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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Mar 2007
    Prospect Heights, IL
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    Default VCF Midwest 12

    We did this nerd-fest thing at this hotel last year and no one complained (much), least of all the hotel, so I think we're up for another go.

    The TWELFTH edition of the Vintage Computer Festival Midwest is happening September 9th and 10th, 2017 in lovely Elk Grove Village, Illinois, mere minutes from O'Hare International Airport and an array suburban shopping and dining opportunities.

    Those who have joined us in the past will be happy to know that we're running the same show (and more!) this year: same location, same hours, still free to attend, show or sell. If you're new to VCF Midwest, you can find all the relevant details at If you have any questions not answered there, feel free to contact me directly.

    No registration is necessary to attend the show. If you would like a table(s) for exhibition and/or vending, please contact us via the form on our site at: We'll do our best to get you the space you need.

    If you would like to volunteer a talk or demo between 30-60 minutes, please contact us via the form Our friendly events coordinator will get back to you soon.

    Hotel registration is now open! Follow the link here or at and reserve your room at our reduced rate of $89/night. The nights of the 8th, 9th and 10th are available, with either a single King bed or a dual Queen room. If you're staying additional nights, they will probably have to be booked separately at the regular rate - however it's worth calling the hotel directly at (847) 437-6010 and asking them for the "Vintage Computer Fes" (yes without the "t") or "VIN" rate on the extra nights. No guarantees they'll extend it but it's worth a try. If you have any other booking needs or difficulties, please call that number as well. Do not call the main toll-free line for Holiday Inn/IHG. They don't have the rate code and won't be able to help you.

    Why wait? Book your room and travel and mark your calendars TODAY.

    For Facebook users, there's a FB event here:
    For the tweeting kind, you may follow us at:
    Does anyone use Google+ any more? We have a page here:

    VCF Midwest is a community-supported event, made possible through the generous donations of attendees, vendors and the organizing staff. As such, we humbly beg for your contribution toward the show's expenses, payable via the PayPal or GoFundMe links on our main page. Every donation helps and we appreciate them all.

    See you in September!

    Stuff I'm selling right now:

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Aug 2006
    Chicagoland, Illinois, USA
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    It's one month away from Vintage Computer Festival Midwest! If you're anywhere near Chicagoland September 9th-10th, please drop on by. has updated details if you haven't checked it out recently.

    Our showing of Growing the 8-bit Generation last year was a mild success, so we're expanding our Saturday night video event into a small Vintage Computing Documentary Festival starting at 8pm and running into the wee hours. We'll be featuring the following works:

    • Unauthorized Access, 1994: A re-transferred and remastered version of Annaliza Savage's early 1990s computer hacking underground documentary. World premiere showing of the remastered version.
    • Cyberpunk, 1990: Marianne Trench's highly stylized documentary about the cyberpunk movement featuring William Gibson, Jaron Lanier, and Timothy Leary.
    • Ingram Computer Software Previews February-March 1985: Ingram software distribution in-store promo video covering many games and productivity titles for various platforms in 1985.
    • Steve Jobs brainstorms with the NeXT team, 1985: A short documentary filmed from December 1985 to March 1986 at NeXT's team retreat in Pebble Beach.
    • The World Premiere of the Amiga, 1985: A remastered, abridged version of the 1985 Amiga launch event at Lincoln Center.
    • Computability: How To Make The Most of Your Home Computer, 1984: Steve Allen and Jayne Meadows illustrate how personal computers can enhance your life, both "now" (1984) and in "the near future".
    • The Computer Chronicles Episode 1023: Computer Games, 1984: An episode of The Computer Chronicles that looks at arcade and video games in 1984, featuring Steve Kitchen, Chris Crawford, Bill Budge, and Trip Hawkins.

    Also, just a quick note that, like previous VCF Midwest shows, we don't charge admission for attending or exhibiting (or anything, really). if you are planning on attending, 1. Thank you, and 2. Consider throwing a donation or two into the tip jar on the front page of the website to help us run the show. Anything is appreciated and helps secure a venue for future shows.
    Last edited by Trixter; August 9th, 2017 at 08:44 PM.
    Offering a bounty for:
    - Documentation and original distribution disks for: Panasonic Sr. Partner, Corona PPC-400, Zenith Z-160 series
    - Music Construction Set, IBM Music Feature edition (has red sticker on front stating IBM Music Feature)
    - Any very old/ugly IBM joystick (such as the Franklin JS-123)


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