C2E2 is definitely an event for all ages!

Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo (C2E2) begins in less than a week, and it is definitely an event for all ages! If you’re taking your kids for the first time, though, you may be wondering if there is anything just for them. Well, I’m here to help you out and share what the show has to offer for you.


All children under the age of 6 can attend for FREE, so there is no need to purchase one for you little heroes-in-training.

If you have children between the ages of 6 and 12, you can purchase a Kids ticket for them, at a price less than an Adult ticket. Currently, Kids 3-Day and Sunday tickets are still available. Purchase of an Adult ticket is required in order to buy a Kids ticket.

Family HQ

Family HQ is your best bet for lots of entertainment geared toward little ones, as well as the whole family.

Located on the Show Floor near Artist Alley and the Food Court, Family HQ will be filled with craft and drawing workshops, interactive programming, and a free play area for when your kids just need to run around and be kids!

Additionally, groups such as the 501st Legion, Rebel Legion, and more have spaces in Family HQ so you can learn more about the Star Wars costuming groups, interact with characters from a galaxy far, far away, and take photos in some really cool set pieces!

Some of the programming that will be featured over the weekend include storytime with the League of Enchantment and others, instruction in Regency dance, an intro to sword dueling, drawing classes, a kid’s costume parade, and lots more!

To look at the schedule for the whole weekend, just head here and scroll all the way to the bottom!


C2E2 Location & Hours

C2E2 is located at McCormick Place South in Chicago, IL. Here’s when the show opens and closes every day. After Dark and gaming run late into the night 😉.


South Building at McCormick Place
2301 S. Lake Shore Drive
Chicago, Illinois




Show Floor: 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Panels: 11:00 AM – 11:00 PM
Autographing: 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM
C2E2 After Dark: 7:00 PM – 11:00PM


Show Floor: 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Panels: 11:00 AM – 11:00 PM
Autographing: 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM
C2E2 After Dark: 7:00 PM – 11:00PM


Show Floor: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Panels: 10:45 AM – 5:00 PM
Autographing: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM


Will Call Hours:

Thursday: 8:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Friday: 8:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Saturday: 8:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Sunday: 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Convention – C2E2:

About C2E2:

C2E2 stands for the Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo. It’s the largest pop culture convention in the Midwest. C2E2 espouses that all nerds need a place to call home. Whether you’re a fan of comic boo

ks, cosplay, video games, anime, TV shows, movies, books, wrestling, comedy, or anything else – C2E2 is your home for good and geeky times.

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