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    3 Days Ago  May 16, 2018, 6:06 PM - Star Wars Celebration Chicago 2019 (April 11-April 15) #1

    Just announced, it will be at the McCormick Place in Chicago, IL. Not Anaheim or Orlando in preparation for Galaxy's Edge as most assumed.

    Tickets will to live on June 5, 2018 at 12:00 noon CT. Hotels will be made available through OnPeak at a later date.

    http://www.starwarscelebration.com/
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    3 Days Ago  May 16, 2018, 6:08 PM - Re: Star Wars Celebration Chicago 2019 (April 11-April 15) #2

    My SWC history is lacking, is this the first time it will take place away from Anaheim or Orlando?
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    3 Days Ago  May 16, 2018, 6:23 PM - Re: Star Wars Celebration Chicago 2019 (April 11-April 15) #3

    harrisonp said: View Post
    My SWC history is lacking, is this the first time it will take place away from Anaheim or Orlando?
    I thought I read some of the earlier ones were held in Denver.
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    3 Days Ago  May 16, 2018, 6:43 PM - Re: Star Wars Celebration Chicago 2019 (April 11-April 15) #4


    I, for one, am incredibly thankful for this! I don't have the funds for a yearly trip to Orlando or Anaheim, so taking place in my backyard is fantastic! I've always wanted to go! I am not missing this for anything!
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    3 Days Ago  May 16, 2018, 6:47 PM - Re: Star Wars Celebration Chicago 2019 (April 11-April 15) #5

    Yes!!! only an hour-ish away!
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    3 Days Ago  May 16, 2018, 7:06 PM - Re: Star Wars Celebration Chicago 2019 (April 11-April 15) #6

    This will be my first Celebration. Do RPF meetups happen, or does it tend to just be the big costume groups that hold meetups?
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    3 Days Ago  May 16, 2018, 7:54 PM - Re: Star Wars Celebration Chicago 2019 (April 11-April 15) #7

    Last year was my first Celebration and I had an absolute blast! I never expected SWC 2019 to be so close!

    There was a small RPF meet up last year. About 7 of us I believe.
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    3 Days Ago  May 16, 2018, 8:06 PM - Re: Star Wars Celebration Chicago 2019 (April 11-April 15) #8

    harrisonp said: View Post
    My SWC history is lacking, is this the first time it will take place away from Anaheim or Orlando?
    First was in Denver. 2 and 3 were in Indianapolis. 4 was in L.A. 5 and 6 were in Orlando. 7 was in Anaheim. Not counting the non-US ones.

    I am... not thrilled. I didn't want Orlando again. I have nothing against Orlando, beyond Florida in general, but I would prefer to go there and spend that much time and money doing Disney and Universal and Cape Canaveral -- not try to do those and a Celebration.

    Plus... *sigh* My first Celebration was III. They were definitely still learning how to do it. IV was awesome. I still feel it was the high-water mark for these. Wednesday through Monday. Movie marathon that first day, Fan Club only that Thursday, filled the L.A. convention center, ran 24 hours a day, was the last of them to have an LFL Archives exhibit... I was there the whole time and felt like we were only halfway through by the time it ended. I wanted more.

    V I missed because of school.

    So then I was really looking forward to VI, cuz everyone was saying how much better V was than IV. It was... very meh. Barely filled half the Orlando convention center, shut down in the evening, and, as for content, I was done after the first day and just trying to find ways to occupy myself for the rest of it. I have not been terribly impressed with how ReedPop run their shows, and Celebration is no exception to that. If this had been announced for Anaheim, in late summer to coincide with a preview of Galaxy's Edge, totally. As it is...? Cost/benefit analysis so far is skewing toward nope. Which sucks. I've been wanting a Celebration in the US again worth getting excited about.

    Which, also, the dates... The first three were in April/May because they were right before each of the Prequels were released. IV was May for the 30th anniversary of Star Wars' premiere. V and VI were later in the summer for a variety of reasons, uncoupled as they were from release date significance... So why is this one in April? Last time I checked, Episode IX was still slated for a December release -- which surprised me, actually, as I thought they were finally getting back to Memorial Day as the traditional Star Wars premiere weekend. April in Chicago tends to still be in the 40s and 50s, with a nonzero chance of a blizzard.

    So I'll echo what many others are saying. Why Chicago, and why April? Bonehead move, Lucasfilm...

    CT1138 said: View Post
    I, for one, am incredibly thankful for this! I don't have the funds for a yearly trip to Orlando or Anaheim, so taking place in my backyard is fantastic! I've always wanted to go! I am not missing this for anything!
    Every other year, actually. Less frequently than that, earlier on. Frankly, I wish it still were every three to four years, so it feels more special. Also, it's awesome for you and others who live there, but what with hotel and food costs for the area around the convention center, the three of us who were looking at going, and sharing a room, are looking at an outlay of well over a grand each, not counting admission. For those of us who always have to travel to a Celebration, this is one of the fiscally-worse offerings so far.
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    3 Days Ago  May 17, 2018, 11:39 AM - Re: Star Wars Celebration Chicago 2019 (April 11-April 15) #9

    what do tickets for this event usually cost? There's no info at the link
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    3 Days Ago  May 17, 2018, 12:44 PM - Re: Star Wars Celebration Chicago 2019 (April 11-April 15) #10

    Tickets go on sale in early June, and it varies depending on whether you're getting one or more single-day passes, full-weekend pass, etc. I'm expecting something in the $150 range for full weekend.
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    3 Days Ago  May 17, 2018, 2:59 PM - Re: Star Wars Celebration Chicago 2019 (April 11-April 15) #11

    Speculation is that price or slightly higher due to the additional day. 2017 VIP package was $700. But it allowed you early store access, front of panel line privilege, and front of autograph/photo op privilege if you also bought those.
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    3 Days Ago  May 17, 2018, 3:48 PM - Re: Star Wars Celebration Chicago 2019 (April 11-April 15) #12

    With the CA and FL rumors floating around I kept assuming I'd be transporting 2 gigantic Pelican cases halfway across the globe again... The fact that I can hop in my truck and be to SWC 9 hours later sounds awesome. I already booked my hotel room. If I'm lucky enough to have the finger dexterity and internet speed to get VIP tickets I will be going that route this year.
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    3 Days Ago  May 17, 2018, 4:17 PM - Re: Star Wars Celebration Chicago 2019 (April 11-April 15) #13

    Sundowner said: View Post
    Yes!!! only an hour-ish away!
    Me too!

    For sure going!
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    2 Days Ago  May 17, 2018, 5:14 PM - Re: Star Wars Celebration Chicago 2019 (April 11-April 15) #14

    There's some vitriol on the social media pages along with some FB groups. I'm happy to see genuine excitement from fellow RPF members. I'm mainly glad that I have a lot of soft parts for my Star Wars costumes.

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