ComplexCon: The Cultural Utopia

ComplexCon is officially touching base in Chicago this summer on July 20 & 21st for a weekend of pop culture, art, food, style, sports, music, activism and so much more! We’ve got you covered for what to expect and how to navigate the cultural anthropology that is about to hit our city.

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If you’re new to the scene, the two-day convention is a creative utopia for hype heads and cool kids alike. Featuring incredible performers such as Ella Mai, Schoolboy Q, JuiceWrld and many more, the event is a hub for influential people and the hottest brands. With the dynamic minds of Cultural Director/Executive Chair Pharrell Williams and legendary artist Takashi Murakami as the Artistic Director, there is no better event that represents the voice of this generation.

To break it down for you, the show is made up of three main sections: panels and conversations, musical performances, and the marketplace which houses booths and installations by the likes of SkullCandy, Puma, FILA and more. Equal parts hip-hop music festival, cultural panel discussion and streetwear and sneaker exhibition — was put on by Complex Media who have dubbed it the “first ever cultural World’s Fair.”

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Stop by the panel discussions featuring industry heavyweights T.I., Wale and Don C reflecting on issues and conversations that permeate and influence culture today from entertainment to art to politics.

Food won’t be in short supply either with Chicago staples such as Young American, The Delta and Goat Catering to name a few. You’ll find cocktails being served in a steady stream throughout the entire weekend, giving attendees the necessary fuel to power thru a full day’s action.

If you’re still not convinced, ComplexCon is on a mission to do good. They’ve partnered with Kicks 4 the City, a nonprofit committed to giving sneakers to the homeless. Those who are in the mood for giving can drop off new or gently used sneakers during the convention.

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With all the dope culture and vibes flowing around ComplexCon, The Underground is extending the night with an After-Party hosted by DON C and special guests on Saturday, July 20th at 11PM. Hailing from Chicago, Don C is kind of a big deal in sneaker culture. The creative and streetwear designer for his Just Don label, Don has collaborated on releases with brands such as Jordan, Nike, Levi’s, and Mitchell & Ness. Be sure to pull up and grab your table reservations while you can!