One of the best attributes for comic book, anime, and just overall nerd junkies about living in or around a large metropolitan city like Chicago is the plethora of annually hosted, local conventions.
C2E2, Chicago Comics and Entertainment Expo:
Hosted in either March and April, the Chicago Comics and Entertainment Expo, more commonly called C2E2, has become the largest comic convention in the Windy City. It draws in comic book, sci-fi, anime, manga, and video game fans to the McCormick Place to celebrate their favorite characters, franchises, and creators since 2010. Taking place over a three-day weekend, Friday through Sunday, guests can go to panels to hear from giants in their given industry, attend screening rooms to get sneak peeks to upcoming TV shows or movies, visit or participate in cosplay contests, explore the The Block where you can get some great deals on comics, manga, toys, and a whole lot more. My personal favorite is Artist Alley, where you get the opportunity to talk to some top-notch creators, get autographs and buy some original art. The next C2E2 is April 6, 7. and 8, 2018.
Friday pass – $25 pre-show, $35 on-site
Saturday pass – $35 pre-show, $45 on-site
Sunday pass – $30 pre-show, $40 on-site
3-Day pass – $60 pre-show, $70 on-site
Wizard World Chicago Comic Con:
Wizard World Inc. hosts comic book conventions across North America and every summer during August it comes to Chicagoland by way of Rosemont, Illinois, at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center. Wizard World Chicago was founded in 1972 as the Nostalgia ’72, Chicago Comic Con and was acquired by then Wizard Entertainment in 1997. Much like C2E2, there are plenty of panels, screening rooms, exhibits and an artist alley to satisfy any comic book fan. However, as C2E2 has grown since its 2010 launch, Wizard World Chicago hasn’t quite been the same. C2E2 has taken away some pivotal guests as well as con goers who don’t have the time or money to attend both cons. Though Wizard World Chicago is a four-day con, starting on a Thursday, the prices are a bit steeper. The next one will be hosted Aug 23, 24, 25. and 26, 2018.
Thursday pass – $40 in advance, $50 at event
Friday pass – $50 in advance, $60 at event
Saturday pass – $60 in advance, $70 at event
Sunday pass – $50 in advance, $60 at event
3-Day pass – $95 in advance, $105 at event
Anime Midwest is an annual three-day anime convention held during July at the Hyatt Regency O’Hare in Rosemont, Illinois. Hosted during or near Independence Day, it offers anime screenings, artist room, cosplay masquerade contest, date auction, a dealer’s room, fan panels, formal dance, guest autographs, karaoke, a rave dances, video game tournaments and workshops where you can learn how to draw your favorite characters. The next Anime Midwest will be July 6, 7. and 8, 2018, but tickets only sold for full three-day weekend passes.
$45 – Weekend Registration – July 10 – Sep 30, 2017
$47 – Weekend Registration – Sept. 30 – Jan 20, 2018
$50 – Weekend Registration – Jan. 20 – Mar 30, 2018
$55 – Weekend Registration – March 30 – May 20, 2018
$60 – Weekend Registration – May 20 – Jun 20, 2018
$70 – Weekend Registration – June 20, 2018
Anime Central is another annual three-day anime convention at the Hyatt Regency O’Hare in Rosemont, Illinois. Held during May, it’s very similar to Anime Midwest with not much differences. However, Anime Central does offer single-day passes and if you’re out-of-town during Independence Day and unable to attend Anime Midwest, this is a solid alternative. The next Anime Central is May 18, 19. and 20, 2018.
Friday pass – $45
Saturday pass – $45
Sunday pass – $30
Weekend pass – $70
A downside about comic book and anime conventions is they are normally held during the summer months. And let’s face it, it’s expensive to go. Not only are you doling out hefty ticket prices, you’re also going to run your checking account dry when you enter artist allies and buyers blocks—at least I do. Con+Alt+Delete is a great way to satisfy your convention appetite during the winter months and spread your budget throughout the year. It’s another annual three-day anime convention at the Hyatt Regency O’Hare in Rosemont, Illinois—I know, they have a monopoly—and has panels, video game rooms, and cosplay contests similar to Anime Midwest and Anime Central. Tickets are fair, but just like Anime Midwest, they only sell three-day passes. The next Con+Alt+Delete will be Dec. 15, 16, and 18, 2007.
$47 – Weekend Registration – Sept. 30 – Nov 20, 2017
$50 – Weekend Registration – Nov. 20 – Dec 19, 2017
Written by Eric Bradach