Respect of Other Cosplayers
We aim to create a safe, respectful, and welcoming environment for all con-goers.
We recognize that you may be enthusiastic when seeing someone cosplay a character you appreciate. However, please remember to respect their boundaries as a person and ask permission before touching or photographing them. Person first, cosplay second.
Please respect people’s cosplay choices and interpretations regardless of canon, ships, skill level, physical resemblance, and gender. Cosplay is for everyone, regardless of gender, sexuality, race, or ability.
With that said, please consider how your cosplay may reflect or appropriate others’ cultural identities. For example, we strongly advise against using face paint that mirrors a real-world skin tone or real-world, culturally specific symbols that are not your own.
Offensive Symbols and Comments
We want this to be a safe space for people of all different backgrounds including gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, race/ethnicity, etc. Speech, text, and symbols that target groups of people or which express hateful ideologies are unwelcome.
All prop weapons should be safe to have in a public space, meaning they:
Won’t cause others to be afraid, including all realistic gun replicas
Can’t hurt someone else due to weight, projectile capability, sharp edges, etc.
Please help us create a “PG” environment. Be aware that young children may be present.
Safety and Preservation of Space
Be mindful of protecting the space and the safety of other con-goers.
If using makeup or effects, please make sure it won’t transfer onto other people or surfaces. This includes footwear that may mark the floor.
Be aware of how much space your costumes and props take up so they do not affect the flow of traffic in the space. A good rule of thumb is that they should not extend further than a foot from your body.
Please also abide by Chicago Public Library general guidelines. This means you may not:
Engage in disruptive or unsafe behavior, including interfering with the use or operations of the library by users or staff.
Enter the library without shoes or clothing covering both your upper and lower torso.
Remove shoes or clothing while inside the library.
Bring in animals other than service animals.
Block aisles, shelves, entrances or leave items unattended at any time.
Take photographs or videos of library users without their permission.
Harass library users or staff including intimidating, following or staring.
Use loud, abusive or profane language.
Library and convention staff have final say on whether the cosplay rules are being met. Those who are not following the rules may be asked to modify their cosplay, cover up certain areas, or store components for later pickup. Staff reserve the right to require anyone to leave.
These guidelines are subject to change. Please check back for updates.