C2E2 Show Guide:

If It's Your First Show

Calling all convention newbies! We can’t wait for you to experience your first C2E2 and join in all the fun! Here’s everything you need to know for your first foray into geekdom…

What should you expect?

Entertainment Expos and Comic Conventions are a rush on the senses, that’s for sure! Expect crowds, colorful cosplays, and a huge array of things to see and do.  

The best thing about C2E2 is that you’ll be in the same room as thousands of people who all love the same things that you do. Be open to chat - friends for life have been formed in the lines at C2E2! 

What should you wear?

Comfy Shoes 

McCormick Place is an immense venue, and you’ll definitely be getting those miles in. (No. Seriously, check your Apple Watch or phone steps after just one day.) 


Whether you’re a seasoned costume creator or looking to ‘don your favorite character’s ensemble for the first time, C2E2 is the perfect place to do it! Where else will you see Spider-man sitting next to Eren Yeager on your morning commute?  

Geeky Gear 

Not sure if you want to cosplay yet, NO WORRIES. Cosplay is encouraged (because it’s a kickass time), but this is a no judgement zone. Feel free to show up in your everyday geeky wardrobe to walk the halls of McCormick Place if that’s more your v i b e. If you’re not up for cosplaying, be sure to break out that nerdy merch. This is a sure-fire way to meet folk that love the same fandoms as you! 


Forgive us for stating the obvious here, but conventions can be a sweaty place! Have some consideration for your fellow fans; a little bit of deodorant can go a long way. 

What should you bring?


If you’ve already received your physical tickets for the weekend (We’re talking about those beautiful badges that came in the mail or that you purchased from your local retailer), don’t forget to bring them with you! And if you’ve opted to collect at the venue, bring a copy of your confirmation email (either printed or on your phone). You’ll bring that confirmation email right up to the Will Call line to pick up your tickets. 

Refillable Water Bottle

Staying hydrated is key to surviving the long days at C2E2. McCormick Place will have plenty of water fountains where you can refill your water bottle for free throughout the day, just remember to bring a bottle! 


There will be plenty of catering outlets around the venue to grab lunch, but we’d advise bringing a snack or two to munch on in case you get the urge for some noms. 

Battery Pack

You wouldn’t want to run into your favorite celebrity or cosplayer and miss the chance to snap a photo, would you?! Bring a mobile power bank and make sure your devices are charged for the duration of the show.

We’ve Got An App For That!

Don’t forget to download the C2E2 app ahead of attending so you can check out the latest schedules, find your way on the map, and make sure you don’t miss all the fun! We do not have any physical program guides at the show, so the Official C2E2 Mobile App, presented by Ultrasaber, will be your absolute best friend. 


  • Make a plan for your time at the show. Check the online program and study the Show Floor map when you arrive to create a schedule for the day. It helps, trust us!

  • Going it alone? Visit our Discord Channel ahead of the show or the Facebook Official Group, and post a call out for a con-buddy, or head to one of the many Fan Meet Ups happening throughout the weekend to find your people!

  • Set alarms on your phone for the most important panels and activities to make sure you’re in the right spot at the right time.

  • Only sit in designated areas, and definitely not in front of doorways/aisles - you don’t want to block the flow of people!

  • Ask before you take photos of cosplayers. Yes, they look fabulous, but please remember to respect personal boundaries and the investment that went into their costumes. Most people will be more than happy to strike a pose with you if you simply ask them first.

  • Let’s not forget the biggest pro-tip of all…enjoy yourself! 

Oh, and remember - if you have any questions that you can’t find the answer to on our website, please don’t hesitate to contact our Customer Service Superheroes, or ask a Staff or Crew Member at the show.