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Schedule of Events 2024

Grow some fins this summer with the Illinois Merpod!

Our public appearances and events can be found here! From photo ops to meet and greets, there is something for every member of the family. Add some magic into your summer with The Illinois Merpod!

For more information on the events below and to connect with other podmates for planning, come join the Discord and Facebook Group!

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Photo Ops and Meet&Greet with Whimzsea & IL Pod

Anime Midwest

June 5th

Stop by Anime Midwest in Rosemont for meet n greet opportunities, photo ops, and tail try-ons! Complete your experience by swinging by our booth inside for mermaid-themed items like crowns, jewelry, silicone bracers and more!


'Scales and Tails' Photoshoots

July 21st

Professional Mini photoshoot with Live Snakes and Reptiles through Serpentine Mermaid and The IMP Team. There will be an option to pose with well trained snakes in our shallow pool.

. Each shoot includes 3 professionally retouched and enhanced digital files. 

Booking: Here

$125 / 30min with dedicated photographer in shallow water. Snakes and additional photos can be purchased. 

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Annual State BeachWeekend

Aug 10th-11th

Join us for our annual meetup at the IL Beach State Park!

O-FISH-al Meet up times: 

Saturday the 10th, 1pm-8:30pm
Swim with your podmates or lounge by the beach from noon-3.30pm! Take a break and have snacks/dinner at the hotel resort 4-5.30pm, then head down to the beach for a golden hour/sunset group photo at 7.00pm. 

Sunday the 11th, 1pm - 3pm
Chill and vibe at the beach! Swim, join a music jam session, or just lay in the sun with the best poddies around. 

Location details:
The beach has recently been renovated!  There are break walls in the water to cut the waves for easier swimming, and there is a much larger sandy beach area. Beach tents or umbrellas are recommended for shade. 

People are welcome to join in for any or all of the meet up times.


If you're interested in camping or staying at the resort you can find the information here:

There are NO lifeguards on site. By attending this event you agree to hold the IL Merpod harmless for any injury, damage, or loss. 


Meet A Mermaid!   Pod Fundraiser 

August 17th

3 Oaks Recreation Park

Bring the kids to 3 Oaks and meet a mermaid on an island! Kids (and adults!) will be able to spend time with our professional performers, get photos, and even try on a tail for a photo!  Trinkets and memorabilia will be available to take home for an additional cost.

$25 Tickets are for one adult and one child.

Additional children can be included for $10.

Proceeds go towards hosting Sunset MerCon!

   - Booking Link coming soon! -

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'Spooky Syren' Photoshoots

August 31st

Professional mini photoshoots with Whimzsea Studios and team. 

Several mystical sets will be available in a private backyard. Each shoot includes 3 professionally retouched and enhanced digital files. More can be purchased for $25 ea or in bundles of 5 for $100.

Booking Required: Coming Soon

$1325 / 30 min with dedicated photographer

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And of course....
Sunset MerCon 2024!

Join the IL Pod this Oct 4th-6th in East Peoria for a weekend packed full of creativity and connection!

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