Upcoming Events
Tue., 7/26: SW Outdoor Concert and Movie (Algonquin, IL)
The Algonquin Public Library and the Village of Algonquin Parks are co-sponsoring a free all community event

Sat., 7/30: Movies at the Marina Charity Event (Waukegan, IL)
Movies at the Marina Event showing Star Wars outside on a 50 foot screen and charity event.

Sat., 7/30: Fire Up A Cure (Chicago, IL)
The Cure It Foundation hosts Fire Up A Cure (5th annual) where teams of firefighters compete against each other in a series of events to raise money and awareness for pediatric cancer

Tue., 8/2: 23rd National Night Out (Bartlett, IL)
Follow the link for more information

Thu., 8/4: Feed My Starving Children food packing event (Schaumburg, IL)
Follow the link for more information

8/5: Harper College Star Wars Class (Palatine, IL)

8/5: Boomers SW Night (Schaumburg, IL)

8/5: Monticello Movie Nights (Monticello, IL)

8/5: Adler After Dark Family Edition (Chicago, IL)

8/6: Marengo-Union Library SW Day (Marengo, IL)

 
Legion News
A Busy Weekend
-- Incoming Transmission from 501st Legion New England Garrison: Wow! Talk about a busy weekend! The New England Garrison, which represents the states of Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island is coming off what may have been...

When a child's wish is something incredible
Members of the 501st Midwest Garrison Garrison responded to a call for help from Make-A-Wish Illinois to help grant brave young William his greatest wish: To become a Jedi and defeat Darth Vader. Joining forces with the Rebel Legion's Nar Shaddaa...

February 2016 Trooper of the Month
The 501st Legion extends its heartfelt congratulations and thanks to our February 2016 Trooper of the Month winner: Amy E Higgs -- BH 42297 of Garrison Corellia. http://i.imgur.com/WtU0k7p.png Amy has far exceeded expectations in her...

May the Fourth be with you, and may this news delight you
We would like to wish a happy Star Wars Day to all of our members and fans. For years now May 4th has been the date where fans worldwide celebrate Star Wars, and today we have an additional reason to celebrate....

Blast-a-Trooper, Save-a-Child
This week members of 501st Legion Garrison Titan presented Seattle Children's Hospital with a check for $20,000 in charity donations, raised during a wildly successful Blast-a-Trooper event at Emerald City Comicon. Garrison Titan's membership have...

January 2016 Trooper of the Month
The 501st Legion extends its heartfelt congratulations to our January 2016 Trooper of the Month winner: Kevin Chamberlain, SL-4035 of Redback Garrison. http://i.imgur.com/HQQhn3B.jpg?1 Recently standing down as GCO of Redback Garrison...

You can be a Force For Change
We are pleased to announce an unprecedented partnership between the 501st Legion, the Make-A-Wish Foundation, and Lucasfilm?s Force For Change program. In the days leading to Star Wars Day on May 4th, Lucasfilm will match charitable donations made...

#LoveForLanden
2016 started off as a rough year for Landen Palatino. Landen suffered multiple seizures that lead to the discovery of a tumor in his brain. After surgery removed the tumor, Landen was diagnosed with glioblastoma brain cancer - an aggressive form of...

An extraterrestrial from the planet Vulcan
We are pleased to announce the completion of a new set of standards for Darth Vader: Back To The Future, as well as our first completed BTTF Vader. Congratulations to SL-77104 Cueloopz! http://i.imgur.com/cNvzkYi.png?1 The full...

Reinforcements have arrived.
The 501st recently met 7-year old Star Wars fan, Jake, at the MCM Birmingham Comic Con last weekend. Jake is disabled and has had a difficult time at school lately, so Jake?s father arranged to introduce Jake and his brother to the 501st. The UK...

 
Neighboring Units
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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
4th of July Weekend With The Midwest Garrison
By Sakic Jade on Jul 1, 2016 at 9:11 AM.


Happy Independence Day from The Midwest Garrison. For the holiday weekend, we were be out and about across the state to honor America!

Friday, July 1, 9:00 PM - The Mackinaw Valley Vineyard 4th of July Concert and Fireworks. Mackinaw, IL.
Sunday, July 3, 1:00 PM - Bartlett Fourth of July Parade. Bartlett, IL. https://sites.google.com/site/bartlett4thofjulyfestival/home
Monday, July 4, 10:00 AM - West Peoria Fourth of July Parade. West Peoria, IL. http://www.facebook.com/westpeoria4th

We hope to see you this weekend, and pose for some pictures as we all celebrate the 4th of July!




Joliet Library Star Wars Days 2016
By Sakic Jade on May 27, 2016 at 8:46 AM.


The Joliet Public Library Star Wars Day is now the worlds largest of event of its kind. Bringing together members of the 501st Legion, Rebel Legion, Mandalorian Mercs, and other Star Wars fan groups from many different states.

In 2010, it started as a simple Star Wars library event, with only a few members of the Midwest Garrison and Rebel Legion in attendance. 650 people with families and children came out and had a great time. It began as a way to get children interested in books again. With so many children reliant on tablets, cell phones, and computers, many have not been in a library in a long time or if ever. In 2014, we saw an estimated 115 members in costume, and approximately 7,000 people.

There is so much more going on as well. Meet Star Wars artists, collectors, and more. It is an event that is not to be missed.

This year, the event will be held on Saturday, June 4th.

Visit the official Facebook page of the event for more information. https://www.facebook.com/JPLStarWarsDay/?fref=ts






2016 Kids Expo in Tinley Park
By Sakic Jade on Apr 12, 2016 at 12:11 PM.


This weekend, the Midwest Garrison will be at the Kids Expo at the Tinley Park Convention Center. On Saturday, April 16 from 9 AM - 6PM and Sunday, April 17 from 10 AM - 5 PM, you will find our troopers at our booth and wandering around the expo floor. We love to pose for pictures, so bring your cameras.

Chicagoland’s Best and Longest Standing Kids Expo!

Expect Family Fun at the 2016 Kids Expo. We've added even more fun! Free after admission, Bounce Houses, Surprise Character Appearances, Knockerball, Pony Rides, and a Petting Zoo. These are just some of the highlights of Family Time Magazine’s 12th Annual Kids Expo 2016, set for April 16th and 17th at the Tinley Park Convention Center. It is a weekend of family fun! Excitement is at an all time high as the weekend draws near for what promises to be the biggest and best Kids Expo ever with new attractions!

“We have added so many great attractions for this year’s expo. Families will not want to miss this event,” said Caroline O’Connell, Family Time Magazine’s publisher and creator, as well as the founder of the Kids Expo.

This year, the 2016 Kids Expo will feature several new attractions like the Knockerball Chicago- free after admission-bounce around in a fun and safe plastic bubble suit and try to score against the other team! Don’t miss all the fun! Another great attraction you can find at the 2016 Kids Expo is The Chicago Herpetological Society. Come and check out their large variety of amazing and unique snakes and reptiles!

The expo will also include exciting giveaways, including a scooter, a Maru and Friends doll, and a bike. There will be rides, bounce houses, singing and dancing, and face painting.


For more information on this event, visit their website at http://chicagolandkidsexpo.com/. We hope to see you there!




C2E2 2015
By Sakic Jade on Mar 10, 2016 at 7:07 AM.


Come see us Friday March 18 - Sunday March 20 at the Chicago Entertainment and Comic Expo at McCormick Place. The Midwest Garrison will have a booth outside of the Fan Village, room S100. Be sure to stop by.

We also will be running several activities throughout the weekend.

Droid Hunt - The droid hunt will be on Saturday. Pick up a droid badge on the floor or at our booth, and go enjoy the con. When your droids are spotted by one of our troopers, had them over, and pick up your raffle ticket. We will have hunters on the floor throughout the day, and a raffle for prizes at 5:01 PM.

Blaster Arena
- This year, we have the blaster arena scheduled on Sunday from 1 PM - 3 PM. Kids 6-12 can face off against our troopers armed with Nerf blasters.

Blast-A-Trooper - Stop by our booth to have the opportunity to blast our troopers with a nerf blaster. For a small donation to charity, you can take out the Empire's finest. See the booth for operating times.

For more information on our events, click here.

So, if you're looking for something to do, come out to C2E2 and hang out with us. We'll see you there.

Tickets available at http://www.c2e2.com/Tickets/Buy-Tickets/.




Trooper Of The Year - 2015
By Sakic Jade on Feb 23, 2016 at 12:23 PM.
Congratulations to Eric Werner, TK-41551, on being voted Midwest Garrison Trooper Of The Year for 2015.



in 2015, Eric set up regular visits to the Central DuPage Hospital for our troopers to visit sick children. There were six visits in total, as well as an appearance at the hospitals Pediatric Picnic over the summer. Because of Eric, our troopers were able to warm the hearts and bring smiles to the faces of so many children at that hospital.

Eric doesn't troop for the recognition or for awards, which makes him even more deserving of this. Join us in congratulating him in this honor.




The Force Awakens
By Sakic Jade on Dec 17, 2015 at 9:18 AM.


Its finally here! The Force Awakens TONIGHT!

This weekend, the Midwest Garrison will be out and about across the state making appearances at different theaters to interact with fans as they wait for their showtime. If you'd like to come see us, check out the interactive map of our appearances here, or check out the list below.

Please remember that we at the Midwest Garrison will be remaining SPOILER FREE after seeing the movie. Please don't ruin it for your fellow fans on social media or as exiting the theater.

Enjoy the show!

NCG Cinemas, 1505 N. Bridge St. (Rt 47), Yorkville IL 60560 - Thursday 12:00pm - 5:00pm; Friday 2:00pm - 9:00pm; Saturday 12:00pm - 8:00pm
Savoy 16 IMAX, 232 Burwash Ave, Savoy, IL 61874 - Thursday 5:00pm - 8:00pm
Hollywood Blvd Cinema, 1001 W. 75th St., Woodridge, IL 60517 - Thursday 5:30pm - 9pm
Tivoli Theater, 5021 Highland Ave, Downers Grove, IL 60515 - Thursday 5:30pm - 6:45pm
Adler After Dark, 1300 S. Lake Shore Dr., Chicago, IL 60605 Thursday 5:45pm - 9:30pm
Hollywood Palms Cinema, 352 S Rt 59, Naperville, IL 60540 - Thursday 6pm - 9:30pm
Classic Cinemas, 5311 W. American Prairie Dr., Peoria, IL 61615 - Thursday 6pm - 9pm; Saturday 6pm - 10pm
Navy Pier IMAX, 700 E Grand Ave, Chicago, IL 60605 - Friday 6am - 9am
Classic Cinemas, 1050 Elk Grove Town Center, Elk Grove Village, IL 60007 - Friday 5pm - 9pm
Carmike Theater, 910 Meijer Drive, Champaign, IL 61822 - Friday 5:00pm - 8:00pm
O'Fallon 15, 1320 Central Park Drive, O'Fallon, IL 62269 - Friday 6:00pm - 8:00pm




Helping Kids Have A Merrier Christmas
By Sakic Jade on Nov 30, 2015 at 12:38 PM.


One of our longest running events is also one of our favorites. On Sunday, December 6 we will be making our 12th consecutive appearance at the Bridgeview Toy Con: Toys For Charity. This event is put on to help collect toys for Children's Treasure Chest for Pediatric Oncology, supporting children diagnosed with Cancer. The Midwest Garrison has been proud to be a part of this show for years, and to help bring a Merry Christmas to those in need.

Come to the event to buy or just to look. There will be many toys for sale from the past and present. If you bring a toy to donate, admission is FREE! The show runs from 8:30 AM until 2:00 PM at the Bridgeview Community Center at 7900 South Oketo Avenue in Bridgeview.

To find out more information about this amazing show for a great cause, please go to their website: http://toycontoyshow.homestead.com/Our_Products.html.

Enjoy a day looking at some fun toys, and help out sick children! We hope to see many of our fans there!







The Midwest Garrison Helps Our Furry Friends
By Sakic Jade on Nov 16, 2015 at 2:04 PM.


This weekend, members of the Midwest Garrison will be busy all over the state, with many opportunities to do some good.

On Saturday, November 21st, our members will be out at Graham's Pet Depot in Elk Grove Village to support the Second City Canine Rescue. Paw Wars: The Pooch Awakens will be an event where you can help the pups as well. You can learn about adopting a dog of your very own, or how to become a foster parents to a dog in need. You can also donate to the Second City Canine Rescue on site. Of course, you can also take pictures with us as some of your favorite costumed characters will be in attendance.

Please join us Saturday afternoon, and help make a difference to an animal in need. The event runs from 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM. For more information or to see how else you can help, please visit secondcitycaninerescue.org.




The Midwest Garrison at Legoland Discovery Center
By Sakic Jade on Nov 5, 2015 at 6:25 PM.


This weekend we will be out in force at Legoland Discovery Center in Schaumburg for their annual Star Wars Days. The Discovery Center will be host to many Lego Star Wars themed activities. You can help build a large model of Yoda to display in the center. There will be Lego Star Wars themed speed build competitions. You can also build Lego Star Wars themed creations.

This event is a favorite among many of our troopers. Its a chance for us to interact with families in a true family environment. Keep your eyes out as you wander the Discovery Center. You never know where you might find one of our troopers hiding out, especially those crazy Tusken Raiders.

To find out more about Star Wars Days at Legoland Discovery Center, please go to their website at the following link: https://www.legolanddiscoverycenter.com/chicago/news-events/event/43/lego-star-wars-days.aspx

We hope to see you there!





MWG Trooper of the Month August and September 2015
By Sakic Jade on Nov 5, 2015 at 6:00 PM.
Congratulations to Patrick Lewis and Michael Stoughton for being voted Trooper of the Month for August and September 2015 respectively.



Patrick wanted to continue to take the Midwest Garrison to the next level by organizing a Relay for Life troop in the burbs. He created team TIE FIGHTING CANCER for the August event back in early May and went into planning mode. Patrick created a patch which he sold to MWG members as well as to the 501st. He organized and coordinated building and supplying a MWG booth. He created various public relation flyers to help promote and raise donations not only for him but for the team as well. When the day arrived, team TIE FIGHTING CANCER had raised close to $5,000, the new booth was debuted and to top it off Blast-A-Trooper was also added to help generate more donations.

Everyone was excited and planning to participate in the Chicago White Sox SW Day game. But when Mike over heard his hair stylist talk about her son Brian upcoming golden birth day, didn't hesitate to change his mind and make this kid's birth day an unforgettable one. Brian suffers from Cerebral Palsy and although he is a HUGE SW fan he got really scared when he saw us come in. Mike worked his magic and was able to calm Brian down. Mike has a heart of gold and I'm so proud to call him a brother. Troopers like him are a TRUE inspiration and the reason I continue to support our MWG family.

Great work, troopers! Thank you!