After celebrating 50 years of comic book conventions in Chicago, Ill., Fan Expo has successfully concluded its return to the Windy City after its rebranding. Formerly known as Wizard World, Fan Expo Chicago revisited the Midwest as it comfortably made itself at home in the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center. The convention featured four days of interactive panels, celebrity guest events, immersive show floor exhibitions, and fan-focused gatherings.
The convention did not just give way to a singular appeal to those living in Illinois alone. Fan Expo Chicago was a successful draw to vendors and fans alike as the convention welcomed attendees from around the country. Artists, craftspeople, and retailers have integrated the latest addition to Fan Expo's North American-wide roster of events presented on a weekly basis. Whether it was by foot, car, bus, train, or plane, the convention found a place to welcome all upon its self-introduction.
"I wasn't sure what to expect when Fan Expo announced that they would be taking over Wizard World," convention-goer Sterling Grey said, "but by Sunday I didn't want to leave." Others seemed to share Grey's sentiment. "It's an escape," attendee Christie Mumsims said, "I came to Fan Expo to take a break from everything else in the world and enjoy myself. I was able to make that happen here."
Outside of Fan Expo-branded conventions shared between the United States and Canada, Fan Expo HQ oversees CalgaryExpo, Megacon Orlando, EdmontonExpo, Dallas FanFest, and Toronto Comic Con. Fan Expo Chicago opened its doors to the public on Thursday, July 7th before concluding the event on Sunday, July 10th. Fortunately for those who are eager to attend their next Fan Expo convention, the pop culture convocation company has already locked down dates for their grand return. Fan Expo Chicago will return from August 10 to August 13, 2023 at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, Ill. More information about Fan Expo Chicago 2023 will be shared through an official newsletter that can be subscribed to here.