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The 2000 Worldcon and sixth Chicago Worldon held August 31 to September 4 at the Hyatt Regency Chicago, the Fairmont Hotel, and the Swissôtel in Chicago, Ill. GoHs: Ben Bova (author), Bob Eggleton (artist), and Jim Baen (editor). FGoHs: Bob & Anne Passovoy. Harry Turtledove was Toastmaster. It was sponsored by ISFIC and chaired by Tom Veal.

The convention had 6,574 members, of whom 5,794 actually attended the convention.

The convention's official name, Chicon 2000, puzzled some fans who wondered how they missed Chicons 6 through 1999. They were even more confused when Chicon 2000 was followed by Chicon 7. As happened with the TASFiC, “fen wouldn’t have it,” and the con is mainly remembered as Chicon 6.

Chicon programming included a series of on-line chats sponsored through Cybling, which allowed non-attendees to interact with the program participants.

A centerpiece of the con was the Fan Lounge, designed by Dick and Leah Smith[1] to resemble a typical Chifan living room of the Thursday era, complete with ratty furniture, brick-and-board bookcases stuffed with sf, and life-sized soft-sculpture replicas of Phyllis Eisenstein and Neil Rest (created by Gretchen Roper), along with fanzine displays and repro equipment.

During the bidding process, Chicago in 2000 issued forty trading cards depicting a variety of science fiction authors and artists, including Gordon R. Dickson, Terry Pratchett, and Larry Niven. Any one who collected twenty of the cards and voted in site selection received a free membership conversion to Chicon 2000. When Chicago in 2000 won, they issued a trading card #0 that announced their Guests of Honor.

At the con, 106 program items had audio recordings made and were available for sale. Chicon 2000 Programming Chair Steven H Silver has a complete collection and Chicon 2000 also donated a complete collection to SFOHA at Smofcon 18.

The Worldcon arose from the Chicago in 2000 bid and hosted the 2003 Worldcon Site Selection.

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  1. The Smiths were asked to head the “fan concourse,” aka “standing exhibits,” department, but, being fanzine fans, they really wanted to run the Fan Lounge. Accordingly, the Lounge became an exhibit.