Current Things To Do in Chicago

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.

Artifact Events

4325 N. Ravenswood Avenue, Chicago, IL

Candlelight: Favorite Anime Themes

Come get whisked away for a magical night paying tribute to some of the greatest anime songs of all time. This dazzling concert will feature timeless classics from iconic series like Naruto, Inuyasha, Full Metal Alchemist (Brotherhood), Sailor Moon, Dragon Ball, and more! The glow of the dim candlelight will create a serene atmosphere to accompany these beautiful and nostalgic pieces, allowing the violins’ harmonic melodies to sweep you off your feet. Enjoy your favorite songs like never before in this truly unforgettable experience!

November 3, 2021 – January 2022


Sheraton Grand Chicago, 301 E. North Water Street

Capricon 42: Rockin’ in the Outer Realms

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: Inextinguishable

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