Fan Events

One weekend a year just isn’t enough! We try to host as many Chicago area fan events and scavenger hunts as we can, so we can see the amazing C2E2 fans before and after the greatest weekend of the year. Want to make some new nerdy friends? Trust us – we’re on the same page. Stay tuned for details on where we will be blasting off too next! If you have an idea for an awesome place we should go next, email us. Can’t wait to see you at our next fan event!

Official Fan Events

Official fan events are local events planned by the C2E2 staff – and where you can meet us as well! We always bring tons of C2E2 tickets to raffle off, as well as lots of amazing prize bags stocked full of goodies, so make sure to check out our official fan events! We’d love to meet you ♥ Make sure to click on the name of the event to find out more information about it!

A Celebration of Chicago Drink and Draw

A Celebration of Chicago Drink and Draw

When: Wednesday, January 24, 2018
Time: 7:30 PM – 11:00 PM
Where: The Red Lion Lincoln Square, 4749 N Rockwell St, Chicago, IL 60625

Attention comic and pop culture fans. Do you love drinking? Do you love watching drawers draw? If you answered yes to both these questions, this is the perfect event for you. Join C2E2 and Four Star Studios in celebrating the 15 year history of Chicago Drink and Draw. We’ll be raffling off signed comics, C2E2 tickets, and other cool swag! Plus we’ll be giving out exclusive C2E2 capes in a unique color for this fan event! (Spoiler alert: our fan events are your only chance to get this rare C2E2 cape in this secret color!)

Chicago Drink and Draw was started in 2006 by Tim Seeley and Skottie Young for a way to bring all the Chicago creators together to celebrate a rich history of Chicago comics. Some of the many attendees over the years include Mike Norton, Gene Ha, Jill Thompson, Jim Terry, Ryan Browne, Jenny Frison, Tom Kelly, Mike Huddleston, and Logan Faerber.

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Paprika Screening & Anime Party

Paprika Screening & Anime Party

When: Friday, January 26, 2018
Time: 7:00 PM – 11:00 PM

Senpais and kōhais unite! Come join team C2E2 at Logan Theatre for a special one night only screening of Satoshi Kon's acclaimed 2006 picture, Paprika! The festivities will not be stopping there. Join us at 7:00 PM at Logan Theatre for special anime trivia hosted by Anime Chicago, a cosplay competition, raffle prizes and anime themed drinks!

Suit up in your finest robes for our Cosplay Contest. Prizes will be given out in the following categories: Senpai Noticed Me! (solo winner), Konoha Squad (group winner) and It’s Over 9000!!! (Best In Show: solo or group winner) - and you could win prizes that will include C2E2 tickets. Don’t want to dress up? Cosplay is encouraged, but not required! We will be giving out a raffle ticket to everyone who attends for a chance to win C2E2 tickets and other anime themed prizes. Anime Chicago will be hosting trivia before the screening, where you and your squad can also win C2E2 tickets. Plus, we’ll be giving out exclusive C2E2 capes in a unique color for this fan event. (Spoiler alert: our fan events are your only chance to get this rare C2E2 cape in this secret color!)

Get more info and RSVP on Facebook Buy Tickets: $10

Gamer gathering at level 257

Gamer gathering at level 257

When: Friday, February 23, 2018
Time: 5:00 – 9:00 PM
Where: Level 257, Woodfield Mall, 2 Woodfield Mall A, Schaumburg, IL

Level up with fellow fans before heading to C2E2! Gather your favorite ghost friends and get ready to enter a magical land of retro arcade games, bowling lanes, delicious food and drinks, and of course – friendship! If you love gaming, cosplaying, and C2E2, then you’ll definitely want to join our Gamer Gathering! Join us for a cosplay contest, ticket and prize raffles, and an hour of free gameplay.

Stay tuned for more details on this event!

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Galaxy Hero COSPLAY Party (21+)

Galaxy Hero COSPLAY Party (21+)

When: Friday, March 16, 2018
Time: 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Where: Revolution Brewing Tap Room, 3340 N Kedzie Ave, Chicago, IL

Blast off with Revolution Brewing and C2E2 for our annual Galaxy Hero launch party! Trust us, Chicago, this party gets bigger and better every year and you’re not going to want to miss this. RSVP’s will open soon.

Stay tuned for more details on this event and for RSVPs to open!

C2E2 Power Up Party

C2E2 Power Up Party

When: Saturday, March 10, 2018
Time: 4:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Where: Side Street Tavern, 18401 N Creek Dr. Tinley Park, IL

Join us for our C2E2 Power Up Party! Want a tiny taste of what C2E2’s all about? During this geeky gala, you’ll get a teaser of what kinds of things are in store for you at C2E2 2018. Don your best cosplay or just come in casual clothes and bring your friends and get ready to drink and party with fellow C2E2 fans. We have a few artists and comic creators who will be there to mingle with fans and drink delicious brews with you and who know who else might show up! Strut your stuff in our cosplay contest before you even get to C2E2. Still haven’t bought your tickets to the main event, C2E2 2018? We’ll be doing ticket and prize raffles!

Unofficial Fan Events

Still want to win C2E2 tickets? Our unofficial fan events also have some C2E2 tickets for raffle available at them, as well as some awesome C2E2 swag! Check out these awesome events happening in your local area. Make sure to click on the name of the event to find out more information about it!

Adler after dark: mars or bust (21+)

When: Thursday, February 15, 2018
Time: 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Where: The Adler Planetarium, 1300 S Lake Shore Dr, Chicago, IL

 

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Black panther showing

When: Friday, February 16, 2018
Time: 9:30 PM
Where: Davis Theater, 4614 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL

Watch Black Panther with We Are Cosplay and you might win tickets to C2E2! Every ticket purchase to the beautifully, Art Deco renovated Davis Theater in Chicago's Lincoln Square neighborhood 9:50PM showing of Marvel's Black Panther on Friday, February 16 gets one (1) FREE raffle ticket to WIN C2E2 2018 badges and other merchandise, courtesy of We Are Cosplay and C2E2 Raffle ticket(s) available at the We Are Cosplay banner located in the lobby before showtime. Raffle drawings to be held at 9:30PM at the We Are Cosplay banner located in the lobby. Must be present at time of drawing to win.

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Pop-Up Naruto Fan Event run by ChiTeen Lit Fest

When: Wednesday, February 21, 2018
Time: 4:30 PM – 7:00 PM

Attention all aspiring Hokage and Naruto fans: Come to this amazing event at which we'll geek out about all things anime and manga! There will be raffles for C2E2 prizes and tickets. Be sure to share pictures and thoughts from your experience on social media during this event (use #C2E2 and #ChiTeen). This event is run by the ChiTeen Lit Fest. More details are available here. (These events are only open to students ages 13-19)

BALibrary Comic COn (21+)

When: Sunday, March 4, 2018
Time: 1:30 PM – 4:30 PM 
Where: Barrington Area Library, 505 N. Northwest Highway, Barrington, IL

A small convention open to all ages with an artist alley, iron artist, cosplay contest (hosted by the Age of the Geeks) and more! Be sure to bring your camera's! Special guests include Tangled’s Rapunzel and a Dalek! Raffles to win tickets to C2E2, an amazing 3D printed object and more! It will be tons of fun! Visit balibrary.org for more information.

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Star Wars Drawing Class at Hollywood Blvd.

When: Saturday, March 10, 2018
Time: 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Where: Hollywood Blvd. Cinema 1001 W 75th St. Woodridge, IL

A beginners all-ages drawing class on how to draw Star Wars characters Darth Vader and Yoda. Plus the chance to win C2E2 tickets and swag!

Adler after dark: game night (21+)

When: Thursday, March 15, 2018
Where: The Adler Planetarium, 1300 S Lake Shore Dr, Chicago, IL

Chicago Costume Cosplay Night: First Edition

When: Thursday, March 15
Time: 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Where: Chicago Costume Fullerton, 1120 W Fullerton Ave, Chicago, IL

A Social Meetup event for the Cosplayers of Chicago at Chicago Costume – and the chance to win C2E2 tickets and swag!

RAKS GEEK: Magic and Mystery (21+)

When: Friday, March 23, 2018
Where: Uptown Underground, 4707 N Broadway St, Chicago, IL

Do you love geeky bellydance? Then join Raks Geek and C2E2 for an amazing night of magic and mystery! You’ll be amazed by this incredible bellydance, flow arts and fire performance troupe. Plus you’ll have the chance to win tickets to C2E2! They’ll have cosplay acts in tribute to Thor, Howl's Moving Castle, and Star Wars: The Last Jedi, and Batman, some of which will include original music created! You won’t want to miss this incredible performance, and your chance to win tickets or swag to C2E2!

The Road to c2e2 (21+)

When: Saturday, March 24, 2018
Time: 8:00 PM – 11:00 PM
Where: Emporium Arcade Bar in Wicker Park, 1366 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL

The Age of the Geeks are back with another amazing event and this time it’s going to be bigger than ever! Chicago Costume will be in attendance and will have some of their new line of products with EXCLUSIVE DISCOUNTS JUST FOR THIS EVENT! Also there will be a cosplay fashion show to show off the new line in amazing costumes that CC has to offer. Special Cosplay Guest Victori Belle will be in attendance for a meet and greet and will be one of the judges for the cosplay contest! The winner will win a pair of 3-day tickets to C2E2 and the runner up will win a pair of Friday tickets to C2E2!

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Chicago Nerds & C2E2 Tabletop Meetup

When: Sunday, April 1, 2018
Time: 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Where: Good Games Chicago, 1145 W Webster Ave. Chicago, IL

A low key monthly meetup for Chicago tabletop gamers. Bring games or choose from the Good Games Library. Bring friends or meet some new ones at the tables. Plus the chance to win C2E2 tickets and swag!

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