Chicago Blackhawks in the News: Fan Convention plus Blackhawks Restaurant.

Chicago Blackhawks in the News: Fan Convention plus Blackhawks Restaurant.

Chicago, Friday, July 15, 2011.  Here come the Hawks.  It's off-season for Chicago's beloved Blackhawks but that doesn't keep them from being in the news.  This week many of the anointed including Patrick Kane gathered at O'Hare International Airport for a ribbon-cutting ceremony that opened the "Blackhawks Restaurant" in Terminal 2 (near Gate E-3).  According to team President and CEO John McDonough, who was front and center at the the ceremony, the restaurant is "the first of its kind in professional sports."

Today the Blackhawks will gather at the Hilton Chicago (720 S. Michigan) to kick-off the fourth annual Blackhawks Convention. Registration begins at noon with lower halls opening at 3p.m. and the opening ceremony at 5p.m. The convention continues through Sunday.

If you don't have tickets for this sold-out extravaganza--it's wait until next year or cough up the big bucks.  At StubHub there were 17 tickets available at press time starting at $75.  Better yet, grab a couple of the 82 tickets left for the 2011-2012 Blackhawk season at the United Center priced from $2,099 (nose bleed) to $13,985, lower level center.

Way more affordable, head west to O'Hare and soak up the atmosphere and comfort food at the just-opened "Blackhawks Restaurant." Reminiscent of the neighborhood bars and eateries where loyal fans gather to cheer on the home team, the new digs feature menu items from Chicago’s Lincoln Park Stanley’s Kitchen & Tap with an emphasis on home-style cooking.  Indulge your taste-buds with their spicy Vienna all-beef polish sausage with grilled onions and mustard or try the creamy mac and cheese. Still hungry, how about some mashed potatoes, gravy and meatloaf?  Breakfast fans can choose steak and eggs; a bacon, pimento cheese and tomato omelet and more.

One more idea to feed your Blackhawk fever until the team hits the ice on Friday, September 23 for their United Center preseason opener against the Washington Capitals:  Tune into Blackhawks TV where you can get a link to the live stream of this weekends Blackhawk Convention.

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