Midwest FurFest

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Midwest FurFest
Status Ongoing
First iteration November 17-19, 2000
Organizer(s) Midwest Furry Fandom, Inc.
Subject Convention
Resources Photos, videos, reports: Midwest FurFest resources
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Midwest FurFest staff
Midwest FurFest guests of honor
Midwest FurFest's 2015 Logo.

Midwest FurFest (commonly abbreviated as MFF) is the world's largest furry convention with an attendance of 10,989 in 2018. It is held annually in Rosemont, Illinois. The convention has been running as a separate entity since 2000.


Visitor Statistics

Midwest FurFest got its start as the furry track for Duckon, a Chicago-based science fiction convention. The furry track was started at Duckon 3 in 1994 and was headed up by Robert King. The track grew larger each year and it was estimated that by Duckon 8 (1999) between one-quarter and one-third of the attendees were there due to interest in the furry track.

The track ran into problems because it was running out of room to expand without costing other parts of Duckon programming space and time. It was decided that the best course of action was to spin off into a new convention.

Thus Midwest Furry Fandom, Inc. was created and Midwest FurFest was born, to take place in November 2000, on the weekend before Thanksgiving. The parting was amicable, and Duckon lent a good bit of expertise and manpower to help make the first year of Midwest FurFest a success.

Since then, the convention has grown from 473 attendees in 2000[1] to 10,989 in 2018[2], making it the largest furry convention in the world surpassing the previous title holder Anthrocon in registered attendance in 2017. It has helped raise over $285,276 for various charities.

Midwest FurFest is a production of Midwest Furry Fandom, Inc., which holds Midwest Furfest and furfest as service marks.

The official Twitter account of Midwest FurFest advises attendees to post on Twitter using the hashtag "#FurFest", as many other conventions are abbreviated MFF, one of which takes place at around the same time. Previously, Midwest FurFest suggested using the "#MWFF" hashtag, for the same reason.

Current event[edit]

Midwest FurFest has called the Hyatt Regency O'Hare in Rosemont, Illinois home since 2010. Features of the convention include an Artist Alley, Dealers Den, art show, charity auction, dances (including a dead dog dance), the FurFest Lounge and Fursuit Green Room, fursuit games and a parade, opening and closing ceremonies, a photoshoot and a variety show.


# Dates of Convention Theme Venue Location Guests of Honor Chair Attendance Percentage change Parade count Charity Amount Notes
1 Nov 17-19, 2000 Sheraton Chicago Northwest Arlington Heights, Illinois Robert & Margaret Carspecken, Rapid T. Rabbit, Derrick Dasenbrock Robert King 473 $3,522.00 Wolf Park, Valley of the Kings big cat sanctuary, and Chicago House
2 Nov 16-18, 2001 Sheraton Chicago Northwest Arlington Heights, Illinois Mary Hanson-Roberts, Jessica Willard, Matt McCullar Robert King 511 +8.0% $6,800.00 Animals for Awareness
3 Nov 22-24, 2002 Hyatt Regency Woodfield Schaumburg, Illinois Ursula Husted, Ysengrin Blackpaw, D.C. Simpson Aureth 685 +34.1% $6,088.00 Animals for Awareness
4 Nov 21-23, 2003 Hyatt Regency Woodfield Schaumburg, Illinois Thomas K. Dye, M.C.A. Hogarth, DBruin Aureth 800 +16.8% $6,500.00 Animals for Awareness
5 Nov 19-21, 2004 Around the World in 80 Days Hyatt Regency Woodfield Schaumburg, Illinois Ursula Vernon, ScribbleFox, David Gilbert Takaza J. Wolf 959 +19.9% $7,000.00 Furry Friends Foundation
6 Nov 18-20, 2005 Whodunnit? It's a Mystery! Hyatt Regency Woodfield Schaumburg, Illinois Gene Breshears, Kenket, Tincrash Takaza J. Wolf 1066 +11.2% $6,800.00 Wildlife in Need
7 Nov 17-19, 2006 County Fair Hyatt Regency Woodfield Schaumburg, Illinois Kyoht, WhiteyFawks, Spunky Linnaeus 1422 +33.4% 213 $13,048.96 Safe Haven Wildlife Refuge
8 Nov 16-18, 2007 Critters on the High Seas Hyatt Regency Woodfield Schaumburg, Illinois Chilly, Jill0r, Will Sanborn Linnaeus 1690 +18.8% 286 $15,193.00 Flint Creek Wildlife Rehabilitation
9 Nov 21-23, 2008 North to Alaska Westin Chicago North Shore Wheeling, Illinois Lucky the Evil Dog, Darc, Gyrfalcon, Foxfeather Duncan da Husky 1992 +17.9% 358 $15,000.00 Rainbow Animal Assisted Therapy
10 Nov 20-22, 2009 10 Years of Midwest FurFest Westin Chicago North Shore Wheeling, Illinois All previous Guests of Honor were invited back for the convention's 10th Anniversary. Duncan da Husky 2040 +2.4% 357 $12,799.00 Kane Area Rehabilitation and Education for Wildlife 10th Anniversary
11 Nov 19-21, 2010 Chicago Blues Hyatt Regency O'Hare Rosemont, Illinois Vantid, The Blue Hyena, Kipper Otter Takaza J. Wolf 2285 +12.0% 413 $11,300.00 Castaway Pet Rescue
12 Nov 18-20, 2011 Route 66 Hyatt Regency O'Hare Rosemont, Illinois Rick Griffin, Thornwolf Takaza J. Wolf 2600 +13.8% 574 $19,574.79 Animal Education and Rescue
13 Nov 16-18, 2012 IT CAME FROM TV! Hyatt Regency O'Hare Rosemont, Illinois FirestormSix, Miss Monster, Nambroth Perro 3216 +23.7% 743 $40,500.00 Felines & Canines
14 Nov 22-24, 2013 The Pirates of Lake Michigan Hyatt Regency O'Hare Rosemont, Illinois Chibi-Marrow, Silver Huskywolf, Sonderjen Perro 3904 +21.4% 972 $28,000.00 One Tail at a Time
15 Dec 5-7, 2014 Holidays in the City (originally announced as "Bright Lights Big City") Hyatt Regency O'Hare Rosemont, Illinois Lacy, CloudPouncer, D. Walker, Sabretoothed Ermine Perro 4571 +17.1% 1132 $31,445.93 Critter Camp Exotic Pet Sanctuary Chemical incident
16 Dec 4-6, 2015 Hyatt Regency O'Hare Rosemont, Illinois Ifus, Mahrkale, Yonoa Woody 5606 +22.6% 1378 $62,020.71 Save-A-Vet
17 Dec 1-4, 2016 Hyatt Regency O'Hare Rosemont, Illinois Balaa, Bagheera, Betsy Beaver, DrakonicKnight Woody 7075 +26.2% No Parade $78,482.05 Felines & Canines First 4-day long MFF
18 Nov 30-Dec 3, 2017 Grimm's Fairy Tales Hyatt Regency O'Hare Rosemont, Illinois Latin Vixen, Remy Wolf, Russ Adams Kodi 8771 +24.0% No Parade $85,000 C.R.I.S.P.
19 Nov 29-Dec 2, 2018 Fly The Furry Skies Hyatt Regency O'Hare Rosemont, Illinois JD Werewolf, Kyell Gold, Vivzie Pop Rama 10989 +25.3% No Parade $92,794 Sit Stay Read
20 Dec 5-8, 2019 20 Years of Midwest FurFest Donald E. Stephens Convention Center Rosemont, Illinois Artkour, Brushwolf Creature Studio, Mary E. Lowd Rama 11019 +0.3% No Parade $112,352 Felines & Canines; matched by anonymous donor for a total of $224,704 Latest Convention
21 Dec 3-6, 2020 Intergalactic Donald E. Stephens Convention Center Rosemont, Illinois Kory Bing, Stuffed Panda Studios, Lynette Eklund DataHawk Next Convention


Midwest FurFest Attendance and Charity
Year Fursuiters* Attendees Charity
2019 11,019 $112,352, matched by anonymous donor for a total of $224,704
2018 10,989 $92,794
2017 8,771 $85,000
2016 7,075 $78,482
2015 1,378 5,606 $62,021
2014 1,132 4,571 $31,446
2013 972 3,904 $28,000
2012 743 3,216 $40,500
2011 574 2,600 $19,575
2010 413 2,285 $11,300
2009 357 2,040 $12,799
2008 358 1,992 $15,000
2007 286 1,690 $15,193
2006 213 1,422 $13,049
2005 1,066 $6,800
2004 959 $7,000
2003 800 $6,500
2002 685 $6,088
2001 511 $6,800
2000 473 $3,522
* Fursuiter numbers are as counted in the parade or group photo

Attendance |Charity

Guests of honor[edit]

Each year, Midwest FurFest selects talent from within the community, with a focus on people who have not yet been recognized.


Each year, Midwest FurFest selects a local animal-related charity to focus on. The total amount raised is $449,073.81.

Convention chairs[edit]

Each year, the of Board of Directors for Midwest Furry Fandom, Inc. selects a Convention chair to oversee the following year's event.


  1. 2005 Midwest FurFest Registration Report
  2. Tweet on the Midwest FurFest Twitter. Dated/Retrieved December 21, 2018
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