August 16 - 18, 2024

Donald E. Stephens Convention Center

FAN EXPO Chicago


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Do you love crafts, games, and non-stop fun? The FAN EXPO Chicago Family Zone is located in the heart of the show floor and features games, activities, and programming for the whole family all weekend long.


It's our cutest event! Come cheer on the Cosplay stars of tomorrow at our Kids' Cosplay Contest. Want to compete? Sign up details coming soon.

Fun With the Chicago Library

Join the Roden Branch of the Chicago Public Library at Fan Expo Chicago on Friday, August 11! Take part in story time led by a librarian and participate in button making. Plus, learn what other fun activities the library has in store for the 150th anniversary!

Learn to Play Quad Ball

Welcome to “Quadball 101”! Come learn to play the magical game quadball, formally known as quidditch from the Harry Potter series! Young wizards/witches will learn the basics of quadball from the Lumos Quadball team! Step into the shoes of a real quadball player and experience the magic of Harry Potter! Check the schedule for session dates and times.

Make Your Own Slime

Don't get slimed! Join the Windy City Ghostbusters in making Slimer slime. Fun for all ages! Check the schedule for dates and times.


Join Counterfeit Combat as they teach you the basics of lightsaber dueling. Professional Chicago stage combatants will teach students how to attack and defend with a lightsaber and how to control the force to their advantage. Open to all skill levels and all ages! This is the first step to becoming a Jedi Master. Are you ready, Padawan?

Dive Into Comics and Animation

Explore the world of art and animation with demos and workshops all weekend long! Join celebrated cartoonist and Emmy Award winner Joe Wos as he shows you how anyone can be a cartoonist and teaches you all about some of your favorite animated characters. 
Then, come and discover the world of comics with U Cre-8 and learn how to create your own stories!