Chicago’s answer to comic book convention giants like San Diego’s Comic-Con and New York’s NYCC gets bigger each year. Chicago’s C2E2 (Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo) drew droves of fans to McCormick Place over the three-day convention filed with pop culture star filled panels and cosplay showcasing.
Highlight’s of C2E2 ranged from many high profiled panel speakers to photo ops with special guests. Chicago’s own actor John Cusack took to the stage the first day to talk with fans about his influence in pop culture’s Better off Dead and Say Anything.
Guests arrived donning their best homemade or store bought costumes to showcase. Greeted with a rock star welcome convention goers embodied their costume counter parts. It’s easy to lose yourself in a crowd of passionate fans as you see costumed heroes like ‘Batman’ and ‘Deadpool’ walking around you.
The second day was chalked full of events that went on into the night with the Crown of Championships of Cosplay capping the night with participants competing for over ten thousand dollars in cash prizes. The second day also hosted panels from Supergirl’s Melissa Benoist and Chyler Leigh. They both took to the stage answering fans questions as the new faces of women in the comic universe.
Benoist now the face of CBS’ hit show Supergirl was well welcomed to C2E2 with many young girls attending her panel. Son’s of Anarchy also hosted a panel with alumni Ryan Hurst and Tommy Flanagan on their show experience. Check out our photos below of the Supergirl pair of Benoist and Leigh.
The final day wrapped things up with a spotlight on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D actress Chole Bennet taking the main stage. The hidden gem of the night was Chicago native and Golden Globe Award and Oscar winner Rhymefest performing from his “Man in the Mirror” album a tribute to Michael Jackson. Unknown to some hip-hop fans Rhymefest also debuted his mash-up of Marvel’s classic Iron Man.
C2E2 is set to return to McCormick Place April 21-23.