March 31 - April 2, 2023
McCormick Place

Whether you’re a cosplay pro or just starting out, Cosplay Central has something for you! 

Cosplay Central is the area of C2E2 devoted entirely to the art of costumes, crafts, and characters. At the Cosplay Central Stage, you’ll find workshops and panels where you can learn new tips, brush up on techniques, and meet fellow cosplayers. In case you’re in need of some cosplay repair or a quick change, Cosplay Central comes fully equipped with a repair station and changing area. When you’re ready to strut your stuff, we also have fun photo backdrops so you can take an awesome photo solo or with your squad.

Stay up to date with cosplay news, advice columns, interviews, tutorials, and more by visiting CosplayCentral.com

Cosplay Community

Cosplay is all about community and C2E2 is proud to host a number of cosplay organizations and exhibitors in Cosplay Central. 

Too Sweet Wrestling Cosplay
Formed in 2017, Too Sweet Cosplay is the elite wrestling Cosplay group from Chicago that has over 5500 fans across Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube! We focus on wrestling cosplay, news discussion, watch parties, fan-based art, and other meet-ups. We’ve partnered with other conventions in the past such as C2E2, Wizard World Chicago, PocketCon, and Anime Central to bring a wrestling presence along with our fans. Check out their booth in Cosplay Central to learn more! 

Costumers with a Cause
Costumers with a Cause work together with children’s charitable organizations, foundations, and fundraising events that promote community growth, unity, education, and hope for every child’s future. They believe that a world of difference can be made with a smile, a photo, a shared laugh or a simple hello. Their goal is to utilize their talents to make a child’s day brighter. They make a difference by visiting hospitalized and homebound children suffering from chronic and terminal illnesses, and children with disabilities. Bringing smiles, laughter, fun, dance, recognition and support to those in need. CwC supports multiple non-profit community organizations, foundations and events that align with their goals, morals and values! Visit their Cosplay Central booth to find out more about this incredible group. 

SheProp's mission is to bring knowledge of building processes and techniques to female, non-binary and transgender cosplayers of all skill levels, and to encourage members to create, learn and inspire each other, as well as be positive role models themselves within the maker community. Visit their Cosplay Central booth to find out more about this inclusive and supportive community.

Guest Judges



Downen Creative Studios

Cosplay Central Crown Championships at C2E2

The EuroCosplay Championships and the Crown Championships of Cosplay have joined forces to create one global competition: The Cosplay Central Crown Championships! The global final this year will be held at MCM London Comic Con in October 2022.

We will choose one last regional winner, who will compete against the cosplayers selected at Florida Supercon, New York Comic Con and Emerald City Comic Con, and decide the overall US Champion who will head to MCM London Comic Con in October 2022 for the global final.

More information about the new Crown Championships can be found on Cosplay Central.

Registration for this year’s C2E2 Crown Championships are now live! 

Cosplay Showcase

The Cosplay Showcase is where fans and cosplayers can showcase their craftsmanship in style. Taking place on Sunday, this event is open to all cosplayers with hand made costumes and is an opportunity for fans of all levels to strut their stuff on the main stage. Register at the Cosplay Central administration desk during the show. There are prizes (for over 18s only) but cosplayers are free to take part just for fun if they do not wish to be judged. Family Groups and Juniors (13-17) are also welcome to take part just for fun with any costume.

Costume, Weapons & Props Rules

Cosplay is a welcome and important part of our shows; however, each show also has its limitations and guidelines so that cosplay can stay safe for everyone. Read more about our show’s prop weapons policy here.

Cosplay is NOT Consent

C2E2 has a ZERO TOLERANCE POLICY for harassment of any kind. Please read our full policy here.