Although Chicon 8 isn’t scheduled to take place until August 2022, that doesn’t mean Chicago is lacking in activities for the science fiction and fantasy minded visitor (or resident). Come back to this page to find out what is going on in Chicago and the suburbs that you can take advantage of.
In addition to these exhibits and events, Chicago fan Neil Rest created an extensive page looking at things to do in Chicago and giving information about the city and moving around in it.
Chicago Cultural Center
78 E. Washington Street
The exhibition focuses on the origins of the comics in popular publishing, the immeasurable importance of African-American cartoonists and publishing, the first woman cartoonists and editors, the first daily comic strip, and finally the art and comics of undeservedly forgotten Frank King, who with “Gasoline Alley” captured not only the rhythms and tone of everyday existence in his characters that aged not only at the same daily rate as its newspaper readers, but were also fictionalized versions of real people.
Through October 3, 2021
Museum of Contemporary Art
220 E. Chicago Avenue
Chicago has been a center for comics for decades—a haven not only for making and publishing cartoons, but also for innovating on the medium. Chicago Comics: 1960s to Now tells the story of the art form in the influential city through the work of Chicago’s many cartoonists: known, under-recognized, and up-and-coming.
Through October 3, 2021
Ray Bradbury Experience Museum
13 N. Genesee Street, Waukegan, IL
Waukegan’s first comic book convention, hosted by the Ray Bradbury Experience Museum in conjunction with House of M Comics. Attendees will have the opportunity to win a copy of the comic The Ray Bradbury Chronicles signed by Ray Bradbury.
October 16 & 17, from Noon to 6 PM
Museum of Science and Industry
5700 S. Lake Shore Drive
Marvel: Universe of Super Heroes celebrates Marvel history with more than 300 artifacts including original comic book pages, sculptures, interactive displays, and costumes and props from Marvel’s blockbuster films. Examine the origins of iconic characters such as Spider-Man, Black Panther, Hulk, and Captain Marvel and see how they have evolved alongside society over the past 80 years, making these characters a pop culture mainstay.
Through October 24, 2021
The Edge Theater
5451 N. Broadway, Chicago, IL
In October 2021, Black Button Eyes Productions will arrive back on the Chicago theatre scene after the pandemic hiatus with an authorized fan production of the beloved web series live on stage! Scheduled for 19 performances only at The Edge Theatre, this authorized fan production will be presented to benefit the Chicago charity Season of Concern.
October 8 – November 6, 2021
Westin Chicago Lombard, 70 Yorktown Center, Lombard, IL
Windycon 47 in 2021 will be celebrating the Urban Fantastic this year. Urban Fantasy is a subgenre wherein urban elements feature strongly in the narrative. Many examples feature fantastic elements in a real-world urban setting, or modern urban features in secondary world fantasy.
Most major metropolitan cities offer urban fantastic versions of themselves and Chicago is home to several series, imbuing our city with vampires, witches, magicians, and other things that go bump in the night.
November 12 – 14, 2021
Sheraton Grand Chicago, 301 E. North Water Street
The time to celebrate our love of sci-fi/fantasy in person is coming! Capricon 42: Rockin’ In The Outer Realms. It is our sincerest hope to gather together again in 2022 to celebrate our collective love of all things sci-fi/fantasy.
Science fiction has had a profound impact on the rock music genre over the years – and vice versa. From psychedelic to pop rock to all the sub-genres in between, Rock has had an obsession with the literary genre’s ability to think Beyond. David Bowie introduced us to Ziggy Stardust in The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars and Hawkwind had us flying high in Space Ritual. Queen had us breaking our vocal chords and pumping our fists to Princes of the Universe and yelling “Flash! Aaah!” Sun Ra introduced us to what would later be coined Afrofuturism with the album The Space Age Is Here To Stay and Janelle Monae blew us away with ArchAndroid.
Come with us as we explore all the ways music has come to affect our lives and the science fiction/fantasy world.
February 3 – 6, 2022
American Writers Museum
180 N. Michigan Avenue
Ray Bradbury is perhaps best-known for writing Fahrenheit 451, The Martian Chronicles, and The Illustrated Man. He was much more than those stories though: a screenplay writer, a friend to Walt Disney, and an amateur painter, just to name a few.
From a young age, Ray was obsessed with finding a way to live forever. He will certainly be remembered for his writing, but his influence elsewhere may surprise you.
Through May, 2022