Entrance Procedures

When you arrive at the McCormick place for Star Wars Celebration Chicago, we ask that you follow all of the entrance procedures that are outlined below. We know that you are very excited to get in to the show and start having fun but we want to make sure that everyone is able to enter safely and securely. We have worked closely with the venue, security agencies and local law enforcement to develop some comprehensive entrance procedures that will  keep everyone safe and secure. Thank you in advance for taking these entrance procedures seriously, being prepared and for helping us give you a great experience at Star Wars Celebration Chicago.

There's a lot of important information here, so please read carefully and completely so you'll know exactly what to expect when you get to the building

Save time in the line

Everyone will go through metal detectors upon entry. Feel free to dress in costume and bring whatever you'll need, just know that the less items you have with you, the faster and easier it will be to get through our security checkpoints. You should beprepared to have your bag searched and all props inspected. Be sure to review our Cosplay Prop Policy before you get to the show to make your entrance into Star Wars Celebration Chicago as quick and safe as possible.


To enter the show, you MUST already have a valid badge. If you don't, you must visit the Will Call counter in Fan Services to obtain your badge before entering either the Main Entrance or the Celebration Stage at the Wintrust Arena. Fan Services is located next to Gate 40. Simply bring your confirmation email (either on your phone or printed out) and a valid form of ID to the Will Call counter to pick up your badge(s). The hours for Will Call are:

Wednesday, April 10: 2:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Thursday, April 11: 8:00 AM – 8:00 PM
Friday, April 12: 6:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Saturday, April 13: 6:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Sunday, April 14: 6:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Monday, April 14: 6:00 AM – 4:30 PM

If any Monday tickets remain when the event starts and you would like to purchase them at the show, you can do so at Fan Services.  Please note: Once a ticket type sells out, no more will be made available to purchase at the show. To purchase tickets for show days that are sold out, you can use LYTE, our official ticket exchange website.

Queuing for the Main Entrance

The Main Entrance to Star Wars Celebration is at the West Building of McCormick Place on the corner of South Prairie Avenue and East Cermak Road. Upon arriving, follow signs and directions from our crew members to Gate 41 at 2301 South Prairie Avenue, Chicago, IL 60616. If you are taking a taxi, Uber or Lyft, the drop off is at 2301 South Indiana Avenue, Chicago, IL 60616 (Gate 40) and you will then proceed to Gate 41. Have your badge out and visible as you get ready to go inside the building. No badge? Again, you need your badge to enter the show, so first you'll need to head to the Will Call counters in Fan Services, located next to Gate 40.

After passing through a security checkpoint, you’ll be able to queue to gain entry to the Star Wars Celebration Exhibit Hall, Celebration Show Store, Autographs & Photo Ops, and all stages except for the Celebration Stage which is at the Wintrust Arena.  After arriving, don’t forget to grab a lanyard for your badge at one of several convenient pick-up locations near the Main Entrance.

Please note: Unfortunately, we are unable to accommodate fans arriving more than 4 hours prior to the Exhibit Hall opening. Fans arriving prior to this time will not allowed to enter and will be asked to return later. Overnight queuing will not be permitted at Star Wars Celebration or at the Celebration Stage at the Wintrust Arena

If you already have your activated badge and are planning to go to a panel on the Celebration Stage as your first stop of the day, you can proceed directly to the Wintrust Arena, where you will pass through a security checkpoint. You should not go to McCormick Place first for a panel taking place on the Celebration stage at Wintrust Arena, there is no need to. For more details on how to get into panels on the Celebration Stage, visit the panel lotteries and reservations page.

Jedi Master VIPs will have a separate entrance to McCormick Place located at the Taxi/Ride Share Drop Off – 2301 South Indiana Avenue, Chicago, IL  60616 (Gate 40) on the west side of the building. Once inside, follow the signs to the VIP Lounge (Room W181) in order to check in with a VIP coordinator to pick up your VIP lanyard as well as other exclusive VIP merchandise. The VIP lounge is also where you’ll meet to be escorted to your exclusive shopping experience, early Exhibit Hall access, and more.

Entrance Map


Is there only one entrance into Star Wars Celebration Chicago?

No! There will be multiple entrances and exits to the convention center. Only those who plan on arriving prior to 10:00 AM will need to use the Main Entrance (Gate 41) at 2301 South Prairie Avenue, Chicago, IL 60616. This allows security to have the opportunity to process fans before 10:00 AM, so they can get through security and enter the show right when it officially opens.

Is there only one ADA Entrance?

No, there is not only one ADA entrance into Star Wars Celebration. During show hours, all show entrances are equipped to welcome and prioritize ADA patrons. As always, we encourage those that might have any special needs to reach out to our ADA team prior to the show so their individual needs or concerns can be addressed. To view the accessibility accommodations offered, please visit our policy page. For any accessibility-related questions, please email us at ada@reedpop.com.

Do I need to show up early to get through Security?

No, you can  arrive atStar Wars Celebration whenever you want and according to what your plans are for the show. There is no need to show up early to get through the screening process. Showing up after the Exhibit Hall opens usually allows you to enter the building faster.

Do I have to go through Security each time I exit and re-enter a building?

Yes, in order for security to be effective, anyone who has exited either McCormick Place or the Celebration Stage at the Wintrust Arena cannot reenter without being re-screened at our security checkpoints. 

Will security screenings affect my cosplay?

It won’t! As we mentioned, feel free to dress up for your arrival and the security team will work with all fans to make sure everyone, including cosplayers, gets in quickly and safely.

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