VCF Midwest 10.0

The Vintage Computer Festival Midwest is now just one month away! Here’s the official press release from the media page:

Now in their tenth year, the Vintage Computer Festival Midwest will return to Chicago's northwest suburbs to awaken memories of computing's past. 2015 brings a new, larger location, conveniently situated near O'Hare International Airport. VCF Midwest showcases rare artifacts and restored relics as well as the home computers of the 1970s, 80s and 90s along with new gadgets from the hobbyist community that help make them useful even today. Speakers and demonstrations relevant to the industry and the hobby will also be featured in a family-friendly setting of interest to all ages. 

“Founded in 2005 as a Midwestern offshoot of Silicon Valley's original Vintage Computer Festival (, VCF Midwest was originally held in West Lafayette, Indiana and organized by Patrick Finnegan at Purdue University. After four annual shows a one-year hiatus, the baton was passed to Jason Timmons of Chicago Classic Computing ( who proposed merging the Festival with an existing gathering of Commodore computer enthusiasts. Six years on, VCF Midwest has propelled both exhibitions to become the largest gathering of vintage technology fans in the region. 

“The Vintage Computer Festival Midwest is free of charge and open to the public, running August 29th and 30th at the Holiday Inn Elk Grove Village. More information can be found at” 

Nick Allen will once again be exhibiting his COSMAC system, and Josh Bensadon and Lee Hart will be exhibiting a table full of various 1802-based computers. Lee will also have his popular Membership Card kits available for purchase, and likely another surprise or two inspired by Joe Weisbecker.

Check out the full list of presentations and exhibits, and make plans to attend!

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