Upcoming Events
Fri., 10/28: Monster Bash (Lombard, IL)
Follow the link for more information

Sat., 10/29: YMCA Family Halloween Party (Macomb, IL)
The YMCA of McDonough County is having their Family Halloween Party. They will be having games, a costume parade, just plain old fun for all ages.

Thu., 11/3: Legoland Discovery Center Thursday (Schaumburg, IL)
Legoland has asked if we can troop their Star Wars Weekend once again

Fri., 11/4: Legoland Discovery Center Friday (Schaumburg, IL)
Legoland has asked if we can troop their Star Wars Weekend once again

Sat., 11/5: Legoland Discovery Center Saturday (Schaumburg, IL)
Legoland has asked if we can troop their Star Wars Weekend once again

11/5: Nothin' Up My Sleeve (Crystal Lake, IL)

11/6: Legoland Discovery Center Sunday (Schaumburg, IL)

11/12: Mini Comic Con (Lincolnshire, IL)

11/19: Best Day Evuh Gala (Woodridge, IL)

11/19: Chicago International Toy and Game Fair 2016 (Chicago, IL)

Legion News
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...

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...

Neighboring Units
Wisconsin Garrison

Bloodfin Garrison

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
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.


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.

The Midwest Garrison At Wizard World
By Sakic Jade on Aug 13, 2016 at 5:56 PM.

Wizard World Comic-Con is returning to Chicago August 18 through 21st. This year, the Midwest Garrison will have a booth on the show floor with the Rebel Legion and Mandalorian Mercs. As always, be sure to stop by and learn from members the steps you can take to join the Empire or just ask us for a picture. Either way, we look forward to meeting Star Wars fans, old and new.

Be sure to stop by the booth, and look for us wandering the floor!

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!