This year marked the 10th anniversary of the Midwest’s largest pop culture convention, the Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo, C2E2. The expo saw over 85,000 fans gather at McCormick Place in Chicago for a weekend of nerdy bliss. Over three days wild days, people from all over the world stalked the show floor in search of rare loot, while others attended panels and took selfies with their favorite celebrities.
As a local Chicago boy, I’ve loved C2E2 for as long as it’s been around. There’s just nothing quite like stepping onto a subway platform full of congoers dressed as everything from Quidditch players to Spidermen. It’s the one weekend of the year where the entire city is as nerdy as I am.
On the grounds of McCormick Place and the streets of Chi-Town, I got to live out the glorious convention lifestyle. From waiting in line to get a good seat at the Mortal Kombat Panel to paying $7.50 for a hot dog, I had boots on the ground perspective of all the ways that the Midwest’s premiere convention is a must-see experience. And one of those factors has got to be the cosplay.
Like the best conventions, C2E2 has always played host to some amazing cosplay. This year the convention stepped up its cosplay game. As always the convention showcased the best cosplay at the C2E2 Crown Championships of Cosplay, presented by SINGER. But this year’s convention marked the debut of the C2E2 Cosplay Central, a dedicated area for all things Cosplay. Featuring a dedicated Cosplay Stage, a Cosplay Triage center for quick costume fixes, and private changing rooms for quick costume changes, Cosplay Central had everything you’d need to take your cosplay game to the next level.
Here are some C2E2 highlights from your pals at But Why Tho?