Upcoming Events
Thu., 12/14: Death Star Dance (Woodridge, IL)
This will be our 3rd year at this event

Fri., 12/15: Last Jedi Release (Hodgkins, IL)
The AMC Quarry Theater in Hodgkins is asking for 501st and Rebel legion folks to come out and attend

Sat., 12/16: Boy Scout Fundraiser Celebration (Lenox, IL)
Rainbow Council Boy Scouts of America is celebrating the achievement of the scouts

 
Legion News
501st Legion Make-A-Wish Endowment - Fully Funded!
https://cdn-images-1.medium.com/max/800/1*vjZLFe6t3RxWsmX2vgbp1g.png 501st Legion Raises $150K and Fully Funds the 501st Legion Make-A-Wish Endowment Atlanta, Georgia, June 1, 2017???The 501st Legion, the world?s largest Star...

501st Legion 2016 Charity Report!
https://www.501st.com/charity/charitypromo2016sq.jpg The 501st Legion is also known as the "Bad Guys Doing Good," and our passion for charity in our communities continues to grow! In 2016, we saw a 50% increase in direct...

Celebrating Star Wars in Orlando
https://www.501st.com/celebration/Star-Wars-Celebration-Death-Star.jpg It?s the 20th Anniversary of the 501st Legion, and we?re inviting fellow fans to celebrate with us as Star Wars Celebration returns to Orlando, Florida! From...

Troopers That Go the Extra Parsec
Today, I would like to honor eight 501st Legion members from around the world for their great deeds. In 2016, the 501st Legion set up an endowment with both Make-A-Wish America and Make-A-Wish International - the first endowment to bridge both...

Carrie Fisher 1956 - 2016
The 501st Legion honors actress, author, and Honorary Member, Carrie Fisher. Carrie was a friend and hero to the 501st, sharing her famous wit and charm with our members countless times over the years. Carrie's untimely departure was a blow to the...

"Never Tell Her The Odds"
Kathlyn Chassey is a 24-year-old Star Wars fan battling Cystic Fibrosis, a life-threatening lung disease. Her condition has progressed to the point where she will not survive without a lung transplant. After being initially denied her life-saving...

A Fine Start
If you?re reading this, we probably owe you a lot of thanks. Over the past six weeks we have promoted our first public t-shirt sale in support of Make-A-Wish, and we have been continually shocked, humbled, and overwhelmed with the show of support...

501st Make-A-Wish T-Shirt Fundraiser Begins
The 501st is breaking new ground to support the 501st Legion Make-A?Wish Endowment Fund. To raise funds for Make-A-Wish, we have opened our t-shirt sales to the public for the first time. Now you can show your support for Make-A-Wish by buying your...

Introducing The 501st Legion Make-A-Wish Endowment Fund
The 501st Legion announces today our commitment to a first-of-its kind international endowment in a unique partnership with Make?A?Wish: The 501st Legion Make-A?Wish Endowment Fund. This endowment fund intends to empower Make-A-Wish to grant...

Walk This Way
A newly-formed 501st Legion squad has been deployed in the Louisville, KY area just in time for this weekend?s FandomFest . Derby City Squad has hit the ground running on their debut event and rolled out a completed AT-ST walker, affectionately...

 
Neighboring Units
Wisconsin Garrison
Wisconsin

Bloodfin Garrison
Indiana

Midsouth Garrison
Kentucky & Tennessee

Central Garrison
N. Dakota, S. Dakota, Minnesota, & Iowa

70th Explorers Garrison
Kansas & Missouri

Northern Darkness Garrison
Northern 22 counties of Indiana

Nar Shadaa Base
Rebel Legion - Wisconsin & Illinois

 
Garrison News
The Last Jedi Premiere Appearances
By Avatar190 on Dec 11, 2017 at 7:56 PM.


It is finally upon us, the day Star Wars fans have been anticipating...the premiere of Episode VIII, Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Midwest Garrison will be joined by Nar Shaddaa Base at several venues this weekend for many appearances. Choose Your Path...and come see us at one of the following locations:

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 14TH
NCG Cinemas Yorkville
1505 N. Bridge St. (Rt 47)
Yorkville, IL 60560
Event Time: 3:00p-6:00p

AMC Loews Quarry Cinemas 14
9201 W 63rd St.
Hodgkins, IL 60525
Event Time: 4:30p-5:30p

Classic Cinemas-Elk Grove Village
1050 Elk Grove Town Ctr
Elk Grove Village, IL 60007
Event Time: 5:30p-9:30p

Savoy 16 IMAX Theater
232 Burwash Ave.
Savoy, IL 61874
Event Time: 5:30p-7:30p

Hollywood Palms Cinema
Venue address: 352 S. Rt 59
Naperville, IL 60540
Event Time: 6:00p-TBD

Marcus Gurnee Movie Theater
6170 Grand Ave.
Gurnee, IL 60031
Event Time: 6:30p-9:30p

Hollywood Blvd Cinema
1001 75th St., Ste 153
Woodridge, IL 60517-2655
Event Time: 7:00p-10:00p

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 15TH
NCG Cinemas Yorkville
1505 N. Bridge St. (Rt 47)
Yorkville, IL 60560
Event Time: 1:00p-7:00p

The AMC Champaign 13 Theater
910 Meijer Dr.
Champaign, IL 61822
Event Time: 5:00p-7:00p

Peoria Riverfront Museum IMAX
222 SW Washington St.
Peoria, IL 61602
Event Time: 5:30p-8:30p

Classic Cinemas-Elk Grove Theatre
1050 Elk Grove Town Ctr.
Elk Grove Village, IL 60007
Event Time: 6:00p-9:00p


SATURDAY DECEMBER 16TH
NCG Cinemas Yorkville
1505 N. Bridge St. (Rt 47)
Yorkville, IL. 60560
Event Time: 2:00p-8:00p

AMC Grand Prairie 18
5311 West American Prairie Dr.
Peoria, IL 61615
Event Time: 4:00p-5:00p

SUNDAY DECEMBER 17TH
NCG Cinemas Yorkville
1505 N. Bridge St. (Rt 47)
Yorkville, IL 60560
Event Time: 12:00p-6:00p

Appearances and times are subject to change based on availability of personnel


National Cookie Day
By Avatar190 on Dec 4, 2017 at 12:13 PM.


The Emperor decrees you shall celebrate National Cookie Day today, by having a sampling of this amazing tasty dessert treat. And always remember, come to the Dark Side...we have cookies!


The Water Mission - Fundraiser for Puerto Rico
By Avatar190 on Dec 1, 2017 at 5:44 PM.


Midwest Garrison would like to take a moment to share a fantastic opportunity to send some still much needed financial help, while scoring some cool looking swag!

The 501st Legion: Puerto Rico Garrison is excited to offer the above patch to support relief efforts for Puerto Rico. The patches were graciously donated by The Moritz Embroidery Works, meaning 100% of all proceeds will be donated directly to The Water Mission, which is directing all of their efforts currently to restoring water service to the millions of people without basic needs in Puerto Rico.

Patches are $10 each plus shipping ($3 for up to 5 patches anywhere in the United States, $5 for up to 5 patches Internationally).

And a bonus! Walter Vongher of Walt's Trooper Factory has graciously donated a scaled helmet that has been painted up to match the patch artwork. Any additional donations going to Puerto Rico would be certainly appreciated, but each patch purchased gives you a chance to win this helmet - you only need to pay for shipping.

Ordering Information:

Please place orders via Paypal as Friends and Family so no fees are taken out of the donation. Paypal Address: shane.duncan@pearson.com

In your PayPal transaction PLEASE BE SURE TO INCLUDE THE FOLLOWING:

1. Write: "Puerto Rico Fundraiser"
2. Total Qty of patches
3. Full name
4. Full address (International shipping, please list out exactly how it should be written on the label)
5. E-mail address

Questions:
Any questions, please e-mail tk31100@gmail.com or feel free to contact 501st Legion: Puerto Rico Garrison direct via Facebook Messenger.


Rancho Obi-Wan T-Shirt Fundraiser
By Avatar190 on Oct 19, 2017 at 2:22 PM.


The 501st Legion is excited to announce a special fundraiser for Rancho Obi-Wan to help create an online gallery, repository, and museum for Star Wars collectible fans all over the world! For the first time, members of the 501st Legion, Rebel Legion, Mandalorian Mercs, and R2 Builders are uniting to fundraise for a worthy cause! By purchasing one of these limited edition t-shirts, you will help ensure that the legacy of Star Wars memorabilia will continue on for future generations to enjoy!

And of course, the best way to celebrate the legacy of Star Wars collectibles is with a Star Wars collectible -- a special edition t-shirt available only through this fundraiser!

https://www.customink.com/fundraising/ranchoobiwan

To learn more about Rancho Obi-Wan's mission here: http://www.ranchoobiwan.org/about/mission/

#StarWars #Lucasfilm #RanchoObiWan #offical501st #501stMWG #MidwestGarrison #RebelLegion #NarShaddaaBase #MandoMercs #NexuClan #R2Builders #UnitedInStarWars


Buddy Walk 2017
By Avatar190 on Oct 13, 2017 at 8:24 PM.


The first weekend in October, Midwest Garrison troopers partook in two separate Buddy Walk events across Illinois. {left} Troopers TI-21175, SL-9965, TX-9293, SL-2429 and TK-21470 (photographer) were down at the Champaign County Fair Grounds for Buddy Walk Urbana. {right} Troopers BH-21273 and TK-17294 were down at the Bolingbrook Golf Course for Chicagoland Buddy Walk - Bolingbrook (photograph courtesy of SkwirlyPics). Well done, Troopers!

The Buddy Walk was established in 1995 by the National Down Syndrome Society to celebrate Down Syndrome Awareness Month in October and to promote acceptance and inclusion of people with Down syndrome. The Buddy Walk is a one-mile walk in which anyone can participate without special training. It is an inspirational and educational event that celebrates the many abilities and accomplishments of people with Down syndrome.


Assignment complete, hunter...
By Avatar190 on Aug 10, 2017 at 5:23 PM.


Midwest Garrison was saddened to learn of the passing of BH-3259, Terry Beisel, who we learned died the evening of June 27th, 2017.

Terry joined the Midwest Garrison as a bounty hunter in July 2011, as Boba Fett of the Bounty Hunters Guild. He was a great man; funny, witty, caring, and fought hard to survive.

These past few years weren't good for him, he suffered a lot. He was a single father, and his daughter Abby was his world. No matter the circumstances, she came first. He made a tremendous amount of friends, both in the Legion, and out, and had a lasting positive effect on those who had the pleasure of meeting him.

"Terry, you were a father, a brother, a son, a friend. You fought the odds, and stood your ground. You were a true Fett. You will be missed, Brother, but your memories will live forever."

So, buckets off troopers! Til we meet again...

#StarWars #official501st #501stMWG #501stBHG #BountyHuntersGuild #BucketsOff


Flyin' high five for this little future pilot!
By Avatar190 on Aug 10, 2017 at 4:52 PM.


Sean Crockett (TI-42975) engages a little one at Decatur Airport in Decatur, IL back on June 3rd for the Young Eagles Flight of the EAA Chapter.


Apologies, don't send me before the Emperor...please!
By Avatar190 on Aug 6, 2017 at 9:14 PM.


As Garrison PRO, I'd like to take a moment and apologize about the lack of updates on this page. I was waiting for a few news items, so I could make a post I was planning, and when it didn't occur in a timely fashion, then I went on vacation, then trooping...and honestly the website just got away from me. Information has been flowing in other avenues, but this medium has been lacking, and for that, I'm sorry.

Over the next few days, I'm going to be catching up with some of the stories and posts that should have appeared here, which didn't. So, there will be some old news showing up. I'll try and space them out a bit, so as to not just drop it all at once (and to still allow me some time to properly format things to my perfectionism)...

Mike Dickinson
TI-66598
Midwest Garrison - Garrison Public Relations Officer

Rest well, pilot.
By Avatar190 on Jun 12, 2017 at 5:05 PM.


Midwest Garrison was saddened to learn of the passing of TI-9517, Michael Walden, who we learned died peacefully the morning of June 8th, 2017.

Mike, who was known as "The Judge", joined the Midwest Garrison as a TIE Pilot in 2008, as a member of the Jolly Roger Squadron. He was a kind soul, who made many friends in the Legion. He was also a member of Garrison Carida, after moving to Pennsylvania for a brief time; more recently returning to Illinois before his untimely passing.

So, buckets off troopers! Til we meet again, Judge...


Welcome new recruit TK-61455
By Avatar190 on May 23, 2017 at 6:48 AM.


Midwest Garrison would like to welcome our newest member to the ranks, Ryan Bell (TK-61455).

Trooper, report for duty!