C2E2 Fan FAQs

About The Show

What is C2E2?

The Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo – also known as C2E2 – is a comic book and pop culture convention spanning the latest and greatest from the world of comics, movies, television, toys, anime, manga and video games. From a Show Floor packed with hundreds of Exhibitors and Artist Alley members, to Panels, Autograph Sessions and screening rooms featuring sneak peeks at upcoming films and television shows, C2E2 gives Fans a chance to interact with their favorite Creators and Celebrities and delivers a weekend of pop culture and fandom in downtown Chicago.

How long has C2E2 been rocking the Windy City?

The Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo started in 2010.

Who’s the organizer?

C2E2 is another killer event by ReedPOP. ReedPOP also runs New York Comic Con, Emerald City Comic Con, Star Wars Celebration, UFC Fan Expo, BookCon and the Penny Arcade Expo among many others.

Hours And Location

When is C2E2?

C2E2 will take place April 21-23, 207 in the South Building at McCormick Place in downtown Chicago.

Where is C2E2?

The Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo 2017 will be held in the South Building at McCormick Place located at 2301 S. Lake Shore Drive in Chicago, Illinois on April 21-23.

What are the hours at C2E2?

Show Floor Hours

  • Friday: 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM
  • Saturday: 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM
  • Sunday: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Panel & Screening Hours

  • Friday: 11:00 AM – 9:00 PM
  • Saturday: 11:00 AM – 9:00 PM
  • Sunday: 10:45 AM – 5:00 PM

How do I get to C2E2?

Whether you’re flying (by plane, broom or cape), driving or sitting on a train, a full list of directions are available on our Travel Page.

Is there parking available?

McCormick Place has three lots available for a flat fee of $24 per day ($32 for overnight). Please note, there is no in-and-out privileges or overnight parking available. View more information on parking on our Travel Page.


How much does it cost?

Tickets to C2E2 vary in price. Check out our Buy Tickets page for the complete breakdown.

Who needs a ticket?

All attendees six-years-old and up need a ticket to enter C2E2. Please note, C2E2 recommends all children under 18 attend with an adult and all children under 13 must be accompanied by an adult.

What is the Ticket Mailing Deadline?

If you are purchasing your ticket(s) on or before the ticket mailing deadline your ticket(s) will be mailed via USPS to the address you enter. If you order 5 or more tickets, please note that UPS shipping will be automatically added to your order to ensure delivery. Please note no international orders will be shipped. For more Ticket Mailing Deadline specifics, visit our Buy Tickets page.

Is there a refund policy?

We do not offer refunds or exchanges for tickets purchased for C2E2.

Do I need to bring cash?

While some vendors might accept credit cards, many do not. There are ATMs located at McCormick Place; however, to avoid an extra line at C2E2 we suggest you stop at the ATM before arriving at the show.

C2E2 Safety And Weapons Policy

What do I do if I find/lose something?

Please bring all found items to the Show Office or the Security Office

What if I get hurt?

A wheelchair-accessible first aid station staffed by EMS and EMTs will be available in McCormick Place. In addition, two hospitals are situated within minutes of McCormick Place. City ambulances will be called to transport patients when needed. If you're hurt, please reach out to a C2E2 staff member and we'll get you help.

What if I’m harassed?

Harassment of any kind, including stalking, deliberate intimidation, unwelcome physical attention, physical assault and battery, will not be tolerated at C2E2. If it's illegal outside the convention center, it's illegal inside the convention center. Harassment is grounds for removal from the convention without refund as well as potential legal action. We want C2E2 to be a safe, open and accepting environment for all Fans, and if you find yourself victim of harassment at the convention please come immediately to C2E2's Show Office.

Read our full Anti-Harassment Policy

What does C2E2 think of Bootlegs?

The buying and selling of counterfeit/knock-off/unlicensed materials is not tolerated at C2E2. The Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo is a celebration of the best of popular culture, and bootlegs have no place in the show. Violation of this rule will result in one and only one warning. A second violation and you'll be removed from the show.

What does C2E2 think of weapons?

Please read this entire policy before attending C2E2. Failure to follow this policy may result in your removal from the convention without refund. The following items are generally forbidden at C2E2:

  • Functional firearms (including air soft guns, BB guns, cap guns, paintball guns and pellet guns)
  • Realistic replica firearms (including reproduction, fake or toy guns that can be confused for functional firearms)
  • Functional projectile weapons (including blow guns, crossbows, long bows, silly string, slingshots, water balloons and water guns)
  • Sharpened metal-bladed weapons (including axes, daggers, hatches, knives, kunai, shuriken, swords, sword canes and switch blades)
  • Explosives (including firecrackers and fireworks)
    Chemical weapons (including mace and pepper spray)
  • Blunt weapons (including brass knuckles, clubs and nunchaku)
  • Hard prop weapons (including props made of metal, fiberglass, glass and wood)
  • Instruments that cause excessive noise levels like vuvuzelas, grenade whistles and grenade horns
  • Whips
  • Aerosol mustard

Prop weapons will be allowed providing they are composed of cardboard, foam, or other light materials. Prop firearms are allowed only if they cannot be mistaken for real weapons. The barrel of all prop firearms must be covered with brightly-colored caps. Prop bows will be allowed providing all arrows have soft tips.

Basically, don't be an idiot.

Weapons and Bag Check

Management shall have sole discretion in any matter that it believes may affect public safety or be important to protect the integrity of the event.

What should I do if my child, friends, family or I get separated?

Find a C2E2 staff member or security guard and we will help you locate your missing party. We suggest that when you arrive at C2E2 you and your party pick a location to meet in case anyone does get lost.


Do you offer wheelchairs for disabled attendees?

McCormick Place rents scooters, wheel chairs and oxygen equipment through its preferred mobility service partner, Scootaround Inc. Mobility equipment can be reserved in advance and will be waiting for you at McCormick Place or can be delivered to any Chicago area hotel. Daily and weekly rates are available with operators on call 24/7. For more information call 888-441-7575 or visit www.scootaround.com/rentals/m/mccormickplace.

Can I bring my pet?

No. The only animals permitted in the Convention Center are service animals. We love animals as much as you, but you are going to have to leave your pets at home.

Other Useful Information

Is there a quiet place I can go to get away from the crowd?

Yes! C2E2 has a Quiet Room in S101b for those who need a break from the Show Floor, due to personal preservation, social anxiety or health issues. Strict volume levels will be enforced, as this is for resting, not socializing.

What is Artist Alley?

Artist Alley is the place to rub elbows with the greatest pencilers, inkers and writers from every corner of comics. Artist Alley is located on the show floor.

Why don’t you clear the rooms after a panel or screening?

Due to fire code, and the short breaks between programming, C2E2 does not clear rooms between sessions. You are allowed to stay in the same room for multiple sessions. Because C2E2 does not clear rooms, we suggest you plan accordingly and arrive early to the panels you’d like to see.

A room was full when I got there, so now I can’t see a panel. What do I do?

Due to supply and demand and the limited number of seats available, unfortunately not everyone will get to see all the panels. That’s why C2E2 is also live-streaming panels so you can still take part in the fun! Check back before the show for exact room locations that will be hosting live streaming.

What is My Show Planner?

My Show Planner is a free tool you can use to easily find Exhibitors, Artists, panels, screenings and more and then add them to your personal show agenda. Check back later this year for more information on My Show Planner.

Can I take pictures/video at the show?

For the most part, you're welcome to take still pictures and video at C2E2; however, please note that all photography and recording is prohibited during screenings and concerts. Also, please understand that Guests may or may not pose for photographs with Fans. Guests have a right to their privacy, and if they ask not to have their picture taken, please respect their wishes.

Will I be on camera?

C2E2 will attract local, national and international press. In purchasing this badge and in consideration for being admitted to the Event, the holder consents to being recorded (by audio, visual and/or other means) for exhibition and exploitation by any means in all media now known or hereafter devised worldwide in perpetuity. Holder also hereby: (1) releases Reed Exhibitions from any liability for loss or damage to persons or property, infringement of any right or any other claim or course of action of any kind; (2) authorizes and permits Reed Exhibitions and its designees which include but are not limited to all sponsors, exhibitors and contractors to use and authorize the use of his/her name, voice, likeness and all reproductions thereof by any means and in all media now and hereafter know for all purposes worldwide in perpetuity; and (3) agrees to comply with all rules and regulations of the event. Holder agrees not to make any recordings of any kind at designated activities without the express written permission of Reed Exhibitions. We reserve the right to deny entry or remove from the Event facilities any person who in our sole and absolute discretion is behaving or threatening to behave in a manner which we reasonably consider to be disruptive of the Event.

Is there WiFi at C2E2?

There will be three (3) options that “pop up” on your device’s screen when you attempt to connect to the Wi-Fi network.

There is complimentary WiFi (256kbps) available in all of the public areas (on the grand concourse and Panel Rooms). This service is for checking e-mail or visiting basic websites with minimal graphic content. There is not WiFi available on the Show Floor.

You can also purchase Concierge Wireless Service which gives a connection speed of up to 1.0mbps in all areas where free WiFi access is available. This service will allow more graphic intensive websites, ability to download, use of mobile apps or basic video download. There is a choice of $9.95/day or $35.95/day up to 5 days.

The VIP Wireless Service gives a connection speed of up to 1.5mbps and is available throughout McCormick Place, including on the Show Floor throughout the course of C2E2. The VIP Class is $300 for the first user and you can get discounts with multiple users. For more information on McCormick Place's WiFi, visit the Wireless Services section of their website.

Is there a Coat Check?

Yup! McCormick Place operates a Coat Check open to all Exhibitors and Fans. It's located on Level 1 near the main entrance of the South Building. The cost is $3.00 per coat, $4.00 per piece of luggage or backpack and $1 for an umbrella. There is a separate Coat Check for VIPs in the VIP Lounge.

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