2024 C2E2 – Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo-McCormick Place, Chicago IL

2024 C2E2 – Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo
McCormick Place, Chicago IL
April 26-28, 2024

Photos and review by Roman Sobus

Tens of thousands of cosplay fans descended on Chicago’s McCormick Place this past weekend for the 2024 Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo. They packed the aisles between the dealers’ booths, hoping to find that special treasure to take home. Many arrived in elaborate costumes emulating their favorite comic book or movie characters. While some of the costumes were simple consisting of clothing and makeup, the majority were well thought out and obviously had taken many hours to construct.

Stare Wars was a favorite this time and has been in the past, with Storm Troopers, X Wing pilots, multiple Princess Leias, Luke Skywalkers, Obi-Wan Kenobi and of course even a Darth Vader were seen at almost every turn. Remote controlled R2 robots followed their respective pilots as they moved around the main concourse.

Marvel Comics characters were also in abundance. I came upon a group of five in Iron Man costumes. When asked which was the real one, they all replied “I am Iron Man!” Superman, Batman along with Cat Woman and Joker were also popular.

There were also multiple panel discussions every day, with a prepared discussion and time set aside for fans to engage the artists one on one with questions. Guests includes James Lafferty, Christopher Lloyd, Chad Michael Murray, Maya Hawke Hugh Dancy, Mads Mikkelsen and Christo Fernandez among others. Time was set aside for autograph seekers and photo ops.

Nearly one hundred thousand fans attended this event with some staying away due to predictions of heavy weather. This is one of those events that are just plain fun! Virtually everyone will explain in great detail about their character, history and what went into creating their alternate persona. I recommend catching this event next time it comes around!