A new location
Twenty Thirteen Convention
Moves to River North
Many fans received this email from Cubs Fan Services earlier this afternoon:
The Chicago Cubs will host the 28th Annual Cubs Convention January 18-20, 2013, in downtown Chicago at the Sheraton Chicago Hotel & Towers at 301 E. North Water Street.
Starting Wednesday, Sept. 19, at 9 a.m. CDT, Cubs fans can book rooms at the Sheraton Chicago Hotel & Towers by calling the hotel at 800-233-4100 and asking for the Cubs Convention rate of $179 per night plus tax. Guests who book a two-night stay will receive a limited-edition authenticated, autographed photo of Anthony Rizzo and Brett Jackson. Hotel guests may purchase up to four Cubs Convention passes for a reduced rate of $20 each. Individual Cubs Convention passes for guests not staying at the Sheraton Chicago Hotel & Towers will be sold for $60 per pass at a later date.
“We’re excited to offer our fans new experiences at the Sheraton Chicago Hotel & Towers for the 28th Annual Cubs Convention, as Cubs players, coaches, legends and executives come together to kick off the 2013 season,” said Wally Hayward, executive vice president, chief sales and marketing officer, Chicago Cubs. “The Cubs Convention is a great way for fans of all ages to gain access to the team, get excited for Spring Training and the season, and have fun in downtown Chicago with interactive exhibits, games and player panels.”
There have been an increasing number of complaints in recent years about problems with the long-time convention home at the Chicago Hilton and Towers on South Michigan Avenue. It seemed that the convention had outgrown the facility (I'm not sure how much larger the Sheraton might be) and Wi-Fi access on the convention level was pretty much nonexistent.
The prices for room and passes are unchanged from past years. Hopefully the facility will make for a more enjoyable convention. It's certainly more conveniently located for fans who want to find something to do outside the convention hotel.
What do you think about the Cubs moving their convention from South Michigan to River North?