DucKon

A Chicago area regional convention founded in 1992 and held annually until 2014. The convention gets its name from DuPage County Convention. Membership was consistently just above or below 700. The con's name was the brain child of Helene O'Neill. Super-Con-Duck-Tivity is the corporate sponsor.

Since 1992, the winners of the Golden Duck Awards for excellence in children's science fiction literature are announced at DucKon, although the award presentation is generally made at the following Worldcon.

DucKon began having furry programming in its third year and by its eighth year, the furry presence accounted for more than a third of the attendees. In 2000, the furry programming was spun-off to form Midwest Furfest.

DucKon is also noted for frequent sensational performances, beginning at DucKon 16, by Zeusaphones, singing Tesla coils which would hurl musical lightning bolts outdoors in the hotel parking lot. The group of high-voltage engineers responsible eventually became the Masters of Lightning.

Given the name of the convention, its parent corporation, and the awards they present, it was inevitable that the convention's mascot is a duck.

After DucKon 23, attempts to organize further DucKons were unsuccessful, and the concom announced the termination of DucKon.

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Convention Date Location GoHs
DucKon 1 May 22-24, 1992 Marriott Oak Brook in Oak Brook, IL Lois Tilton, Mary Lynn Skirvin, Todd Johnson, Diane Johnson
DucKon II June 4-6, 1993 Hyatt Lisle near Naperville in Lisle, IL Leo Frankowski, Paul MacNerland, Barry Gehm, Bill Higgins, Daniele Ostach
DucKon III June 3-5 1994 Hyatt Lisle near Naperville in Lisle, IL C.J. Cherryh, Hal Clement, Kimberly Reck, Guy Wicker, Cameron Price, Clif Flynt, Carol Flynt
DucKon IV June 2-4, 1995 Hyatt Lisle near Naperville in Lisle, IL Jody Lynn Nye, Susan Van Camp, Robin Winsauer, Nate Bucklin, Tullio Proni
DucKon V May 31-June 2, 1996 Hyatt Lisle near Naperville in Lisle, IL Doug Rice, Dermot Dobson, Todd Cameron Hamilton, Paul Mason, Bill Roper, Gretchen Roper
DucKon VI June 6-8, 1997 Hyatt Lodge at McDonald's Campus, Oak Brook, IL Bruce Bethke, Erin McKee, Al Duester, Angela Karash, Frank Hayes
DucKon VII June 12-14 1998 Ramada Plaza Hotel in Rosemont, IL Glen Cook, David Lee Anderson, Hal Clement, David J. Ifversen, Angela Karash, Kevin Nickerson, Bruce Mai, Nora Mai, Terri Smith
DucKon VIII June 11-13, 1999 Ramada Plaza Hotel in Rosemont, IL Gene Wolfe, Ellisa Mitchell, Steve Collins, Elizabeth Anne Hull, Barry B. Longyear, Richard Sheaves-Bain, Gordon Leathers, Graham Leathers, Jymn Magon
DucKon IX June 16-18, 2000 Sheraton Chicago Northwest in Arlington Heights, IL Catherine Asaro, James Wappel, Guy Consolmagno, Larry Segriff, M. Devotie Shaw, Kathy Porath, Charles "DC" Nelson, Jeremy Cowan
DucKon 10 May 11-13, 2001 Hyatt Lisle near Naperville, Lisle, IL Margaret Weis, Don Perrin, Ray Van Tilburg, Bruce Schneier, George Gordon, Barry Childs-Helton, Murray Porath
DucKon XI June 7-9, 2002 Hyatt Regency Woodfield in Schaumburg, IL Joan D. Vinge, Robin Wood, J.D. "Illiad" Frazier, Alice Bentley, Samuel Conway, Dandelion Wine, Suzan Mianowski
DucKon 12 June 6-8, 2003 Radisson Hotel Lincolnwood (the Purple Hotel) in Lincolnwood, IL Tanya Huff, P.D. Breeding-Black, Trace Beaulieu, Jim Rittenhouse, Bill Sutton, Brenda Sutton
DucKon 13 June 4-6, 2004 Radisson Hotel Lincolnwood (the Purple Hotel) in Lincolnwood, IL Eric Flint, Butch Honeck, Mitchell Burnside Clapp, Roxanne Meida King, Steve MacDonald, Admiral Be'jan zantai-minn'hor
DucKon 14 June 10-12, 2005 Naperville Holiday Inn Select in Naperville, IL Julie E. Czerneda, Maria J. William, Geoffrey A. Landis, R.J. Johnson, Mary Ellen Wessels, K'Elvis
DucKon XV June 9-11, 2006 Naperville Holiday Inn Select in Naperville, IL Jo Walton, Theresa Mather, Keith R.A. DeCandido, Brendan Lonehawk, Jordin Kare
DucKon 16 June 8-10, 2007 Naperville Holiday Inn Select in Naperville, IL [[Alan Dean Foster]]], Moifa, Jim Plaxco, Greg Ketter, Michael Longcor
DucKon 17 June 13-15, 2008 Naperville Holiday Inn Select in Naperville, IL Elizabeth Bear, Peri Charlifu, Samuel Conway, Dave McCarty, Jeff Bohnhoff, Maya Bohnhoff. Chair: Drew Scheeler
DucKon 18 June 12-14, 2009 Naperville Holiday Inn Select in Naperville, IL Jim Butcher, Loren Damewood, Michael Harrington, Seanan McGuire, Diana Fox, Sue Blom, Shannon K. Butcher, Michelle Dockrey, Tony Fabris
DucKon 19 June 18-20, 2010 Naperville Holiday Inn Select in Naperville, IL Sharon Lee, Steve Miller, Scott Raun, Talis Kimberley
DucKon 20 June 17-19, 2011 Hyatt Regency Woodfield in Schaumburg, IL [[Tamora Pierce]]], Shirley Damsgaard, Ursula Vernon, William Puda, Trudi Puda, Gary Hanak, Nate Bucklin, Louie Bucklin
DucKon 21 June 1-3, 2012 Pheasant Run in St. Charles, IL Robert J. Sawyer, Anne Passovoy, Bob Passovoy, Bedlam Bards
Duckon 22 June 28-30, 2013 Westin Chicago North Shore in Wheeling, IL Tananarive Due, Steven Barnes, Bill Higgins, Cheryl Storm Lee Darrow
DucKon 23 June 6-8, 2014 Westin Chicago North Shore in Wheeling, IL David Gerrold, Dan the Bard, Jennifer Allen
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