Since 2010, Chicago has held an annual comic book convention called Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo (C2E2). The event features TV shows, toys, movies, anime, and video games. As with other similar expos, attendance includes multiple artists, collectors, and fans.
The 2017 C2E2 will be held in the South Building at McCormick Place, located at 2301 S. Lake Shore Drive in Chicago. The event will start on Friday, April 21 and will end on Sunday the 23rd. The expo is organized by ReedPOP.
During the Chicago event, people will have multiple opportunities to meet their favorite movie/TV show actors, as well as characters from popular books. There is much to explore at the Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo.
Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo Hours
The show floor opens on Friday and Saturday at 10:00 a.m. and closes at 7:00 p.m. CT. Sunday it will begin at 10:00 a.m. and end at 5:00 p.m.
Panel and screening hours start on Friday and Saturday at 11:00 a.m. and will end at 9:00 p.m. Sunday it will begin at 10:45 a.m. and will end at 5:00 p.m.
Prices For Chicago Expo
Prices for the event vary depending on the days and attendee ages. Children under 13 must be accompanied by an adult.
Pre-show prices are discounted until April 20, when ticket rates increase. Friday prices are $30. Saturday entry fee is $50 and $35 on Sunday. Prices for the children are the same at all times. Three-day price is $70.
Tickets for the Chicago event are nonrefundable. The vendors at the event do not take credit cards, cash for purchases are required for most items. For convenience, there is an ATM at McCormick Place.
There are three parking lots available. Parking is $24 per day. Frequent in-and-out is not allowed, and vehicles parked overnight will be towed.
Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo Safety Policies
Different forms of harassment including; unwanted touching, violence, and stalking are prohibited inside the Chicago event and on the outside premises. Victims of harassment can report to the C2E2’s Show Office, and the perpetrator will be removed without refund.
The following objects are prohibited at the Chicago event for safety concerns:
- Firearms of any kind, including, airsoft rifles, paintball guns, cap guns, BB guns, and pellet guns. Fake firearm look-alikes will also be prohibited.
- Any weapon that projects will not be allowed, such as crossbows, silly string, water guns, water balloons, slingshots, and longbows.
- Metal bladed objects, such as axes, swords, daggers, switchblades are unacceptable.
- Prop weapons mad of glass or metal,
- Loud objects like horns and whistles, and
- Explosives and fireworks are prohibited.
- Blunt objects,
- Pepper spray, and
- Whips are not allowed.
- Prop weapons made of cardboard, foam, and/or wood are allowed as long as they cannot be mistaken for real weapons.
In the case of an injury, there will be wheelchair accessible first aid stations staffed by paramedics in McCormick Place. There are two hospitals nearby. If needed, the staff will call an ambulance to help.
ReedPOP has organized many comic related shows since 2006. The first New York comic con was organized by the company. They have hosted comic cons all over the globe. September 2014, ReedPOP announced the partnership of comic con India. In August 2017, the company will be holding a comic con in Seoul, Korea.
By Marrissa K.
Edited by Cathy Milne
ReedPOP: About, Our Story
Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo C2E2: C2E2 Fan FAQs
Comp Art & Design Magazine: C2E2 2016 In Review
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