Saturday was not as packed as I thought it should be, but due to the layout it felt crowded.
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Saturday weather was fantastic for the inaugural Fan Expo Chicago. The temperature was good, the sun wasn’t beating down on you, and you didn’t have to protect your cosplay from high winds or rain.

And yes, it is the first official Fan Expo Chicago. The claim of 50 years is a bit of a stretch, but they can technically make the claim. It’s a long convoluted story as the event went through several changes over the years. It became Wizard World in 1998 and was taken over by Fan Expo last year.

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Saturday was not as packed as I thought it should be, but due to the layout it felt crowded. A lot of people had issues with the autograph and photo ops, as the lines were confusing, tight, and frequently ran into each other. There was also no set schedule for most celebrity’s autograph availability.

Fan Expo chicago 2022 Saturday Part 1

Today, Odin (aka Laird of Cosplay) and Monty Python’s Black Knight made and appearance and we had to hit up one of our favorite vendors – Chocolate Moonshine Co.

Saturday had a lot of cosplay and here is some of it for you:

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

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

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To see where you are taking your next cosplay, be sure to check out our Cosplay Convention List.

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