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Cosplay Conventions Chicago - 2018

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We’ve put together a quick list of conventions that you might wear costumes to in 2018, whether purchased or lovingly crafted. So, don’t feel you like you need to stick to holidays! Of course, there’s no reason you can’t dress up on any day of the year. We can’t wait to see what you’ve come up with. :)

The Chicago area plays host to more and more conventions every year - small ones, big ones, “Star Trek” ones, comic book ones. These are amazing places to see costumes, learn about cosplay, and enjoy the masquerade. Some are huge, like C2E2. Some are smaller and also awesome, but we can’t list them all or we’d be here all month.

Please note: some dates are currently unavailable for conventions later in the year. We’ll update when we can! And if you know of some we’re missing, let us know. All of these events take place over weekends - usually Thursday or Friday-Sunday.

Chicago Cosplay Conventions in 2018

January 26-29 - Polar Vortex, gaming convention at the College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn


February 15-18 - Capricon 38, sci-fi and fantasy con at the Westin Chicago North Shore in Wheeling

April 6-8, C2E2, Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo at McCormick Place Chicago


April 7-8, Walker Stalker Heroes and Villains Fan Fest, at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont


April 13-15, Whinny City Pony Con 2018, for “My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic” at the Hyatt Regency in Schaumburg


May 18-20, Anime Central, at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center and Hyatt Regency O’Hare in Rosemont


June 2-3, CAKE 2018, the Chicago Alternative Comics Expo, at the Center on Halsted in Chicago


July 6-8, Anime Midwest, at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center and Hyatt Regency O’Hare in Rosemont


July 13-15 - G-Fest, 25th anniversary Japanese monsters con at the Crowne Plaza Chicago O’Hare Hotel in Rosemont


August 3-5, Weekend Flashback Chicago Horror Con, Crowne Plaza Chicago O’Hare Hotel in Rosemont


August 23-26, Wizard World Chicago, at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont


November 23-25, Chicago TARDIS, “Dr. Who” convention at the Westin Lombard Yorktown Center in Lombard

4th Quarter, PocketCon, free convention for teens at the Chicago Cultural Center in Chicago

December TBA, Con+Alt+Delete, anime convention at the Hyatt Regency O’Hare in Rosemont