R3view: C2E2 The Facilty

Posted: April 17, 2012 in Uncategorized
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C2E2 (Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo) just wrapped up in Chicago.  N3rd Link was lucky enough to be able to obtain a Press badge for the event (we are big time now lol).  C2E2 took place at in Chicago at the McCormick Place North Building.  The convention has only been around for a few years but already has a good turn out of fans coming from all over the Illinois and surrounding areas.

Over the next few posts I’ll be giving my thoughts on the convention and if it is worth your time and energy (spoiler alert it is.)

For this post I will be talking about the actual convention center:

The McCormick Center is located a couple miles from the heart of Chicago’s Magnificent Mile.  While walking around the convention center, there did not seem to be a lot of restaurants in walking distance (that’s if you didn’t want to eat inside the convention center.)  BUT the convention had plenty of cabs available to take a quick drive to your destination or if you don’t mind stopping at a couple stops C2E2 provided free shuttles to many different destinations (the shuttle I was able to take took you all the way to the Millennium station right near the “Bean” and a quick walk to many different restaurants and downtown shopping.

The McCormick center North is one section of the four building complex.  The facility itself is fairly new and was kept very clean.  The North building consists of 4 different levels each one housing the different panels for the weekend.  It took some time getting used to the layout of the facility and how the numbering of levels worked (the main convention floor was on level 2, I would have assumed it was on level 1 since it’s probably the largest area.)  But once you get accustomed to the building, it became easier to find the different rooms to visit panels.

For the number of attendees, the McCormick center handled it quite well.  There was plenty of room to walk around and outlets to use if your phone needed a charge.  It’s not as stuffy as SDCC but I have a feeling the number of people attending will only continue to increase as the years go on.  Luckily as the convention expands there are other buildings connected to the North it could easily move into.

Im attaching a few pictures of the facility to check out.

Next post: The Panels of C2E2.

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