Chicon 8 has five days of exhibits, talks, panel discussions and events, from 10 a.m. on Thursday, September 1 through 8.30 p.m. on Monday, September 5.

The full convention schedule is available, but to help you navigate the nearly 1,400 individual items in that list, here’s a summary of major events and Guest of Honor highlights.


  • All times are given in Central Daylight Time, i.e. Chicago local time, UTC-5).
  • (V) at the end of an item indicates that it is purely Virtual
  • (S) at the end of an item indicates that it is being streamed from the in-person convention.

Thursday, September 1

  • Improbable Research Dramatic Readings: 5.30 p.m., Airmeet 1 (V)
  • Afrofuturism and Africanfuturism/jujuism: 5.30 p.m., Crystal A (S)
  • Opening Ceremony: 8.00 pm, Grand Ballroom (S)
  • Dance! with DJ Siobhan Krzywicki: 10.00 p.m., Plaza AB

Friday, September 2

  • Docent Tour of the Special Art Exhibit (Joe Siclari and Edie Stern): 10:00 a.m., Regency
  • WSFS Business Meeting (Preliminary): 10:00 a.m., Crystal B
  • The State of Asian SFF: 10:00 a.m., Airmeet 4 (V)
  • Nommo Awards: 11.30 a.m., Airmeet 3 (V)
  • CoNZealand 2020 Toooooo: 2:00 p.m., Grand Ballroom
  • Future Worldcons Q&A (The Fannish Inquisition): 4:00 p.m., Crystal A (S)
  • Special Guest Interview: Dr. Eve L. Ewing: 4:00 p.m., Airmeet 2 (V)
  • Beyond Afrofuturism: Steamfunk, Afro-Surrealism, and More: 4:00 p.m., Airmeet 4 (V)
  • Our Opinions Are Correct—Live Recording!: 5.30 p.m., Grand Hall K
  • Moebius Theatre Presents: 6:00 p.m., Grand Ballroom
  • Seanan McGuire and Dead Sexy: 7:00 p.m., Plaza AB
  • Improvised Star Trek: 9:00 p.m., Grand Ballroom (S)
  • Karaoke Party featuring DJ George Andaluz: 10:00 p.m., Plaza AB

Saturday, September 3

Sunday, September 4

Monday, September 5

  • Looking Back on Previous Chicons: 10:00 a.m., Grand Hall J
  • Special Guest Interview: Eric Wilkerson: 11.30 a.m., Grand Hall K
  • The Girl Genius Radio Plays: 11.30 a.m., Grand Hall L
  • Jordan Peele, Black Horror, and the Path to Inclusivity in Horror: 1:00 p.m., Michigan 1 (S)
  • Closing Ceremony: 2.30 pm, Crystal B (S)