The first attempt to create a regional convention in Chicago occurred in 1958 when Lynn Hickman chaired Illwiscon. Plans for the con, a relaxacon modeled after Midwestcon, were announced on April 14 of that year, and the con was held July 4-6 at Weller's Motor Lodge. Although subsequent Illwiscons were tentatively planned, none came to fruition.
Some of the other attendees included Roger Brues, Jim Caughran, Sid Coleman, Dan Curran, Sandy Cutrell, Howard DeVore, Bill Donaho, Sally Dunn, Ron Ellik, Jill Esternik (named Jo Esternick in Caughran’s conreport), Nick Falasca, Noreen Falasca, Lewis J. Grant, Dean A. Grennell, Jim Harmon, Earl Kemp, Nancy Kemp, Fred Prophet, Bill Rickhardt, Lee Anne Tremper, George Young and Mary Young.
Caughran hitchhiked to the con from Lincoln, Nebraska; his conrep is online here. Among other things, he reported drinking Vaca Morados in Dean Grennell’s basement after the con. Ellik thumbed rides all the way from California, but went to Midwestcon first.
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