First Time C2E2 Fan!

What to See and Do at C2E2 2019

Welcome to the C2E2 family! For a first-timer, a comic convention can be an overwhelming experience. There’s so much to see and do; where do you even start? That’s where we come in. We here at C2E2 want to help you navigate our show so you have the best first experience ever!

Here’s a list of awesome activities to check out while you’re here so you don’t miss any of the exciting content going on all C2E2 weekend long.

1. Download the C2E2 App

1. Download the C2E2 App & Plan Using My Show

First thing’s first, you need to download the C2E2 App. The C2E2 App is your best friend as it helps you navigate your way around C2E2; create a custom schedule of your favorite panels, guests, autographs, artists and exhibitors and more! The C2E2 App is also where we have the most updated information in case of any schedule or content changes.

Download the C2E2 App

2. See our Panels and Programming

2. See our Panels

C2E2 panels are a huge weekend highlight. Fans with common interests gather together to listen to featured guests talk about their experience and answer your questions! Some panels teach you skills—like how to make foam cosplay props or write across different mediums. Others feature the cast and crew of a hit TV show or movie where they share behind-the-scenes sneak peeks. Panels are also a great way to sit and relax after walking the Show Floor all day without missing out on the fun. Stop by rooms S401-S406, S503, or the stages at Cosplay Central and Family HQ to sit in on a panel or two.

See our Panel List

3. Shop Comics, Show Exclusives, and Merch

3. Shop comics, Show exclusives and merchandise

As you walk C2E2’s Show Floor you’ll see plenty of our awesome exhibitors. At their booths, you can add more comics to your collection, pick up a shirt featuring your favorite fandom, or snag some exclusive C2E2 merch at the Official C2E2 Store, located by the entrance! Discover something new or grab a gift for a friend. Our Show Floor has it all!

See the Exhibitor List See what’s available at the Official C2E2 Store

4. Meet Comic, Entertainment, and Gaming Guests

4. Meet Comic, Entertainment and Literary Guests

Do you geek out over Spider-Man comics or fangirl over Wonder Woman? Are you constantly binging your latest TV addiction? Then we’ve got a guest or two for you! Meet the people who create comics, voice game characters, act in your favorite TV shows, movies, and more. Check out who’s coming from the world of comic, entertainment, and gaming, and where you can see them in the Official C2E2 App.

Entertainment Guests Comic Guests Gaming Guests

5. Activate Your Badge to Unlock More at C2e2!

By activating your badge and downloading the C2E2 App, you'll enjoy these cool enhancements to your C2E2 experience:

  • Join the Star Quest scavenger hunt on the C2E2 App and win cool prizes
  • Snap a photo at one of our C2E2 Photo Booths and have your pic sent directly to you!
  • Forgot your celeb autographing or photo op tickets at home? If you purchase your autographing and photo ops tickets using the same email address that you activate with, your tickets will be available directly on your badge! Simply scan the QR code on the back of your badge when you check in
  • Reserve a seat for C2E2’s Crown Championships of Cosplay, presented by SINGER. A seat reservation is required to attend!
  • Get access to special exhibitor promotions and giveaways

Activate your badge now

6. Commission an Artist

5. Commission an Artist

There are plenty of goodies to take home and cherish after C2E2 is over, but nothing is more unique than an original illustration from one of our artists in Artist Alley, presented by AWA. Love Firefly and Overwatch? Have an artist draw River Tam and Mercy hanging out! Or better yet, commission them to draw you hanging out with them! The possibilities are endless!

See our Artist Alley list

7. Check out Cosplay Central presented by VERO

7. Visit Cosplay Central

Do you love to cosplay or are you interested in learning what goes into making some of the great cosplays you see all weekend? Maybe you just need to make a quick repair! Cosplay Central is the perfect home to any and all things cosplay at C2E2.

All weekend long you can stop by the dedicated Cosplay Central Stage for workshops and panels that are geared towards newbie cosplayers as well seasoned veterans. You’ll also have the chance to meet and mingle with some talented cosplayers! There will be a cosplay triage set up in Cosplay Central, armed with scissors, glue guns, tape, and much more to ensure your cosplay stays in tip top shape!

Check out Cosplay Central

8. Visit Family HQ

8. Visit the Family HQ

Looking for some family friendly activities? Then the Family HQ is the place to be. Family HQ is on the Show Floor and we’re packing it full of hands-on workshops, arts & crafts, and more. Does your family love Star Wars?! We do too! The 501st Midwest Garrison and Droid Builders will be bringing out-of-this-world Star Wars Photo Ops and Star Wars characters for your entire family to hang out with. Don’t let your kids have all the fun! Join them in the LEGO Freeplay Area, brought by ChiLUG. Get your creative juices flowing with amazing artists like Mark Kistler and Gene Ha at our Drawing Demos. Laugh, learn, and create all weekend long!

Find out more about Family HQ

9. Get Your Game On

9. Get Your Game On

Are you never bored while playing board games? Are you video game obsessed? Are you an epic Dungeon Master or Pokémon Trainer? Tabletop, CCGs, console games and more await you in the C2E2 Gaming area! Pass the time by playing some fun games, or compete in tournaments for great prizes! Head on over to the Gaming Zone, presented by Wild Bill’s, in the center of the show floor to get your game on! Oh, and did we mention? The original cast of the Mortal Kombat video game series is coming to C2E2? Ready? Fight!

Get Your Game On

10. Came for the con, stayed for the after parties

10. Came for the con, stayed for the after parties

Want to keep the party going all night long? There’s a ton to do after the lights go down at C2E2. Don’t miss fun late night events like Late Night Karaoke, movies in the C2E2 Cinema, a Drink & Draw featuring hangs and drinks with awesome comic artists, late night tabletop gaming, the Jim Cornette Experience for wrestling fans, Cosplay After Dark, and more.

Party All Night Long

11. C2E2 Crown Championships of Cosplay presented by singer

11. C2E2 Crown Championships of Cosplay presented by singer

The C2E2 Crown Championships of Cosplay presented by SINGER is the biggest and most prestigious costume contest in the world and the final stop in the ReedPOP’s 2019 “Quest for the Crown” global cosplay competition circuit. The C2E2 Crown Championships of Cosplay presented by Singer will feature regional cosplay champions from around the world. Countries represented include the United States, Australia, China, Austria, Singapore, Indonesia, India, Korea, and France. Cosplayers will battle it out for over $10,000 in cash prizes as well as the title of Global Champion of Cosplay. Fans will witness the spectacle and pageantry of a fun-filled competition on Saturday, March 23 at 7:00 PM on the Main Stage. Don’t forget, you need to activate your badge, and have it scanned on Saturday morning in a designated location in order to reserve your seat for the cosplay contest.

Find out more about the C2E2 Crown Championships Find out how to reserve your seat

12. Chill in The Loop

The Loop is a brand new C2E2 show feature that is dedicated to the city of broad shoulders and celebrates the very best of Chicago. Packed with talented creators and vendors, The Loop features original purveyors, local oddities and skilled artisans that capture the heartbeat of our city. Presented by Revolution Brewing, The Loop showcases the talent, craftsmanship, and pride that represents the true spirit of Chicago.

See what’s happening at The Loop

13. Meet the Mascots

Chicago STARS Preview

Meet the official C2E2 Mascots: Ernie, Frank, Tinley, Redline, and Millennium Spark. With the power of their 5 awesome selves combined, they are the Chicago Science Tech and Rescue Squad – the Chicago S.T.A.R.S. Cool photo backdrops and other awesome photo experiences await!
Art by Ryan Browne.

Find out who’s who and read the comic

14. Participate in Star Quest – A C2E2 Scavenger Hunt

Chicago STARS: Science Tech and Rescue Squad

The evil fire wizard has been spotted around C2E2 stirring up trouble! Gather up 5 all of the Chicago S.T.A.R.S. Team Members, along with any additional Power Stars you find along the way. Scan the QR codes at each of the locations listed during C2E2 in order to collect Power Stars. Download the C2E2 app today to prepare yourself for the mission and to save the day!

Download the C2E2 App and hunt for the stars

15. Poptaku Point

Poptaku Point Cosplayer

I know what you’re thinking, what about Anime?! Don’t worry. Call us Senpai, because we notice you. In addition to some great panels and programming, C2E2 is pleased to unveil an all new show area celebrating Japanese and other Asian culture. Located at the end of Aisle 600, Poptaku Point features great exhibitors like Crunchyroll, Tasty Peach, and Akibento, local organizations, fun games to play, and more.

Check out Poptaku Point

16. Enjoy yourself!

15. Enjoy yourself!

First and foremost, C2E2 is about you—the fans. There’s plenty to see and do, so choose what you love and enjoy the Show. Afterwards, stop by Crunchyroll Presents: Spirits and Such at the Hyatt Regency Bar to meet new friends and enjoy Galaxy-Hero – the Official Beer of C2E2.


Looking for more first time advice? Join our Facebook group and introduce yourself to other C2E2 fans. They are more than happy to help out a first timer with their own tips and tricks.

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