Steampunk tea time at Geek Bar Beta

The Geek Bar Beta is in Wicker park at 1941 West North Avenue. A friend told me about the event and I dressed up, though I think my outfit turned out more like a pirate then steampunk, and met my friends at the bar. The Geek Bar Beta hosts a lot of events. The night prior [...]


Mitsuwa is a Japanese marketplace in the suburbs of Chicago at 100 East Algonquin Road  in Arlington Heights. There are several other Mitskwa's spread out in California and one in New Jersey. Mitsuwa includes a bookstore, video shop, grocery, food court, and bakery. On weekends they tend to have special events. Books Kinokuniya I always [...]

Bit Bash

Bit Bash was hosted in September, and was a free independent gaming festival at Threadless Headquarters near the West Side at 1260 West Madison Street. I met up with some friends at the event. Originally in the event information you needed to order a free ticket, and then later they said they were sold out of ticket due [...]

Platform 9 3/4

On the start of our third day, before breakfast or anything else we went to the tube station nearest us, Kings Cross. It's by the trains by platforms 9-11 against a wall. It's a straight shot from outside and to the right, by the restaurant The Doors. Depending on the time there is a line which [...]

CAKE: Chicago Alternative Comics Expo

Chicago Alternative Comics Expo, or CAKE is a free independent comic event. It is a weekend long event with workshops, panels, discussions, and a comics and art for sale. This year it happened at Center on Halsted located at 3656 N Halsted. The Center on Halsted is a LGBTQ  community center, and the largest in the [...]


ACEN (Anime Central) is the midwest's largest anime convention, and was my first convention. It's held in Rosemont at and near the Hyatt Regency O'Hare. The first year I attended was after my first year in college. The anime club I had been attending at my school raised money and worked with the school to [...]

Graham Cracker Comics

Graham Cracker Comics can be found throughout Illinois. (There are about 9) The location I've been to is in the Loop at 77 East Madison Street. They sell nerdy t-shirts, figurines and action figures, games, buttons, mugs, collectible cards, and of course comics, both well known and independent and local. The shop is shaped a [...]


For the past two years, the two years I've attended C2E2, a comic and entertainment convention in Chicago that also throws in wrestling and tattoos into the mix. It has happened each year at McCormic Place. The best way to get there is by the #3 bus. For some reason Google maps isn't very helpful, [...]