FAN EXPO Chicago Celebrates 50 Years of Genre Fan Gatherings in the Windy City

Fifty years ago, the Nostalgia ’72 show in Rosemont, Illinois changed fan shows for comic book lovers. It was the first such convention for the Midwest. Over the years, he changed his name and profile. What was the last Wizard World Chicago is now FAN EXPO Chicago and it returns to the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center for its biggest show yet. The event runs from July 7 to July 10 and tickets are still available.


FAN EXPO Chicago will host attractions for fans of all ages and fandoms, including panels, autograph sessions, photo ops and meet-and-greets and retailers and artists from around the world selling unique merchandise, art, and more. art, memorabilia, comics and collectibles. Exclusives for FAN EXPO Chicago include DC Batman #251 Chicago Special Editionexclusive/limited edition of the 50th Fan Expo Chicago: bag, t-shirt, pins and many more.

FAN EXPO Chicago will take place July 7-10 at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont. The lounge will be open from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Thursday, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday.

Tickets start at $22 and can be purchased at For more information and to stay up to date on new guests and attractions, visit


For this golden anniversary year, FAN EXPO Chicago has put together an extraordinary roster of actors, comic book creators, and celebrity cosplayers. Headlining the cast side is The Hobbits Reunion of The Lord of the Rings. Elijah Wood, Sean Astin, Dominic Monaghan and Billy Boyd will be on the convention stage. Also on the program star girlby Brec Bassinger, Boba Fett’s Book Ming-Na Wen and the Stars of The Mandalorian as Carl WeathersSons of Anarchy, Jay and Silent Bob themselves Kevin Smith and Jason MewesClerk, Cobra Kai, and many eras of star trekas well as a stacked list of voice actors includes by Futurama Billy West, Star Wars: The Clone Wars’ Ashley Eckstein and the hottest leads from my hero academia and Demon slayer. With additional guests and attractions representing dozens of the biggest franchises across genres and decades, the massive lineup will create the ultimate playground for comic book, sci-fi, horror, anime fans. , games and more.

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Representing the comic side, FAN EXPO Chicago welcomes Brian Michael Bendis (screenwriter, creator of “Naomi”), Geoff Johns (screenwriter, creator of “Stargirl”), Joe Quesada (CCO, Marvel Entertainment) Greg Capullo (“Batman”) , Marc Silvestri (celebrating 30 years of Image Comics), Kevin Smith (“Daredevil”), Leinil Francis Yu (“X-Men”), Jorge Molina (“Batman”) and dozens more.

Other notable creators in attendance include Zeb Wells (“Amazing Spider-Man”), Jock (“Batman: One Dark Knight”), Steve McNiven (“Star Wars”), Jose Luis Garcia Lopez (Legendary Artist, “Batman vs. Hulk”) , Dike Ruan (“Shang-Chi”), Michael Golden (legendary artist, “Batman”, “Daredevil”), David Mack (“Kabuki”, “Jessica Jones”, Ben Templesmith (“Wormwood”, “30 Days of Night” and Tony Harris (“Starman”, Ex Machina”).

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Check out the full celebrity list and creator list below, and keep an eye out for more additions.


In 1972, Chicago collectibles dealer and local teacher Nancy Warner made history when she brought together 2,000 of Chicago’s biggest comic book fans at the first-ever comics and book convention. midwestern collectibles. Beginning as a space by and for comic book collectors, and expanding to include exhibits, attractions and celebrities from all walks of life, what is now known as FAN EXPO Chicago is gearing up for its biggest year – while paying homage to the traditional comic book culture that started it all.

As the term ‘comic con’ continues to grow in popularity with convention groups around the world, it sometimes feels like these groups have left the real comics in the dust,” said Andrew Moyes, Vice-Comician. president of the headquarters of FAN EXPO. “Fandom culture is more than just blockbuster movies – it’s a deep loyalty and appreciation for classics and a celebration of the everlasting impact these comics, characters and creators have had on all of us. TO FAN EXPO Chicago, we strive to take the fan experience to new levels, while staying true to the root of who we – and our guests – are.


If Chicago isn’t near you, there are plenty of other locations for FAN EXPO. FAN EXPO HQ is the largest comic con producer in the world. Collectively, he welcomes nearly one million fans each year to FAN EXPO Canada™, MEGACON Orlando, FAN EXPO Dallas, FAN EXPO Boston, FAN EXPO Denver, FAN EXPO San Francisco, Calgary Comics & Entertainment Expo, FAN EXPO Vancouver, Toronto Comicon, Dallas FAN FESTIVAL and Edmonton Comics & Entertainment Expo. In 2022, FAN EXPO HQ features six new shows previously hosted by Wizard World: FAN EXPO Chicago, FAN EXPO Philadelphia, FAN EXPO St. Louis, FAN EXPO Portland, FAN EXPO New Orleans and FAN EXPO Cleveland.

The latest calendar of events is available here, as well as up-to-date ticket information. Discover. To celebrate. Belong.

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