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January 8th, 2014

We have big news to share with you!

Since our founding in 2000, Midwest FurFest has always been on the weekend before Thanksgiving. It was a good, reliable date, didn’t conflict with other conventions, and suited our hotels as well. We stuck with this weekend from the (late, lamented) Sheraton Arlington Park, to the Hyatt Regency Woodfield (R.I.P. koi pond), to the Westin North Shore (the less said, the better), to our newest home, the Hyatt Regency O’Hare.

When we moved to the Hyatt Regency O’Hare, we thought we had it all – huge amounts of space, and what seemed a lot of hotel rooms. But then we grew larger, and larger – in fact, we have doubled in size in the four years we’ve been here! And this has caused a problem – as we grew larger, we needed more space and hotel rooms, and we needed them earlier. As many of you know, this wasn’t possible, and we ran into some conflict.

We now have an opportunity to correct this problem, as well as to pave the way for a more pleasant experience for everyone well into the future. In doing so, we had to make a big decision, but one that we feel will make Midwest FurFest immeasurably better. We are changing the date for Midwest FurFest 2014 to the first weekend of December: December 5-7, 2014.

We understand that for some this change in dates means that they can attend where previously they could not. We also know that some will no longer be able to attend due to schedule demands, and for that we are sorry. This was a decision that we needed to make so that everyone who attends Midwest FurFest will have an even better time than before. This means that events can start earlier in the weekend, that more rooms will be available at the Hyatt Regency O’Hare on Wednesday and Thursday nights, and that we will have more room to grow as the years go on.

These changes are going to make for a very exciting year for Midwest FurFest. We ask for your patience as we hammer out the details with the Hyatt Regency O'Hare. We should have announcements about room reservations and convention registration soon!


Futher information can be found in our Forums.

August 12th, 2013

I'm on the waitlist for a table (at least I believe I am; haven't received a response yet about my application), and was wondering if any dealers whom have secured a table would be willing to share? This is assuming you don't need all of the space on your table. I would only need half the table, at most, as I'll only be offering commissions for badges and small pieces of art, as well as a few premade odds and ends like bookmarks, notebooks, buttons, and keychains. I'll be more than happy to pay for half the table cost, no matter how much room you're willing to offer me. I'll make it work. :3

I know what I'm offering would work for the Artist Alley, as well, but I'd rather have a secured spot all three days in the DD than take my chances with the lottery system of the AA.

Let me know if you can help in any way. Thanks! :3

April 16th, 2013

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We are pleased to announce that you may now register online to attend Midwest FurFest! For instructions and information on how to register, please see our Registration page.
Dealers, you can also apply for a table (or more) in the Dealers Den. Please read and follow the instructions on the Dealers Den page carefully before submitting your application.
Finally, a bit of early warning: All of you DJ's need to start dusting off your beats, because we will start accepting submissions of sample sets starting July 12, 2013!

March 29th, 2013

The Hyatt Regency O'Hare is now completely sold out of rooms at the Midwest FurFest rate for the nights of Wednesday, November 20, 2013 and Thursday, November 21, 2013. We are pleased to announce that we have partnered with the Westin O'Hare and Aloft Chicago O'Hare as our overflow hotels for this year. The Aloft has rooms for $119/night and the Westin is offering rooms at $115/night, and both hotels are only a short 10-minute walk from the Hyatt Regency O'Hare. For more information, please see our Overflow Hotels Page!

March 7th, 2013

Midwest Furfest is honored to welcome our three Guests of Honor for this year: Jamie "Chibi-Marrow", Lindsey "Silver Huskywolf" and Sonderjen! GOH bios can be found here!

We look forward to working with all three and thank them for sharing their expertise and experience with MFF!

March 6th, 2013

We have opened up for Suite Requests. Click the following link to start the process.

Keep in mind this does not reserve you a suite. Your request will be processed and you will receive a confirmation from the Hyatt Regency O'Hare within 14 days. Thanks and good luck!

March 3rd, 2013

Sorry if this is not the official way of doing this...

I was wondering if there was a way for people to submit a Chicago animal charity for consideration for the convention charity. I looked on the website and didn't see anything on the site about it. (Also the mobile version is a bit wonky)

February 5th, 2013

Midwest FurFest is pleased to announce that our 2013 website is now open for business! You can reserve your room now. Suites will be available in March, and convention registration will open by April 1. Dealers applications will be accepted starting April 1. Dealers please click here for more information.

December 5th, 2012

Abrahm's Midwest FurFest 2012 photos

Credit me (Abrahm) if you repost or reuse any of the images.

Thanks, everyone!

December 1st, 2012

Looking for any photos of me in my fursuit, Jacolf!
If you have seen me, please leave a comment with a link to the photo! Thanks so much! :D
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