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Chicago Cubs Convention

Posted on  January 16, 2013

This isn’t your average Cubs Convention. With a new location, new look, new players and new activities, the 28th Annual Cubs Convention is definitely a must-visit.

 

It’s almost as exciting as opening day! The Cubs Convention is back!

 

The 28th Annual Cubs Convention will feature more than 100 photo and autograph opportunities, new activities and traditional favorites during the three-day event.

 

“The Chicago Cubs are headed toward an exciting future,” the Cubs official website says. “Complementing this new era, the Chicago Cubs Convention is kicking off a bright new chapter in a brand new location, the Sheraton Chicago Hotel & Towers, located in the heart of downtown!”

 

With a new location, new look, new players and new activities, the 28th Annual Cubs Convention is definitely a must-visit.

 

Per usual, there will be an Opening Ceremony, which is scheduled to begin Friday, January 18, at 5 p.m. and will feature player and alumni introductions on a red carpet runway that will provide special VIP access to children 16-and-under. Afterwards, guests will find some of their favorite Cubs throughout the hotel for a exciting Autograph Hunt Game. The night will conclude with a Cubs Convention favorite—Cubs Bingo, led by Wayne Messmer, as well as live radio broadcasts of WGN Sports Night.

 

Saturday’s program continues with lots of gaming fun with the return of Cubs Jeopardy and the debut of Cubs Family Feud! Fans can also meet some of the team’s offseason acquisitions at a “Meet the New Cubs” session featuring pitchers Scott Baker, Scott Feldman, Edwin Jackson, catcher Dioner Navarro and outfielder Nate Schierholtz, hosted by new television analyst Jim Deshaies and play-by-play broadcaster Len Kasper.

 

Additional Saturday sessions include:

 

Ricketts Family Forum - Tom, Laura, Pete and Todd Ricketts speaking with Len Kasper and fans about their experience as team owners over the past three years.
Meet Cubs Baseball Management - President of Baseball Operations Theo Epstein, Executive Vice President/General Manager Jed Hoyer, Assistant General Manager Randy Bush, Assistant General Manager Shiraz Rehman and Manager Dale Sveum speaking about the club’s recent moves and what lies ahead for the 2013 season.
From Draft Day to the Big Leagues - Cubs Minor League prospects Dallas Beeler, Matt Szczur, Robert Whitenack and Tony Zych discussing what it’s like to get drafted by the Chicago Cubs and advance through the Minor Leagues.
Dale Sveum and the Coaching Staff - Cubs Manager, Bench Coach Jamie Quirk, Hitting Coach James Rowson, Assistant Hitting Coach Rob Deer, Bullpen Coach Lester Strode, First Base Coach Dave McKay and Third Base Coach David Bell speaking with Len Kasper and Jim Deshaies about what’s in store during the staff’s second year.
For Kids Only Press Conference, presented by Advocate Health Care - A unique Q&A session where only kids can ask the questions to Darwin Barney, David DeJesus, Brooks Raley, Anthony Rizzo and Chris Rusin.
Renew Wrigley Field – Cubs executives discussing ideas to preserve and renew iconic Wrigley Field based on input from Cubs fans, Season Ticket Holders and the community.
Not for Women Only – Making its return to the Convention, featuring Scott Baker, Scott Feldman, Matt Garza, James Russell and Travis Wood discussing their personal sides and lives off the field.
WGN Radio’s Sports Central – A live broadcast with WGN Radio’s Jim Memolo and Glen Kozlowski featuring segments with David DeJesus and Matt Garza; Darwin Barney and Jeff Samardzija; Tony Campana and Starlin Castro; and Brett Jackson, Edwin Jackson and Anthony Rizzo.

 

Sunday’s much shorter program features two panel sessions to close out the Convention:

 

Down on the Farm – Senior Vice President of Scouting and Player Development Jason McLeod, Director of Pro Scouting Joe Bohringer and Director of Player Development Brandon Hyde joined by Chris Rusin and Josh Vitters giving a breakdown of the Cubs Minor League teams from Iowa down to Mesa.
Stat Sundays – Broadcasters Jim Deshaies, Len Kasper and WGN’s Bob Vorwald offering insight into the statistics they analyze and feature during Stats Sundays throughout the season.

 

In addition to the highlighted sessions, the Convention will include many new and returning activities throughout the weekend for Cubs fans.

 

Cubs fans—don’t miss out on a chance to get up close with some of your favorite players and broadcasters! And don’t forget your pen and paper for autographs!

 

A percentage of the proceeds from the Cubs Convention benefits Chicago Cubs Charities. To date, the Cubs Convention has raised nearly $4 million for Chicago Cubs Charities.

 

DETAILS

 

Visit www.cubs.com.

 

Location: Sheraton Chicago Hotel & Towers 301 East North Water Street, Chicago, IL 60611

Dates & Times: Friday, January 18, from 3-9 p.m.; Saturday, January 19, from 9 a.m. to midnight; and Sunday, January 20, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Passes Price: $60 each

 

WHERE TO STAY

 

City Suites Hotel

A sleek, retro property characterized by its unique Art Deco style. 933 West Belmont, Chicago, IL, 60657, 773.404.3400.

www.chicagocitysuites.com

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