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Friday, December 1
 

11:00am

Opening Ceremonies
Join us for the official start to Midwest FurFest 2017, with last minute announcements and other interesting tidbits. Let's start the convention off with a bang! ASL Interpreters will be available for those with hearing impairment.

Speakers
avatar for Kodi

Kodi

Running around dressed as a dog -- and Hockey. Sometimes together. https://www.weasyl.com/~kodi


Friday December 1, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
Grand EFGH

12:00pm

Meet the Guests of Honor
Come on by to find out all the interesting details of their work and their interests. This will be a question and answer session, so please fire up your curiosity and bring on those intriguing questions we know you have. Please welcome our 2017 Guests: LATIN VIXEN, REMY WOLF, RUSS ADAMS ASL Interpreters will be available for those with hearing impairment.


Friday December 1, 2017 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Grand EFGH

1:30pm

Creature Design with Guest of Honor Russ Adams
Special Effect Artist Russ Adams talks about the process of designing creatures for film, television, and cosplay. Personal project questions welcomed. ASL Interpreters will be available for those with hearing impairment.

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Friday December 1, 2017 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Grand EFGH

3:00pm

Meet the Charity
The Chicagoland Rescue Intervention and Support Program ("CRISP") is a coalition of eight animal welfare groups that serve Chicagoland. CRISP's purpose is to keep animals out of the overcrowded city shelter in Chicago. To do that CRISP offers distraught owners surrendering their pets alternatives through financial support for veterinary care, supplies, behavior training and other means to help them keep their pets. If pets cannot be kept with their families CRISP works to network them to find rescue immediately so they do not have to enter the shelter. Since inception in May 2016 CRISP has kept over 800 animals out of the city shelter.

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Friday December 1, 2017 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Hartsfield

4:00pm

Shiny Sponsor Reception
Midwest FurFest is pleased to welcome our Super Shiny Sponsors to a special reception in Ventanas, the breathtaking venue at the very top of the Hyatt! Meet this year's Guests of Honor, enjoy a drink and a light snack, and mingle with your fellow Shiny Sponsors.

To get to Ventanas, press the button marked 'V' on any Lobby elevator.

Friday December 1, 2017 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Ventana

4:00pm

Xephyr!
"...Xephyr! This is one of the best rocking pop songs I heard all year. From anyone! It's called Moist. The new CD is called Vicious Instinct!" - DJ Lee Eckley - 94.9 The Rock Xephyr is a four piece alternative rock band from Toronto, Ontario. They are raw, energetic and ready to blow any audience member away. The group consists of Lionel Greson on guitar and vocals, Zakk Scott on lead guitars, Jacob Stellato on bass and Tyler Twigger on drums. This is the band of Clumzy, Turi and Cobalt. The band is currently in the studio recording two singles. They will be independently released on national radio in the fall. Two music videos are also in the works.

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Friday December 1, 2017 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Grand EFGH

6:30pm

Piano Rock with Matthew Ebel
Piano-rocker (and part-time bird) Matthew Ebel returns to MFF's main stage for a rare  "unplugged" piano performance. Guest appearances by Fox Amoore and Pepper Coyote! Come enjoy songs about robots, love, ninjas, and more from a professional songwriter who's been Guest of Honor at multiple Furry conventions.

Speakers
avatar for Matthew Ebel

Matthew Ebel

Matthew Ebel Entertainment
I call myself a piano rocker, but I’m really just kind of a goofball. I’ve been playing the piano since age 5, discovered electronic music at 12, and made this stuff my career in 1999. Since then I’ve played at the Grand Ole Opry, been quoted in Rolling Stone, and made a name... Read More →


Friday December 1, 2017 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Grand EFGH

7:30pm

Fox and PepperCoyote
Foxes and Peppers live in concert: Come join Fox Amoore and Pepper Coyote as they bring you live songs from Fox's newest studio album "The Dreamcatcher," Pepper's new album "Muh," and their collab album "Hashtag." Over an hour of live music and entertainment!

Speakers
avatar for Fox Amoore

Fox Amoore

Special Musical Guest
Piano playing, globe trotting, scarf wielding fox!


Friday December 1, 2017 7:30pm - 9:00pm
Grand EFGH

10:00pm

I Comedy Better When I've Had a Few (For Charity)! With Alkali Bismuth and Boozy Badger!
I have no idea what is going to happen at this charity event, but it is for a good cause. Show up, throw some money into the hat and enjoy the show. And for those of you that asked for this on twitter: I hope you're happy.


Friday December 1, 2017 10:00pm - 11:30pm
Rosemont

12:00am

Whose Lion is it Anyway?
Based off the popular TV show "Whose Line is it Anyway," this is everyone's chance to get up on stage and improvise with their fellow furs! A completely interactive panel, Whose Lion will feature such games as: Questions Only, Whose Line, Party Quirks, and even World's Worst. Hosted by Alkali, this panel is sure to be a good time for all; so come on out, get up on stage, and show everyone how quick your wit is. Panel is 18+, and may not be suitable for minors. People with a heart condition should not have a heart attack during this panel as we will think you are acting. Panel has been known to cause uproarious laughter, fits of giggling, and diarrhea. See you there! 18+ ONLY

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Saturday December 2, 2017 12:00am - 2:00am
Rosemont
 
Saturday, December 2
 

10:00am

Sponsor Brunch
Saturday December 2, 2017 10:00am - 11:30am
Grand EFGH

1:00pm

Fursuit Menagerie
Come on down to the main ballroom for a chance to meet other fursuiters, take group photos, and ham it up for the crowd!

Starting at 1:00pm and running until 3pm, the FurFest Fursuit Menagerie is a great place to show off your costumes and mingle with attendees. We'll have some light game-like activities, background music and group-photo areas setup.

We'll also have additional water stations available in the Rosemont Ballroom during the Menagerie (no photos in this room, please).

Speakers
avatar for Barnaby

Barnaby

A furry sheepdog who likes to fursuit and have fun!
avatar for Panda

Panda

Assistant Director of Programming, also a Panda, Midwest FurFest
avatar for SpORK

SpORK

Programming Main Events Dir.
avatar for Theome

Theome

Programming Director, Also Raccoon, Midwest Furfest


Saturday December 2, 2017 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Grand EFGH

4:00pm

Celebrity Whose Lion is it Anyway?
Come out and see some of the funniest people in the fandom performing in Improv games. This 100% off the cuff event will go to support our charity, so come one come all and see some of your favorite funny furs make fools of themselves. As with any Improv event, audience participation is bound to happen.

Speakers
avatar for Draggor

Draggor

Con Chair, Fur Squared
He's a demon, but the good kind! When not wandering around furry and gaming conventions in his imp and lizard suits, you might find Draggor programming for both work and leisure. He and Kataze created this here site and all the systems therein! While being a fitness & health enthusiast... Read More →


Saturday December 2, 2017 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Rosemont

4:30pm

The Neo-Futurists: The Infinite Wrench
We are proud to welcome back one of the most talked-about events from last year's Midwest FurFest. The NeoFuturists are one of the most innovative theater groups in Chicago, and are the creators of the long-running play 'Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind'. 'The Infinite Wrench' is a rollicking, exciting, hilarious, thought-provoking, and at times interactive attempt to perform 30 plays in 60 minutes. The NeoFuturists will be preparing a performance specially tailored to Midwest FurFest and furry fandom; you don't want to miss it! 18+ ONLY

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Saturday December 2, 2017 4:30pm - 6:00pm
Grand EFGH

7:00pm

Furry Variety Show
The FVS is a non-competitive variety show. It's a bit of Vaudeville, and sort of like the Muppet Show. Come by and watch your fellow furs show their talents. If you want to be in the show and have an act, come to the first rehearsal. If you want to be in the show but don't have an act, join us and we'll try to add you to an existing act. We prefer to have our performers contact us several weeks before the con, but we will take performers as late as Friday evening. The basic rules are a three minute time limit, not TOO adult content, and some sort of tie in to furry. Our show is Saturday evening. We have TWO rehearsals (Friday Afternoon and Saturday Morning). The MFF Furry Variety Show also welcomes video content in the show if submitted in advance. See the web page for more details.

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Saturday December 2, 2017 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Rosemont

10:00pm

Fox and PepperCoyote - After Dark
Foxes and Peppers After Dark: Fox Amoore and Pepper Coyote bringing you live music, shenanigans, and Scottish swearing. Celebrate Fox's 60th Furry Convention with him by bringing him booze and donating to this years charity! 18+ ONLY

Speakers
avatar for Fox Amoore

Fox Amoore

Special Musical Guest
Piano playing, globe trotting, scarf wielding fox!


Saturday December 2, 2017 10:00pm - Sunday December 3, 2017 12:00am
Rosemont
 
Sunday, December 3
 

9:30am

Art Auction
Don't let those people who slightly upped your written bid walk away with that fabulous art! Show them who's got what it takes and knows what it's really worth! Besides, the auctioneers are always a hoot!

Sunday December 3, 2017 9:30am - 10:30am
Rosemont

11:00am

Charity Auction
Check out the wonderful donated artwork and other amazing donated items up for auction in our Charity Auction Gallery at furfest.org/charity. The auction will begin promptly at 11am cst on Sunday. The best of the best, our Charity Auction Featured Items, will be up for action at 12:30pm cst during the event. Outbid your buddies and grab the best stuff! Win your favorite auction items and know that your good taste is helping this year's charity, Chicagoland Rescue Intervention and Support Program (CRISP)! Please read up on CRISP's accomplishments in providing a shelter alternative in the Chicagoland area at furfest.org/charity. Every great item that you covet and win at auction is a donation that will support CRISP's efforts to help pets and families! For more information about the Midwest Furfest Charity Auction such as how to donate an auction item, or how to bid on an auction item, please see the FAQ available at furfest.org/charity.


Sunday December 3, 2017 11:00am - 1:00pm
Rosemont

2:00pm

Fursuit Dance Competition
The time has come to see who's got the best moves and who can shake their tails the best! All attendees are welcome to come witness the finalists of MFF's Annual Fursuit Dance Competition show off their performances for dance supremacy to determine who will be declared this year's best fursuit dancer! ASL Interpreters will be available for those with hearing impairment.

Speakers
avatar for Gale Frostbane

Gale Frostbane

Fursuit Track & Charity Lead, Anthro New England
Hey guys! My name is Gale Frostbane and I've been active in the fandom since January 2011. I currently staff Anthro New England (Fursuit Track & Charity Lead) and Midwest Furfest (Dance Comp Coordinator). I love fursuiting at conventions, either in one of my multiple fursuits or swapping... Read More →
avatar for Theome

Theome

Programming Director, Also Raccoon, Midwest Furfest


Sunday December 3, 2017 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Grand EFGH

5:00pm

Closing Ceremonies
Where did the weekend go? At the Closing Ceremonies for Midwest FurFest 2017, we'll let you in on anything you may have missed. We'll also be recognizing all of the talented winners of various contests held throughout the convention. And, at the end, we'll have a feedback/Q+A session to help improve Midwest FurFest for next year. ASL Interpreters will be available for those with hearing impairment.

Speakers
avatar for Kodi

Kodi

Running around dressed as a dog -- and Hockey. Sometimes together. https://www.weasyl.com/~kodi


Sunday December 3, 2017 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Grand EFGH

7:00pm

Staff Appreciation Dinner
All badged staff members are welcome to attend this very special 'Thank You' dinner on Sunday evening, in the Rosemont Ballroom Thank you for all your hard work!!

Sunday December 3, 2017 7:00pm - 10:00pm
Rosemont