Calling All Diehards

LAKE FOREST, IL - The Chicago Bears are set to host the fifth Annual Fan Convention February 22-24, 2002 at the Chicago Hilton and Towers.

The convention will include over 50 current and former Bears players, an exhibit hall, seminars, autograph stages, games and more. There will be a "Salute to Soldier Field" Auction where fans will have the chance to bid on memorabilia and many fan favorite events have been planned including Opening Ceremonies, Bears Bingo, the Youth Interactive Area, kids football clinics, and question and answer sessions with Bears players.

Convention hours are scheduled for 3-10 p.m. on Friday, February 22; 9 a.m.-11 p.m. on Saturday, February 23; and 9 a.m.-1 p.m. on Sunday, February 24. Tickets will be available for purchase at the door, $30 for adults, $10 for children ages 12 and under, while kids ages two and under will be admitted free of charge. Rooms can be booked at the Hilton Chicago for a special convention rate and ticket package by calling (312) 922-4400 with a portion of the proceeds going to Bears Care. For more information, call the Chicago Bears Marketing Office at (847) 615-9600.

The following Bears are scheduled to appear at the Convention:

Current Players

Allen, James
Austin, Reggie
Azumah, Jerry
Bates, D'Wayne
Booker, Marty
Colvin, Rosevelt
Daniels, Phillip
Green, Mike
Holdman, Warrick
Howard, Bobbie
Mannelly, Patrick
Maynard, Brad
McMillon, Todd
Newkirk, Robert
Powell, Carl
Pritchett, Stanley
Riley, Karon
Robinson, Marcus
Traylor, Keith
Urlacher, Brian
Whigham, Larry
White, Dez
Williams, James

Former Players

Avellini, Bob
Baschnagel, Brian
Buffone, Doug
Bull, Ronnie
Casares, Rick
Chambers, Wally
Covert, Jim
Davis, Wendell
Harper, Roland
Harris, Al
Hartenstine, Mike
Jennings, Keith
Jiggetts, Dan
Jones, Stan
Joseph, Dwayne
Kozlowski, Glen
McKinnon, Dennis
McMichael, Steve
Moorehead, Emery
Morrissey, Jim
Sprinkle, Ed
Thomas, Bob
Waddle, Tom
Wade, Bill
Wilson, Otis
Zorich, Christopher

Friday, February 22
3:00-10:00 pm
RIDELL Kids Interactive Area
Enjoy clinics, play games, and have fun with the inflatable equipment!
International Ballroom (2nd Floor)

7:00-8:00 pm
Opening Ceremony
The 5th Annual Fan Convention kicks off with the Opening Ceremony, season highlights and player introductions.
Grand Ballroom

8:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Bears Q & A
Step up to the microphone after the opening ceremony and ask your favorite former and current Bears players questions!
Northwest Hall

8:15 pm - 9:30 pm
For Kids Only Q & A
Open to Kids 12 & under. This is your chance to ask questions of current and former Chicago Bears (parent may accompany child).
International Ballroom (2nd Floor)

Saturday, February 23
9:00 am - 8:00 pm
RIDDELL Kids Interactive Area
Kids, learn about football from the best. Meet some of your favorite players as they teach you football basics.
International Ballroom (2nd Floor)

9:30 am - 9:30 pm
Bears Theater
Enjoy the Bears video collection including Super Bowl XX, Brian's Song and some of the great games from the '01 season.
Williford A (3rd Floor)

9:00 am - 10:00 am
Bears Management Report
Join President and CEO Ted Phillips, General Manager Jerry Angelo and Chief Marketing Officer Dave Greeley for insight into the Chicago Bears.
Waldorf Room (3rd Floor)

10:00 am - 11:00 am
Stadium Sales FORUM
Get a chance to speak with Management as they answer questions regarding the '03 inaugural season in the new stadium at Soldier Field, including information on PSLs and Executive Suites. Representatives will be available to speak with you individually throughout the Convention.
Waldorf Room (3rd Floor)

11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Meet the Bears Assistant Coaches
Join the Bears Assistant Coaches to discuss the 2001 NFC Central Division Champion season. Find out what their goals and expectations are in Urbana-Champaign!
Williford Room B/C (3rd Floor)

12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Stadium Sales Tours
Take a tour of the new Bears sales center located just outside of Soldier Field. The state of the art facility represents the historical value of Soldier Field and also provides a sneak peek of the new stadium (shuttle available from 8th street entrance). Sign-up at the registration area.
Bears Sales Center

12:00 pm - 12:45 pm 2:00 pm - 2:45 pm
1:00 pm - 1:45 pm 3:00 pm - 3:45 pm
4:00 pm - 4:45 pm

12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Join Hub Arkush, Jeff Joniak and other members of the media as they discuss the importance of Draft Day. Predict who the Bears will select and obtain insight for your fantasy football team.
Williford Room B/C (3rd Floor)

2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Bears Bingo
Head for the Northwest Hall and test your luck at BEARS BINGO! Play to win prizes including Bears apparel and autographed memorabilia.
Northwest Hall

3:00 pm - 7:00 pm
"Salute to Soldier Field" Auction
Here is your chance to bid on historical memorabilia from Soldier Field,including banners, signs, turnstiles and more!
Continental Room

5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Game Time Equipment SEMINAR
Meet the NFL's top Equipment Manager, Tony Medlin (and his staff) as he shows you what it takes to gear up the Bears for the season.
Waldorf Room (3rd Floor)

8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Enjoy the party as Chicago's favorite Beatles band, American English, plays in the Northwest Hall.
Northwest Hall

Sunday, February 24
9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Bears Theater
Williford A (3rd Floor)

9:00 am - 1:00 pm
RIDDELL Kids Interactive Area
International Ballroom (2nd Floor)

9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Stadium Sales Tours
Bears Sales Center

9:00 am - 9:45 am 11:00 am - 11:45 am
10:00 am - 10:45 am 12:00 pm - 12:45 pm

Saturday, February 23, 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
Sunday, February 24, 9:30 am - 1:00 pm

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