The Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo is back and will draw thousands of comic, literary, and entertainment fans to the South Building at McCormick Place April 6-8th. Better known as C2E2, the annual Chicago Pop Culture Event - boasting the title of largest pop culture convention in the Midwest - unites fans of cosplay, comic books, graphic novels, movies, television shows, and more under one glorious roof for three days of fun and some once-in-a-lifetime opportunities.
Ready to have a good time? Get your cosplay on (or don't -- no pressure!) and make sure you have cash (PRO TIP: CASH. IS. KING. at fan conventions)! This is a big, multi-floor show, so it's advisable to download the C2E2 App if possible to help plan and guide your visit. Schedules and content can and will change, so stay connected and in the know!
Time will fly for attendees this weekend as there is a ton to see and do. Guests will be able to meet special guests, watch live panels and programming, shop comics, show exclusives, and merch from countless vendors and talented artists, meet and learn from cosplay experts, enjoy family friendly activities, and MORE!
The event features a wide range of blockbuster talent including Justin Hartley and Milo Ventimiglia from NBC’s hit show This is Us, DC's Legends of Tomorrow stars Caity Lotz, Brandon Routh, and Dominic Purcell, Supernatural fan favorite Mark Sheppard, Daredevil star Charlie Cox, The Walking Dead’s Khary Payton, Dave Bautista from Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy and many more!
Artists from Marvel, DC, and more comics giants (and indy outfits) will thrill fans with appearances, commissions, and more. Special guests include Jim Lee, Brian Michael Bendis, Mark Millar, Jen Bartel, Ken Lashley, Humberto Ramos among many others.
R.L. Stine, Veronica Roth, Daniel Kraus, and more literary guests will appear and explore their works and more with fans throughout the weekend.
C2E2 will also serve as the last stop on ReedPOP’s 2017 Global Championships of Cosplay circuit! The C2E2 Crown Championships of Cosplay presented by Singer, the largest and most prestigious cosplay competition in the world, will take place on Saturday, April 7th. The competition will feature regional cosplay champions from around the world including representatives from the United States, Australia, China, Austria, Singapore, Indonesia, India, Korea and France.
ReedPOP has been organizing the event in Chicago since 2010, which assembles exhibitors, artists, cosplayers, and special guests for a weekend where guests can meet their favorite artists and stars, participate in panels, sample products, and purchase merchandise all tied to their interests. Long gone are the days where letting your fan flag fly was discouraged or mocked. Conventions like C2E2, Emerald City Comic Con, New York Comic Con, and the Penny Arcade Expo (other ReedPOP events across the Nation) are big business and annual highlights for fans who are looking to gather with like minded people to celebrate their love of pop culture without judgement.
So...what you waiting for? There's going to be something for everyone to enjoy. Gather your fellow pop culture fanatics and have a great time this weekend in Chicago! The event floor runs Friday, April 6 (10a-7p), Saturday, April 7 (10a-7p) and Sunday, April 8 (10a-5p).
South Building at McCormick Place
2301 S. Lake Shore Drive | Chicago, IL