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An official ‘Star Trek’ convention is coming to Chicago in 2022

You'll be able to meet explorers of the final frontier at McCormick Place next April.

Zach Long
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Zach Long

Chicago's convention circuit has been dark since last April, but organizers are clearly feeling confident that large-scale gatherings will resume within the next 12 months. In fact, the producers of the annual C2E2 comic book convention have announced a new event set to debut in 2022, for those willing to boldly go where no person has gone before.

Today, ReedPop revealed that it will debut a new convention called Star Trek: Mission Chicago, taking over McCormick Place from April 8–10, 2022. The event will be ReedPop's first as the official convention partner of the Star Trek franchise, which currently includes the television shows Discovery, Picard, Lower Decks and an upcoming series call Star Trek: Prodigy. Of course, Star Trek has a long and storied history, which means that talent from The Next Generation and The Original Series may also be present at the event.

Thus far, Star Trek: Mission Chicago has only announced a single guest: Wil Wheaton, who portrayed Wesley Crusher in Star Trek: The Next Generation. Expect to hear about more confirmed guests in the coming year.

Tickets haven't gone on sale yet, but you can visit the Star Trek: Mission Chicago website to sign up for the convention's official newsletter and receive the latest updates. You have an entire year to find the perfect Vulcan ears and phaser replica for your Spock costume.

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