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May 29

Blerd Bash – Chicago 2022: Powered by The Otaku Box

May 29, 2022 @ 2:00 PM - May 30, 2022 @ 2:00 AM CDT

Come join us this Memorial Day weekend for a day-long celebration of urban nerd culture.
Come join us this Memorial Day weekend for a day-long celebration of urban nerd culture! Blerd Bash, formally known as the “Throw Down Party Tour”, is coming to the greater Chicago area for our next stop in our tour around the country! We’re bringing you an awesome event that fuses urban and otaku/gamer culture. Whether you come alone or a group of friends, you’ll be surrounded by people with similar interests for a night of good vibes and good times.

What to expect:

๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿพ Cosplay Dance Party (Hip-Hop/Rap/R&B) ๐Ÿฆนโ€โ™€๏ธ Cosplay Contest ๐ŸŽฎ Video Games Stations ๐Ÿธ Food and Drinks ๐Ÿ“ท Photoshoot ๐ŸŽค Performances by local hip-hop artists ๐Ÿ›๏ธ Exhibitors

The Venue

This event will be held at Ignite Gaming (Skokie) where there is no shortage of gaming available with your selection of over 80 PCs, VR stations, numerous Xbox and PlayStation consoles, dedicated RockBand rooms, racing sims, and more. There are two full bars that sell a number of cocktails and great food including pizza, wings, sandwiches, milkshakes, etc. Transportation and Parking
  • Ignite Gaming is just 4 minutes walking distance from Oakton-Skokie station (Yellow Line).
  • Plenty of nearby parking options available. Please drive responsibly!
  • Ignite Gaming is approximately 15-25 minutes away from downtown Chicago by car (depending on traffic).

Exhibitor Hall (2:00 pm-8:00 pm)

Visit the exhibitor hall and support local and national brands related to anime, video games, comics, hip-hop culture, and other related topics. Please note a ticket is required to enter the exhibitor hall and the ticket covers admission for the entire event, both the exhibitor hall and the party.

Party (10:00 pm-2:00 am)

When the sun goes down is when the party starts! The exhibitor hall will turn into a huge cosplay dance party. Our live DJ will spin it up all night with some of the best old-school hip-hop songs along with the latest and greatest hits. A few rising artists will grace the stage with performances before back to more dancing, our cosplay contest, and more fun throughout the night.


Thank you to our amazing sponsors that support us with this event.


Check out what some of our past attendees, performers, and vendors have had to say about our events.

Get Involved

For performance slots, exhibitor space, sponsorships, media, press, and volunteer information, please fill out our event application.

About H.A.G Entertainment

H.A.G Entertainment is the leading media, marketing, and creative agency dedicated to urban nerd culture. We support creators, small businesses and brands of all sizes to be better positioned for success. Find out more about us:


May 29, 2022 @ 2:00 PM CDT
May 30, 2022 @ 2:00 AM CDT
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Ignite Gaming – Skokie
8125 Skokie Boulevard
Skokie, IL 60077 United States
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