Returning for the first time since 2019, the Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo (C2E2 for short) turns McCormick Place into a pop-culture mecca, stocked with mountains of books and merchandise as well as chances to meet your favorite creators, actors and artists. Head to the convention floor and you'll find cosplayers and attendees mingling in a sea of vendors hawking all manner of comics, toys and memorabilia. This year's featured guests include Hayden Christensen (Star Wars), John Cena (The Suicide Squad), Ming-Na Wen (The Mandalorian) and David Hayter (Metal Gear Solid). Get ready to nerd out all weekend long!
There's no shortage of ways to celebrate Christmas in Chicago this week, whether you want to sip boozy eggnog and pose for photos at the best holiday pop-up bars, drink all day during the return of Wrigleyville's TBOX bar crawl or tour twinkling Christmas lights throughout the city and suburbs (not to mention Christkindlmarket, which regularly draws a block-wrapping line around Daley Plaza at opening). If you're already starting to feel a bit of holiday-related fatigue, you'll find that non-Christmassy events abound this week as well: Catch a Chicago Humanities Festival talk with iconic portrait photographer Annie Leibovitz on Tuesday, grab tickets to see Whitney at one of several shows at different Chicago music venues or check out a new retrospective of American painter Robert Colescott's work at the Chicago Cultural Center. Plus, if you're looking to nerd out, this weekend marks the return of comic and pop culture-related festivities at C2E2, where stars like Hayden Christensen and John Cena will be making appearances. Find even more stuff to fill your calendar with our roundup of the best things to do in Chicago this week.
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