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Chicago Nerd Social Club invites you to our tenth annual Halloween party, Nerd-O-Ween X. We're excited to bring you a full night of activities in a new venue!  Join us on October 19th for a night of fun, candy, geeks, and prizes!

Admission is $15, and all attendees must be 21+. Purchases are limited to four (4) tickets each, and when they're gone, they're gone!


CNSC is a volunteer-run organization with activities year-round, and the cost of your ticket also helps us keep the lights on. We work hard every year to evolve Nerd-O-Ween as an excellent and inexpensive event that brings the local nerd community together.

Nerd-O-Ween X: Details

  • The Venue: Forteza is located within 3 blocks of Metra, the Brown Line, and 24 hour buses. We encourage you to use public transit or rideshare, but limited street parking is available as well. All restrooms are gender-neutral. For accessible entry, please see below. ♿

  • Volunteers: If you’d like to volunteer to help with Nerd-O-Ween, please email the CNSC Board at info[at]chicagonerds[dot]com with “Nerd-O-Ween Volunteer” in the subject line. You'll get a discount on your ticket! 💰

  • Refunds and Exchanges: Nerd-O-Ween tickets are first-come, first-served and non-refundable. However, you can transfer your Nerd-O-Ween ticket to someone else by contacting us at info[at]chicagonerds[dot]com. 📧

  • Prizes: All attendees are automatically entered into a drawing for fabulous local and nerdy prizes. You can get an additional entry by bringing food or drink to share, and prizes go out to our contest winners as well! 🎟️

  • Food & Drinks: Nerd-O-Ween is 21+ and BYOB. We’ll provide some snacks and light refreshments, but if you bring some to share, you get an extra entry into our prize drawing. Sharing is scaring! 👻

  • Costumes: Not required, but encouraged! Arrive by 9pm to participate in our costume contest. And most importantly, we’ll have a crowd that will appreciate your references. 🤠

♿ Accessibility Information: If you need wheelchair-accessible parking and entry, please reach out to info [at] chicagonerds [dot] com so we can coordinate this with you. We host the costume contest from an area that is elevated by one step, but all participants may showcase costumes from the floor. We use microphones for all official announcements. The venue space includes chairs as well as open floor space for wheelchair seating and movement. There will be music played over an audio system and decorative lights without strobe effects.

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  • Weapons Policy: All cosplay must adhere to our weapons policy. Any weapons must be non-working and peace bonded. No guns or functioning projectile launchers permitted. No live steel; bladed weapons must be cased or sheathed at all times. Prop weapons will be allowed if composed of cardboard, foam, wood or other light materials. Prop firearms are allowed only if they cannot be mistaken for real weapons.

  • Anti-Harassment and Event Policy: This event, like all CNSC events, is governed by CNSC’s Anti-Harassment and Event Policy. This party is open only to guests age 21+. By purchasing your ticket to N-O-W, you agree that if you choose to drink alcohol, you’ll do so responsibly, and that any inappropriate behavior will get you booted from a really sweet party.