What is SoyCon?

SoyCon is a large social cosplay gathering made by fans for fans who want to come out and have a good time. The gathering mainly focuses on meeting new people. It's also a good way to connect with the community. We have pre-planned events arranged for anyone to participate for whomever is interested, whether if you're in cosplay or just being yourself. You are not required to wear a costume. The only contribution we are asking from you is to come out and enjoy the gathering.
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History of SoyCon

SoyCon was originally named the ACen Aftermath Photoshoot hosted by the Chicagoland Cosplay Club in 2006. The gathering consisted of cosplayers visiting various locations in downtown Chicago such as the Museum Campus and Buckingham Fountain. After a successful photoshoot gathering, it made it's return in 2007 under the leadership of Soy Sauce. With a few minor adjustments on locations, the gathering was again held in Chicago with the addition of visiting The Bean in Millenium Park.

In 2008, the ACen Aftermath Photoshoot was renamed to SoyCon. The name was just something for fun with no intentions of being an actual con. Just to make sure there wasn't any confusion, the subtitle "The Largest Cosplay Gathering of The Midwest" was added. The idea was combining concepts from conventions, meetups, and small events rolled into a now 3-day weekend full of events and fun.

From 2008 to 2011, SoyCon was held on two separate days. the first day was a photoshoot in downtown Chicago, and the second day was a picnic in a picnic grove with numerous events held on the grounds. At SoyCon 3, the event held an optional day where attendees can get a head start meeting many new people at a beach in Chicago.

With every year passing, the attendance has grown to over 300+ attendees. With the increasing number of attendees, SoyCon had to adjust keeping it at a stable location in Rolling Meadows.

This year, SoyCon has added a theme, "The Game Edition" to the event. SoyCon will be hosting game related events throughout the weekend while keeping the same atmosphere that the gathering is known for throughout the years.

SoyCon is looking forward to it's sixth year and hopefully it will provide an amazing time for everyone that attends.

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Hours of Operation

Event Hours Friday - 11:00am - 4:00pm
Saturday - 11:00am - 7:00pm
Sunday - 11:00pm - 7:00pm
General Registration Saturday - 11:00am -5:00pm
Sunday - 11:00am - 5:00pm
Event Registration Hours
Angry Birds Dodgeball - Open Event
Interpretive Dance Central - Registration Table (Saturday 11:00am-2:00pm)
Group Shot - Open Event
Cosplay Showcase - Registration Table (Saturday 11:00am-2:30pm)
The Battlefield: T.E. - Registration Table (Saturday 3:00pm-4:30pm)
SoyCon Squares - Open Event
Xrossfire Soccer - Open Event
Chu Chu Run - Registration Table (2:00pm-4:00pm)

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Event Layout

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Potluck, Food, & Drinks

SoyCon is a fan supported event and everything is supported by everyone who attends. We would like to ask you and everyone else that attend to contribute something for SoyCon. We want everyone to play a part to help run this event. If you have something that may be very helpful for SoyCon, please send an e-mail. We welcome your help.

*All picnic food and drinks is only for Saturday & Sunday ONLY! .*

Photo By Keir Briscoe


We are looking for:
  • Hot Dogs & Burgers
  • Buns
  • Steak & Chicken
  • Kitchen Made Food
  • Vegetarian Food
  • Ketchup & Mustard
  • Cheese
  • Chips
  • Dips
  • Baked Goods
  • Grills & Utencils
  • Charcoal
  • Eating Utencils
  • Tents
  • Foldable Chairs & Tables
  • Icee
  • Coolers
  • Juices
  • Gatorade
  • Water
  • Radios and/or Boomboxes
  • Footballs, Bean Bags, Games
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Beach Day


The Beach is an optional day for those who want to kick off the SoyCon weekend early. The Beach location is held at 12th Street Beach in downtown Chicago. It's very close to the Alter Planetarium. If you're interested, swing by and come say hello to some of your fellow attendees. Like the other days, cosplay is welcomed (we highly suggest to keep it light too), but you may come as yourself as well.

Date & Time

July 19, 2013
Begins 11:00am - Ends 4:00pm


1200 South Lynn White Drive, Chicago, IL


$25/a day (Price may change the day of. This price was based off of last year.)

By Transit

Take CTA Bus #146 to Alder Planetarium. After getting off, walk south about 0.2 miles to reach your destination.


Photo By Soy Sauce
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Event/Picnic Days


The Event/Picnic Days are the two biggest days of the entire weekend. SoyCon attendees spend their time enjoying the relaxing picnic atmosphere as well as to be entertained by the events hosted throughout the weekend. The location is held on a picnic grove called Ned Brown's Meadow in Rolling Meadows, IL. A few blocks away from the popular Woodfield Mall and miles away from Mitsuwa Marketplace. Cosplay is encouraged, but feel free to come as yourself too!

Date & Time

July 20-21, 2013
Begins 11:00am - Ends 7:00pm


No address. The intersection closeby to the grove is by Golf Rd. and Ring Road in Rolling Meadows, IL.


Free, but may be limited if come late.

By Transit

Take Pace Westbound Bus from Rosemont and travel to Golf Rd. and Ring Road. Exit Bus and walk towards your destination. Picnic Grove #29.


Photo By Scott J. Waldron
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