C2E2 2023 Recap

A few weeks ago, I drove to Chicago to visit one of my good friends along with attending C2E2. Attending C2E2 is always a highlight of my year. It’s one of my all-time favorite out-of-state conventions that I go to. I always go on Friday only, so I can spend Saturday with my friend and her husband before driving home on Sunday. I wanted to share a convention/weekend recap as this was definitely a highlight of my year.

[Image shows a sign that says C2E2. A woman in a red dress, blond wig with her hand on her hip is posing in front of  it]

On Friday, I woke up fairly early to work and get ready for the day. For Planet Comic Con, I cosplayed as Harley Quinn. For C2E2, I rented a cosplay from my usual go-to, Royal Fashions Costume Emporium. The cosplay that I picked to rent and ultimately wear was Buttercup from The Princess Bride. The cosplay was straightforward; the red long dress, the brown belt, and the long flowing blonde wig. This wig was much more comfortable to wear versus the Harley Quinn wig I wore a few weeks ago. The cosplay was easy to put on and was comfortable to wear all day.

[Image is in front of the entrance of a building. Hanging from the ceiling is a big sign that says "Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo C2E2"]

Since C2E2 is located in downtown Chicago, I never drive. I always take the Blue Line to get there. It does take an hour and a half to get there, but it’s so worth it. It makes for a stress-free commute as I typically bring a book with me to read while on the train. As I walked into the convention center, I felt at ease. There’s a certain energy that C2E2 has that other conventions do not. There’s a huge C2E2 banner that’s right at the entrance which feels welcoming. Towards the entrance to the show floor, there’s a DJ playing songs with nerdy soundtracks mixed in. It’s so high energy and I love it. It makes me excited to be there.

[Image is a selfie of a woman standing near a sign]

Another fun part about C2E2 is the photo opportunities. It’s a tradition for me to take a picture in front of the big C2E2 sign. I make a point to do it every year and it’s usually the first thing that I do when I get there. There are also various other signs, movie props, etc. that make for great photos. After wandering the show floor, going to a panel, and buying some comics, I was ready to head back home.

On Saturday, I had my cups of coffee to start the day. Me and my friend ended up spending hours talking which was honestly needed. I don’t get to see her that often meaning there’s so much to catch up on. Traveling for these weekend trips can be exhausting with all the driving, so it’s nice to have some time to relax. We ended up getting dinner and having a few drinks before heading back to her house.

I’m happy to be back home after a fun weekend away. C2E2 is always a fun convention to attend, and I’m already looking forward to C2E2 in 2024.

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