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Photos by: Mandy, A. Fischer, M. Buehler, W. Slowik Jr, C. Favero (Creative Commons)
C2E2 Chicago, USA - 21 April 2017


Getting There

Getting There

nearest bus station:
METRA Stations: LaSalle | Randolph | Ogilvie | Union Station

shuttle bus:
METRA Stations: LaSalle | Randolph | Ogilvie | Union Station

special festival bus:
CTA Blue Line (’L’) 24-hour rapid transit from airport

nearest airport:
Chicago-O’Hare (ORD) | Chicago Midway (MDW)

nearest train station:
Union Station (Amtrak)

Port of Chicago



VIP options
change currency
Prices in the table are quoted in USD
3-day pass75On-site 3-day C2E2 pass
3-day pass65Advance 3-day C2E2 pass
1-day pass50On-site single day C2E2 ticket ($35 - $50 depending on day)
1-day pass30Advance single day C2E2 ticket ($30 - $40 depending on day)
Child5Kids C2E2 ticket (ages 6 – 12)
C2E2 Tickets
  • Buy C2E2 tickets in advance or on-site.
  • Advance tickets are always a bit cheaper.
  • Choose a 3-day pass or buy single day tickets
  • Friday is the cheapest single day to attend.
  • Saturday is the most expensive single day.
  • Children 6 – 12 must buy tickets and be with an adult.



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Chicago, USA

McCormick Place
41.851243, -87.617035
type of festival
print & ephemera, comics, anime & manga, writers
other events
music: electronic, rock, indie & underground, avant-garde & experimental; film: international, animation, shorts, full-length feature; art: creative, visual arts & installations, multimedia; theatre: experimental, cosplay; culture: exhibitions, for kids, arts & crafts
start Fri, 21 April 2017
end Sun, 23 April 2017

C2E2: Pop Culture, Manga, Anime, Cosplay

Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo – popularly known as C2E2 – set up shop in 2010 as the Midwest’s major comic con. With appearances by acclaimed writers and artists, presentations from major publishers including DC, Marvel, Dark Horse, and IDW, and a show floor featuring 450 genre-focused retailers + 450 comics creators in Artist Alley, C2E2 satisfies every fandom. Shake hands with Scott Snyder, find out what’s coming up next in the Avengers, discover emerging artists, shop for toys seldom seen outside of Japan, attend the largest cosplay competition in the world, and find love at Nerd Nite Speed Dating. Events continue beyond McCormick Place with after-hours activities, from live music to live drawing, and partying in downtown Chicago.


C2E2: Pop Culture, Manga, Anime, Cosplay

Chicago Comic Expo is the mid-west’s answer to fandom; taking place in North America’s largest convention centre, McCormick Place and playing host to some big names like Marvel, Star Wars, DC, Dark Horse and IDW, all of whom will gather at The Block, along with the tastemakers, trend setters, artists and thinkers. The fans get a chance to become the attraction at this event, by joining in on the monumentally impressive outfits, from life-like transformers to whichever costume is most popular in pop culture that year; finding that highly sought after and rare comic; or winning at the videogame or tabletop gaming area, and of course the most coveted position goes to the winner of the Crown Championships of Cosplay.

Who turns up?

Alongside every superhero-clad-fan you could imagine, there are some real-life ones too, with talks and signings from a mix of comic spotlight stars such as Deadpool and Wonder Woman writer Gail Simone; Batman artist David Finch; Hack/Slash and G.I Joe artists Tim Seeley and multiple appearances from the legend, Stan Lee. Previous Spotlight stars are some of the biggest in the galaxy with Batman series actor Adam West; Thor actor Christ Hemsworth; Doctor Who; The Walking Dead actors Steven Yeun and Lauren Cohan; Game of Thrones actress Natalie Dormer; Agent Carter actress Hayley Atwell and the most of the cast of Orphan Black.

Mingle with the Artists

Artist Alley embraces the comic roots, where fans can mingle with writers and artists on the show floor, with over 250 tables, this is not an exclusive club – the show gives artists a chance to sign themselves up and showcase their own work, and the badge includes its own three day pass to have a look around. Fans are encouraged to stop by tables and have a chat about artists work, giving them a break from their current commission or work, or just telling them what they like to see!

C2E2 is where fans meet heros (super & regular), become cosplay stars & catch rare finds!

contributor: Ashley Lampard
published: 16 June 2016
updated: 30 August 2016
Age: Family, a family event with something for everyone
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General: biggest in the world, popular, best in the world
Ambiance: indoor, urban
Features: djs & sound systems, self-expression, partying, live music & shows, talks & debates, ideas & technology, readings & authors, conference, workshops & labs, awards, screenings


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Beds & Eats


Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo Accommodation


Eats & Drinks: Restaurants, Food Stalls, Water
Fresh & Clean: Toilets
Cash & Shops: Cash, Shops
Zone In & Out: Wi-Fi Zone, VIP Zone, Kids Zone, Chill Zone
Accessibility: yes
Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo Amenities




start Fri, 21 April 2017
end Sun, 23 April 2017
Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo Dates
  • C2E2 is usually held in April.
  • It’s been going strong since 2010.

Season & Weather

Season: Spring
Temperature: 4 to 15 °C

Chicago weather in April is changeable & unpredictable with a good chance of clouds, wind and showers. But since C2E2 is held indoors at the gigantic McCormick Place Convention and Exp Center, there´s no need to prepare special attire - just your cosplay costumes!



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