Rosemont’s Donald E. Stephens Convention Centers hosts the eighth Wizard World Chicago Comic-Con. The four-day event highlights all the pop culture fun possible from stages, big screens, small screens, game screens, game boards, and all the collectibles in between. The Chicago edition begins Thursday, August 22nd and runs through Sunday, August 25th. Yours truly from Every Movie Has a Lesson has been granted press credentials to cover and access the event. I’m a first-timer, so I hope to be amazed and present a glimpse or two inside the celebrated gathering!
The top attraction for Wizard World is always their expansive constellation of celebrity guests available for various fan opportunities. This year’s lineup is no disappointment, headlined by the likes of John Travolta (of the upcoming film The Fanatic), Shazam! himself Zachary Levi, and the beloved science fiction magnet Jeff Goldblum. Below is a slideshow sampling of some of those illustrious faces and personalities.
The list of guest interactions triples when you add the esteemed comic book artists and writers in attendance as well. See the website for the full guest list and clickable specifics on each person. Earmark who you need to see this weekend!
For even more immersion, Wizard World Chicago is hosting an array of programs and panels on several topics, from Game of Thrones afterthoughts and the state of DC Comics Movies to trivia and cosplay groups and forums. Check out that full schedule and layout here. The same interaction comes in commerce form too with the impressive roster of vendors offering their wares and unearthed treasures for fans of all likes and kinds. Scout ahead with the exhibitor list here.
The hours for Wizard World Chicago are as follows:
Thursday, August 22, 4:00-9:00pm
Friday, August 23, 12:00-7:00pm
Saturday, August 24, 10:00am-7:00pm
Sunday, August 25, 10:00am-4:00pm
The Donald E. Stephens Convention Center is located at 5555 N River Rd, Rosemont, IL. Guests can map their route from here. Tickets and passes of various levels are available online or at the door. Steer to their site for any frequently asked questions or further background information. For you parents out there, children under ten are free with a paid adult. Make it a family event and come to Rosemont!
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