Upcoming Events
Sat., 4/1: Kids Expo 2017 (Schaumburg, IL)
Although this is a 3 day event, we're only participating on Saturday & Sunday

Sun., 4/2: Joliet Museum Lego Mania (Joliet, IL)
The Joliet Area Historical Museum which is where we have part of the big Joliet Library Star Wars Day each year is having their annual LEGO MANIA EVENT and has asked if the 501st and Rebel Legion would like to come out and be part of it with them.

Sat., 4/8: Discover Tinley Expo (Tinley Park, IL)
We did this event last year and we were a HUGE hit.

Sat., 4/8: Library SW Day (East Peoria, IL)
Follow the link for more information

Sun., 4/23: Chicago Toy Show (St Charles, IL)
This is a toy show in the Western suburbs of Chicago that has been running twice a year for 40 years.

4/28: Visit to Child Life unit of Advocate Children's Hospital (Park Ridge, IL)

4/29: Joliet Museum Scavenger Hunt (Joliet, IL)

5/4: Library MTFBWY SW Day (Cherry Valley, IL)

5/6: Miller Park Zoo SW Day (Bloomington, IL)

5/13: St. Jude Fundraiser (Washington, IL)

 
Legion News
Celebrating Star Wars in Orlando
https://origin.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...

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...

 
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Wisconsin

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Indiana

Midsouth Garrison
Kentucky & Tennessee

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

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Kansas & Missouri

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Northern 22 counties of Indiana

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Garrison News
Star Wars Celebration Orlando coming in April
By Avatar190 on Mar 26, 2017 at 9:25 AM.


It's the 20th Anniversary of the 501st Legion, and we're inviting fellow fans to celebrate with Midwest Garrison, and other 501st Legion groups, as Star Wars Celebration returns to Orlando, Florida!

From April 13-16, 2017, the Orange County Convention Center will be home to the year's largest assembly of scum and villainy, and the 501st is hosting a number of special events for the occasion.

Aside from amazing photo opportunities with thousands of characters, sets, and props, there will also be discussion panels, interactive games, and even an Easter Egg hunt! So, if you happen to be headed down to Orlando, Florida during Easter, visit http://www.501st.com/celebration for more details on our activities and panels.

Special thanks to Nissan as our Platinum Level Sponsor for Celebration Orlando.


Adler After Dark: Geek Chic V
By Avatar190 on Mar 21, 2017 at 11:43 PM.


A fun time was had by all at the Adler Planetarium on March 16th for Geek Chic V. 501st Legion: Midwest Garrison was joined by Rebel Legion: Nar Shaddaa Base, as well as other galactic inhabitants like Klingon Language Institute and Dalek Nigel, as we posed for photos and interacted with the many visitors (dressed in their favorite Sci-fi theme). Time Crash Band provided the musical entertainment for the evening. Great change of pace troop and evening!


Brave the Shave 2017
By Avatar190 on Mar 14, 2017 at 6:17 AM.


Shout out to TK-10045, DZ-13140, BH-3499, TK-13132, TI-31276 and all the troopers who supported them, as they "Braved the Shave" raising over $1500 for the fight against kids cancer at various St. Baldrick's events this past weekend. Way to go Troopers!

The St. Baldrick's Foundation funds more in childhood cancer research grants than any organization except the U.S. government. They coordinate their signature head-shaving events and other fundraisers, giving thousands of volunteers worldwide a chance to raise money to support lifesaving childhood cancer research. St. Baldrick's events are the largest volunteer-powered fundraising opportunity benefiting pediatric cancer research.

Donations are still gladly accepted at https://www.stbaldricks.org/teams/VadersFist


Polar Plunge 2017
By Avatar190 on Mar 13, 2017 at 11:42 PM.


On March 4th, 2017, Midwest Garrison was on hand for the Law Enforcement Torch Run Polar Plunge Oakbrook benefiting the Special Olympics Illinois. In 2017, Special Olympics Illinois will host Polar Plunges at 22 locations across the state! This event is a great way for everyone – individuals, organizations and businesses – to support the athletes of Special Olympics IL

All proceeds collected by plungers benefit the more than 22,000 traditional athletes and 20,000 Young Athletes of Special Olympics Illinois.

This is the second year trooper TA-41574 has organized our appearance at the event. Special shout out at this event for troopers TI 54750 and TI 33431, who faced the frigid waters and took the plunge themselves! The event itself raised over $48,000. Great job!


Fundraising With The Midwest Garrison
By Sakic Jade on Jan 11, 2017 at 6:13 AM.


Congratulations to SL36285 and his wife. As part of the event planning committee for The Jason Gould Foundation, they enlisted the help of fellow Midwest Garrison members to support the event on every level. The fundraiser raised $28,293.51 in total. Two sets of Star Wars Cornhole games that were custom made by members of the Midwest Garrison raised $4600.00.

The Jason Gould Foundation's main mission is to raise funds for Leukemia, Lymphoma and related research with the goal of finding cures for these diseases. For more on the foundation, they can be found at http://friendsofjasongould.com/


Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
By Sakic Jade on Dec 14, 2016 at 1:45 PM.


It's here. Rogue One is released and members of the Midwest Garrison will be out and about at local theaters in celebration of the release. If you want to hang out with our members while waiting for the movie to start, look for us at the following theaters.

Thursday, December 15
Marcus Cinema at Gurnee Mills. 6144 Grand Ave, Gurnee, IL 60031. 5:00 PM
Hollywood Palms Cinema. 352 S Rte 59, Naperville, IL 60540. 6:00 PM
Carmike Cinemas (The Rave). 5311 West American Prairie Drive, Peoria, IL 61615. 5:00 PM
Hollywood Blvd Cinema. 1001 W 75th St. Woodridge, IL. 60517. 6:00 PM
Savoy 16 IMAX Theater. 232 Burwash Ave, Savoy, IL 61874. 5:00 PM
NCG Cinemas Yorkville. 1505 N. Bridge St. (Rt 47), Yorkville, IL 60560. 3:00 PM

Friday, December 16
NCG Cinemas Yorkville. 1505 N. Bridge St. (Rt 47), Yorkville, IL 60560. 3:00 PM
The Carmike Theater (previously the Beverly). 910 Meijer Drive, Champaign, IL 61822. 5:00 PM
Wehrenberg O'Fallon 15 Cinema. 1320 Central Park Dr, O'Fallon, IL 62269. 6:00 PM

Saturday, December 17
Carmike Cinemas (The Rave). 5311 West American Prairie Drive, Peoria, IL 61615. 5:00 PM
NCG Cinemas Yorkville. 1505 N. Bridge St. (Rt 47), Yorkville, IL 60560. 11:00 AM

Sunday, December 18
NCG Cinemas Yorkville. 1505 N. Bridge St. (Rt 47), Yorkville, IL 60560. 12:00 PM

Enjoy the movie!


The Force Will Be With Chris. Always.
By Sakic Jade on Dec 12, 2016 at 5:14 PM.


The 501st Legion’s Midwest Garrison is saddened to learn of the passing of young Star Wars fan Chris F., a boy who touched us all through is strength and bravery.

In August of 2014, Chris was diagnosed with stage-4 neuroblastoma cancer. We rallied together and several troopers gathered at his bedside, so he could meet his favorite Star Wars characters in person. He was given toys, coloring books, Star Wars pamphlets, and a custom Midwest Garrison hat. But most importantly, he got a chance to forget about what he was going through, even if it was just for a few minutes.

The Midwest Garrison was honored to have been given the chance to meet Chris. We know his love for Star Wars was just as great as our own, and although our visit with him was short, he left a lasting impression not only on the troopers who were able to meet him, but in the hearts of everyone in our group. It was truly our privilege to meet him and all his family. Chris will be honored and remembered forever as one of our own. We extend our deepest condolences and a wish for peace to his family during these difficult times.

We remove our helmets and bow our heads in Chris's honor. You will be in our hearts forever, Chris, and the Force will be with you. Always.


Chicago Toy and Game Fair
By Sakic Jade on Nov 16, 2016 at 7:40 AM.


This weekend, members of the Midwest Garrison and the Rebel Legion will be at Navy Pier in Chicago for ChiTAG.

Families, kids of all ages and friends - come join the fun! Preview newly released toys and games from around the world and meet toy and game inventors who created them! Come see the show, view our member's homemade costumes, and take all the pictures you want!

Saturday, November 19th from 10 AM - 6 PM
Sunday, November 20th from 10 AM - 5 PM

We will also be appearing at the Star Wars Luncheon on Saturday from 12 pm - 1:30 PM. Tickets can be purchased here.

For more information on ChiTAG, click here.

See you this weekend!


Bad Guys Doing Good
By Sakic Jade on Oct 25, 2016 at 1:18 PM.


We want to share this experience with you, it's just a small part of one of our projects. Making a difference and spreading joy through our passion for Star Wars.

During our last visit to the Advocate Children's Hospital in Park Ridge on July 21st, 2016, The Midwest Garrison crew had the chance to meet Jesus. This young man's spirit and excitement was inspirational and we were very touched. We overheard his conversation with the nurse, of how much he wanted to be a Star Wars character for Halloween. After the troop, we discussed it and determined to make his wish a reality. Jesus was going to be a TIE Fighter Pilot for Halloween. We decided to give a TIE pilot costume, complete with a pair of TIE Fighter wings for his wheelchair so that he can feel like a true Imperial Pilot! We documented our work on his wings, so you can see the sort of work we do behind the scenes. Helping to make Jesus' wish come true is the latest adventure for the Bad Guys Doing Good!

It was a looooooooong journey, with a few obstacles but a fun one never the less, and the hard work paid off. Although we didn't get to spend time with Jesus (he was having a very rough day), we had an extremely positive reaction from the staff. They were amazed and very grateful for the project.

https://youtu.be/uRQuUkvteY0

We want to thank everyone involved in Project Jesus, this could not have been done without their support.

We'd like to thank: Advocate Children's Hospital, for this opportunity and letting us make a difference. TD-4934 for not only donating the Tie Pilot kit but also for sending it assembled. DZ-12371, DZ-17761 and our TK in Training for stopping by the DysFUNktional's Asylum to help the build. To Shirley, TX-41574, 9173 and TK-604 for the financial help. TI-66598, TK-41551, TK-13132, SL-40782, TK-91583 for all the support bringing smiles to the young ones and their parents. And a HUGE thanks to IG-80870 for all the back and forth communication, keeping in touch with the hospital contact and ordering the costume soft parts.

If you care to be a part of our family and do special projects like this go to the 501st Legion Website and see how you can Join the Legion. http://databank.501st.com/databank/Membership:JoinUs


Star Wars Reads
By Sakic Jade on Sep 28, 2016 at 7:28 AM.


Star Wars Reads, a celebration of Star Wars and reading, is set to return for its fifth year with a month-long campaign throughout October. Storytelling events and activities, including author signings, readings, and games are planned for bookstores, libraries, and schools across the globe. Visit the Star Wars Reads website and Star Wars Reads community Facebook page for more information on events in your area.

The Midwest Garrison will be appearing:

Monday, October 10 at the Gail Borden South Elgin Library Branch from 5:30-7:30 pm
Saturday, October 15 at the Bethalto Library from 10:30-11:30 am

Stay tuned to our social media channels for updates on where else we may appear for Star Wars Reads during the month of October.