Summer is almost here and that means it's time to get it in gear and start planning our next Vintage Computer Festival Midwest. Astute readers will note that this announcement comes many weeks later than in past years, but rest assured there is still plenty of time remaining to make your travel plans, reserve a table or get yourself into the mood for a full weekend of classic computing fun. Here are the necessaries:

What: The Thirteenth Vintage Computer Festival Midwest
When: September 15-16, 2018 (note that that's one weekend later than the usual dates!)
Where: The Holiday Inn Elk Grove Village, Elk Grove Village, Illinois - about 30 minutes west of Chicago with a free shuttle bus from ORD!

More info for the uninitiated and VCFMW veterans alike:

- We do not charge admission. Thus, we are a community-supported show, so we humbly beg your kind donations, which can be made via two different links at, or at the show.
- Always an entertaining spectacle, there will once again be an auction! This is the other way we fund the show, so your donation of old computers (or anything even marginally related) is greatly appreciated. If it's a little too nice to put in the Free Pile, please consider donating it as an auction item.
- Typical show hours are 9am Saturday 'til late night, and then 9am-4pm on Sunday (clean-up begins around 3pm). Early load-in is usually available on Friday afternoon, hours at the hotel's discretion.
- The show really begins on Friday night, at least for exhibitors. We typically go for an informal group dinner and return to the hotel to complete setup. Don't worry if you're getting into town late, you can still set up Friday night (until 11pm or so). If you're arriving Saturday morning, your table will still be reserved.
- Tables fill up quickly! If you'd like to exhibit, please fill out the table reservation form at If the form is closed, it's because the buffer filled up and we're still processing requests. We don't want to reserve space we don't have!
- Hotel rooms at the Holiday Inn are available at the group rate of $92/night via the link at, or by calling the hotel at the number listed on our site. If the online room block is full, please try calling the hotel directly.
- There is an on-site restaurant in the hotel that serves breakfast through dinner and a bar that is open late-ish. Consensus seems to be that they have good food and not having to leave the hotel to eat is a big plus.

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