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!

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Michi Trota

Michi TrotaMichi Trota currently serves as Chicago Nerd Social Club’s president and is a fire-spinning geek fiend who was raised on a steady diet of 80s cartoons, anime, and sci-fi/fantasy literature and soundtracks. She has a Simpsons quote for every occasion, always bags and boards her comics, and refuses to acknowledge the existence of a fourth Indiana Jones movie. Discussions about geek culture, feminism and intersectionality are guaranteed to get her talking for hours – she’s organized several discussion panels at conventions such as C2E2, WisCon, and Wizard World Chicago, and has been a guest lecturer at the University of Chicago and the Chicago Humanities Festival. Michi is also the managing editor for Hugo Award and World Fantasy Award finalist Uncanny: A Magazine of Science Fiction and Fantasy, as well as an organizer for the Chicago Full Moon Jams,  and a performer with Raks Geek. In her spare time, she blogs about geekery, food, fire and anything else that catches her fancy at www.geekmelange.com. You can follow her on Twitter @GeekMelange.

Paul Callan

Paul CallanPaul 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 son the ways of the Force or why Batman is so awesome, he moderates the CNSC Book Club with Anne. Paul can be found on Twitter @zero1 where shares his love of movies, tv, coffee and running.

Karlyn Meyer

KarlynKarlyn Meyer is an attorney who spends her free time playing, discussing, and designing video games. She studied intellectual property and the law’s application to gender, sex, and sexuality, receiving national publication for her scholarship regarding video games and copyright law. She loves to volunteer at gaming festivals and give talks on diversity in geek spaces. Here are places you can find her on the internet; she also tweets @karlyn_darlin.

Caitlin Rosberg

Squirrel Girl CGRCaitlin Rosberg is a 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, as well as a contributor to the A.V. Club‘s Comics Panel.  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. Ask her about Rhodey.

Matt Peters

Matt Peters

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 (GCPD and Cast-A-Day). 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 @GCPDMatt 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.”

Tanya DePass

Tanya DePassTanya DePass is a lifelong Chicagoan who loves everything about gaming, #INeedDiverseGames spawn point, and wants to make it better and more inclusive for everyone. She’s the Founder and EIC of @OutofTokensCast, the Diversity Liaison for GaymerX, and often speaks on issues of diversity, feminism, race, intersectionality, & other topics at conventions. Her writing appears in Uncanny Magazine, Polygon, Wiscon Chronicles, Paste Games, and other publications. Tanya brings years of experience as a con organizer, speaker, podcaster, and gaming advocate, as well as a fierce dedication to creating welcoming, diverse nerd communities. You can follow her on Twitter as @cypheroftyr.

Jeanette Diaz

cnsc-pictureJeanette Diaz pretty much always writes “Odd but Friendly” for bio blurbs on the internet, but if pressed for details she geeks out over knitting, gaming of all kinds, history, reading, and cartoons. She is a hospitality professional by day and has a large and adorable dog, two loud and fluffy cats, and her cupboards overfloweth with board games and craft supplies. You can follow her on Twitter at @planethalia.