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C2E2 Convention Sense Tingling! Here's 20 Places for Con-Goers

These establishments will provide C2E2 guests with entertainment while away from the convention floor.

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It's once again C2E2 time in Chicago, where folks celebrate their loves of comic books, movies, video games and other forms entertainment. The convention (which stands for Chicago Comics and Entertainment Expo) kicks off on Friday at McCormick Place, but guests shouldn't feel restricted to remaining near the convention grounds.

Several establishments offer con specials, and others just are good places to gather and take a break. Check this smattering of locales out. It won't matter if you're a DC or Marvel fan, there's something for everyone here.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Chuck's: A Kerry Simon Kitchen

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224 N Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60601
(312) 334-6700
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[Photo: Facebook] Chuck’s: A Kerry Simon Kitchen is offering a special C2E2 burger pairing with the official C2E2 beer from Friday through Sunday. For lunch, a Galaxy Hero beer and Iron Chef Burger with extra sharp cheddar cheese and red onion jam will cost $14. Dinner brings the Double Iron Chef Burger for $26. Additionally, Galaxy Hero will be on tap all month for $7.

2. Dimo's Pizza

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1615 N Damen Ave
Chicago, IL 60647
[Photo: Facebook] Dimo's Wicker Park is larger than its older sibling, and caters to the nearby nightlife and folks wanting lunch or dinner. Capitalizing on the infamous Adult Swim video, Dimo's put together a “Too Many Cooks” pizza, which they'll offer until Sunday. The 80s-inspired slice will be topped with Cool Ranch Doritos, Combos, and chicken nuggets tossed in an Hi-C Ecto-Cooler sauce, along with spicy Pop Rocks. Both Dimo's locations offer the special.

3. Dimo's Pizza

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3463 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60657
(773) 525-4580
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[Photo: Facebook] The first Dimo's is in the heart of Wrigleyville, but don't worry the Cubs are away over the weekend. Capitalizing on the infamous Adult Swim video, Dimo's put together a “Too Many Cooks” pizza, which they'll offer until Sunday. The 80s-inspired slice will be topped with Cool Ranch Doritos, Combos, and chicken nuggets tossed in an Hi-C Ecto-Cooler sauce, along with spicy Pop Rocks. Both Dimo's locations offer the special.

4. Emporium Arcade Bar

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1366 N Milwaukee Ave
Chicago, IL 60622
(773) 697-7922
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[Photo: Facebook] Emporium has two locations, one in Wicker Park and the other in Logan Square, with the latter having more table games such as bubble hockey and the foosball.

5. Geek Bar Beta

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1941 W North Ave
Chicago, IL 60622
[Photo: Facebook] This bar/restaurant is dedicated to all things geek, and close to Brainstorm Comics and Challenger's comics.

6. Headquarters Beercade

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2833 N Sheffield Ave
Chicago, IL 60657
(773) 665-5660
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[Photo: Facebook] The beer menu at Headquarters' original locations uses superhero logos to distinguish beers.

7. Headquarters Beercade - River North

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213 W Institute Pl
Chicago, IL 60610
(312) 291-8735
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[Photo: Marc Much] The newer iteration of the arcade bar features DJs and more games in the basement.

8. Logan Arcade

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2410 W Fullerton Ave
Chicago, IL 60647
(872) 206-2859
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[Photo: Facebook] This former record store has been reborn with tons of pinball and vintage cabinets.

9. M/X Lounge

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2233 S King Dr
Chicago, IL 60616
(312) 567-1234
[Photo: Hyatt Chicago website] C2E2 veterans know this is the place to duck to get a break from the con, and perhaps catch the Bulls' playoff game. Special cocktails include: : The Hero (Jameson with Apple Pucker, Sweet & Sour and Lemonade), The Villian (Peach Schnapps & Jack Daniels, Sweet & Sour, Pineapple Juice), The Secret Identity (Blue Moon beer and Amaretto), Damsel in Distress (Amaretto and Ketel One topped with Cranberry and Orange Juice), Unstoppable Force (Bacardi, Brandy, Orange Juice and Sweet & Sour), The Double Cross Ketel One, Amaretto, Club Soda), Cebrewski (Beer of your choice with Bacardi Limon).

10. Replay Beer & Bourbon

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3439 N Halsted St
Chicago, IL 60657
(773) 975-9244
[Photo: Facebook] This is how Boystown does a beercade.

11. Revolution Brewing

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2323 N Milwaukee Ave
Chicago, IL 60647
(773) 227-2739
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[Photo: Facebook] Once more Rev will offer its Galaxy Hero IPA and serve the 10-ounce Galaxy Burger with Tang Roasted Pork (pork roasted with Galaxy Hero and Tang), powdered bacon shallot rings (fried shallots finished with powdered bacon) and Galaxy Sauce (Galaxy hops and Tang-infused aioli). That's all on a Black Hole Bun (made with squid ink and topped with sesame seeds). YES. Orange Tang; what the astronauts drink.

12. Simone's Bar

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960 W 18th St
Chicago, IL 60608
(312) 666-8601
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[Photo: Facebook] A legendary late-night spot in Pilsen, some would say the intimate quarters feels like patrons are in a TARDIS. Whatever that is...just kidding.

13. The Wormhole Coffee

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1462 N Milwaukee Ave
Chicago, IL 60622
(773) 661-2468
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[Photo: Facebook] This coffee shop has a DeLorean inside. If that doesn't excite you, please go to the doctor's office.

14. Chop Shop

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2033 W North Ave
Chicago, IL 60647
(773) 537-4440
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[Photo: Marc Much] Saturday night, this unique venue that features a butcher shop, bar, restaurant and event space will host the live Sparks Nevada show.

15. Emporium Logan Square

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2363 N Milwaukee
Chicago, IL 60647
[Photo: Marc Much] Emporium has two locations, one in Wicker Park and the other in Logan Square, with the latter having more table games such as bubble hockey and the foosball.

16. Flo & Santos

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1310 S Wabash Ave
Chicago, IL 60605
(312) 566-9817
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[Photo: Facebook] The third-anual cosplay bar crawl's back on Saturday in the South Loop. Reggie's, Krolls, Weather Mark Tavern and Flo & Santos Pizza will have drink specials, prizes and raffles. Flo & Santos offers thin-crust pizzas and Chicago-style pierogis. Tickets cost $10 and are available at http://supercrawl15.eventbrite.com

17. Kroll's South Loop

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1736 S Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60616
(312) 235-1400
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[Photo: Facebook] The third-anual cosplay bar crawl's back on Saturday in the South Loop. Reggie's, Krolls, Weather Mark Tavern and Flo & Santos Pizza will have drink specials, prizes and raffles. Kroll's is a South Side sports bar. Tickets cost $10 and are available at http://supercrawl15.eventbrite.com

18. Reggie's Music Joint

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2105 S State St
Chicago, IL 60616
[Photo: Facebook] The third-anual cosplay bar crawl's back on Saturday in the South Loop. Reggie's, Krolls, Weather Mark Tavern and Flo & Santos Pizza will have drink specials, prizes and raffles. Tickets cost $10 and are available at http://supercrawl15.eventbrite.com

19. She-nannigans House of Beer

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16 W Division St
Chicago, IL 60610
(312) 642-2344
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[Photo: Facebook] From 8 p.m to 10 p.m., this Rush/Division street bar will host C2E2's officials AfterCon OffKilter CosPlay Carousal. Glitter Guild Burlesque is presenting the party, get tickets here: http://cosplaycarousal.brownpapertickets.com

20. Weather Mark Tavern

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1503 S Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60605
(312) 588-0230
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[Photo: Weather Mark website] The third-anual cosplay bar crawl's back on Saturday in the South Loop. Reggie's, Krolls, Weather Mark Tavern and Flo & Santos Pizza will have drink specials, prizes and raffles. The Weather Mark's a nautical-themed bar with a decent beer selection. Tickets cost $10 and are available at http://supercrawl15.eventbrite.com

1. Chuck's: A Kerry Simon Kitchen

224 N Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60601
[Photo: Facebook] Chuck’s: A Kerry Simon Kitchen is offering a special C2E2 burger pairing with the official C2E2 beer from Friday through Sunday. For lunch, a Galaxy Hero beer and Iron Chef Burger with extra sharp cheddar cheese and red onion jam will cost $14. Dinner brings the Double Iron Chef Burger for $26. Additionally, Galaxy Hero will be on tap all month for $7.
224 N Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60601

2. Dimo's Pizza

1615 N Damen Ave, Chicago, IL 60647
[Photo: Facebook] Dimo's Wicker Park is larger than its older sibling, and caters to the nearby nightlife and folks wanting lunch or dinner. Capitalizing on the infamous Adult Swim video, Dimo's put together a “Too Many Cooks” pizza, which they'll offer until Sunday. The 80s-inspired slice will be topped with Cool Ranch Doritos, Combos, and chicken nuggets tossed in an Hi-C Ecto-Cooler sauce, along with spicy Pop Rocks. Both Dimo's locations offer the special.
1615 N Damen Ave
Chicago, IL 60647

3. Dimo's Pizza

3463 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60657
[Photo: Facebook] The first Dimo's is in the heart of Wrigleyville, but don't worry the Cubs are away over the weekend. Capitalizing on the infamous Adult Swim video, Dimo's put together a “Too Many Cooks” pizza, which they'll offer until Sunday. The 80s-inspired slice will be topped with Cool Ranch Doritos, Combos, and chicken nuggets tossed in an Hi-C Ecto-Cooler sauce, along with spicy Pop Rocks. Both Dimo's locations offer the special.
3463 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60657

4. Emporium Arcade Bar

1366 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60622
[Photo: Facebook] Emporium has two locations, one in Wicker Park and the other in Logan Square, with the latter having more table games such as bubble hockey and the foosball.
1366 N Milwaukee Ave
Chicago, IL 60622

5. Geek Bar Beta

1941 W North Ave, Chicago, IL 60622
[Photo: Facebook] This bar/restaurant is dedicated to all things geek, and close to Brainstorm Comics and Challenger's comics.
1941 W North Ave
Chicago, IL 60622

6. Headquarters Beercade

2833 N Sheffield Ave, Chicago, IL 60657
[Photo: Facebook] The beer menu at Headquarters' original locations uses superhero logos to distinguish beers.
2833 N Sheffield Ave
Chicago, IL 60657

7. Headquarters Beercade - River North

213 W Institute Pl, Chicago, IL 60610
[Photo: Marc Much] The newer iteration of the arcade bar features DJs and more games in the basement.
213 W Institute Pl
Chicago, IL 60610

8. Logan Arcade

2410 W Fullerton Ave, Chicago, IL 60647
[Photo: Facebook] This former record store has been reborn with tons of pinball and vintage cabinets.
2410 W Fullerton Ave
Chicago, IL 60647

9. M/X Lounge

2233 S King Dr, Chicago, IL 60616
[Photo: Hyatt Chicago website] C2E2 veterans know this is the place to duck to get a break from the con, and perhaps catch the Bulls' playoff game. Special cocktails include: : The Hero (Jameson with Apple Pucker, Sweet & Sour and Lemonade), The Villian (Peach Schnapps & Jack Daniels, Sweet & Sour, Pineapple Juice), The Secret Identity (Blue Moon beer and Amaretto), Damsel in Distress (Amaretto and Ketel One topped with Cranberry and Orange Juice), Unstoppable Force (Bacardi, Brandy, Orange Juice and Sweet & Sour), The Double Cross Ketel One, Amaretto, Club Soda), Cebrewski (Beer of your choice with Bacardi Limon).
2233 S King Dr
Chicago, IL 60616

10. Replay Beer & Bourbon

3439 N Halsted St, Chicago, IL 60657
[Photo: Facebook] This is how Boystown does a beercade.
3439 N Halsted St
Chicago, IL 60657

11. Revolution Brewing

2323 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60647
[Photo: Facebook] Once more Rev will offer its Galaxy Hero IPA and serve the 10-ounce Galaxy Burger with Tang Roasted Pork (pork roasted with Galaxy Hero and Tang), powdered bacon shallot rings (fried shallots finished with powdered bacon) and Galaxy Sauce (Galaxy hops and Tang-infused aioli). That's all on a Black Hole Bun (made with squid ink and topped with sesame seeds). YES. Orange Tang; what the astronauts drink.
2323 N Milwaukee Ave
Chicago, IL 60647

12. Simone's Bar

960 W 18th St, Chicago, IL 60608
[Photo: Facebook] A legendary late-night spot in Pilsen, some would say the intimate quarters feels like patrons are in a TARDIS. Whatever that is...just kidding.
960 W 18th St
Chicago, IL 60608

13. The Wormhole Coffee

1462 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60622
[Photo: Facebook] This coffee shop has a DeLorean inside. If that doesn't excite you, please go to the doctor's office.
1462 N Milwaukee Ave
Chicago, IL 60622

14. Chop Shop

2033 W North Ave, Chicago, IL 60647
[Photo: Marc Much] Saturday night, this unique venue that features a butcher shop, bar, restaurant and event space will host the live Sparks Nevada show.
2033 W North Ave
Chicago, IL 60647

15. Emporium Logan Square

2363 N Milwaukee, Chicago, IL 60647
[Photo: Marc Much] Emporium has two locations, one in Wicker Park and the other in Logan Square, with the latter having more table games such as bubble hockey and the foosball.
2363 N Milwaukee
Chicago, IL 60647

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16. Flo & Santos

1310 S Wabash Ave, Chicago, IL 60605
[Photo: Facebook] The third-anual cosplay bar crawl's back on Saturday in the South Loop. Reggie's, Krolls, Weather Mark Tavern and Flo & Santos Pizza will have drink specials, prizes and raffles. Flo & Santos offers thin-crust pizzas and Chicago-style pierogis. Tickets cost $10 and are available at http://supercrawl15.eventbrite.com
1310 S Wabash Ave
Chicago, IL 60605

17. Kroll's South Loop

1736 S Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60616
[Photo: Facebook] The third-anual cosplay bar crawl's back on Saturday in the South Loop. Reggie's, Krolls, Weather Mark Tavern and Flo & Santos Pizza will have drink specials, prizes and raffles. Kroll's is a South Side sports bar. Tickets cost $10 and are available at http://supercrawl15.eventbrite.com
1736 S Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60616

18. Reggie's Music Joint

2105 S State St, Chicago, IL 60616
[Photo: Facebook] The third-anual cosplay bar crawl's back on Saturday in the South Loop. Reggie's, Krolls, Weather Mark Tavern and Flo & Santos Pizza will have drink specials, prizes and raffles. Tickets cost $10 and are available at http://supercrawl15.eventbrite.com
2105 S State St
Chicago, IL 60616

19. She-nannigans House of Beer

16 W Division St, Chicago, IL 60610
[Photo: Facebook] From 8 p.m to 10 p.m., this Rush/Division street bar will host C2E2's officials AfterCon OffKilter CosPlay Carousal. Glitter Guild Burlesque is presenting the party, get tickets here: http://cosplaycarousal.brownpapertickets.com
16 W Division St
Chicago, IL 60610

20. Weather Mark Tavern

1503 S Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60605
[Photo: Weather Mark website] The third-anual cosplay bar crawl's back on Saturday in the South Loop. Reggie's, Krolls, Weather Mark Tavern and Flo & Santos Pizza will have drink specials, prizes and raffles. The Weather Mark's a nautical-themed bar with a decent beer selection. Tickets cost $10 and are available at http://supercrawl15.eventbrite.com
1503 S Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60605

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