Come find your tribe.

A 3-day Afro-Futuristic celebration for comic nerds, pop culture buffs, big thinkers, techies, creatives, storytellers, gamers, science geeks, dreamers, makers, movers, shakers and anyone contributing to the culture!

July 26-28, 2019
at the
Hyatt Regency McCormick Chicago

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What is Wakandacon?

Wakandacon is a family-friendly, inclusive space where you can be a nerd about anything – art, community, tech, self-expression, or your own beautiful Blackness.

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Hyatt Regency McCormick Place

Venue Information

Wakandacon Chicago 2019 is being held at the Hyatt Regency McCormick Place, located in downtown Chicago.

Venue Address

Hyatt Regency Mc Cormick Place
2233 S Martin Luther King Dr. D
Chicago, IL 60616

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Room Block

Wakandacon's room block offers a fixed-rate reservation, in addition to a discount on parking.

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"As a black latinx lesbian female in the STEM field ALL of my identities felt fed at this event! The feeling of not being black enough in black spaces was a non issue and that is something that I've never felt before! So thank you thank you thank you!”

— Wakandacon Guest

Wakandacon attendees
Wakandacon attendees
Wakandacon attendees

What's at Wakandacon?

Wakandacon creates a supportive space for black-identified people to come together, educate each other, cultivate positivity, celebrate the beauty of Blackness and the future of the entire diaspora!

Compelling and Thought-Provoking Content

Compelling and Thought-Provoking Content

We’re bringing the complex, engaging conversations that are happening online and in the media to life. From cosplay to community organizing, there’s no limit to what we can discover.

Family Friendly Fun for All Ages

Family Friendly Fun for All Ages

At Wakandacon we understand that your little one might be your plus one. Enjoy kid friendly events throughout the weekend - even the littlest of our tribe can have fun at Wakandacon.

Engaging Meet & Greets and Networking

Engaging Meet & Greets and Networking

Wakandacon is a place to meet and connect with each other. Enjoy networking hours, intimate chats, and discussions with fellow attendees and panelists.

Exciting Gaming and Tournaments

Exciting Gaming and Tournaments

I Play Games is coming back to Wakandacon! I Play Games has hosted gaming at some of the largest expos including Chicago’s own C2E2. Come experience family friendly gaming and challenge your fellow gamers in tournaments held throughout the weekend!

Come Learn To Code

Learn To Code with Wakandacon

Unleash your inner Shuri and learn how to code in our Wakandacon Tech Lab, brought to you by Gabrielle Crevecoeur and the Community Team at Microsoft! Explore the concepts behind coding, enjoy pop-up workshops, win participation prizes, and more.

Fermilab at Wakandacon

Fermilab at Wakandacon

Our programming partners at Fermilab are returning! Fermilab is hosting a custom panel with a group of 4-6 panelists discussing their path through STEM and offering advice for younger science-minded audience members. They’ll also have a Science Booth dedicated to on-site activities and a science demo station including an appearance by Mr. Freeze!

Vibrant Small-business Marketplace

Vibrant Small-business Marketplace

Books. Jewelry. Handmade Products. Art. Our marketplace features over 100 small and black businesses from around the world sharing their passions and products. Come explore the unique products and support Afrofuturistic entrepreneurism.

Rockwell Automation: The Power of Science Behind Superheros

Rockwell Automation: The Power of Science Behind Superheros

Jay Flores, Rockwell STEM ambassador, will be presenting a TEDx style program: The Power of Science Behind Superheros. The presentation will focus on professionals of color working in various STEM fields, and specifically engineering. The discussion aims to promote career pathways for Black engineers and educate our audience about the company's diversity and inclusion efforts.

Adler Planetarium at Wakandacon

Adler Planetarium at Wakandacon

Following up on our sold-out Adler After Dark collaboration, Adler is sponsoring a custom panel at Wakandacon focused on the experiences of Black scientists and career pathways for scientists of color. They'll also have an information and membership booth at Wakandacon to promote upcoming educational events at the Adler!

Party Noire X Wakandacon

Party Noire X Wakandacon

The #PartyNoire community is an inclusive cultural hub celebrating Black femmes, QWOC, and Black womynhood along the gender spectrum with space especially for queer, trans, genderqueer and gender non-conforming Black people. They are hosting a unique panel discussion that will explore navigating the ups and downs of being queer black womyn in nightlife and what the future of black joy in nightlife could look like.

Amazing Cosplay and Afro-Fashion

Amazing Cosplay and Afro-Fashion

Want to be your favorite superhero? Rock Afro-futuristic Eleganza? Or create your own unique look? Wakandacon is the Blackest, nerdiest fashion show, so show up and show out. A sign-up sheet for the official Wakandacon Cosplay Contest will be posted soon!

Lincoln Park Zoo

Lincoln Park Zoo

As one of our community partners, Lincoln Park Zoo will be hosting a membership and information table to educate local Chicagoans about all the cool and interesting programming taking place at the zoo this summer.

Two young Wakandacon attendees

Amazing! Just the feel of home. Something that was ours. Freeing! It was like a convention, block party, and cultural event all in one, but it was ours!

— Wakandacon Guest

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