For the 11th consecutive summer, the Chicago Blackhawks Convention gives fans the opportunity to get up close and personal with players, coaches and alumni for a weekend in July. Panels, autograph signings and exclusive sales are just some of the highlights planned for attendees this year at the Hilton Chicago. We're counting down the top 10 reasons to attend the Blackhawks Convention.
10. Experience a Blackhawks-filled weekend while taking in Chicago history
Opened in the 1920s, the Hilton Chicago has hosted many historical events and guests in its almost 100-year existence. The landmark hotel has been featured in movies and TV shows like "The Fugitive," and is just a short walk from famous Chicago sites, including Millennium Park, Buckingham Fountain, the Art Institute and Grant Park.
9. Try your hockey skills in the Interactive Hall
Show off your slap shot or take some photos in a replica Blackhawks locker room - among many other hands-on activities - in the Interactive Hall, open all weekend at the Blackhawks Convention. Don't forget to share your photos and stats using the hashtag #BHC2018!
8. Immerse yourself in the Chicago Blackhawks community
Take your online Blackhawks discussion offline! Mingle with Blackhawks social media posters in the seats next to you in a panel or in line for an autograph. There's no better place to hang out with fellow fans in the offseason than the Blackhawks Convention.
7. Hear the anthem live
The only place to get the full Blackhawks anthem experience from Jim Cornelison during the offseason is opening ceremonies on Friday night at the Blackhawks Convention. Kick off the event with Jim's riveting rendition of the Star-Spangled Banner before delving into the weekend.
6. Take home a piece (or two) of Blackhawks history
Looking for a game-used stick from Patrick Kane? Maybe a pair of Duncan Keith-worn gloves? The Locker Room Sale at the Blackhawks Convention is one of the only times during the year where fans can bid on gear used by Blackhawks stars over the course of the season.
5. Snag the perfect Instagram
All weekend long, several Blackhawks players will be featured for more than 20 different photo opportunities! Consult the schedule in your program after Event Registration for exact stage locations and wristband distribution details. Then get ready to watch the likes and comments roll in!
4. Load up on new gear
Available exclusively for this summer's Convention-goers, shop for fan favorites at up to 75% off, including apparel and headwear starting at $10!
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3. Get the inside scoop
Hear from players, coaches, alumni and team leadership at the various panels in the International and Continental Ballrooms. You'll learn something new and have a laugh at a story shared by the players! Click here to see the confirmed list of attendees.
2. Meet the Blackhawks
Get a wristband for one of the 40 autograph signings over the course of the weekend to get a signature from a current Blackhawk, prospect, alumni or coach! Don't forget the Scratch & Win opportunities as well: Guests can win their way into one of these signings when registering passes ahead of the event or onsite at the Prize Tower.
1. Have an unforgettable Chicago Blackhawks weekend!