12 Tips & Tricks for C2E2

C2E2 App1. Download the Official C2E2 App

Don’t act like a newbie when you get to C2E2! Take on the show like a pro and download the Official C2E2 App.

Visit www.C2E2Mobile.com on your mobile device or scan this QR Code.

2. Plan, Prioritize, Strategize

With so much to see at C2E2 make sure you’re in all the right places at the right time. Plan your daily agenda before you get on site and set up a My Show Planner account! You can organize all the Exhibitors, Panels and Autographing sessions you want to see so you don’t miss a thing! Check out the schedules and mark what you really want to go to and an alternate in case you can’t get in or don’t want to wait in a long line. Don’t forget to check out the Exclusives and In-Booth Signings with our Exhibitors.

Note - while we add as much info to our website for you as possible, we only know as much as our Exhibitors tell us, make sure to check out our App for the most up-to-date information.

3. Bring A Friend

There is no better way to go to C2E2 than with a best bud! Bring your friend, a sibling or even your mom to the show to enjoy everything that C2E2 has to offer. We promise you won’t regret it!

4. BYO – Bring Your Own

As con veterans, we recommend a few things:

  • Swag Bag – this guy will hold all of your awesome C2E2 swag you pick up throughout the show.
  • Backpack/Sealable Bag – to hide the precious items only for your eyes.
  • Refillable water bottle – so you don’t have to wait in line to buy water and you’ll never come close to dehydration. No one wants that. Fill up and drink up!
  • Survival kit – the necessities you don’t think about until you need them: tissues, hand sanitizer, Band-Aids, aspirin, chapstick.
  • Camera – you’ll want to snap a pic of all the awesome costumes!
  • Several comic book bags and boards – to insure your exclusive comics get home in ‘grade A’ condition.
  • Snacks – Because McCormick Place food is expensive and lines are long!
  • Power – A long day at C2E2 can quickly drain those devices in your pocket. Bring your chargers with you!
  • iPhone, iPad, Droid, Gameboy, Tamogatchi – whatever web enabled device you need to download the App and entertain yourself while in line at C2E2.

5. Head to the Correct Floor

Did you get your Badge in the mail or from a retailer?

Head in the doors and right on up to the Third Floor and grab a spot in the Queue Hall and get ready for C2E2 2014!

Have you purchased a Badge online and need to pick it up?

Enter through Gate 41 and head on up to the Third Floor to pick up your Badge at Registration.

Download a Printable Map of McCormick Place (PDF)

6. Show up at the Right Time!

Show Floor Hours

  • Friday – 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM Open to Professionals Only
  • Friday – 11:00 AM – 7:00 PM Open to Everyone
  • Saturday – 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM
  • Sunday – 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Artist Alley Hours

  • Friday – 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM Open to Professionals Only
  • Friday – 11:00 AM – 7:00 PM Open to Everyone
  • Saturday – 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM
  • Sunday – 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Panel & Screening Hours

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

Registration Hours

(If you need to pick up your Badges. We suggest picking them up early. Like Friday early.):

  • Friday – 8:00 AM – 7:00 PM
  • Saturday – 8:00 AM – 7:00 PM
  • Sunday – 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM

The Queue Hall opens at 8:00 AM every day.

7. Avoid Long Lines

Don’t want to wait in the Queue Hall? We don’t blame you. Here’s an insider’s secret – show up about 30 minutes after the show officially opens and you’ll skip all the waiting around and walk right in the front door! Another long line to avoid – the ATM, bring cash with you.

8. We Have FREE WiFi

We’ve got it! Free (Yes, we said FREE!) WiFi is available throughout McCormick Place, including all common hallways and in Panel Rooms. 

9. Eat & Hydrate

No superhero ever saved the world on an empty stomach! Make sure you’re fueled up and ready to take on C2E2 like a pro! Bring snacks with you and if you’re really hungry, there are several food courts around to stop those stomach gurgles. We have two located on Level 3, one in the middle of the Show Floor and the other in the back of the 500 aisle, as well as on Level 2.5 across from FedEx. Remember that water bottle we mentioned before? Yea, it’s important enough to mention twice. Water is a hot commodity at C2E2 and no one wants to spend their hard earned con time waiting in line to then pay a bunch of money for a bottle of water. Bring a refillable water bottle and hit up the water fountains when you’re feeling parched.

10. There Are Free Shuttles!

Need a ride to the show? C2E2's got you covered. Free Shuttle Buses will be running all three show days and we've even extended the schedule this year so you can stick around for late night entertainment! The shuttle buses will run from 8:00 AM to 10:00 PM on Friday and Saturday and 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM on Sunday. Check out the complete schedule.

11. What Should I Wear?

Comfortable shoes. There is nothing worse than a day at C2E2 ruined because of blistered feet! After that we suggest layers in case you get cold or hot so you can adjust accordingly.

12. Don’t Make It Too Realistic

Prop weapons will be allowed providing they are composed of cardboard, foam, wood 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.

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