Uchi-Con

If you prefer cosplay to Cold Play, come to Uchi-Con, the University of Chicago’s festival of the art of Japanese anime, January 27, and stay at the nearby and affordable Chicago Lake Shore Hotel!

Uchi-Con is family friendly (see rules for dress code). It runs from 10 am to six pm. There will be food, all-day Karaoke (come sing your heart out!), guest speakers, contests and other neat events!

Anime, of course, is the Japanese art of animated productions featuring hand drawn and computer-generated figures utilizing colorful graphics and exciting themes! Anime devotees are fun to watch! Anime freaks: read on!

Have a great costume? Strut your stuff at the Cosplay Contest at 2 pm! Let your fingers do the walking in the game room! Panel discussions will run from 11-6 in the Max Palevsky Cinema. There is even a cosplay Bingo game for anime fans.

The Food Café offers wonderful Japanese and Asian food from Noodles Etc. and hot beverages. The Sweets Café features delicious cupcakes, with proceeds supporting future Uchi-Cons. Cash only—please have exact change on hand, the ATM’s are blocks away, and hey, it might be snowy and the event is run by nerds. AND! Snow will not affect Uchi-Con!

Uchi-Con is being held at the University of Chicago’s Ida Noyes Hall, 1212 East 59th Street. For more information, go online to http://uchi-con.com/event/register and follow the prompts or call (773) 702-7040. Free admission. Rated PG-13. If your mother wouldn’t wear it, you can’t.

Make your Uchi-Con experience more enjoyable by staying at the Chicago Lake Shore Hotel, in Hyde Park. Chicago Lake Shore offers free shuttle bus service to and from the Loop area and is close to bus and train services. The Lake Shore Café offers breakfast, lunch and dinner. AND Jazz and seafood buffet, Friday nights.