Tag: Lakeview

This GEEKend: Carnal Cosplay, Plan 9 Burlesque, NMTC, and More Hulk

Sometimes when I write events posts, I get super excited about all of the things I’m about to do and see.  Other times, like this one, I get a little sad because I’m missing ALL OF THEM for cosplay work.  …I promise I’ll be done talking about Dragon Con in a week. <3 Until then,... Read more »

This GEEKend: Raks Geek Bellydance, Hulk Party, and Dating for Nerds

Life as a geek blogger is pretty cool.  I received two awesome things today: a sketch of Elizabeth from Bioshock Infinite by comic artist Erik Burnham, and an invitation for a second appearance on Caffeinated Comics.  Yes and yes!  I also get the constant privilege of writing about Chicago geek culture, so that’s pretty rad.... Read more »

This Week in Geek: Geek Bar, Steamstock, and Nerd's Night Out

Geek Girl Chicago, Geek Bar Chicago, Nerds at Heart, Chicago Nerd Social Club… things aimed at this subculture often put “Geek” or “Nerd” right in the title, don’t they?  Guilty as charged.  I still haven’t decided if this tendency is inclusive or exclusive, though.  On one hand, there isn’t a “Trendy Jock Sports Bar.”  On... Read more »
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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 »

Matt Smith is Leaving Doctor Who, but 2 Timey-Wimey Shows are Alive in Chicago!

Doctor Who fans around the world were just hit with some BIG news: Matt Smith, The Eleventh Doctor, will be stepping down.  The Internet is already abuzz with rumors.  Could the Twelfth Doctor be female?  Black?  GINGER AT LAST?!  The amount of speculation is astounding given how little we actually know.  I say we just... Read more »

This GEEKend: Star Trek Convention, Star Wars Day, and the Chicago Nerd Comedy Festival

With J. J. Abrams now at the helm of BOTH Star Trek and Star Wars, will the feud between the two finally die?  Probably not.  This weekend, though, Chicago is embracing both franchises… and then some!  The three events I’ve chosen to plug will make you proud to be a geek, no matter which fandom... Read more »
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This GEEKend: Anime Central and Fight Girl Battle World

My very first geek convention was Anime Central 2001.  I went with one childhood friend and some girls from another school.  One of their mothers made me a costume (?! I hated it), and I got in trouble for going to the Masquerade.  To this day, I stand by the fact that I told them... Read more »

This GEEKend: Journey to the End of the Night, Our Fair City, and the Dweebutante Ball

My gym membership expired this week.  I’ve been wrestling with the idea of renewing it, or getting an embroidery machine instead for cosplay.  The embroidery machine just might win.  This weekend, at least, Chicago has several events that will get you on your feet- running, jumping, and dancing.  Who needs a gym membership?!  The folks... Read more »

The 3 Best C2E2 After Parties - Discount Promo Code!!

The Chicago Comics and Entertainment Expo (C2E2) is this weekend- April 26-28.  I have been attending this convention since its creation.  I prefer it over Wizard World for lots of reasons, and it looks like I’ll be adding something new to the list in 2013: the after parties. A C2E2 after party makes sense.  The... Read more »
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This GEEKend: Star Trek Improv, Doctor Who Photo Shoot, and Archer Live!

After spending over a month sick this Winter, I’m pretty disappointed to have caught another cold.  Thankfully for you, gentle reader, my day off work gave me lots of time to hunt for weekend events.  Here’s what’s good in Chicago geek:   TOMORROW, Friday the 5th: Improvised Star Trek’s First Contact Countdown – Fifty years from... Read more »