The Geek Weekend Guide has some interesting activities! Unfortunately, you won’t see me at any of these events. I will be moving.
A BYOB board gaming event in Westmont. This sounds like a lot of fun. Take your regular board game night and multiply it by a factor of 20. They may even order out for food! Come and go as you please. Bring your own games. Plenty of free parking.
Westmont Commons, 117 N. Cass Ave. Westmont Il (Metra accessible); Saturday, September 17th, 8am till 10pm
Dress up in your best villain cosplay to go and see a truly unique entertainment experience. The show promises international circus starts performing themed acts of juggling, acrobatics, contortions, comedy, and much more.
Uptown Underground, 4707 N Broadway, Chicago; Friday, September 16th, 8pm; tickets available.
Here’s a chance to prove your geek cred at one of Chicago’s best game shops. Work for your best time on:
To win prizes and the coveted title of Cat & Mouse Supercuber of the Month!
Cat & Mouse Games, 1112 W. Madison St., Chicago, Illinois 60607; Saturday, September 17th, 1pm till 3 pm, $5 entrance fee.
The stars are aligned and the forces of Chicago Geek Guy are together this weekend! It’ a Geek Weekend Guide we can all enjoy!
Once a year, one of Chicago’s geekiest retail chains opens the door to its warehouse to reveal the secret workings of its innards. The event promises, ” tables of incredible stuff at unbelievable prices. Bring the whole family, we’ll have something for everyone!”
Saturday, September 10, 9:00 am til 4:00 pm. 7410 N Lehigh Ave, Niles, IL 60714-4024
A Princess of Mars
From the website:
When Confederate deserter John Carter is mysteriously transported on the surface of Mars, he is forced into an epic conflict between the planet’s alien races. As Mars is poised on the brink of collapse, war-weary Carter realizes he must choose sides when the planet’s fate rests on his shoulders.
Chicago’s premier science fiction theater company brings the city another night of fantastic adventure.
A Princess of Mars, by Otherworld Theater Company, runs September 9 through to 24, Berger Park, 6205 N Sheridan Rd, Chicago, IL 60660. Seats available from Brown Paper Tickets.
I am not doing anything geeky this weekend. I’m going to do my best for a new personal record in the Rock the Night 5K then spend Saturday and Sunday recovering from my efforts. Still the Geek Weekend Guide offers up two fun events for those not laid waste by physical activity.
The Crown Plaza in Rosemont is hosting this first of its kind event. The expo promises hundreds of arcade games set to free play, vintage game tournaments, and a number of guest appearances.
Stephanie Plus Verb and The Fantasy Realm of Chicago are hosting a Pokemon Go meet up at Konak Pizza & Grill, Friday night at 8:00 pm. Cosplay is not required, but there will be a costume contest for those who dress up. If you’ve reached level 5, wear your team colors!
The final gallery of shots from the Steampunk Chicago Stroll through Graceland includes pictures of:
- Carrie Elizabeth Getty’s Tomb, a small, square monument designed by Louis Sullivan. The tomb marks the first example of Sullivan’s involvement in the architectural style known as the Chicago School.
- The tomb of Fridolin Madlener memorializes the man that gave the world Fig-Rye.
- The Tomb of William O. Goodman, viewed from across the pond.
- The tombstones of Daniel Burnham and his family rest on a small private inland in the cemetary.
- The grave of Marshall Fields marks the resting place of one of the 19th Century’s most wealthy men.
- A young flutist sits atop the gravestone of Dr. Christopher D. Manuel.
Carrie Elizabeth Getty's Tomb
This fourth gallery of images from the Steampunk Chicago Stroll through Graceland captures a number of notable monuments.
- The tombstone of architect Louis Sullivan. A relatively modest monument marks “Father of Modern Skyscrapers” and the man behind “Form ever follows function” grave.
- The Tomb of William O. Goodman. Goodman hired Howard Van Doren Shaw to design this tomb and the Goodman Theater, both in honor of his son, Kenneth Sawyer Goodman.
- The Tomb of Potter and Bertha Palmer rises like a Greek Temple on the edge of the cemetery’s pond. Potter Palmer pioneered the idea of customer satisfaction in retail before turning his attention to real estate and hotels.
Tomb of William O. Goodman
On Sunday I had the distinct pleasure of strolling through Graceland Cemetery with Steampunk Chicago. After a few months out of the scene, I welcomed the opportunity to reconnect with some friends and made new ones.
I also took a lot of pictures, over 150 of them. The partially sunny day and the cool breeze made for great lighting and comfortable costuming.
I will post the pictures in a series of galleries over the next few days. Gallery #1 features:
- The Victor Lawson Monument, designed by Lorado Taft to honor the publisher of the Chicago Crusader.
- The Schoenhofen Pyramid Mausoleum, a steeply sided gray pyramid containing the family of well-known Chicago brewer Peter Schoenhofen.
- The Pullman Monument, built for railroad man and industrialist George Pullman.
- A Man of Sorrows, a monument to Charles Hutchinson, one of the founders of the Art Institute of Chicago.
The Geek Weekend…
…is upon us. Chicago Geek Guy has two deliciously geeky events he plans to attend this weekend. It’s all about picking out the right costume.
Bristol is a destination for Trinity and I every summer. The jousting’s gotten a bit cheesy, but the music, food, entertainment, shopping, and fun get better every year. The weather is not supposed to be too good on Saturday, but that’s when we plan to make our annual pilgrimage.
Personally, I’ll be shopping for a new kilt this time out. I’m hoping to find something at Angus Harvey’s.
Saturdays and Sundays until September 5. Tickets at the gates or at select Walgreen’s. Kenosha, Wisconsin.
Join the well attired Steampunks of Chicago, including yours truly, as we wander through Graceland Cemetery. The goal is to visit the graves of Chicago notables like Louis Sullivan, George Pullman, Allan Pinkerton, and Marshall Field.
We’ll meet at the gate at Clark and Irving Park at noon and head out from there. I might even be wearing a new kilt!
Making the Perfect Mallet
The character uses a baseball bat in Suicide Squad, but when Trinity decided to cosplay as Harley Quinn for Anime Midwest, she wanted a mallet. Not just any mallet, a big honking mallet that a strong man would swing around with glee and wild abandon.
Unfortunately, Trinity weighs slightly more than a strong man could bench press with one hand. Building this prop required materials that would be large enough to make a statement and light enough for a wisp of teenager to comfortably carry for a few hours around a convention floor.
We searched the Internet for help and found http://www.instructables.com/id/HARLEY-QUINN-HAMMER/. We took it from there ourselves.
Building this prop required:
- 1&1/2″ PVC pipe cut to a six-foot length
- Two 1&1/2″ PVC pipe caps
- 1/2″ wooden dowel cut into two six-inch lengths
- 12″ cylinder concrete form cut to four feet
- Box cutter
- Duct tape
- Drill with a 1/2″ bit
- Tape measure
- Paint and brushes
To build the mallet:
- Drill two 1/2″ holes through the PVC pipe, at one end, just far enough apart to fit inside the concrete form;
- Cut two 1&1/2″ holes in the center of concrete form, opposite each other;
- Insert the PVC pipe through the holes in the concrete form;
- Thread the dowels through the PVC. Secure the dowels to the interior of the concrete form with glue and duct tape;
- Cover the ends of concrete form with duct tape;
- Hammer the PVC caps onto the ends of the pipe; and
Building the Mallet, in Pictures!