will be leading book discussion groups on Frankenstein, R.U.R. and Pebble in the Sky. Read them, and then join in!

Pocket Program

20 Aug 12 Our Pocket Program is now available, with detailed information on everything happening at Chicon 7.

Progress Report 5

20 Aug 12 PR5 is now available. PR5 has been created as a web page, providing quick links to key information you need to know before setting off for Chicago.

Happy Feet?

19 Aug 12 Got that itch to dance? Why not come along to our Geek Prom or Regency Dance?

Animation Fun!

19 Aug 12 The schedule is now available for our anime and cartoon rooms. We have three streams of programming ranging from Bugs Bunny and Astro Boy to Nausicaa and Bubblegum Crisis.

Film Festival Update

19 Aug 12 The schedule is now available for the Chicon 7 Independent Film Festival. We will be screening no less than 9 feature films, 100 short films and 14 fan films!

Day Admissions Now Available

18 Aug 12 Day Admissions can now be purchased directly through the website. We recommend buying in advance to minimize the time you may have to wait in line at the convention.

Code of Conduct

17 Aug 12 We have now published our Code of Conduct. Anyone attending a Chicon 7 event is expected to be aware of and follow this Code for the entire duration of the event.

Electronic Gaming across the Decades

17 Aug 12 The Concourse will feature a unique pairing of past and present, as we revive arcade classics from the 1980s alongside BattleTech immersive cockpit simulators. Both free to all Chicon 7 members.

Navigating the Hyatt

17 Aug 12 A new download has been added to the hotel maps page showing how Chicon 7 will be using the facility.

Program, Program and More Program

17 Aug 12 The full program has now been published with item descriptions, participants and times.

Eating in Chicago

17 Aug 12 We've updated our food and drink pages with even more useful links, and added a new guide to help you find eating options close to the Hyatt

Program Grid and Participants

14 Aug 12 We've published an updated list of program participants along with the draft program grid to help you plan your convention.

Dragon*Con comes to Chicago

10 Aug 12 Chicon 7 and Dragon*Con are pleased to announce a unique digital link-up including joint program items featuring participants from both events.

Showcasing SF&F Art

9 Aug 12 Press Release 30 - Chicon 7 will showcase science fiction and fantasy art through the Art Show, Chesley Awards, Frank Room exhibit and much more.

Children's Programming

9 Aug 12 Bringing children aged 6 to 12 to Chicon 7? Then you're in luck because we are offering a fantastic range of activities through ChiKidz, our children's program.

The Gaiman Theatre Presents ...

2 Aug 12 Chicon 7 members are invited to a double bill of plays based on Neil Gaiman short stories. Shows start at 1.30 p.m. on Friday and Sunday.

Victorian Romance and Adventure!

21 July 12 Chicon 7 will feature a re-creation of the Haggard room from Jane and Howard Frank's house, featuring art by Whelan, Eggleton, Giancola and many more.

Want to see Da Cubs?

20 July 12 Chicon 7 has purchased 75 Chicago Cubs tickets for the Giants game at Wrigley Field on Friday, August 31. Tickets are for Chicon 7 members only, price $32.

Scooter and Wheelchair Reservations

14 July 12 We are pleased to announce that scooters and wheelchairs can now be reserved online. Full details on our Disability Services page.

The Sheraton Chicago Welcomes Chicon 7

10 July 12 We are pleased to confirm that the Sheraton Chicago will be providing overflow accommodation for members due to the Hyatt Regency room block being full. Full details on our hotel booking page.

Day Rates Announced

5 July 2012 Trying Worldcon for the first time? Day Admissions will be available from August 1, with single day prices starting from $40 for Adults, $20 for Young Adults and just $15 for Children! Full details on our memberships page.

Membership Rate Increase

5 July 2012 Our membership rates will increase on August 1, so be sure to buy during July! Full details on our memberships page.

Stroll with the Stars

10 June 12 Would you like to get up close and personal with your favorite author, artist or editor ... and at the same time get some fresh air and stretch your legs? Then join us for Stroll With the Stars.

Fiction ... the Final Frontier

10 June 12 We're pleased to announce that Chicon 7 will be running writers' workshops. Workshop registration will be opening in early July.

Start your Worldcon with a little Klingon!

3 June 12 Chicon 7 members are invited to take part in the Klingon Language Institute's annual meeting, with free introductory lessons for beginners.

Artist Showcase launched

2 June 12 Our Artist Showcase has now been launched, introducing our exhibiting artists and their work.

Progress Report 4

24 May 12 PR4 is now being mailed out to members, and is also available for download in PDF format.

Memorial Day Membership Sale

24 May 12 We will be offering a special membership rate discount for all Adult Attending membership purchases made on Memorial Day, May 28.

Hugo Voter Packet now available

17 May 12 We are delighted to announce that the Hugo Voter Packet is now available for Chicon 7 members to download.

Online Payment for Artists and Dealers

10 May 12 Artists and dealers can now make online payment at the Art Show Registration and Dealer Application pages.

Chicon 7 Announces Spectacular Opening Under the Stars at the Adler Planetarium

8 May 12 Chicon 7 will be taking over the Adler Planetarium for an exclusive event on Thursday, August 30. Free to all members!.

New Web Look!

26 Apr 12 Welcome to the new and improved Chicon 7 website! Menus at the top, new pages, new page organization, and many other small improvements. Let the
know what you think.

Hyatt Hotel Block Filling Fast!

21 Apr 12 Our block at the Hyatt Regency is now 91% full. If you want to be sure of a room in the main hotel, please make your reservation soon.

Peter Sagal Announces Withdrawal

18 Apr 12 Peter Sagal announces withdrawal from Chicon 7 appearance due to overseas professional commitment.

Final Hugo Ballot Under Way

18 Apr 12 Chicon 7 members can now vote in the final ballot for this year's Hugo Awards. Ballots may be submitted online or by postal mail.

Online Registration Planned Outage

17 Apr 12 The online payment system may be offline from 19 Apr. 11 PM to 20 Apr 1 PM for scheduled maintenance.

Hugo Shortlists Released

7 Apr 12 The finalists for this year's Hugo Awards and John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer were announced on Saturday, April 7.

Competition Update

3 Apr 12 Chicon 7 Promotes Science Fiction through Short Story and Student Writing Competitions

Welcome: Dealers and Artists

2 Apr 12 The first lists of dealers and artists are now available. Watch for regular updates and additions over the coming months.

Looking for Something?

22 Mar 12 If you're trying to find something on our site, why not take a look at our new At A Glance page.

Hugo Shortlist Announcement

27 Mar 12 Chicon 7 Hugo Finalists to be Announced on Saturday, April 7.


16 Mar 12 New Fanspeak page on the website. Now you'll know what the rest of us are saying!

2014 Site Selection

7 Mar 12 Chicon 7 Announces London as Sole 2014 Site Selection Bidder.

Membership Rate Increase

2 Mar 12 Chicon 7 Increasing Attending Membership Rates on April 1.

Hugo Nomination Deadline Approaching

28 Feb 12 Hugo Nomination Deadline Fast Approaching as Chicon Announces Hugo Base Designer.

Standing Exhibits

26 Feb 12 Standing Exhibits page now online.

Gene Wolfe Tribute Dinner

26 Feb 12 Chicago Literary Hall of Fame honors Gene Wolfe with the "Fuller Award" at a tribute dinner at the Sanfilippo Estate.

Souvenir Book Advertiseing

25 Feb 12 Advertisers Sought for Chicon 7 Souvenir Book.

Press Registration

22 Feb 12 Media requested to use the Press Registration page to request press accreditation.

Special Guest: Sy Liebergot

13 Feb 12 Chicon 7 Announces NASA's Sy Liebergot as Special Guest.

Dealers Room Deadline Extension

7 Feb 12 Chicon 7 Announces Second Deadline for Dealers' Room Applications.

Masquerade Guidelines

2 Feb 12 Masquerade guidelines are now online. Based on but not quite the same as previous years, so if you want to participate in Chicon 7's masquerade, please read!

Hugo Nomination Membership Deadline

23 Jan 12 2012 Hugo Awards - January 31 Deadline for Right to Nominate.

Hotel Reservations Open

16 Jan 12 Hyatt Regency Chicago hotel reservations are open on Monday. (Also see the press release.)

Progress Report #3

11 Jan 12 Third Progress Report for Chicon 7 Mailed.

Hugo Nominations Open

4 Jan 12 Hugo Award Nomination Period is Open.

Hugo Base Design Competition Extension

21 Dec 11 Chicon 7 Extends Submission Deadline for Hugo Award Base Design Competition to January 15.

Web-Safe Chicon

17 Dec 11 SSL certificate implemented and secure browsing now available. Try (or )

Hugo Nomination Membership Deadline

23 Jan 12 2012 Hugo Awards - January 31 Deadline for Right to Nominate.

Hugo Nominations Open

4 Jan 12 Hugo Award Nomination Period is Open.

Hotel Reservations open soon

4 Jan 12 Hotel reservations open on January 16.

Hugo Base Design Competition Extension

21 Dec 11 Chicon 7 Extends Submission Deadline for Hugo Award Base Design Competition to January 15.

Web-Safe Chicon

17 Dec 11 SSL certificate implemented and secure browsing now available. Try (or )


14 Dec 11 Progress Report #2 is now online.

Darrell K. Sweet, 1934-2011

6 Dec 11 The Chicon staff is very saddened to hear about the passing of artist Darrell K. Sweet. We send our deepest condolences to his friends and family.

Space Theme

27 Oct 11 New content for our retro space theme! Historical information about the Mercury program, NASA sound files, and more bits and blurbs are scattered throughout the website. Check out every page, all the way to the bottom (the history boxes are at the bottom). Or just click on the space capsule logo to go to the first history section, and follow the links at the bottom of the page from there.


20 Oct 11 Web FAQ: Find out more about Chicon! And if your answers aren't there, let us know and we can add more answers!

Program FAQ

15 Sep 11 The Program FAQ has been posted. Find out what you need to know about Chicon's upcoming program schedule.

Film Festival 2012

13 Sep 11 The Film Festival entry form is now online.

Volunteer Form

4 Sep 11 The Volunteer Form is now online. Join our team now and help make this the best Worldcon ever!

Hugo Base Design Competition

1 Sep 11 Chicon 7 is now soliciting proposals for the 2012 Hugo Award Base design in an open competition. Interested artists, please see the Hugo base design competition page.


Art Show

1 Sep 11 PDF forms and information for artists is now available on the Art Show page.


30 Aug 11 Panelist and panel idea forms are now available on the Program page.

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