About Us

We call ourselves the Chicago Nerd Social Club because we believe nerds are pretty social people. Consider the days of the BBS. Nerds created environments to meet new people, share ideas and socialize. We game together, talk about fandoms, share cosplay tips and ideas – whether we’re in meatspace or online. We embrace our nerdy identities because they’re an integral part of who we are, and in many cases, have brought us professional success, friendships and happy relationships. What better reason is there to gather than to celebrate being a bunch of big old nerds, sharing our passions and knowledge for the things we love?

Who gets to be a nerd (or geek, or dork, etc.)? CNSC believes it’s anyone who wants to be, regardless of ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, religion or political affiliation. Whether you’re a hardcore fan, a casual gamer or a newbie who can’t tell Klingon from Quenya, all are welcome! We create fun, inclusive, welcoming spaces that are open to nerds from all walks of life and all levels of fandom – neither abusive language nor harassment of any kind are tolerated. If this description doesn’t appeal to you, as a wise old Jedi once said, “These aren’t the droids you’re looking for.”

The Chicago Nerd Social Club hosts a number of nerd-friendly events. Some are purely social: casual get-togethers at a bar, trips to the movies, gaming nights. Others are informational in nature: local museum outings, introductions to new technologies, and comic book swap nights. Most events are free or as inexpensive as we can make them. So join us at our next event!

Like CNSC on Facebook, join the CNSC Facebook group and follow us on Twitter @chicagonerds.

  Board of Organizers  

MATT PETERS

President (he/him)

Enthusiast of all things nerdy, Matt has been a voice in the industry for several years through his website (Mighty Ink Comics & Entertainment) and his podcasts (Since Last We Spoke and Digital Dumpster Diving). Beginning his journey as an indie comic writer, he’s contributed to various media outlets both print and digital. He’s been invited to speak on panels regarding diversity in geek spaces at C2E2 and Wizard World Chicago, and has been a guest lecturer at DePaul University. Matt is also founder of Core/Demo, an annual geeky belly dance charity event that supports the American Cancer Society. You can find him on Twitter @MightyInkMatt where he frequently geeks out over comics, video games, and pro-wrestling. His favorite color is orange, and he’s fond of the number “13.”

CAITLIN ROSBERG

Treasurer (they/she)

Caitlin Rosberg is an Eisner Award winning, writing, knitting, tea drinking, baking machine with all the requisite robotic enhancements. A regular at Ladies' Night at Graham Cracker Comics in the Loop, she’s also an editor and counter-of-beans for the Ladies’ Night Anthology. She serves as treasurer on the board of Chicago Nerd Social Club, with over 4,000 members and several major annual events. She contributes to the A.V. Club's bi-weekly Comics Panel and Paste Magazine's weekly Required Reading. She likes talking and writing about the importance of safe spaces in nerd culture, how to start your own ladies’ night, independent publishing, and diversity in comic books. You can find her every day observations and really terrible dad jokes on Twitter.  Ask her about Rhodey, but only if you've got some time.

CANDICE OPPER

(she/her)

Candice originally left Kansas through reading every fantasy novel she could get her hands on, and then for real by moving to Chicago for law school. By day she wrangles traders into complying with laws and by night she (prior to the pandemic) stage managed and ran sound for live productions in the Chicago comedy scene. She’s also a producer on the Chicago Nerd Comedy Festival.  Her idea of an immortality plan is accumulating to be read books on Goodreads (last count was 1740). If you need book recommendations or suggestions on songs to go with specific scenes in shows, you can find her on twitter @camelien42.  Seriously, recommending books is her jam.

KELSY NICOLE

Secretary (she/her)

Kelsy Nicole is a Minneapolis transplant to Chicago, which she now calls home. She’s a comedian, an undisputed Iron Man expert, a devoted member of the Cult of the Batfamily and enjoys a plethora of other comics, movies and true crime.  She has recently taken up cross-stitch and table top gaming. When not working she hosts a podcast called No Budget Dreams, for all nerdy project pitches. She can be found reluctantly on Twitter at @actualdgrayson and @nobudgetdreams. For information on her podcast visit  Nobudgetdreams.com

KATHARINE AANENSEN

(they/them)

Katherine Aanensen is a former Long Islander who has come to love Chicago despite the dearth of good bagels. A mapmaker by day and an enthusiast of all things nerdy 24/7, they spend a lot of time reading SF/F, playing board games, and working to build a more LGBT+ inclusive workspace. In public, they’ve spoken about how geography impacts memory, queer identity in manga, and why Norway is going to lose Eurovision this year. In private, they will only talk about why Pacific Rim is the best film of all time. They can be found on Twitter @MapsAintReal where they mostly yell about bad maps, musicals, and sea shanties. Once a month they run a true crime book club and occasionally, they moonlight in a Decemberists cover band.

PAUL CALLAN

(he/him)

Paul Callan was born and raised in Chicago and loves everything the city has to offer, in the daytime he fixes computers and takes photographs.  When he is not busy teaching his two sons and daughter the ways of the Force or why Batman is so awesome, he moderates the CNSC Book Club. Paul can be found on Twitter @zero1 where shares his love of movies, tv, coffee and running.

SUZANNE WALKER

(she/her)

Suzanne Walker is a Chicago-based writer and editor. She is co-creator of the graphic novel Mooncakes (Lion Forge, October 2019) with artist Wendy Xu. Her short fiction has been published in Clarkesworld, and she has published nonfiction articles with Uncanny Magazine, StarTrek.com, Women Write About Comics, and the anthology Barriers and Belonging: Personal Narratives of Disability. She has spoken at numerous conventions on a variety of topics ranging from disability representation in sci-fi/fantasy to the importance of fair compensation for marginalized SF/F creators. You can find her posting pictures of her cat and occasionally yelling about baseball on Twitter: @suzusaur.

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