[Convention] FAN EXPO Chicago (July 7-10, 2022): Special Events

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Fan Expo is coming to Chicago in less than a month, from July 7th-10th! We’ve already shared with you the Celebrity and Voice Actor guest lists, but there are also a number of special events for attendees to look forward to, as well. From actor reunion panels, a live podcast recording, and cosplay workshops, many of them sound like unique experiences!

Some of these events take place during normal convention hours, while others take place outside of show hours, and most require special tickets or registration to participate in.

The Four Hobbits Reunion

Join the Fellowship as we celebrate this exclusive reunion of the four Hobbits, Frodo, Samwise, Merry and Pippin with stars Elijah Wood, Sean Astin, Dominic Monaghan, and Billy Boyd.
Journey from the Shire, to the Mines of Moria, to the depths of Modor. Lord of the Rings fans can rejoice, as we bring together the lovable Hobbits for this special event, the Four Hobbits: An Unexpected Reunion. 

In addition to special photo op and autograph packages, convention attendees can purchase tickets to a special night of reminiscing between the actors where they will reunite onstage Saturday July 9 and 7:30pm to share stories, answer questions, sing songs, and much more!

Ticket levels:

GENERAL ADMISSION TICKET (General Admission)– $20.00
SILVER TICKET (Priority Seating) – $59.00
GOLD TICKET (First Priority Seating) – $139.00

Jay and Silent Bob in Chicago

Come join your fave stars from Clerks as Kevin Smith (Silent Bob) and Jason Mewes (Jay) sign autographs, take pictures (as themselves and in character), answer fan questions, and maybe make a quick stop at Quick Stop.

In addition to photo ops and autographs, the actors will be hosting a panel on Saturday, July 9 at 7:30pm.

Ticket Prices:

PRIORITY SEATING – $59.00
Priority entry for seating in theatre.

GENERAL ADMISSION – $29.00
General seating. Available on a first-come, first-served basis

Heroes in the Windy City

The superstars of comics are coming to Chicago for this exclusive comics experience featuring Jock (Batman), Steve McNiven (Wolverine), Marc Silvestri (Image Comics), and Zeb Wells (The Amazing Spider-Man). Sketch and remark upgrade packages available. 

Ticket prices:

Heroes in the Windy City – $155

Heroes in the Windy City Ultimate – $549

Jock Special Appearance Package – $999

Marc Silvestri Experience Package – $999

Steve McNiven Experience Package – $800

The Friendship Onion Podcast

Last year, actors Dominic Monaghan and Billy Boyd started a podcast called The Friendship Onion, featuring stories from their time as cast mates during the making of The Lord of the Rings films, their own adventures as friends, and interacting with listeners, and all manner of silliness! The two are bringing their own brand of fun and surprises to Fan Expo Chicago on Friday, July 8 for a live taping so convention attendees can join in on the craziness!

Ticket prices:

General Admission – $35

VIP – $399

Cosplay Photography for Cosplayers

Come learn to tips and tricks of being in front of the camera in cosplay – and get professional photos by CosAwesome Studios in the process. James T. Wulfgar and other members of CosAwesome Studios guide you through what to look for, how to pose for lighting and effect, and much more. There will be a professional photographer at the shoot and everyone in attendance will get at least one photo from them (digital copy). Participants are encouraged to show up in or out of cosplay.

This workshop will take place on Friday, July 8 at 5:30pm.

Ticket price – $25

Cosplay Foam Building/Foamsmithing Workshop

Come learn to build with floor-mat and craft (EVA) foam while James T. Wulfgar, Seth Knight, and other members of CosAwesome Studios & Wulfgar Weapons guide you through your choice of a few foam builds. We will help you by presenting how to build them, answering questions, showing tricks, etc.

This workshop will take place on Saturday, July 9 at 2pm.

Notes:
• In order to keep this simple, we will be using 2mm craft foam and 20mm floor mat EVA foam.
• FAN EXPO and Wulfgar Weapons and Prop will provide the tools, foam, glue, etc.; however, we encourage you to bring your own tools if you’d like to – it’s great to use your own hot glue gun, hot air gun, etc.
• Tools we’ll be using/demoing are Rotary tool (Dremel), hot glue gun, heat gun, utility knife, and more.
• We will be working in a well ventilated work room with seats and plenty of workspace for everyone.

Ticket price – $40

Cosplay Painting and Weathering Workshop

Come learn to paint props and armor while James T. Wulfgar, Seth Knight, and other members of CosAwesome Studios & Wulfgar Weapons guide you through your choice of a few foam builds. We will help you by presenting how to build them, answering questions, showing tricks, etc.

Notes:

• In order to keep this simple, we will be pre-primed props and encourage you to bring your own pre-primed items.
• FAN EXPO and Wulfgar Weapons and Props will provide the brushes, paint, and items to practice.
• Tools will be paint brushes, paints, washes, but will be covering techniques of spray painting and airbrushing as well.
• We will be working in a well ventilated work room with seats and plenty of workspace for everyone.

This workshop will take place Sunday, July 10 at 12pm.

Ticket price – $30



FAN EXPO Chicago is the ultimate go-to event for sci-fi, horror, anime, and gaming event in Chicago that attracts hundreds of thousands of people to the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center.

FAN EXPO Chicago offers exciting family-friendly attractions, events, and world-renowned Celebrities! The show, which started as Chicago Comic Con in 1972 and became Wizard World Chicago in 1998, has featured celebrities and creators like Stan Lee, Michael J. Fox, John Travolta, Carrie Fisher, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson, WWE® Superstar John Cena®, David Boreanaz and many more headliners.

Everyone is a fan of something, and FAN EXPO Chicago is a place to celebrate all things pop culture. Get an autograph or a photo with your favorite guest then get the inside scoop about your favorite movies and TV shows at our celebrity panels! Watch professional comic artists battle it out in our popular Sketch Duels, learn from our “How To” workshops, and take photos with your favorite costumed characters! It’s also a great place to buy a unique gift (or treat yourself!) with a huge show floor for shopping madness.



Join tens of thousands of fans who are just like you and experience the ultimate playground for comics, sci-fi, horror, anime, and gaming.

Four days of citywide events, family-friendly attractions and world-renowned celebrities await.

Show Hours:
Thursday: 4 PM – 9 PM
Friday: 10 AM – 7 PM
Saturday: 10 AM – 7 PM
Sunday: 10 AM – 5 PM

Location:
Donald E. Stephens Convention Center
5555 N River Rd, Rosemont, IL 60018, United States
(847) 692-2220


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About Tori Ann 555 Articles
Tori Ann is a Midwest cosplayer, and has been cosplaying since 2014. Her many interests include superheroes, Disney, and all kinds of fantasy. Her first claims to nerd-dom were the anime Sailor Moon and J.R.R. Tolkien's Lord of the Rings. She is also an avid runner and has completed several half-marathons.

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