DucKon

A Chicago area regional convention founded in 1992 and held annually since then. The convention gets its name from DuPage County Convention. Membership is consistently just above or below 700. The con's name was the brain child of Helene O'Neill. Super-Con-Duck-Tivity is the corporate sponsor.

Since 1992, the winners of the Golden Duck Awards for excellence in children's science fiction literature are announced at DucKon, although the award presentation is generally made at the following Worldcon.

DucKon began having furry programming in its third year and by its eighth year, the furry presence accounted for more than a third of the attendees. In 2000, the furry programming was spun-off to form Midwest Furfest.

DucKon is also noted for frequent sensational performances, beginning at DucKon 16, by Zeusaphones, singing Tesla coils which would hurl musical lightning bolts outdoors in the hotel parking lot. The group of high-voltage engineers responsible eventually became the Masters of Lightning.

Given the name of the convention, its parent corporation, and the awards they present, it was inevitable that the convention's mascot is a duck.

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After DucKon 23, attempts to organize further DucKons were unsuccessful, and the concom has announced the termination of DucKon.

Convention Date Location Notes
DucKon 1 May 22-24, 1992 Marriott Oak Brook in Oak Brook, IL
DucKon II June 4-6, 1993 Hyatt Lisle near Naperville in Lisle, IL
DucKon III June 3-5 1994 Hyatt Lisle near Naperville in Lisle, IL
DucKon IV June 2-4, 1995 Hyatt Lisle near Naperville in Lisle, IL
DucKon V May 31-June 2, 1996 Hyatt Lisle near Naperville in Lisle, IL
DucKon VI June 6-8, 1997 Hyatt Lodge at McDonald's Campus, Oak Brook, IL
DucKon VII June 12-14 1998 Ramada Plaza Hotel in Rosemont, IL
DucKon VIII June 11-13, 1999 Ramada Plaza Hotel in Rosemont, IL
DucKon IX June 16-18, 2000 Sheraton Chicago Northwest in Arlington Heights, IL
DucKon 10 May 11-13, 2001 Hyatt Lisle near Naperville, Lisle, IL
DucKon XI June 7-9, 2002 Hyatt Regency Woodfield in Schaumburg, IL Ver.2.002-Some Assembly Required
DucKon 12 June 6-8, 2003 Radisson Hotel Lincolnwood (the Purple Hotel) in Lincolnwood, IL
DucKon 13 June 4-6, 2004 Radisson Hotel Lincolnwood (the Purple Hotel) in Lincolnwood, IL Triskaiduckaphobia
DucKon 14 June 10-12, 2005 Naperville Holiday Inn Select in Naperville, IL
DucKon XV June 9-11, 2006 Naperville Holiday Inn Select in Naperville, IL Beware the Ides of Dvck
DucKon 16 June 8-10, 2007 Naperville Holiday Inn Select in Naperville, IL
DucKon 17 June 13-15, 2008 Naperville Holiday Inn Select in Naperville, IL The Maltese DucKon
DucKon 18 June 12-14, 2009 Naperville Holiday Inn Select in Naperville, IL a duck oddity
DucKon 19 June 18-20, 2010 Naperville Holiday Inn Select in Naperville, IL Plan B
DucKon 20 June 17-19, 2011 Hyatt Regency Woodfield in Schaumburg, IL A Tale of Two Duckades
DucKon 21 June 1-3, 2012 Pheasant Run in St. Charles, IL Finally Legal
Duckon 22 June 28-30, 2013 Westin Chicago North Shore in Wheeling, IL Fantasies of the Future!
DucKon 23 June 6-8, 2014 Westin Chicago North Shore in Wheeling, IL What If?