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Chicago Steampunk Society

Chicago Steampunk Society is the collective for all groups, individuals, crews, teams and rogues in the Chicagoland area.

Location: Chicago
Members: 155
Latest Activity: Dec 1

Steampunk Chicago

What, pray tell, is Steampunk Chicago?

At Steampunk Chicago, we are diligently working to create an inspiring outlet for steampunk creatives and thinkers based in Chicago and worldwide. We are a portal to Steampunk, Neo-Victorian, Holmsian and Dickensian goings on within the Chicagoland area as well as greater national Steampunk events.

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Seeking central/western Illinois members...

Started by Brian S. Dennison. Last reply by Melanie M. Wander Oct 11. 16 Replies

 If anyone is/knows of fellow members in central (hour west of Chicago) or western Illinois, please contact me through this mail or facebook. It's awful lonely out here in the nether region.Continue

Lake County Illinois steam folks...

Started by Mary Suzanne. Last reply by Melanie M. Wander Aug 31. 8 Replies

This is just a general thread for folks that are closer to the Wisconsin/Illinois border, like me. Or perhaps you're close to the East side of the McHenry county border. Feel free to say hi.Continue

Chicago Based Kickstarter__SteamPunk Playing Cards: Visions of Class Strife

Started by Kewii the Tinkerer Apr 7, 2013. 0 Replies

Greetings! I have launched a kickstarter project and would like some feedback! …Continue

Steampunk Author Jean-Christophe Valtat Reads from Auroarama September 22

Started by Joe Mason (aka Mr. M) Sep 12, 2010. 0 Replies

French steampunk author Jean-Christophe Valtat will be reading from his new novel "Aurorama" on Wednesday, Sept. 22, 7 pm, Quimby's Bookstore, 1854 W North Ave., Chicago.Revolt is brewing in the…Continue

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Comment by A. Prometheus Von Frankenstein on October 6, 2011 at 1:57pm

Thank you all. Wendy, I live in Lombard about two minutes from the WindyCon hotel. I'll for sure stop by for part of the weekend. Not quite sure I'd look right in a bridesmaid dress though! Ezra, I'm BIG  and TALL too, 6'5, long-waisted, so it is nearly impossible to buy something "easy." Regina, thanks for the offer. Let me see what I can start collecting. I was heading off to Steam Con but now have to cancel because of a work related trip, so I'm going to have a bit more time. This will be a challenge, but I will hopefully succeed. Thanks everyone for input.

Comment by Wendy Zdrodowski on October 6, 2011 at 12:25pm

Apropos of, well, everything....

I am the head of Costume Programming at Windycon, which is being held in Lombard this November (the week before Teslacon). There is one room entirely dedicated to costume, with materials and tools close at hand.  Since this year is the rather staid 'The Periodic Table Of The Elements", I have chose this year to focus on The Elements of Costume.  We are having hands-on demos on everything from make-up to fabric-painting to glue.  I myself will be teaching 'FrankenPattern', which is scheduled for 6:00 PM on Friday and will focus on modifying existing patterns to get the look you want.  The lovely Lisa Marie Ogle of the Empire will be running a workshop on Saturday on how to trick out that bridesmaid's dress you have hanging in the back of your closet.  While it is probably too close to Teslacon itself to plan on making anything between the two, it might be a good place to meet others who like to play dress-up as well as pick up some useful skills and connections.


While *I* will technically not be at Teslacon (I am co-directing and playing a character in the Murder Mystery) I am quite sure that *Marianne* would be most pleased to make votre acquaintance.

Comment by Ezra Fugue on October 6, 2011 at 12:03pm
I feel your pain Prometheus, at my height and width it is so freaking hard to find regular clothing that fits right not to mention something for a persona.  I really need to sit down and learn how to sew and upscale patterns.
Comment by Regina Terramour (Black Rose) on October 6, 2011 at 10:12am

I have the same problem with the shape, fortunately corsets can do wonderful things for some of my flaws.  I just bought some patterns for men's wear today. 

Do you mind wearing resale merchandise?  You can find some very nice things, straight leg pants, dress shirts with cuffs, vests, etc. for a reasonable price.  I custom make clothing and have found some very well made things.  If you live around Chicago, I might be able to alter things for you. 

Comment by A. Prometheus Von Frankenstein on October 6, 2011 at 8:35am
Regina, thanks for your response. I have nothing. Absolutely nothing. I have suits that are current because of my work. And when I'm not working I wear jeans or shorts and t-shirts. I have a vision for what I'd like to look like but naturally that vision is also a guy shaped very differently than me.
Comment by Regina Terramour (Black Rose) on October 6, 2011 at 2:19am
What clothing do you already own? A suit with vest, dress shirt with french cuffs?  Go through what you have first.
Comment by A. Prometheus Von Frankenstein on October 5, 2011 at 6:51pm

Greetings Chicago. I need help! I will be attending and actually presenting at TeslaCon in Madison next month and... well. I don't have a thing to wear. Are there any kind souls in the city or western suburbs willing to throw around some ideas with me for some attire. I am currently building a Nemo-esque diving helmet but for the normal convention times, I'd like to be be comfortable. I have two different alter egos to work with.

If interested, I can offer you thanks and maybe some in kind services. I'm not looking for someone to make me outfits, just help me flesh out some ideas.

Comment by Dr. Lavinia Dayton on October 5, 2011 at 6:20pm

Regina, thank you for your kind offer!  Tea would indeed be a delightful way to get acquainted.  We'll be arriving next week.


(Right now I am perfumed with the scent of cardboard, I'm covered in a fine layer of dust, and my ears are fatigued by the shriek of packing tape.  It will take a few days to recover!)

Comment by Regina Terramour (Black Rose) on October 5, 2011 at 4:06pm
A shame it is, I can't go either.  Don't know of anything going on 28-29.  Keep checking events, maybe something interesting will turn up.
Comment by Alice Whitt on October 5, 2011 at 3:52pm

Much appreciated Miss Regina, and though I am very certain that I would, I am unable to venture to Chicago land until the following weekend ...


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