Opening Ceremonies

Welcome to the convention!  Opening Ceremonies mark the official start of Chicon 8. Our toastmasters, Charlie Jane Anders and Annalee Newitz, host this first chance for the membership to meet the Guests of Honor and Featured Guests, to hear from the chairman and committee, and to get an overview of the convention. 

Plans are afoot to make it full evening of fun and entertainment, a perfect way to gear up for the rest of the convention to come.


Never have enough time for live theatre? Does local live theatre fail to provide you with great science fiction, fantasy, or horror productions? Now you can get satisfy both questions all in one place: Chicon 8!

We are putting together an exciting program of live theatrical events. Productions will be spread throughout the convention and all members are welcome to attend.

Have you ever wanted to stage your favorite piece of genre fiction? Have you seen a great production? Let us know as we are still looking for some productions to fill out our growing roster of one of a kind events.

The Masquerade

Masquerade photo
TASFIC: Walter Willis as Southern Fan, Lee Hoffman as Quandry (she printed her fanzine *Quandry* on her dress), and Max Keasler as a fan from Missouri. courtesy of

Over the past few years, we’ve seen an explosion in the field of costuming. The cosplayers, the makers, and the amazing access to new materials have led to unprecedented interest in the activity.

The Worldcon Masquerade has always been a premier event in the costumers’ calendar year and we expect yet another amazing year on stage. Costumers will have the opportunity to creatively present their designs and workmanship to the judges and audience.

The Masquerade will be held on Saturday, September 3, 2022 in the evening and we’re happy to have the Chicagoland Costumers’ Guild overseeing the event.

Awards will be presented in multiple categories by our fine team of judges.

All attendees are welcomed to participate in and/or attend this amazing event. More information on how to participate will be coming in the spring of 2022.


Chicon will host music throughout the day and evening, with concerts and more informal filk circles open to everyone, from fans who just like to sing to professionals. Covering filk, nerdcore, wizard rock, chip tunes, trad, Ren Faire, and many other styles, Chicon will have something for every musical taste. See our music page information about becoming part of the Chicon Music schedule.

The Hugo Award Ceremony

Robert Heinlein accepting a Hugo Award
Robert A. Heinlein accepts a Hugo Award for Stranger in a Strange Land at Chicon III. courtesy of

The premier event of any Worldcon is the presentation of the World Science Fiction Society’s Hugo Awards. The Hugo Awards honor the best of science fiction and fantasy of the previous year in literature, non-fiction, dramatic presentations, art, and fan-driven works.

For Chicon 8, the Hugo Awards Ceremony will be held the evening of Sunday, September 4, 2022. The evening will be hosted by our amazing toastmasters Annalee Newitz and Charlie Jane Anders. It will take place in the Grand Ballroom of the Hyatt Regency Chicago. All attendees are invited to attend the ceremony and celebrate the best of the genre that we love.

All members of the convention are allowed to nominate works and then vote in each category. Details will appear as we get closer to the convention.

Closing Ceremonies

All good things must come to and end, and this event marks the official end of Chicon 8: The 80th World Science Fiction Convention.

A chance to get in a final word about the convention. A chance to thank the guests and the hard working volunteers without whom the convention couldn’t exist. And of course, a chance to thank all of you, the attendees and volunteers, for joining us in Chicago.

This also marks the official hand off to the 81st World Science Fiction Convention committee, whether that be Chengdu, China or Winnipeg, Canada. We’ll find out in December 2021!