Chicon 7, the 70th Worldcon and seventh in Chicago, was held August 30 to September 3, 2012, at the Hyatt Regency Chicago. GoHs: Mike Resnick (author), Story Musgrave (astronaut), Jane Frank (agent), Rowena Morrill (artist), and Peggy Rae Sapienza (fgoh). Rowena was unable to attend due to health issues. John Scalzi was Toastmaster. Sy Liebergot was a Special Guest.
The convention's parent corporation was Chicago Worldcon Bid, which sponsored the Chicago in 2012 bid and, previously, the unsuccessful Chicago in 2008 bid. Chicon 7 won in the 2012 Worldcon Site Selection at Aussiecon 4 in 2010. It hosted the 2014 Worldcon Site Selection.
At the 2012 Hugos ceremony, Chicon 7 presented a Special Committee Award to Chicago author, collector, publisher, bookseller, and editor Robert Weinberg for his service to science fiction, fantasy, and horror.
When Armbruster was invited to join as a vice-chair, she commented that she had already been a vice chair, but always wanted to be a flying monkey. Chicon's IT department, setting up e-mail for the team, misspelled the title as flyingmonkees@... Silver immediately proclaimed himself "Peter Tork" after the actor from the 1960s comedy television show The Monkees. Armbruster claimed the identity of "Micky Dolenz," McCarty took "Davy Jones" (who died shortly before the con), and Montgomery took "Mike Nesmith."
In addition to each of their regular badges, each had a secondary badge with their "Monkee" name on it.
Following in the spirit, the Finance office at Chicon 7 proclaimed themselves "The Miserly Monkees" and the Facilities department kept a life-size cut out of a Flying Monkey from The Wizard of Oz outside their office space.
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