Upcoming Events
Sat., 2/25: Kid's Expo 2017 (Palos Hills, IL)
We did this 2 day event last year

Sat., 3/4: Pulled Pork for Parkinson's (Pekin, IL)
This is an annual fundraiser for Parkinson's research.

Sat., 3/4: Cub Scout B&G Banquet (Cherry Valley, IL)
This is their yearly Cub Scout Blue and Gold banquet and the scouts have decided on a Star Wars theme!

Sat., 3/4: 2017 Special Olympics Polar Plung (Oakbrook, IL)
Follow the link for more information

Sun., 3/5: Library Comic Con (Barrington, IL)
BAL is hosting a family friendly COMIC CON.

3/11: Naperville St. Patricks Day Parade (Naperville, IL)

3/12: Bolingbrook 4 Kids/St. Baldrick's (Bolingbrook, IL)

3/16: Adler After Dark (Chicago, IL)

3/21: Children's Hospital of Illinois visit #2 (Peoria, IL)

3/25: Mascoutah AFJROTC's Military Ball (Swansea, IL)

 
Legion News
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...

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. https://i.imgur.com/WtU0k7p.png Amy has far exceeded expectations in her...

 
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
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.





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!