Everyone knows that the big talk of Chicago this past weekend was the city’s first ComplexCon. Hosting big brands and celebrities, it was hard not to be interested in attending. Companies like PUMA, Converse, Lyrical Lemonade and Champion along with icons Allen Iverson, T.I., Questlove plus many more were in the building. With a huge gift of two weekend passes (thanks to AT&T’s The Hundreds event) I was there taking in all the aesthetics. Was ComplexCon worth the hype? You be the judge.
After getting past a confusing check-in process, my eyes immediately went all over the place! The light-up ComplexCon sign, backdrops and colorful displays were basically screaming at me for photo ops. I managed to get into a reserved seat during a panel called “Who’s More Influential For Sneaker Brands?” This featured PJ Tucker from the Houston Rockets. Afterwards, I got back in line for another panel with Allen Iverson, Wale and designer Don C. When that was over, I headed to the stage for the Ella Mai performance. She sounds exactly like her records and the one-hour show was everything. The first day was a success.
Check-in was better. This last day was filled with more pictures and mini-concerts. I watched Taylor Bennett, Saweetie, Rick Ross and Schoolboy Q perform fan favorites. Saweetie picked audience members to compete in a twerk challenge. In honor of her icy girl background dancers, she gave the winner an icy chain. Other celebs that I spotted were Cristiano Felicio from the Chicago Bulls, Twista and rapper Smino.
To sum it up, I had an awesome time at ComplexCon Chi; but not everyone felt the same way. Many attendees took to the official IG page to voice their frustrations about the app not working, being cut in line by non-VIP ticket holders and not having the chance to cop anything because of the limited amount of merch.
I guess it all depended on what you went there for. My agenda wasn’t on buying a new wardrobe; but I found joy in the experience of cool photos, celebrity panel discussions and musical performances. That was more than enough to make my first ComplexCon experience one worth talking about.
Check out this video for more highlights of the event.
By Marilyn Koonce, Northern Illinois University Alumna