The Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo, endearingly referred to by the acronym C2E2, embraces the excitement of a springtime return. The pop culture expo crowns itself as a leader in the Midwest convention circuit, helmed by ReedPop and the Popverse team. Entertainment media professionals from around the nation are once again invited to cover C2E2 2023 and have opened press registration to the public. In addition, non-editorial professionals are encouraged to submit applications for Professional badges. Press badges are offered to journalists who regularly contribute to an operating outlet and per C2E2's official guidelines, are reserved for "writers, reporters, reviewers, producers, photographers, videographers, etc. who are attending specifically to write about C2E2 and/or cover the event for newspapers, magazines, TV, and radio."
Application for press and professional badges does not guarantee an approved pass; all applicants will hear back about the status of their application within 21 days. Individuals applying are instructed to submit one (1) application. For larger crews, applications are approved separately. Press passes per organization are limited. These tickets are not to be resold and cannot be transferred to others. Those who have been approved for a Professional badge are given two options; a free Friday ticket (though must pay for shipping and handling), or a $30.00 USD 3-Day pass with taxes and shipping fees applied. The deadline for Professional badges is on March 24, 2023, and Press applications are no longer accepted past March 3, 2023, at 5:00 p.m. CT.
C2E2 is introducing a third tier to its media accreditations in 2023. ReedPop is now accepting Content Creator registration. It is required that all applicants " have a combined following of 250,000 followers or more across Instagram, TikTok, YouTube, or Twitch," per the convention's official site. For those who do not meet specific numbers, ReedPop still suggests applying. "If your follower count is less than 250,000, but your content is rad AF and hits that geeky mark, still APPLY. We love creators with followers of all sizes and there’s still an opportunity for you to be approved depending on the volume of applications we receive," the C2E2 site reads. In the same vein of Press and Professional members of the media, Content creators will hear back from ReedPop about their application within a 21-day time frame. Tickets are issued on an individual basis with the intention for badge holders to create engaging media related to C2E2 and its features.