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1: EVENT: C2E2
Geek is chic. So whether you celebrate Speak Like A Pirate Day or were instrumental in making “The Avengers” reach the $1.5 billion mark; whether you are Stark or Lannister; Team Bill or Team Eric; a Whovian or from Hobbiton, hit up the Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo this weekend at McCormick Place. The convention covers comics, movies, television, literature, toys, anime, manga and video games. Creators share insights during panels, and screening rooms have sneak peeks of the next big movie or TV show. And with kid-friendly events such as a superhero obstacle course, costume parades and Quidditch training, C2E2 has something for everybody. But my favorite part is the exhibitor-packed show floor, the best place to see great costumes, interact with artists, find the must-have piece of movie memorabilia and hunt for autographs from celebrities. Big names attending this year include Kevin Smith and Patton Oswalt, but count in stars from several popular TV shows and movies. Tickets and schedule: www.c2e2.com. – Valerie Katzenstein