Chicago Comic Con
August 21- 24, 2014
Ready your best cosplay regalia because the Chicago Comic Con has almost arrived! This year's installment will be taking place at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, IL. The building is located at 9291 Bryn Mawr Avenue, just outside the city limits of Chicago. Fans should be excited for all the fun activities, celebrity guests, photo ops, contests and gaming opportunities set to take place at this year's convention. The four-day event will be taking place Aug. 21-24, and you can be sure that all who attend are going to have an excellent experience.
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- What to Expect
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- Where to Buy Tickets
- Costume & Weapon Rules
- Getting Around
- Things to Do Besides Comic Con
- Where to Stay
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What to Expect
The Chicago Comic Con is no small comic con. This year's event will feature plenty of celebrities worth meeting and plenty of things to do (after all, you are in Chicago!). Unlikes some events of this nature, Chicago's is a little more family oriented so feel free to bring the kiddos!
Fans can be sure to find a wide variety of Hollywood stars, awesome activities, fun contests, awe-inspiring artwork, sneak-previews and so much more at this year's Chicago Comic Con. The list of celebrity guests is extensive, and includes some of the biggest stars from television productions such as "The Walking Dead," "The Mighty Morphin Power Rangers," "Happy Days" and "Angel," as well as films like "Boondock Saints," "Mallrats," "Monster" and "Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story." Photo Ops and Autograph opportunities will be plentiful, and don't forget to enter your cosplay outfit into Saturday's costume contest.
A list of specific panels is not yet available, however...
- Fans of the cult classic "Boondock Saints" should be happy to know that the saints, Norman Reedus and Sean Patrick Flanery and their Italian friend David Della Rocco will be making an appearance at the Chicago Comic Con. The widely popular film was released back in 2000, and despite initial unfavorable reviews it went on to become a best-selling DVD after only a brief stint in theaters. Norman Reedus who played Murphy McManus in the saints movies, has appeared in quite a few other features including "Blade II," "American Gangster," "Mimic," and many others. He is also one of the stars of the AMC hit series "The Walking Dead," in which he portrays the character of Daryl Dixon. Sean Patrick Flanery is an American actor who played the role of Connor McManus in the saints movies. His acting career spans more than 25 years, during which he's appeared in more than 50 films including "Powder," "Simply Irresistible," "Deadly Impact," and everyones favorite late-night thriller "Mongolian Death Worm." David Della Rocco has been in an out of the limelight for many years, and is probably best known for his portrayal of Rocco in "Boondock Saints," and "Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day." His other work includes appearances in films such as "Jake's Corner," "The Black Dove" and "Dead in 5 Heartbeats." Stop by their booth to grab an autograph or a photo, and chat with the stars about future roles or the possibility of a saints trilogy.
- Looking for a blast from the past? Stop by Henry Winkler's booth and relive the glory days of the Fonz. Winkler began his acting career way back in 1964, and has appeared in more than 100 films and television shows since his first role. He is probably best known for his breakout role of Fonzie in the widely popular television series "Happy Days," which ran from 1974 to 1984. He has played a starring role in the comedy classic "The Waterboy," the film adaptation of "Holes" and numerous others. Winkler is also quite active as a producer, and helped establish a number of television series including "Macgyver," and "Hollywood Squares." Stop by his booth to chat about what is on his agenda in the near future, what's new in the world of show business, or simply give a resounding "Eyyy!"
- Hollywood-hottie Eliza Dushku will be making an appearance at this year's installment of the Chicago Comic Con, and will be available for individual photo ops during the four day event. The actress began her acting career at a young age in 1992, and has since appeared in more than 50 films and television series including the 90s thriller "True Lies," teen romance-comedy "Bring it On" and cult classic "Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back." She has worked with some of the most elite talent in Hollywood over the course of her extensive career, including Robert De Niro, Leonardo DiCaprio, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Ellen Barkin and many others. She is quite active as a theatrical performer as well, portraying roles on-stage at the Watertown Children's Theater. Stop by Ms. Dushku's booth for an autograph or a photo, and discuss what may be in store for the talented young starlet in the years to come.
Where to Buy Tickets
Those hoping to attend this year's Chicago Comic Con can purchase tickets online or at the door of the event. If you are planning on getting tickets at the door, they will be $10 more than the online asking price. Parents planning on bringing their kids to the event should be pleased to know that children under 10 will receive free entry when accompanied by a paying adult. Parents are only allowed to bring in two children free of charge per single ticket.
- Four-day weekend passes will be available for $90
- Single-day Thurday tickets cost $40
- Single-day Friday and Sunday tickets cost $50
- Single-day Saturday tickets will be available for $60
- VIP four-day weekend passes will cost $250
- VIP Experience tickets are between $75 and $299 depending on celebrities
- Photo Op ticket prices range from $15 to $75 depending on celebrities
Costume and Weapon Rules
If you are planning on carrying a weapon as part of your cosplay outfit, be sure to abide by event rules and regulations. Security personnel will be out-and-about during the event to enforce the weapon regulations stated below. To ensure the safety of everyone attending this year's installment of the Chicago Comic Con, event staff insists that all attendees follow the guidelines listed below.
- All weapons must be inspected and approved by security personnel upon entry.
- Weapons must be tagged before entering the facility.
- Actual firearms of any sort will not be allowed into the convention center.
- Fake or simulated weaponry must be non-firing to be allowed into the event.
- Bladed weapons must be fixed in their sheath, and may not be removed at any point during the convention.
- If you are found to have an untagged weapon, you will be escorted to a security checkpoint for proper inspection and tagging.
- If your weapon does not meet the specifications listed above you will not be allowed to enter the event.
- Patrons who are unsure whether their weaponry meets the criteria stated above should refrain from bringing such items to ensure entry into the Chicago Comic Con.
All who attend the event are encouraged to dress up in their best cosplay attire. That being said, this is a family event, and guests should not wear articles of clothing that may be considered lewd, scandalous, offensive or too revealing. Costume contests for both adults and kids will be held during the convention.
- Attendees' costumes must abide by local and federal indecent exposure laws.
- The event will be attended by persons from all age groups, and patrons are asked to dress in a manner that will not offend.
- Harassment of any other convention goer will likely result in you being asked to leave.
- All costumes and props must not fire, spray, spit, shoot or ignite, or you will not be allowed to enter.
The Donald E. Stephens Convention Center is located just outside of Chicago in Rosemont, Ill., and is easily accessible from major motorways as well as by public transportation. It is also quite close to a number of Vacation Rentals accommodations situated around the greater Chicago metropolitan area.
- Driving: From O'Hare International Airport head east on I-190 toward Chicago. Take exit 1B toward South River Road. Continue down River Road then make a left on Bryn Mawr Avenue. The destination will be on your right. Parking spaces can be found around the convention center, but patrons should defer to local authorities who will likely be directing traffic outside the event.
- Public Transportation: Attendees should ride the CTA Blue Line toward O'Hare, and exit the train at the Rosemont Subway Station. The Donald E. Stevens Convention Center will be just one block south of the station on Bryn Mawr Avenue.
No one attending the Chicago Comic Con ignores the city surrounding it - that can mean going for a scenic walk in Millenium Park, touring Wrigley Field, or getting up close with beautiful creatures of the water at Lake Michigan's Shedd Aqaruium.
However, Chicago Comic Con is located in the Rosemont area of town, so here are a few favorite restaurants and attractions near the convention center:
- Toby Keith's I Love This Bar & Grill caters to fans of country music, as well as good food and drink
- At Zanies Comedy Club, you can take a break from all the Comic Con action and relax and laugh at a great sand up show
- The Des Plaines River Trail will show you Chicago's natural side (it's beautiful!)
- Check out the Red Bar, a great spot to unwind, people watch, and enjoy a drink during your visit!
While it's tempting to book a hotel, Chicago vacation rentals offer much more space and amenities, and often for a whole lot less! If you're traveling with your family or a large group, then Chicago condos or town homes are an especially good idea. If your group includes a pet, you're still in luck, as many rentals are pet-friendly.
You can book a downtown Chicago apartment if you want to be near the city's top attractions, however if you'd like to stay near the convention center, book a rental in the Rosemont neighborhood.