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Wizard World Comic Con Chicago: A Survival Guide

By Urbanmatter Chicago @UMatterChicago

Wizard World Comic Con Returns to Chicago in August

Comic Con is a widely known and attended event where thousands of pop culture fanatics come together to celebrate their favorite movies, comics, gaming, and wrestling characters. This year, there are over 80 celebrities that are expected to be attending, plenty of dedicated cosplay models, and of course, the artists and authors who created the amazing characters that we know and love.

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Celebrity appearances on the roster include Norman Reedus of AMC’s “The Walking Dead,” sci-fi legends Carrie Fisher and Christopher Lloyd, and WWE superstars John Cena and The Bella Twins. There will be panels and autograph signings which give fans the opportunity to meet and take photos with their favorite characters. For the slightly older Comic Con crowd, there will also be special nighttime events for people who want to keep the excitement going after the day is through.

We know large conventions can be overwhelming at times, so we came up with a guide to help with any pre-convention stress that you may be experiencing. Check it out below!

The program schedule has not been released yet. Please visit their website for a full list of Special Guests and program details as they are released.   

Where & When

The convention is taking place in Rosemont near O’Hare International Airport. One-day admission ranges from $40 – $60 depending on the day, and four-day admission is $95. Purchase your tickets here.

Donald E. Stephens Convention Center
5555 North River Road
Rosemont, IL

Thursday, August 18: 3pm – 8pm
Friday, August 19: 12pm – 7pm
Saturday, August 20: 10am – 7pm
Sunday, August 21: 10am – 5pm

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What to Wear

Fans are encouraged to dress in costumes! Feel free to dress up as your favorite comic book, movie, wrestling or video game character. It’s part of the fun of Comic Con! However, no costume can have any parts that cause harm and of course, no real weaponry can be carried. Also, please keep costumes and attire appropriate for children! There will be a costume contest on Saturday as well as a kid’s costume contest on Sunday.

Similar to any large convention, fans can expect long lines, a lot of walking and a lot of waiting. We recommend wearing comfortable gym shoes to the convention. The long lines and massive amount of costumes will give you plenty to talk to fellow Con-goers about. 

What to Bring

Pack a bag – they’re allowed!

As you explore the convention, you’ll probably acquire a lot of giveaways, merchandise, and autographs, which is why a bag will come in handy. You’ll be in contact with many other attendees, so we recommend bringing some sort of anti-bacterial. Because of the long wait-time, we also recommend bringing a portable charger, snacks, and a water bottle. Finally, don’t forget a sharpie and paper for autographs!

Where to Stay

Rosemont is a hub that’s not too far from the city and has plenty of places for accommodation, especially since it’s so close to the airport. The Aloft Chicago O’Hare Airport, Hyatt Regency O’Hare, and The Westin O’Hare are all great options that are super close to the convention.

Which celeb are you excited to see at Comic Con? Which character costume are you wearing? Let us know below!


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