What to expect at the 2017 Chicago Cubs Convention

What to expect at the 2017 Chicago Cubs Convention

Although the Chicago Cubs Convention has been a fixture in the Windy City for the past 32 years, this year offers something special–an opportunity to get up close and personal with the World Series Championship Chicago Cubs.

This is something fans have been dreaming about for a very long time.

No longer, do fans have to “wait until next year.”

This weekend’s convention, January 13-15, at the Sheraton Grand Chicago, promises to be the biggest and best yet.

Almost the entire team will be in attendance including Kris Bryant–whose taking a break from his honeymoon to be there, team alumni including Billy Williams and Kerry Wood, Joe Maddon & His Coaching Staff, team executives, broadcasters and more.

Fans at the 2017 Cubs Convention will be able to participate in autograph opportunities, view panel discussions, enhanced activities and photo opps.

Photo of the World Champion Cubs World Series trophy Photo: (Michael Tercha/Chicago Tribune)

Photo of the World Champion Cubs World Series trophy Photo: (Michael Tercha/Chicago Tribune)

This year’s photo opps offer something new—a chance to capture photos with the World Series Trophy that is making a weekend stop on its Cubs Trophy Tour in order to give fans an opportunity to take photos of it and with it. The trophy will be on diplay throughout the weekend in the Cubs Trophy Room.

Here’s the weekend schedule:

Friday, January 13

cubslogo-1The Cubs Convention’s Opening Ceremony begins Friday, January 13, at 6 p.m., kicking things off with player introductions on an elevated runway that will provide special VIP access for children 16-and-under.

Following the Opening Ceremony, guests will find some of their favorite Cubs and young prospects conducting surprise autograph signings.

The evening concludes with a special Friday Night with Ryan Dempster show, presented by Budweiser, featuring interviews with Cubs players, coaches and alumni and comedy vignettes.

Saturday, January 14

Saturday’s programming will feature fan favorites such as the return of Cubs Jeopardy, which features unique trivia with Cubs alumni.

Saturday sessions include: Baseball Operations, Cubs Business Operations Update, Joe Maddon & His Coaching Staff and a Kids Only Press Conference.

New to Saturday’s line-up will be On the Mound–an All- Star Infield presentation by Wintrust and Cubs Legends.

BINGO!

Saturday’s programming will conclude with a long-time Convention favorite Cubs Bingo led by Wayne Messmer.

Sunday, January 15

Sunday will bring more autograph sessions and panels including Down on the Farm and Remembering ‘84.

Weekend highlights include:

Cubs pitchers Jake Arrieta, Kyle Hendricks, Mike Montgomery and Wade Davis will discuss their 2016 season and what is on the horizon in 2017 during the On the Mound panel.

Fans can relive the World Series run with Cubs All-Stars Kris Bryant, Anthony Rizzo, Addison Russell and Ben Zobrist during their All-Star Infield discussion.

Cubs popular mascot, Clark will host games, face painting, caricatures, balloon artists, a coloring station, inflatable T-ball and inflatable speed pitch at his Clubhouse (Clark’s Clubhouse).

A variety of items and experiences will be for sale in the main floor hotel lobby, including private player meet-and-greets, baseballs, ball cubes, autographed mystery baseballs, grab bags plus a garage sale.

Guests can also visit a dedicated social media area for giveaways and an interactive GIF and photo booth with special guest appearances throughout the weekend.

Here is the list of confirmed players and alumni that will be at this weekend’s convention:

Current Players:

Albert Almora Jr., OF Jake Arrieta, RHP Javier Baez, INF
Kris Bryant, INF Jeimer Candelario, INF Willson Contreras, C Wade Davis, RHP Brian Duensing, LHP Carl Edwards Jr., RHP Justin Grimm, RHP Kyle Hendricks, RHP Jason Heyward, OF Jon Jay, OF John Lackey, RHP Jon Lester, LHP
Miguel Montero, C Mike Montgomery, LHP Felix Pena, RHP Anthony Rizzo, INF Hector Rondon, RHP, Jose Rosario, RHP Addison Russell, INF Kyle Schwarber, C/OF Pedro Strop, RHP Matt Szczur, OF, Rob Zastryzny, LHP Ben Zobrist, INF/OF.

Cubs Alumni:

John Baker, C Jim Bullinger, RHP Jose Cardenal, OF Jody Davis, C
Ryan Dempster, RHP Bobby Dernier, OF Bob Howry, RHP Randy Hundley, C Fergie Jenkins, RHP Jay Johnstone, OF Pete LaCock, INF/OF, Ted Lilly, LHP, Bill Madlock, INF Gary Matthews, OF Sean Marshall, LHP Brian McRae, OF Dave Otto, LHP
Mike Remlinger, LHP David Ross, C Glendon Rusch, LHP Ryne Sandberg, INF Scott Sanderson, RHP Dwight Smith, OF, Lee Smith, RHP, Tim Stoddard, RHP Steve Trout, LHP Todd Walker, INF Billy Williams, OF Kerry Wood, RHP.

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