Newbie’s Guide to Cosplaying

KnitChick/ April 29, 2019/ Cosplay

Cosplay is a super popular hobby nowadays, even becoming somewhat mainstream! But so many people decide they want to start cosplaying but aren’t sure how to begin. Here’s a little guide to help with that first step.

A Newbie’s Guide to Tokusatsu

KnitChick/ January 10, 2019/ Tokusatsu

What is tokusatsu? Tokusatsu is a genre, it simply translates to “special effects” and is actually a pretty broad term. There are really quite a few shows and movies that could be considered “tokusatsu” just by the general nature of the term (even American movies like the Avengers would fall under that definition), but most fans mean a specific type

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Newbie’s Guide to Conventions

KnitChick/ January 6, 2019/ Conventions

So you want to attend a convention? That’s great! Nowadays there are so many different fun conventions of all different types to choose from. There’s anime cons, entertainment cons, fandom-specific cons, literature cons, and everything else under the sun. This guide will cover the differences between types of conventions, how to gather the information you need to make a decision

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All about KnitChick

KnitChick/ January 4, 2019/ About Me

Welcome to my little corner of the internet! I’m Mary Jo, aka KnitChick, and I’ve been online far too long (over 20 years at this point). I’m a lifelong Chicagoan, and I can’t imagine living anywhere else! My undergraduate degree is in Communications, Mass Media & Theatre, while I have a Masters in Library & Information Science. Currently I’m working

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Rosemont Dining Guide

KnitChick/ January 4, 2019/ Rosemont Guide

This is a guide to the many food options available in Rosemont. As quite a few conventions take place in the area, I have been working to put this together to help people who are unfamiliar with the area decide where to eat. I live just around the corner from Rosemont, so I am pretty familiar with the town and

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Hotel Cluster

KnitChick/ January 4, 2019/ Rosemont Guide

Directly across River Road from the convention center is a small cluster of hotels. Each hotel has one or more places to eat inside, as well, for those who do not wish to venture far from their hotel.

Restaurants near Allstate Arena

KnitChick/ January 4, 2019/ Rosemont Guide

Next to the Allstate Arena (which will forever be the Rosemont Horizon to some of us), there is a small shopping center with a great variety of food joints to choose from. There are also a couple of spots across from the Arena as well.