Fan Expo prepares to initiate its first-ever Chicago event following the acquisition of Wizard World conventions across the United States. As Fan Expo Chicago 2022 draws closer to its commencement, the comic convention conglomerate looks forward to enhancing what Wizard World has introduced to the Windy City and anticipates elevating the ultimate fan experience. The convention boasts an impressive roster of in-house roster of programming that ensures that the excitement of Fan Expo's arrival gives curious congoers plenty to see and do throughout the four-day-long show.
Atop a hulking catalog of pop culture and multimedia entertainment guests in attendance at Fan Expo Chicago, the convention will offer events that are considerably more exclusive to their brand. Pippin Took (Billy Boyd), Merry Brandybuck (Dominic Monaghan), Samwise Gamgee (Sean Astin), and Frodo Baggins (Elijah Wood) will brand together again on stage for The Four Hobbits: An Unexpected Reunion. The Hobbits will gather on Saturday, July 9th at 7:30 p.m. to reflect on their careers, their work together, and the impact left by J.R.R. Tolkein as a pioneer in the fantasy genre. An additional ticket is required to be purchased for entry, and fans can opt to purchase an additional meet-and-greet ticket with talent. Individual autograph and photo opportunities are available on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Jay and Silent Bob Get Old invites fans to join Jay and Silent Bob for a panel of their own. This additional-ticket panel directly conflicts with The Four Hobbits: An Unexpected Reunion as it concurrently kicks off on Saturday, July 9th at 7:30 p.m. General seating or Priority Seating tickets are required for admission. Both Kevin Smith and Jason Mewes will be hosting photo op sessions as well as autograph sessions. Fan Expo Chicago will also offer The Jay and Silent Bob Ultimate Package for purchase.
CosAwesome Studios and Wulfgar Weapons are partnering with Fan Expo Chicago to host cosplay workshops that will share industry insight with cosplayers of all abilities. James T. Wulfgar, Seth Knight, and other members of CosAwesome Studios & Wulfgar Weapons guide audiences through their step-by-step processes that ensure that they perfect their craft. The Cosplay Painting and Weathering Workshop is offered at a premium of $30.00 USD, while the Cosplay Foam Building and Foamsmithing Workshop retail admissions for $40.00 USD. CosAwesome Studios and Wulfgar Weapons will present their Foam Building and Foamsmithing demonstration on Saturday, July 9th at 2:00 p.m. They will return on Sunday, July 10th at 12:00 p.m. to share their painting and weathering tips. For those only attending on Friday, July 8th, CosAwesome Studios and Wulfgar Weapons will run a Cosplay Photography for Cosplayers panel at 5:30 p.m. Tickets begin at a price point as low as $25.00 USD.
The Crowne Plaza Chicago O'Hare Hotel & Conference Center will host an official Fan Expo Chicago after-party on Saturday, July 9th from 8:30 p.m. - 1:30 a.m. Fan Expo Chicago arrives at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, Ill. from July 7th - July 10th, 2022. Premium Packages, 4-Day Passes, and Single-Day Passes are still available for purchase prior to the convention.