Windycon

(Did you want New Zealand NatCon 5?)

A Chicago area regional convention founded in 1974 and held annually since then. In recent years, it has ordinarily been held on the weekend closest to Veterans Day. Membership is consistently just above or below 1300. ISFiC, Inc. is the corporate parent.

Windycon was originally founded in order to raise the profile of fandom in Chicago in preparation for a Worldcon bid. In 1982, Chicon IV was the result. From its small beginnings, Windycon has grown to have an annual membership hovering around 1300. It is the largest of the fan-run Chicago conventions.

Annually since 1986, ISFiC has hosted the ISFiC Writers Contest in conjunction with Windycon, open to unpublished authors. The contest is judged by professional authors and editors.

Windycon website (external link)

Convention Date Location Notes
Windycon I October 25-27, 1974 Blackstone Hotel in Chicago, IL The Shape of Things to Come
Windycon II October 3-5, 1975 Ascot House in Chicago, IL Play It Again, Urgfhjyk
Windycon III October 15-17, 1976 Sheraton Chicago in Chicago, IL
Windycon IV October 7-9, 1977 Arlington Park Hilton in Arlington Heights, IL The Latvian Loganberry Festival
Windycon V October 6-8, 1978 Arlington Park Hilton in Arlington Heights, IL Case of the Maltese BEM
Windycon VI October 5-7, 1979 Arlington Park Hilton in Arlington Heights, IL Touch of Klass
Windycon VII October 24-26, 1980 Hyatt Regency Chicago in Chicago, IL Tucker for President
Windycon VIII December 18-20, 1981 Hyatt Regency Chicago in Chicago, IL A Holiday Party
Windycon IX December 10-12, 1982 Lincolnwood Hyatt (the Purple Hotel) in Lincolnwood, IL A Holiday Relaxicon
Windycon X October 7-9, 1983 Arlington Park Hilton in Arlington Heights, IL Inklings
Windycon XI December 7-9, 1984 Hyatt Regency Woodfield in Schaumburg, IL Bizarre Bazaar
Windycon XII October 11-13, 1985 Hyatt Regency Woodfield in Schaumburg, IL
Windycon XIII November 14-16, 1986 Hyatt Regency Woodfield in Schaumburg, IL The first ISFiC Writers Contest is held, Windycon moved to its now traditional Veteran's Day weekend.
Windycon XIV November 6-8, 1987 Hyatt Regency Woodfield in Schaumburg, IL Frederik Pohl's 50th Anniversary Roast
Windycon XV November 11-13, 1988 Hyatt Regency Woodfield in Schaumburg, IL
Windycon XVI November 10-12, 1989 Hyatt Regency Woodfield in Schaumburg, IL
Windycon XVII November 9-11, 1990 Hyatt Regency Woodfield in Schaumburg, IL Uncle Lenny's Polka-Rama
Windycon XVIII November 8-10, 1991 Hyatt Regency Woodfield in Schaumburg, IL
Windycon XIX November 6-8, 1992 Hyatt Regency Woodfield in Schaumburg, IL
Windycon XX November 12-14, 1993 Hyatt Regency Woodfield in Schaumburg, IL 20th Anniversary Class Reunion
Windycon XXI November 11-13, 1994 Hyatt Regency Woodfield in Schaumburg, IL
WindyCon XXII November 10-12, 1995 Hyatt Regency Woodfield in Schaumburg, IL with WindyCon XXII, the c began to be capitalized. This was the first WindyCon with a website.
WindyCon XXIII November 8-10, 1996 Hyatt Regency Woodfield in Schaumburg, IL Twister 30th Anniversary Tournament
WindyCon XXIV November 7-9, 1997 Hyatt Regency Woodfield in Schaumburg, IL Scots in Space, Chairman Ross Pavlac was hospitalized two days before the convention. His at-con duties were carried out by Rick Waterson
WindyCon XXV November 13-15, 1998 Hyatt Regency Woodfield in Schaumburg, IL Silver Windycon
WindyCon XXVI November 12-14, 1999 Hyatt Regency Woodfield in Schaumburg, IL
WindyCon XXVII November 10-12, 2000 Hyatt Regency Woodfield in Schaumburg, IL The Worldcon is Not Enough
WindyCon XXVIII November 9-11, 2001 Hyatt Regency Woodfield in Schaumburg, IL
WindyCon XXIX November 8-10, 2002 Hyatt Regency Woodfield in Schaumburg, IL A Visit to Newford
WindyCon XXX November 7-9, 2003 Hyatt Regency Woodfield in Schaumburg, IL Space Station Windycon
WindyCon 31 November 12-14, 2004 Wyndham O'Hare in Rosemont, IL with Windycon 31, the con changed from using Roman numerals to Arabic numerals, Innerspace, First ISFiC Press publication
WindyCon 32 November 11-13, 2005 Wyndham O'Hare in Rosemont, IL Alternate History
WindyCon 33 November 10-12, 2006 Wyndham O'Hare in Rosemont, IL First Contact
WindyCon 34 November 9-11, 2007 Wyndham O'Hare in Rosemont, IL The Worlds of the Others
WindyCon 35 November 14-16, 2008 Westin Lombard in Lombard, IL Military SF
WindyCon 36 November 13-15, 2009 Westin Lombard in Lombard, IL Steampunk
WindyCon 37 November 12-14, 2010 Westin Lombard in Lombard, IL The Lands of Fae and Back Again
WindyCon 38 November 11-13, 2011 Westin Lombard in Lombard, IL The Periodic Table of Science Fiction Elements
WindyCon 39 November 9-11, 2012 Westin Lombard in Lombard, IL Zombies
Windycon 40 November 8-10, 2013 Westin Lombard in Lombard, IL The Big Tent
Windycon 41 November 14-16, 2014 Westin Lombard in Lombard, IL Grimm Tales
Windycon 42 November 13-15, 2015 Westin Lombard in Lombard, IL The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Windycon
Windycon 43 November 11-13, 2016 Westin Lombard in Lombard, IL King of the Nerds
Windycon 44 November 10-12, 2017 Westin Lombard in Lombard, IL Dystopias
Windycon 45 November 9-11, 2018 Westin Lombard in Lombard, IL

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