Posts tagged "Chicago"

This GEEKend: Badfic Love and Dr. Horrible Sing-Along

Everything I had planned for this week got canceled. I’m not exaggerating. A job interview, a meeting, and a sales transaction all fell through, each the day-of. It has been pretty frustrating, what with the extensive planning that goes into these things. I guess it’s just that kind of week. Thankfully, we’re almost through it.... Read more »

This GEEKend: NWI Comic-Con, Adler After Dark, and Fermilab's Tevatron

I have been trying SO HARD to get my cosplay ready for this GEEKend. Dana Scully needs to be updated, and Daenerys needs a significant portion rebuilt. I’m also putting together some kid-friendly gear- Blossom from The Powerpuff Girls and Cruella from 101 Dalmatians. As usual, everything that could go wrong is doing so. The... Read more »

5 Chicago Organizations Empowering Young Women

With Chicago TARDIS behind me, I’m already thinking about next weekend. I will be taking a Ruby on Rails course for women with RailsBridge. I’m SO excited to learn a new skill. Not even one year ago, President Obama encouraged the entire nation to gain computer literacy through coding. I’m ready to heed the call!... Read more »
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This GEEKend: Windycon, Blue Box Cafe, The Aurora Project, and Berlin

This evening, I am writing from The Westin Lombard/Yorktown Center. I’m all settled in the Chicago ‘burbs for Windycon 41: Grimm Tales. I do hope you can join me here! I’ll be hosting panels on geek culture, cosplay wigs, convention management, and more. I’ll be taking pictures, doing interviews, and meeting people all GEEKend! Registration... Read more »

The Science of Chicago Traffic: STAY IN YOUR LANE!!

Picture this: You’re driving on the Kennedy, Eisenhower, Stevenson, or other Chicago expressway. Your lane slows down. What do you do? If your answer is “quickly jump into a lane that looks like it’s moving faster,” 1. I hate you, 2. Knock it off. When you pull this move (and similar ones), you make traffic worse.... Read more »

The George Lucas Cultural Arts Museum: not about Star Wars, not for Chicago

The Chicago geek scene has been blowing up about The George Lucas Cultural Arts Museum.  People keep getting my attention on social media, gushing about how much “we” want it.  The city of San Francisco supposedly just made an offer for the attraction.  In response, many readers have been asking Geek Girl Chicago to join the... Read more »
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Photo Recap: Cosplay in the 2014 Chicago St. Patrick's Day Parade

Spider-Man spending some quality time with Black Cat.
Top o’ the evenin’ to ya, geeks!  I hope you all had a fine St. Patrick’s Day.  The holiday really spans a whole weekend in Chicago, but my favorite event is the Saturday parade.  Last year, cosplayers participated for the first time.  These costumed citizens were back in 2014, in larger numbers than before! This... Read more »

Weird Star Wars Decor in Chicago: A Wizard Wookiee Mystery

I recently visited Pick Me Up Cafe in Lakeview.  This vegan-friendly restaurant is kitschy and retro, but not geek-themed.  Imagine my surprise when my entire table was covered in Star Wars stickers!  One sticker took me by surprise, and bugs me to this moment; I’ll get to that in a bit. First, here are a... Read more »

Photo Recap: C2E2 Cosplay in the Chicago St. Patrick's Day Parade

The C2E2/ReedPop group from the front.  How many amazing characters can you count?
Remember how last year’s Chicago St. Patrick’s Day Parade was on a sunny, 80-degree day?  Remember how this year’s was just a degree or two above freezing?  I do.  I always will.  For a second, I actually thought I had to go to the hospital for my stinging, purple’d fingers… but it was worth it.... Read more »
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The Itsy-Bitsy, Teeny-Weeny, Little Free Library Movement

Nothing chills me out after a stressful day like a book.  Happily, I’ve been making time to read.  I finished Lavondyss, and am following it up with Ghosts in the Yew.  …Call it a fantasy kick.  I’d love to share these titles with other geeks, and pick up some new-to-me books.  Sadly, the Science Fiction... Read more »