Chicon Signals: Day 1 Updates and News

Call for On-Site Virtual Hosts!

We are in desperate need of On-Site Virtual Hosts. The host sits in the room where the panel is happening at the Hyatt, helps start the streaming, and acts as the “voice” for any questions that come in on the virtual channel. Super easy, and training will be provided!

If you are attending any of our on site panels that are being streamed to Airmeet, please help us out! You can sign up for panels / shifts at the volunteers desk by Convention Registration (East Tower, Gold Level).

Information Desk

Have questions? The Info Desk has answers! They are located next to Registration on the Ballroom (Gold) Level of the East Tower. Here are a few answers to their frequently asked questions (FAQ):

  • Parking vouchers with the reduced con rate can be found at the Info Desk.
  • Fan Fund Donations can be made in the Fanzine Lounge in the Exhibit (Purple) Level of the East Tower.
  • Need a place to take a break from the noise? The Tranquility Safer Space is in Gallery 1 on the Skyway (Blue) Level of the West Tower.

Gender Neutral Bathrooms

Looking for the gender-neutral bathrooms? They are a bit hidden, but here’s how to find them. Go to the Concourse (Bronze) Level of the East Tower. Go through the door to the Monroe 1 meeting room, and they are at the end of the hall on your right!

Gaming at Chicon!

Looking for a place to play some games? Visit the Gaming Area, located on the 3rd floor of the West Tower. We have lots of games you can borrow, space for pick up games, and a number of scheduled games throughout the weekend. More details are available in the online program at

Recently added Gaming Event! Wicked Apples: Friday at 1pm in Ogden. Join Brenda Noiseux, creator of Wicked Apples, for a demo of this award-winning card game. Players use bluffing, memory, and a little luck as they try to devour 20+ unique apples and avoid the Wicked ones. Read your opponents, take calculated risks, and hope you choose correctly for your final bite. Be the last player not to eat a Wicked Apple to win!

Tabletop RPG: Ages 12+. Up to 5 players. Sign up is not required.

Fan Fund Tables and Silent Auction (Saturday and Sunday)

Important information from Fan Fund Group to all Chicon 8 members! Fan fund tables are being set up in between Fanzine lounge and FANAC Exhibit. We are hosting a yard sale as well as a silent auction, and we’re also doing a LIVE auction this Saturday at 8.30 PM in Grand Hall M-N. The auction items include art, t-shirts, books, comics, “tuckerizations” from authors (name a character), and lots of other fun things.

Silent Auction runs until 5 pm on Sunday, which means we’ll accept bids up until 5 pm sharp. Close out is 5 – 6 pm Sunday and Monday 11 am – 1 pm.

If you have any questions regarding fan funds, please feel free to contact us at You can also stop by at the fan fund tables and talk to us.

We also want to give a huge THANK YOU to Dublin and Glasgow 2024 for kindly selling donated books and comics at their parties. All proceeds go to the Fan Fund Group, as well as ALL TIPS in the bar. Make sure to be there! (Astor Suite 3276/3283, 9 pm)

All the best from Fia Karlsson, Geri Sullivan, Erin Underwood, and Alison Scott

ConZealand 2020 (Friday)

Feel like you missed the in-person experience of CoNZealand? Join us in Grand Ballroom A and B on Friday afternoon from 1 – 9 pm for some fun! We’ll have activities, panels, and some of our displays available for you to enjoy and engage in.

Visit the ConZealand page on our website for more information!

Play Garden

Are you attending Chicon 8 with kids? Check out the Play Garden in Maggie Daley Park, about a seven-minute walk (0.3 miles or 0.5 km) from the Hyatt.

Take Stetson Avenue to Randolph Street, then walk through Millennium Park to the BP Pedestrian Bridge across Columbus Drive. You will then reach the 3-acre Play Garden with custom-designed play structures and sculptures for kids up to 12 years old.

Special thanks to Helen Montgomery, Vivian Abraham, Jenna Kantor, Fia Karlsson, Colin Harris, and Michael Nelson for contributing to this edition of Chicon Signals! You can also submit updates to our team via

About Rex Allen Hughes

Newsletter Editor and Team Lead, Chicon 8