Welcome to the Chicago in 2022 Worldcon Bid!

The World Science Fiction Convention (Worldcon) has been running since 1939, interrupted only by World War II (1941-46). Chicago is bidding to host the convention again in 2022, which would be the 80th Worldcon!

The soul of science fiction and fantasy is a sense of wonder and endless possibilities. In honor of that, the theme for our bid is “Take to the Stars”. We want to infuse possibilities into all we do, with that effort culminating in a celebration of wonder and possibilities here in the city by the lake, in 2022.

Thanks for visiting our Bid!
The Chicago in 2022 Worldcon Bid Committee

A Message From the Bid Chairs

April 10, 2020

We had been hoping to see many of you this weekend at the various scheduled conventions and answer questions and have wonderful conversations as we always do, but obviously that’s not in the cards for any of us right now. If you don’t mind us imposing for a few minutes, we’d like to catch you up on where everything is for the bid and for site selection voting.

First off, we think most folks will be aware that we are no longer an unopposed bid. A group of fans from Saudi Arabia have filed a bid for Jeddah, proposing to host the convention in early May, 2022. While we’re obviously affected by their decision, we want to make sure everyone knows that we think that a new part of the world engaging in Worldcon and looking to try to host it is entirely a good thing, and we want to ask that all of our supporters be welcoming and friendly towards them, even if we obviously hope that we might remain your first choice. We have been in communication with them through the site selection planning process and it is our intention to remain helpful to them in any way we can be. If you wish to know more about their bid, you can find information on their website, jeddicon.com.

Our filing with CoNZealand showed that we have selected the Hyatt Regency Chicago as our facility. Many of you will know the facility well as it’s hosted the previous four Worldcons in Chicago, but in case you are unaware, it has over 2,100 sleeping rooms and an included convention center big enough to host the convention. Our dates, should we win the bid, will be Labor Day weekend – Thursday September 1, 2022 through Monday September 5, 2022.

Additionally, the bid is very pleased to announce that we have selected a chair for the convention. Helen Montgomery has been tapped to lead the convention, should we win. She was one of the Flying Monkees (Vice-Chairs) for Chicon 7 in 2012 and has been a division head for Worldcon numerous times. We’re awfully excited to have her.

The bid is currently in the process of finalizing details that will be announced if we win, such as Guests of Honor. We are also working to ramp up our social media presence, especially now that we can’t see people in person at local conventions. You can find us on Facebook and Twitter.

Looking forward to CoNZealand, there is a lot that is up in the air and we want to tell you what we know so that we can prepare everyone for what is coming.

As we hope you have heard, with the current world travel issues and New Zealand being closed to foreign travelers until (at best) only a few weeks before the convention dates…CoNZealand has announced that they will be running as a virtual event. They are in the very difficult process of re-engineering all their plans of the last couple years in the few months available to them. Obviously, we’re disappointed that we won’t have the opportunity to gather in person with all of our friends in the community as we look forward to each year, but we are firmly committed to being supportive of the whole CoNZealand team as they take on what looks to us like the largest challenge in Worldcon history.

Running virtually means some re-engineering of the site selection process and we’ve been working the last few weeks with CoNZealand and JeddiCon to figure that out. The ballot and full details of the process should be released by CoNZealand sometime in April. There are some details that we want to share now, though.

1) There will obviously be no in person site selection.
2) Mail in ballots will be required to be received in Australia by Monday, July 13th.
3) To make it easier on people who would prefer not to deal with physical mail and postage, CoNZealand and the bids have agreed to allow scanned/photographed ballots to be sent in by e-mail to an address that CoNZealand will announce.
4) Ballots submitted through e-mail will be printed and folded by the administrator to anonymize them, so sending in a ballot this way should still allow for anonymous handling by the bids during the count.
5) The deadline for e-mail ballots will be Wednesday, July 29th.
6) If neither the international postage or e-mail options are workable for you, we will be accepting mailed in ballots at our address up until Monday, July 6th and we will forward all the ballots we receive, unopened, to the administrator by the mail-in deadline. Our bid address is:

Chicago Worldcon Bid
2020 N. California, Suite 299
Chicago, IL 60647

7) Checks will not be accepted for site selection. CoNZealand will have a process where you can purchase a site selection token online for the voting fee ($72 NZD, approximate $45 USD at the moment) and that token will need to be filled in on your ballot. Tokens are not yet available – CoNZealand will make an announcement when both the ballot and tokens are ready to go. We recommend following their social media accounts so you’ll be notified, but we do also plan to do another email to our supporters when Site Selection voting officially opens.
8) CoNZealand and the bids will be teleconferencing to jointly count the vote and determine the result.
9) Plans for the Business Meeting are in process. In addition to what happens at the business meeting, CoNZealand is currently planning a specific virtual program item for the site selection announcement, presentation from the winning bid, and some form of Q&A.

We know, that’s a lot to take in. If you have questions, you can reach us by e-mail (info@chicagoworldconbid.org), on our Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/ChicagoWorldcon/) or on our Twitter (@chicagoworldcon).

We hope to see each and every one of you at some convention or other in the near future. For now, we ask you to stay safe, be well, and ride this all through as best you can.

Helen Montgomery & Dave McCarty
Co-Chairs, Chicago Worldcon Bid