Annual Godzilla Fest Heads to Rosemont

Godzilla fans gather to celebrate Japanese monster

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G-fans unite.

Enthusiasts of the Japanese city-crushing lizard Godzilla can get their fill of everything G-related at the 17th annual G-Fest in Rosemont this weekend.

G-Fest “is the largest regular gathering of Godzilla and Japanese monster fans around the world … a family-oriented convention which caters to a wide variety of interests within the kaiju genre,” according to the convention’s website.

Godzilla fans can anticipate movie showings, contests and special guests including “Godzilla” actors and experts on Japanese history and fantasy.

The convention has been held annually since 1994, when a collection of 20 fans met. Since then, G-Fest has grown exponentially, attracting more than 1,300 attendees in 2005. The event is organized by J.D. Lees, editor and publisher of G-Fan magazine.

G-Fest will be held at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont (a step up from their former venue at the Rosemont Hotel at O'Hare) from July 9 through July 11. Weekend admission to the festival is priced at $40 for adults, $20 for those 15 and under and free for kids five and under. Daily admission passes are also available.

Go, go, Godzilla!

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