Suit up and get ready to geek out! For the first time ever, TWO Fan Conventions will come together for one incredible weekend at Fan Fest Chicago - a special joint event combining Walker Stalker Con and Heroes & Villains Fan Fest - at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, Illinois, Saturday, March 25th from 10:30am - 6pm, and Sunday, March 26th from 10:30am - 5pm.
So what can those uninitiated to the convention world expect, exactly? Fans of all ages, ranging from diehards who enjoy cosplay and live and breathe their fandoms to families looking for fun outings to individuals with a growing passion and interest in a show, star, or topic. Attendees can explore two conventions halls filled with booths of featured guests signing autographs and taking pictures for nominal fees, vendors selling themed goods, collectibles, and art, fans taking pictures with each other, and stages with free live panels featuring special guests. Fan Fest Chicago will feature a lineup of stars from Arrow, The Flash, The Walking Dead, DC's Legends of Tomorrow, Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Sons of Anarchy, Gotham, and more.
For first time attendees, take note: there are three ways to interact with and see celebrity guests...
- Wait in line at their specific booth space. Guests sell autographed 8x10s or will sign your personal items for a fee. Most also offer selfies or photographs with your own device at their booth for a fee. (Pro Tip: Visiting at their booth is the recommended way to get face to face interaction with the stars you want to meet. Cash is king at conventions, so don't forget to hit the ATM or bank ahead of time)
- Pay for professionally taken photos. These are set times that guests head to the staging area to pose for well lit photographs with their fans. Guests receive a print out to take home and can opt to purchase the digital file as well. (Pro Tip: to keep up with demand and schedule, these move quickly. Be ready and don't expect time to chat)
- Attend Free Panels. Guests will take the main stage for question and answer segments throughout the weekend, sharing behind the scenes anecdotes and their thoughts on pivotal moments from the shows and characters they bring to life and love.
Walker Stalker Con and Heroes & Villains Fan Fest both boast growing fan bases, and for a good reason: they offer opportunities for typically short but intimate interactions with stars of fan favorite shows and movies in a safe space filled with like-minded attendees who are passionate about similar genre entertainment. Fan Fest started out as Walker Stalker Con, a convention celebrating zombie and horror entertainment -- specifically The Walking Dead -- and more, which was created for fans, by fans. After growing success with the Walker Stalker Con events, Heroes & Villains Fan Fest was spun-off by Fan Fest founder James Frazier and Arrow star Stephen Amell to celebrate superheroes and villains. The events are now held worldwide and have created a great way for fans, artists, and stars to mingle and embrace the common threads that bond us -- a love for great genre entertainment.
With this many stars and two conventions converging this weekend, the Windy City won't know what hit it.
GET MORE INFO AND PURCHASE TICKETS HERE.
(Pro Tip: Fan Fest and their partners typically offer some money saving deals if you look for them)
Watch all-new episodes of The Flash (Tuesdays at 7p), DC's Legends of Tomorrow (Tuesdays at 8p), and Arrow (Wednesdays at 7p) on Super18: the CW!
Watch encore episodes of Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., from the beginning, Wednesdays at 7 & 8p on Milwaukee's My24!