Are you ready Chicago? Wizard World is bringing the heat on August 24-27, 2017 at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, located at 5555 North River Road in Rosemont, Illinois.
Media guests attending the convention include David Tennant and Alex Kingston (Doctor Who), John Barrowman and Colin Donnell (Arrow), Elizabeth Olsen and Paul Bettany (Avengers: Age of Ultron), The Hardy Boyz, Alexa Bliss, Kevin Owens, Charlotte Flair, and Roman Reigns (WWE), Gene Simmons (KISS), James Roday and Dule Hill (Psych), Michael Rooker (Guardians of the Galaxy), Vic Mignona (Full Metal Alchemist), Gaten Matarazzo and Caleb McLaughlin (Stranger Things), Steve Blum (Naruto), Elizabeth Henstridge (Agents of SHIELD), Billy Boyd (The Lord of the Rings), John Cusack (Say Anything), Jewel Staite (Firefly), Nicholas Brendon and Charisma Carpenter (Buffy the Vampire Slayer), Dean Cain (Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman), Kevin Conroy and Loren Lester (Batman: The Animated Series), Thomas Ian Nicholas (American Pie), Barry Bostwick (The Rocky Horror Picture Show), Kevin Sorbo (Hercules: The Legendary Journeys), and Lou Ferrigno (The Incredible Hulk).
Comic guests include Mike Grell (Green Arrow/Green Lantern), James O’Barr (The Crow), Ben Templesmith (30 Days of Night), Philip and Jeffrey Moy (Legion of Super-Heroes), Steve Geiger (The Amazing Spider-Man), Stuart Sayger (The Walking Dead), Des Taylor (Wonder Woman), Gene Ha (Top 10), Bruce Gerlach (Zelda’s Zombie Zoo), Samantha Gorel (Manga: The Mega Guide), Charles Dunbar (Study of Anime), Rob Schamberger (WWE Wrestlemania), Tim Seeley (G.I. Joe), Jeremy Clark (Grimm Fairy Tales: Heroes Reborn), Mark Crilley (Miki Falls), Mostafa Moussa (Tales of the Thing), Scott Larson (Visitations), Alex de Campi (Smoke), Genese Davis (The Holder’s Dominion), Danny Fingeroth (Darkhawk), Dean Haspiel (Billy Dogma), Simon Fraser (2000 AD), Joe Rubinstein (The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe), Tim Vigil (Faust), Steve Lavigne (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles), Barbara Slate (You Can Do a Graphic Novel), and Dan Dougherty (Touching Evil).
While Wizard World Chicago has already unveiled their extensive guest list, they have chosen to keep their programming a secret. At least for now. One event they have revealed is the annual Wizard World Costume Contest. This contest, taking place on Saturday, is hosted by Victor Dandridge and Brit Bliss and offers fans the chance to win some major prizes. Another event they have listed is the Rocky Horror Picture Show Extravaganza. Original cast member Barry Bostwick will host this special event along with a display of original props and costumes from the movie. Be sure to check the website for programming updates as the convention draws closer.
The con is running Thursday 4 PM to 9 PM, Friday 12 PM to 7 PM, Saturday 10 AM to 7 PM, and Sunday 10 AM to 5 PM. One-day passes are $40 for Thursday, $50 for Friday, $60 for Saturday and $50 for Sunday. A full weekend pass is available for $94, while children 10 and under are admitted for free with an adult. VIP packages are also currently available.
For more information on the upcoming con, or to purchase tickets, visit wizardworld.com.