Fan Convention Highlighted by '85 Bears

Although the kickoff to the regular season is still months away, Bears fans will have the chance to be up close and personal with their favorite players during the 2005 Bears Fan Convention at the Chicago Hilton and Towers.

This year's event will feature the most current and former Bears players in attendance since the first convention began in 1998. Player appearances will be highlighted by nearly 30 members of the 1985 Super Bowl champion team. In addition, over 40 current Bears players and coaches are scheduled to attend along with over 15 other alumni.

The ‘85 squad will receive special recognition at Friday night's gala opening ceremonies. Other highlights of the weekend will include multiple autograph sessions, Bears Bingo, and team related seminars.

This will be your chance to get an insider's perspective on subjects such as the draft process; how to study an opponent; game time equipment; scouting for the Bears; players on and off the field; and decoding the salary cap.

Planning to bring the family? There will be plenty for the kids to do with a specially designated interactive area, the AthletiCo Kids Zone, scheduled for the Hilton's International Ballroom. The Bears organization and players will host kids football clinics, special autograph areas, an NFL Mascots touch football game, and question and answer sessions.

The convention will also be the site of special live radio broadcasts, a Chicago Bears Garage Sale, the Chicago Bears Pro Shop, and the Miller Lite Saturday Night BLUZ Review.

Convention hours are:

Friday March 18: 3:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m.
Saturday, March 19 9:00 a.m.-11:00 p.m.
Sunday, March 20: 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

Tickets will be available for purchase at the door, or by calling Ticketmaster at (312) 559-1212 or online at

$35 for an adult weekend pass
$20 for an adult Friday-only or Saturday-only pass
$15 for an adult Sunday pass
$10 for children 12 and under (day or weekend) Kids two and under admitted free of charge

Rooms can be booked at the Hilton Chicago for a special convention rate and ticket package by calling (877) 865-5320 with a portion of the proceeds going to Bears Care. A minimum two-night stay is required. For more information, call the Chicago Bears at (847) 295-6600.

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