Star Wars events bring new meaning to a #holiday light show

| November 22, 2016 | Comments (0)

starwarsGet your light sabres and Jedi outfits ready for two December events with Star Wars themes.

The first is on December 3. The Chicago Wolves is hosting a Star Wars Night in anticipation of the upcoming release of “Rogue One:  A Star Wars Story.” The special Star Wars package includes a game ticket and a light saber. In addition to the fun of random light sabre battles in the concourse, guests will be able to participate in Jedi training behind sections 209 and 212. There will also be a costume contest for everyone attending.

The spectacular 501st Legion Midwest Garrison will be available for pictures on the concourse. If you are not familiar with the 501st Legion, the organization “is an all-volunteer organization formed for the express purpose of bringing together costume enthusiasts under a collective identity within which to operate. The Legion seeks to promote interest in Star Wars through the building and wearing of quality costumes, and to facilitate the use of these costumes for Star Wars-related events as well as contributions to the local community through costumed charity and volunteer work…” according to the website.

To purchase individual tickets for the Chicago Wolves Star Wars Night, use offer code FORCE. For a special group rate on parties of 15 or more, please call 1-800-THE WOLVES (800-843-9658) or submit a request by email to

The second event at FermiLab is called the Science of Star Wars. Here’s how the press release, entitled “Invited you are to Science of Star Wars Night at Fermilab” describes the event. “A long time ago (well, 2006) in a galaxy far, far away (well, the Chicago suburbs), a Fermilab employee named Darren Crawford set out on a quest to create his own Star Wars fan film. Now, nearly 10 years later, Crawford’s movie is finished, and the public is invited to join him for a free premiere screening on Saturday, Dec. 10, at 6:30 p.m. The event takes place in Wilson Hall’s Ramsey Auditorium. Doors open at 6 p.m.  Fermilab has created a Science of Star Wars Night around the screening. Scientist C.Y. Tan will present a talk about the science underpinning the science fantasy, and astrophysicst Brian Nord will offer a look at the physics of hyperspace. These fun and informative presentations will precede the premiere of the film.”

“The decade-long effort to complete the film included years of editing and computer graphics work. The finished movie includes lightsaber duels, skirmishes in space and Stormtroopers galore, aided by the 501st Legion Midwest Garrison, a group of superfans who create their own authentic props and costumes. Since the movie is an unofficial fan production, the entire cast and everyone involved with the making of the film volunteered their time and effort.” Registration is free and open to the public.



Shari writes about life with twins at Two Times the Fun. Image courtesy of FermiLab.


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