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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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Meet & Greet with Mermaid Aycayia

Puerto Rican Fest 

June 6th-9th

Humboldt Park, Chicago, IL

Celebrate Puerto Rican Culture at this Chicago Festival! Meet the Taina Mermaid Aycayia all 4 days of the festival at the following times:

June 6th: 3pm-8pm
June 7th: 3pm-8pm
June 8th: 12pm-3pm
June 9th: 12pm-6pm

More information on puertoricanfest.com 

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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!

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'Magical Minis' Photoshoots

June 15th

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

$130 / 1 hour with dedicated photographer

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'Scales and Tails' Photoshoots

July 25th

Professional Mini photoshoot with Live Snakes and Reptiles through Serpentine Mermaid and The IMP Team. There will be a variety of well trained Reptiles and Snakes to pose and work with in our shallow pool or in one of our handmade fantasy backgrounds.

. 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

$145 / 1 hour with dedicated photographer and a selection of pythons.

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Annual State BeachWeekend

Aug 10th-11th

Enjoy a relaxing weekend at the IL State Beach Park! Sat and Sun feature casual swims, photoshoots, and potluck-style meals.  

 Beach has been recently renovated and has added breakwalls and more sand.

Area has both camping and hotel accommodations for those wishing to stay overnight.

Reservations for sites can be made at

https://camp.exploremoreil.com/location/235

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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

$130 / 1 hour 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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