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Fan Expo Chicago (formally known as Wizard World) is celebrating 50 years when they take over the Donald E Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont Illinois. With four days of panels, cosplay, comics, and more get ready to celebrate all things pop culture! The event takes play July 7th-10th and tickets are available here. Let’s see what is in store for fans in Rosemont.

Fan Expo Chicago Preview

Video Game Events

Tournaments running all weekend long in the gaming for Super Smash Brothers Ultimate in both singles and doubles action.

A variety of events and panels surrounding gaming will be part of the weekend. Events include:

  • Geeks and Gamers Unite: Level Up Your Confidence Through Pop Culture
  • Comically Inclined Live Show
  • Level 1 Game Devolpment
  • Video Game Voices With David Hayter and Steve Downer (Voices of Solid Snake and Master Chief)
  • Ahman Green’s Gamers Lounge Live Show
  • Choose Your Hero With Overwatch Star Anjali Bhimani
  • The Legend of Patricia Summersett (Voice of Zelda)
  • Endure and Survive With Troy Baker (Last of Us and Uncharted)
  • Live Podcast With Super GG Radio

Fan Expo Chicago Cosplay Events

Last Word on Gaming covers a variety of cosplay content. Fan Expo Chicago will also present cosplay events including meet-ups and workshops.

Cosplay Special Guests: 

These cosplay guests will be hosting workshops and meeting the fans of Fan Expo Chicago

  • ANDCosplay
  • Leeleethebunny Cosplay
  • Jillea
  • DJ Croft
  • Geeks A Go
  • Luckygrim
  • DCWbuilds

Cosplay Workshops: 

Looking to start building your own costumes? Want to step up your game? Check out these workshops and pannels at the event.

  • Prop/Costume Building 101
  • 3D Printing for Cosplay
  • Cosplay Hacks: Easy Ways to Enhance any Cosplay
  • Costume Design Class
  • Cosplay on a Budget
  • Leatherworking for Beginners
  • A Guide to Being a Plus-Size Cosplayer
  • Armour Academy: Plate
  • Cosplay in the Media
  • Armour Academy: Leather
  • Working With the Unconventional
  • Diversity in Cosplay
  • Historical Sewing for Cosplay
  • Cosplay Photography for Cosplayers
  • Behind the Mask: Exploring the Physical Appeal of Cosplay
  • Armour Academy: Samurai Armour
  • Fashion for a Regency Romance: The Costumes of Bridgerton
  • Armour Academy: Chainmail
  • Cosplaying Professionally: Getting Paid to be a Superhero
  • Armour Academy: Scale Armour
  • How to Size a Cosplay to Your Body
  • Cosplay Foam Building Workshop
  • Super Suit Sewing
  • Creating Gauntlets With EVA Foam
  • So You Want to be a Cosplay Social Media Influencer
  • The Masters of Cosplay Grand Prix: Windy City Qualifier
  • Everything You Need to Know About Thermoplastics
  • Basic Tricks to Level Up Your EVA Foam Cosplay
  • Cosplay Without Boundaries – Cosplaying With Disabilities
  • Fan Expo Chicago Kid’s Cosplay Contest
  • Cosplay 101
  • Cosplay Red Carpet
  • Prop/Costume Building 401
  • Fan Expo Chicago Anime Cosplay Contest
  • Cosplay Fitness and Body Positivity

Cosplay Meet-Ups:

Bringing your own cosplay to the event? Check out the below meetups taking place on-site.

  • My Hero Academia
  • Video Games (general)
  • Marvel Universe
  • DC Universe
  • Naruto/Boruto
  • Ghostbusters
  • Harry Potter
  • Doctor Who
  • League of Legends/Arcane
  • Disney
  • Geshin Impact
  • Star Wars
  • Lord of the Rings
  • Overwatch
  • Clerks
  • Dragon Ball Z
  • Star Wars
  • Demon Slayer
  • Star Trek
  • Superheroes and Supervillains

Other Fan Expo Chicago Events 

The red carpet will be rolled out as some of the biggest names from Star Wars including; Ashley Eckstein, Carl Weathers, Ming-Na Wen, and Gina Carano will host panels on their respective characters.

Charlie Hunnam, Ryan Hurst, Theo Rossi Emilio Rivera, and Ron Pearlman will also be on hand to talk all things Sons of Anarchy. 

Several Anime screenings will take place including episodes of Sailor Moon, Bleach, Inyuasha, Hunter X Hunter, Revolutionary Girl Utena, Boogiepop Phantom, Boruto: Naruto Next Generation, Mobile Suit Gundom 00, Jojo’s Bizzare Adventure, and Gravitation 

More anime events include 

  • Nezuko and Zenitsu! A Demon Slayer Voice Actor Q and A
  • Red Riot! Qand A With My Hero Academia’s Justin Cook
  • Over 9000! Q and A With My HEro Academia’s Justin Cook
  • Q and A With Attack on Titan’s Bryce Papenbrook
  • Gaming, Genshin Impact, and More! Zach Aguilar Q and A

Experience all things Marvel, DC, anime, video games, cosplay, and more at Fan Expo Chicago! Last Word on Gaming will be on-site at the event and will have updated coverage throughout the event.

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