The 6 Best Cities in America for Geeks

By Jimmy Mac

CNBC compiled a list of The 6 Best Cities in America for Geeks and Chicago made the list...With a little help from Rebel Force Radio! My hometown city was included on the list, according to writer Jimmy Im, because of a few reasons, and RFR was one of them! 

Not only is Chicago a magnet to architecture buffs and museum lovers, the Windy City has nine comic book conventions a year, including Wizard World and Anime Central. The mother lode of comic fans head to C2E2, the annual Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo, which attracted 80,000 attendees last year and is the fourth biggest event in the city, according to Choose Chicago, the city's tourism board. Every year in May, Chicago has a "free comic book day," where local comic book stores offer free events, like Alleycat Comics doing giveaways.

You can still get your geek on at night, as the city is home to almost a dozen arcade bars that feature retro arcade games and pinball machines, the most for a major U.S. city. Other geeky and fun nightlife options include a bar with glow-in-the-dark ping pong tables and another, called WhirlyBall, with bumper cars. For a nighttime prowl around town, join the Expecto Bar Crawl, a Harry Potter-themed bar crawl where people dress as their favorite wizards and witches.

Rebel Force Radio, one of the most popular Star Wars podcasts, also often makes cameos at events in its hometown Chicago, which are free to attend.

We agree! And we hope to see you at a future RFR event in Chicago...Whenever that may be!