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Star Wars Day News: Mark Hamill to Appear at FAN EXPO Chicago

Legendary STAR WARS Hero Makes Rare Appearance at Chicago’s Original Comic Con August 16 - 18, 2024

Chicago, Illinois (May the Fourth, 2024) – Chicago’s original comic con, FAN EXPO Chicago, marks Star Wars Day today with the exciting announcement that Mark Hamill, who portrayed Luke Skywalker in the STAR WARS universe, is set to appear at this year’s show, running August 16 - 18, 2024 at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont. Fans will have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to get to know this fandom legend during this rare appearance, ask questions, and hear stories at his panel, Mark Hamill Live, and can meet their hero at autograph sessions and photo opportunities throughout the weekend. Photo ops, autographs, and special experiences will go on sale Tuesday, May 7, 2024 at 10 a.m. CT at

“As Chicago’s original comic and pop culture convention, FAN EXPO Chicago is a natural place for a superstar of Mark Hamill’s stature,” said FAN EXPO Vice President Andrew Moyes. “Mr. Hamill’s appearances are incredibly rare, and we are honored that our Chicago fans will have the opportunity to meet a true legend at this year’s show.”

Mark Hamill’s acting career jumped into hyperdrive with the 1977 release of STAR WARS, playing iconic hero Luke Skywalker in George Lucas’s genre-redefining epic. The film and its two sequels, THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK and RETURN OF THE JEDI, became an integral part of American culture for decades. Hamill nurtured a talent for voice acting, starring in animated series including BATMAN: THE ANIMATED SERIESSUPERMAN, and THE REAL ADVENTURES OF JOHNNY QUEST, before reprising his role as Skywalker in STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS in 2014, followed by STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI in 2017.

Fans will also have the opportunity to meet and get autographs and photographs with additional STAR WARS universe actors, including Diana Lee Inosanto (AHSOKA and THE MANDALORIAN) Chewbacca himself, Joonas Suotamo, and Gina Carano (THE MANDALORIAN) who join previously announced guests Eman Esfandi (AHSOKA) and Alan Tudyk (ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS STORY).

Hamill, Inosanto, and Suotamo join an impressive roster of celebrity guests at FAN EXPO Chicago 2024, including Captain James T. Kirk himself, William Shatner; Oscar winners Marisa Tomei and Richard DreyfussTERMINATOR series stars Linda HamiltonRobert PatrickEdward FurlongLance Henriksen, and Michael BiehnFIREFLY star Morena BaccarinDAREDEVIL stars Charlie Cox and Vincent D’OnofrioSCREAM franchise stars Skeet Ulrich, Matthew LillardJamie Kennedy, Lee Waddell, and Laurie MetcalfTHE GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY’s Sean GunnSAVED BY THE BELL’s Mario LopezMYTHBUSTERS host Adam Savage; and more.

FAN EXPO Chicago, the longest-running pop culture convention in Chicago, runs August 16 - 18, 2024 at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont. Show hours are Friday 4 - 9 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. - 7 p.m., and Sunday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Tickets start at $38 during the advanced pricing window until August 1, 2024, and begin at $48 from August 2 through the end of the show; VIP, Ultimate, 3-day, and Family packages also available at More information and updates can be found at

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For images, visit the Fan Expo Chicago Media Center 


FAN EXPO HQ is the largest comic con producer in the world. Collectively it hosts nearly one million fans annually at FAN EXPO Chicago, FAN EXPO Canada™, MEGACON Orlando, FAN EXPO Dallas™, FAN EXPO Boston™, FAN EXPO Denver, FAN EXPO San Francisco, FAN EXPO New Orleans, FAN EXPO Portland, FAN EXPO Cleveland, FAN EXPO Philadelphia, Calgary Comics & Entertainment Expo, FAN EXPO Vancouver™, Toronto Comicon, Dallas FAN FESTIVAL and Edmonton Comics & Entertainment Expo. The latest 2024 schedule of events is available here, along with up-to-date ticket information. Discover. Celebrate. Belong.

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