Although Chicon 8 isn’t scheduled to take place until September 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.
Ray Bradbury: Inextinguishable
American Writers Museum
180 N. Michigan Avenue
Through September, 2022
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.
Bill Sienkiewicz: Pop Culture Revolution
1899 West Winchester Road, Libertyville, IL
Though September 5
Bill Sienkiewicz is an Eisner-winning and Emmy-nominated artist, best known for revolutionizing the style of comic and graphic novel illustration over the past four decades. Landmark works such as Marvel Comics’ Elektra: Assassin and his acclaimed graphic novel Stray Toasters, have earned him an international reputation and cult status across media industries. This exhibition showcases sketches and original paintings spanning the artist’s career from the 1980s to present day. View over 60 works of art and video interviews to discover how Sienkiewicz’s renderings incorporate abstract and expressionist influences.
2301 S. King Drive
The Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo is a Chicago fan convention dedicated to comics, pop culture, graphic novels, anime, manga, video games, toys, movies, and television.
Chicago White Sox (Baseball)
Guaranteed Rate Field
333 W. 35th Street
The White Sox will be playing in Chicago for most of the duration of Chicon 8. From August 26 through 28, they’ll be playing the Arizona Diamondbacks. They’ll face off against the Kansas City Royals from August 30 through September 1. Finally, between September 2 and 4, they’ll play the Minneapolis Twins. They begin a road trip on September 5.
Chicago Cubs (Baseball)
1040 W. Addison
Unfortunately, the Chicago Cubs will be playing out of town from August 26 through September 5. If you plan on staying in Chicago beyond the end of Chicon 8, they will be playing the Cincinnati Reds at Wrigley Field from September 6 through 8 an the San Francisco Giants from September 9 through 11.
Chicago Fire (Soccer)
1410 Special Olympics Drive
Chicago’s MLS team will only be playing one home game during the period in which fans are likely to be visiting for Chicon 8. On August 28, they will host CF Montreal.