Come join us this Memorial Day weekend as we celebrate urban nerd culture!! "Blerd Bash", a national tour that makes the anime and gaming fan experiences more accessible to urban communities, is returning for its second annual Chicago event. We're bringing you an awesome event that fuses urban and otaku/gamer culture for a day packed with fun activities and good vibes.
What to expect:
🏆 Tekken 7 Tournament
🛍️ Vendor Marketplace
💃🏾 Hip-Hop/Rap/R&B Dance Party
🦹♀️ Cosplay Contest
🎮 Open Play Video Games
🍸 Delicious Food & Themed Cocktails
🎤 Local Hip-Hop Music Showcase
This event will be held at Ignite Gaming Lounge 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).
- The building has a dedicated parking lot with free parking. There are also plenty of other parking options within a short walking distance. Please drive responsibly!
- Ignite Gaming is approximately 15-25 minutes away from downtown Chicago by car (depending on traffic).
Tekken 7 Tournament
We will be hosting a Tekken 7 tournament from 2:00 PM – 8:00 PM. Participation in the tournament is free with your ticket to the event (General Admission tickets are $25). The tournament will be 32 players, double elimination on PS4. You are welcome to bring your own controller. Please follow the Facebook event page for updates.
- 2:00 pm - Check-in
- 2:15 pm - Waitlist players selected to backfill any registered player who has not yet checked in
- 2:30 pm - Tournament start
- 7:00 pm - Tournament finals
- You can register for the tournament on-site at the event.
- The bracket cannot expand so we are locked in at 32 people and seats are available on a first-come, first-served, basis.
- To ensure your spot, you can pre-register by indicating your interest in participating when you buy your ticket online via Eventbrite.
- We highly encourage you to pre-register as slots will very likely get filled prior to the event.
- To pre-register, simply select “Yes” on the question “Would you like to pre-register for our Tekken 7 Tournament” at checkout when you are purchasing your ticket.
If you have purchased your ticket prior to 5/13, you may go back and may a change to your order at no cost. If you have any issues, you can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Please note that your spot for pre-registration will only be held if you check-in for the tournament by 2:15 PM.
- If the question on the order form has the word “WAITLIST” in it, please understand that 32 spaces at that time have already been registered and you will now be registering for the waitlist.
- Waitlist individuals may be called to participate in the tournament in the order in which they registered, so long as they are on-site and respond when our TO calls their name.
Open Play Gaming
Come hang out at THE best gaming lounge and esports center in the country! Enjoy your pick between numerous games across Xbox, PlayStation, Nintendo Switch, and even PC. Or perhaps you want to jam out in one of the private RockBand rooms. Be sure to also check out the number of arcade games available.
- Gaming is NOT included with the general admission ticket but can still be purchased on-site. Combination tickets are available online which offer the best rate for both admission to the event and access to the game stations.
- The gaming lounge will be open from 2:00 pm – 12:00 am (please note, the gaming lounge will be closed for the last two hours of the party which ends at 2:00 am).
- Access to gaming stations is available on a first-come, first-served basis and is subject to availability.
- Game time does not have to be consecutive. For example, if you purchase the two-hour package, you can start playing at the couch console co-op for an hour, pause to go to check out the vendor marketplace for an hour, grab a bite to eat at the bar, and then come back and play on PC for another hour. Your time will be paused when you are not at a game station.
Visit our vendor marketplace and support local brands related to anime, video games, comics, hip-hop culture, and other related topics. The vendor marketplace will be available from 2:00 pm - 8:00 pm.
The party really starts when the sun goes down! The vendor hall will shut down at 8:00 pm and the room will reopen again at 10:00 pm for a huge dance party. Our live DJ will spin some of the best hip-hop and R&B songs from old-school classics to modern-day hits. Stick around for our cosplay contest and support local music artists gracing us with their performances during our music showcase. Gaming will still be available throughout the lounge until 12:00 am and there will be limited gaming available inside of the party room.
- From 2:00 pm - 8:00 pm, all persons under the age of 14 inside the vendor marketplace hall (the main event room) need to be accompanied by an adult.
- The gaming lounge is a separate space and will be available to the public of all ages up until 10:00 pm.
- After 10:00 pm, no person under the age of 18 will be permitted into the building, this includes both the main event room and the gaming lounge.
Please note there are two hours allotted (8:00 pm - 10:00 pm) to reconfigure the room for the party event. During this time, the vendor hall (the main event room) will be closed and all attendees must move over to the gaming lounge. These are two rooms in the same building connected by a short hall (where the bathrooms can be found) and a kitchen and bar. The bar and kitchen will still be available for enjoyment during this time (the food is really good!) It is not required that you leave the premise but if you choose too, re-entry is allowed when you show event staff and security your wristband.