March 31 - April 2, 2023
McCormick Place


Get ready to geek out at McCormick Place in Chicago. We’re bringing the best celebs, comic creators, panels, and those sweet, sweet spring dates to the Windy City! Tickets are onsale now.

C2E2 2023 Featured Guests

Buy Photo Ops and Select Autographs

Want to meet your favorite C2E2 celebrities and voice actors? Stand side-by-side with your heroes in a Photo Op that you can impress (and let’s be honest... brag) to your friends and family about. Maybe you want to get your Photo Op, a special item, or an 8x10 headshot signed? Get yourself an Autograph at C2E2 to display amongst your other geeky collectibles.

What Can I Do at C2E2?

C2E2 brings creators, brands, and content creators from the Midwest and across the country to celebrate pop culture for three days in Chicago. You can find browse and shop from wonderful creators in Artist Alley, interact with well-known pop culture brands on the Show Floor, and attend panels hosted by creators, celebs, fans, and everything in between! 

Artist Alley

Creators from all over bring their unique skills to Artist Alley at C2E2.


The Show Floor at C2E2 has treasures from all kinds of exhibitors and brands.


Our panels span every fandom imaginable. It’s a pop culture junkie’s dream!

Important Deadlines

Ticket Mailing Deadline

Status: Closed
Purchase By: Jan 22

Panel Submissions

Status: Closed
Closes: Jan 20

Show Feature + Community App

Status: Closed
Closes: Jan 20

Press Application

Status: Closed
Closes: Mar 3

Content Creator Application

Status: Open 
Closes: Mar 24

Professional Application

Status: Open 
Closes: Mar 24

Hey Chicago, I'm C2E2!

Come one, come all. Step right up to the greatest weekend of the year, a weekend all about you. Comics, cosplay, gaming, wrestling, and anime abound in the only pop culture convention in the heart of Downtown Chicago! We've gathered your favorite celebrities, unique exhibitors, incredible comic artists, and larger-than-life literary authors into one place to celebrate the fandoms you love. From the halls of Artist Alley, to the depths of the Show Floor, our goal is to provide a space of creativity and fun, but most importantly, one that cultivates a sense of belonging, safety, and inclusiveness. If you've always dreamed of attending the biggest geek party in the Midwest, then this is your weekend to geek out with other nerdy Chicagoans. Whether you join us virtually or in person, epic memories and awesome friendships await you at C2E2, the show created for you.

C2E2 Show Features

We’ve stuffed a huge variety of content for every possible fandom into this lil C2E2. Each of these Show Features is an important part of the show, and a place for you to thrive in your favorite fandom or discover a brand new one.

Cosplay Central

The heart and soul of the C2E2 cosplaying community is Cosplay Central.

Come root for your favorite local and global competitors at The Cosplay Central Crown Championship on Saturday April 1, 2023 at 7:30PM on the Main Stage!

Family HQ

Welcome to Family HQ, your home for family-friendly fun all weekend long at C2E2!

The Yard

Presented by Chicago’s own Revolution Brewing, The Yard is C2E2’s beer garden located right on the show floor featuring live music and trivia.

Associate Sponsor: Yogibo

Want More Pop Culture? Get a Popverse Membership!

C2E2 2023 is months away, but there are tons of other amazing pop culture shows coming up later this year! You don’t even have to go, watch them all virtually with a Popverse Membership. Beam into New York Comic Con, MCM London Comic Con, C2E2, and Emerald City Comic Con plus exclusive perks here. Popverse Members also get first access to Photo Ops and Autographs!

Browse C2E2 Merch on The Haul

Looking for C2E2 merch, exhibitors you saw at a show or something uniquely pop culture? Grab your shopping bags and head to The Haul – a pop culture marketplace and virtual show floor for our fans. Consider it your Happy Place: a one-stop shop to buy the best products and exclusives in gaming, anime, manga, comics, apparel, original art, action figures, and more!

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