Capricon

A Chicago area regional convention founded in 1980 and held annually since then. It is traditionally a four-day convention, running from Thursday through Sunday in February. Membership is consistently just below 1,000. Phandemonium is the corporate parent.

One standard feature of Capricons is the "Phineas T. Track," more recently called the "Lake Wobegon Track." This is an entire hoax track of programming, usually indicated by taking place in a fictional room of the hotel with a dead panelist, a fictional panelist, and a living panelist.

Capricon's mascot is Capricious the Goat, who appears on most of its advertising and program books and gave the name to the at-con newsletter, Goat Droppings. At the con, one concom member is tasked to wear a Capricious the Goat costume during various events.

Capricon was founded with the explicit aim of feuding with Windycon, but hostility between the two conventions gradually subsided. A number of fans now work on both, and hardly anyone remembers that they were originally supposed to be inimical.

Capricon website (external link)

Goat Droppings (Capricon blog page)

Convention Date Location Notes/Theme
Capricon 1 February 20-22, 1981 Holiday Inn in Evanston, IL
Capricon 2 February 26-28, 1982 Radisson Hotel in Chicago, IL
Capricon 3 February 1983 Radisson Hotel in Chicago, IL
Capricon 4 February 1984 Continental Hotel in Chicago, IL
Capricon 5 February 1985 Lincolnwood Hyatt in Lincolnwood, IL
Capricon 6 February 28-March 2, 1986 Lincolnwood Hyatt in Lincolnwood, IL
Capricon 7 February 1987 Lincolnwood Hyatt in Lincolnwood, IL
Capricon 8 February 1988 Arlington Park Hilton in Arlington Heights, IL
Capricon 9 February 1989 Lincolnwood Hyatt in Lincolnwood, IL
Capricon 10 February 1990 Lincolnwood Hyatt in Lincolnwood, IL
Capricon 11 February 21-24, 1991 Lincolnwood Hyatt in Lincolnwood, IL Expanded Universes
Capricon 12 February 20-23, 1992 Marriott Lincolnshire Resort in Lincolnshire, IL
Capricon 13 February 18-21, 1993 Pheasant Run in St. Charles, IL
Capricon 14 February 1994 Wyndham Hamilton in Itasca, IL
Capricon 15 February 16-19, 1995 Wyndham Hamilton in Itasca, IL
Capricon 16 February 8-11, 1996 Wyndham Hamilton in Itasca, IL
Capricon 17 February 20-23, 1997 Hyatt Oak Brook in Oak Brook, IL
Capricon 18 February 5-8, 1998 Holiday Inn O’Hare in Rosemont, IL
Capricon 19 February 11-14, 1999 Arlington Park Hilton in Arlington Heights, IL Villains
Capricon 20 January 27-30, 2000 Arlington Park Hilton in Arlington Heights, IL Armageddon
Capricon 21 February 8-11, 2001 Arlington Park Hilton in Arlington Heights, IL Tellurian Exposition
Capricon 22 February 7-10, 2002 Sheraton Chicago Northwest in Arlington Heights, IL Fun and Games
Capricon 23 February 6-9, 2003 Sheraton Chicago Northwest in Arlington Heights, IL Gods & Monsters
Capricon 24 January 29-February 1, 2004 Sheraton Chicago Northwest in Arlington Heights, IL Sensawundah
Capricon 25 February 10-14, 2005 Sheraton Chicago Northwest in Arlington Heights, IL Mad Scientists
Capricon 26 February 9-12, 2006 Sheraton Chicago Northwest in Arlington Heights, IL University of Fandom
Capricon 27 February 8-11, 2007 Sheraton Chicago Northwest in Arlington Heights, IL A Celebration of High Fantasy
Capricon 28 February 14-17, 2008 Sheraton Chicago Northwest in Arlington Heights, IL Pirates
Capricon 29 February 19-22, 2009 Westin Chicago North Shore in Wheeling, Camp Among the Stars
Capricon 30 February 11-14, 2010 Westin Chicago North Shore in Wheeling, Celebration!
Capricon 31 February 10-13, 2011 Westin Chicago North Shore in Wheeling, IL Escape
Capricon 32 February 9-12, 2012 Westin Chicago North Shore in Wheeling, IL Choose Your Own Adventure
Capricon 33 February 7-10, 2013 Westin Chicago North Shore in Wheeling, IL Artificial Intelligence
Capricon 34 February 6-9, 2014 Westin Chicago North Shore in Wheeling, IL The 4th Dimension
Capricon 35 February 12-15, 2015 Westin Chicago North Shore in Wheeling, IL
Capricon 36 February 11-14, 2016 Westin Chicago North Shore in Wheeling, IL Storytelling
Capricon 37 February 16-19, 2017 Westin Chicago North Shore in Wheeling, IL "And the Children Shall lead"
Capricon 38 February 15-18, 2018 Westin Chicago North Shore in Wheeling, IL