Chicago Force BBQ 2017

July 21st, 2017

For those around since the prequels, I used to host an annual BBQ at my house in Streamwood. Now, having moved yet again, I have the space and means to restart this tradition.

I’ll have the usual grilled eats, such as burgers and chicken. I’ll just ask for my guests to post on the Facebook invite, what kind of side or beverage you can bring to share. And, if you do remember the old barbecues….NO CHIPS!! – Mark

When: August 5th, 3 p.m.

Where: Carol Stream, IL

Check it out here.

Chicago Force BBQ

July 13th, 2017

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Grant Park Music Festival: The Music of John Williams

July 8th, 2017

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The Chicago Symphony Orchestra performed the music of John Williams at the Grant Park Music Festival at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion. It was a beautiful night.

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Here’s the program:

  • Superman March from Superman
  • Main Title from Star Wars
  • Flight to Neverland from Hook
  • Theme from Jurassic Park
  • Raiders March from Raiders of the Lost Ark
  • Excerpts from The Cowboys
  • The Imperial March from Star Wars
  • Duel of the Fates from Star Wars: Episode I
  • Yoda’s Theme from The Empire Strikes Back
  • Viktor’s Tale from The Terminal
  • March from 1941
  • Hedwig’s Theme from Harry Potter and The Sorcerer’s Stone
  • Excerpts from Close Encounters of the Third Kind

And the encore was Excerpts from E.T.

Here’s some photos:

And to cap the night off, the fireworks from Navy Pier could be seen:

Joliet SWD 2017 Report

June 9th, 2017

This year’s Joliet Library Star Wars Day was bigger than ever. This time, the Rialto was added to the locations you could visit. Each location had different groups to visit.

First up, the Rialto. The R2 Builders Club and the Mandalorian Mercs made this their home.

 

Next Up, the Library. The 501st were based here. The main area was upstairs, with a Cantina, radio broadcast and Artist Alley.

 

Last Up, the Historical Museum. This is the hidden Rebel base. The Rebel Legion had set up their own Endor Bunker here. All three floors of the museum had fun stuff to do, including a scavenger hunt.

 

All in all, a very fun day! Looking forward to next year!

Joliet Star Wars Day 2017

May 26th, 2017

Chicago Force will be going to the Joliet Star Wars Day 2017 on Saturday, June 3rd at 11 a.m. Check it out on Facebook for all the event details!

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Happy 40th!

May 25th, 2017

Star Wars, 40th, Anniversary

May Book Club: Thrawn

May 9th, 2017

 

 

Thrawn, Timothy ZahnJoin us on Saturday, May 27th at 1 pm to discuss Thrawn by Timothy Zahn. We will be on the second floor at Barnes & Noble Oak Brook.

 

C2E2 2017 BB-8 Make & Take

April 23rd, 2017

Chicago Force ran the BB-8 Make & Take on Sunday at C2E2. Over 70 kids showed up to the Family HQ to make their own paper BB-8. Here are some pictures.

April 22nd, 2017

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April Book Club: Empire’s End

March 30th, 2017

Join us at the Barnes & Noble in Village Crossing in Skokie to discuss Chuck Wendig’s Empire’s End. This is the last book in the Aftermath trilogy! The discussion will start at 1 pm.

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