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Convention Information

Note: Full and All Access Registrants for the Chicago Convention are the target audience for this information

Does Your LUG/LTC Display at Brickworld?

We are trying to update our club list on the Brickworld web site.  If your LUG displays at a Brickworld event and you are not on this list, please let us know if you would like to be added and provide the proper name of the club, a web page link, a Facebook page/group link, and a Flickr photo pool link if you have them so we can get all the information out there.  If your club is already on the list and we don’t have all of your links, please send them to us.  Thanks for your help!


2018 Theme for Brickworld Chicago

We are happy to announce “Seasons” as the theme for Brickworld Chicago 2018.

The coordinators believe that this theme lends itself to many opportunities for building.  When the theme was finally selected, Bryan commented that “It feels sentimental.  Brickworld has felt like it has gone through seasons over the years just like people do in life.  It seems like next June will be the summer of Brickworld”

We can’t wait to see what people do with this in their builds next year!

Brickworld Chicago 2018 will be held June 13 – 17, 2018 at the Renaissance Hotel and Convention Center in Schaumburg, IL


Brickworld Chicago Walk Through

Beyond the Brick has once again published a walk-through of the display hall at Brickworld Chicago.  With 100,000 square feet in the hall, it was a long process.  So, if you have 2 hours and 40 minutes, kick back and enjoy the video!  If you weren’t at the show, you missed a lot of very cool builds that you can see in this video.  Enjoy!


2017 Keynote Address

The 2017 keynote address is available for viewing on our YouTube channel thanks to Bob Luzenski!

Enjoy!


2017 Brickworld Awards

World of Lights photo of Picnic in the Park. Photo Credit: Evan Bordessa

Congratulations to all of the award winning MOCs at Brickworld 2017.

You can see them all here if you missed them at the event.  As always, we are amazed by the creativity and building skills of all of the builders at Brickworld events.


Brickworld 2017 GBC Workshop Module Parts List

We are happy to announce that all 80 of the GBC workshop slots have been filled.  Normally there are only 30 slots.  So, we were pushing it this year.  Since all 80 are filled, that means if you still want to participate in the workshop, you will need to kit up your own parts and just show up.  So, we are posting the parts list for you.

If you aren’t coming to Brickworld, instructions will be made available via the great ball contraption web site at a later date.  If you are in the workshop, you will get instructions.


Brickworld 2017 Convention Important Information

We hope that everyone is ready.  This coming week will be busy, crazy fun for everyone!

Here is some information that we hope you find helpful:

  • Official check-in times are shown below.  These are the hours when the registration desk will definitely be open.  Please plan to check in (and get your badges) during these times.

Wednesday, June 14, 1 – 7 PM
Thursday, June 15, 8 AM – 7:30 PM
Friday, June 16, 8 AM – 8 PM

  • A photo ID will be required to check in.  Only one person in your group will need to show their ID, and they will need to be 18 or older.
  • Minors (those under 18) will ONLY be allowed to check in with their registered parent/guardian.
  • You will receive your badge and goody bag (Full Registrants) at the Registration Desk, located outside the Exploration Hall.  If you have MOC Cards or a merchandise order, you will receive those also.
  • You are required to wear your printed Brickworld badge during all Brickworld activities…including Thursday & Friday.  An engraved brick badge is not an acceptable form of ID for entrance to Brickworld activities.  With nearly 1,000 convention attendees, the security personnel at the door can’t be expected to recognize all of your faces.
  • The event schedule will be posted near the check in area, and it will be in your program.  You can also see in on-line here and in visual form here.
  • Hotel check-in is 4 PM if you are staying at the Renaissance.
  • Wi-Fi is free in the hotel lobby.
  • More hotel information is available here.
  • Donation items for the fundraiser may be dropped off at the registration desk. Please print and complete the auction form.  We appreciate all of your support for the charity fundraiser.
  • Goody bags will be assembled in the foyer in front of Discovery/Exploration Hall Wednesday starting at 10 AM.  We will also be putting table cloths on tables at the same time.  Feel free to stop in and help or just say hello.  The more, the merrier!!
  • Thank you to everyone that has signed up to volunteer at the event online (there are still a few slots available here).  We really appreciate your help!  It is important that you show up for your volunteer spots and we trust that you will.  So, you will receive your volunteer gifts when you check in for the show (kind of an honor system).  This is simply a lot easier to do logistically.
  • Awards judging begins at noon on Friday.  So, if you want to make sure your creation is seen by the judges, be ready by noon Friday.  If you are later, it might get missed.  The judges do their best to look at everything.

If you missed the Logistics post last week, you can find it here.  Anyone vending or displaying should definitely read the post.  And, it wouldn’t hurt to read it even if you aren’t doing either of these things.

It is difficult to add this part:  In today’s world, there is always the potential for bad things to happen in good places.  We are all carrying in a lot of boxes, backpacks, etc.  If you see someone that looks out of place, seek out Brickworld staff or hotel staff and inform them.  And, remember our policy on theft.  If you are caught pilfering at a vendor booth or anywhere else, you will be removed from the event immediately, banned from future Brickworld events, and possibly have the authorities contacted.  Theft is not a huge issue.  But it is a larger problem during non-public hours than during public hours.  Please help watch over displays for any odd behavior.

We are looking forward to a wonderful event!  We will see you next week!


2017 Load In/Load Out Logistics

Brickworld Chicago is only a couple weeks away!  We just want to take a couple minutes of your time and walk through the logistics of how load-in will work.  Trust us, it’s okay, put the bricks down and take a short break, maybe get a drink, grab a few seconds of sunshine, and commit this info to memory so you’re prepped when you get to the convention center.  Some of this information will be obvious, we know.  But we want you to have everything in one place in case you have questions. So, without further ado…

Where
Adventure, Discovery & Exploration Halls
Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center Hotel
1551 N. Thoreau Drive, Schaumburg, IL 60173
847.303.4100

When
Main load-in for displays will be on Wednesday afternoon, June 14th from 1 PM – 5 PM and Thursday morning, June 15th from 8 AM through 12 PM (noon) CDT.

How to Load In (and more when)
Large Displays:  If you are part of a LUG or LTC, or if you have a large display requiring a flatbed cart or hand truck, you will need to make sure you are at the convention hall to unload during the times above, as these are the only hours that the large 20ft wide/tall “elephant” doors will be accessible (since a dock warden must be present). If you are unable to be at the hall and unloaded during the times listed above, please contact us immediately so that we can make other arrangements. Weather permitting, you will be able to drive your vehicles into the display hall to drop off tables/displays. Access will be permitted on a first come, first served basis and requires explicit approval from Bryan Bonahoom or Brian Elzer. The ramps to drive-in to the hall are at the back of the convention hall.  We don’t know which ramps will be available at this point.  Please line up in an orderly fashion, taking care not to block the roadway or parking areas.  It will be up to our discretion whether or not your vehicle will be able to drive in, based on how many other vehicles are already in the hall, the size of the vehicle you have, what you need to unload, and whether or not you’ve been off-roading recently.  So, ask BEFORE you wait in line.  The dock warden has final say on anything regarding vehicles.  Please adhere to what they tell you to do.

Small Displays:  Individuals with smaller displays will be allowed to hand-carry their displays in through the front doors of the halls anytime after 1 PM Wednesday afternoon. You do not need to be in before 5 PM unless your display will not fit through a standard 36 inch doorway.

Vendors:  You may load in through the front doors of the halls anytime after 1 PM Wednesday afternoon. You do not need to be in before 5 PM unless your display will not fit through a standard 36 inch doorway.  If you feel you need to drive in to unload, you need to follow the rules of Large Displays above.  This includes getting approval from Bryan or Brian.

Individual & Group display spaces will be marked off on a poster which will be on display at the front of the hall.  Once you have arrived, please consult the map before bringing in your displays. This will help you determine where to go without the struggle of a handful of displays. If you or your club have opted to bring your own tables, there will be chalk marking off the corners of your area on the floor.  If you do not see your name/club listed on the poster, please contact Bryan for assistance.

Bryan will be available on Wednesday 1 PM and 5 PM and as much as possible Thursday to answer questions and direct folks to their locations.  For any questions prior to Wednesday, you can also reach out to us by email at layout at brickworld.com.

Friday:  If you are not scheduled to arrive until Friday, you will be able to hand-carry your displays through the front doors of the display hall during the day and evening.

How to Load Out on Sunday:  We will open the large doors on Sunday starting at 3:30 PM.  The dock master controls how many cars are allowed in the room at once.  Because of the number of people (especially kids) in the room, we require that any vehicle entering the room be escorted by 2 people walking with the vehicle.  Do not bring your vehicle into the room until you are fully ready to put stuff in the vehicle and then exit the room.  While your vehicle is in the room, there are other vehicles that will not be allowed to enter.  Please follow direction given to you by a Brickworld coordinator, Brickworld staff, or the dock master.  They are probably taking factors into consideration that you might not be aware of and it will just help keep things running smoothly.  Remember that by Sunday afternoon we are all tired.  Do not plan to drive in Sunday unless it is absolutely necessary.  It just makes life simpler because there are so many people packing and leaving at the same time.

Other Info
Display Requirement: All displays are required to be set up by 10 AM Saturday morning, prior to beginning of public day hours, and must remain up until 3 PM Sunday afternoon at the close of public hours.

Viewable Sides: You may not have all sides viewable that you requested.  There are simply too many displays and special requests each year to accomodate them all. At least one major side of each display is directly viewable from an aisle. Please be flexible and remember that attendees will have plenty of opportunity to see your display up close from any side.

Trailer Parking: Trailer parking is located on the East side of the South parking lot.  Please do not put trailers in the parking spots closest to the building.

Power: Power drops for displays will go to the general area of your tables, but are shared with multiple displayers. You may need to bring your own extension cords and/or power strips.  Please plan accordingly.  Brickworld does have extension cords and outlet splitters that you can use.  Please see Bryan, Brian, or the check in desk to use one.  We simply ask that you return what you use to the front of the hall at the end of the show.

Table Cloths: If you requested table cloths and they are not at your tables upon arrival, please stop by the registration desk to get some.  The front edge of your table cloth should be 10 inches (32 studs) from the floor.  If you rearrange any table cloths please maintain this consistency.

Barriers: Posts/crossbars for the crowd barriers will be delivered to your tables.  Any help putting these up around your displays is very much appreciated.

A word of caution – while we make every attempt to keep the event space secure, the event hall is generally open for the entire day and well into the evening and early morning hours each night. Besides the attendees, hotel/convention staff and others may have access to the event space. It is unfortunate to mention, but we all need to be aware of the possibility of theft.  Please do not leave valuables like purses, wallets, cameras, phones, notebook computers and the like out in the open and unattended. When you leave the hall, take them with you, or at the very least hide them.  If you have pieces or minifigs on your displays that you cannot bear to lose, our suggestion is that you place them towards the center of your displays or towards the back of the tables, and take them with you when you leave, otherwise, you may find it better to simply leave them at home.  If you spot anyone taking anything from another person’s display, please notify one of the coordinators immediately.  We have a ZERO-TOLERANCE POLICY when it comes to stealing.  You will forfeit the rest of your event privileges, and will not be allowed to attend future Brickworld events anywhere they may be held.

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Finally, we just want to say that as always we are excited to see all of you and the amazing things you’ve built!  One of the best parts of the event is seeing old friends and making new ones.  Make sure to step out from behind your display during the event to walk around and check out everyone else’s work, and spend some time talking with your fellow builders. Above all, have fun!  Safe travels, and we’ll see you soon!


Draft & Build Challenge

Another new, fun activity is making its debut at Brickworld this year.  It is called the Draft & Build Challenge.  And, it is exactly that, you will draft parts and then have the remainder of the time to build a MOC in one of 3 scales that you will declare during the competition.  A winner will be awarded at each scale.  There are only 20 slots available.  And, since you will be walking away with $40 of parts, the cost is $40 to enter.  Signup will open along with all of the other workshops, challenges and games that require sign up on May 20th.

Meanwhile, you can see the complete Draft & Build rule set here.

Build On!!


Brickworld Tshirts

Brickworld is taking a new approach to tshirts this year and we don’t want anyone to be caught off-guard. The 2017 tshirt featuring the annual artwork is available as a pre-order item only this year. There will be other Brickworld tshirts available at the show. But, the artwork tshirt has always been a special print job to get it to look right. So, we wanted to make it something that only the registrants could get. The other Brickworld tshirts will be awesome too and you might want one of those. They will only be available at the show though, not through preorder.

The 2017 tshirt with artwork is shown here.  So, don’t miss  out if you want one.  Preorder it before May 16th.


Deadlines Approaching

May is the month of many deadlines in preparation for Brickworld Chicago!!

  • May 1 – last day to request table/floor space for your display
  • May 15 – last day for normal registration (after this, you can only be a Late Registrant)
  • May 15 – last day to preorder merchandise.  NOTE:  Tshirts printed with this year’s artwork can only be purchased via preorder. 
  • May 22 – last day to register your MOCs and get MOC cards (required to be eligible for awards)
  • May 31 – last day to submit an entry to the film festival

Don’t miss out by missing deadlines!  We appreciate your help on this as “I forgot” requests after deadlines cause a lot of extra work.

You can see all the dates and deadlines here.


Set Draft Ticketing is Here

Are you ready to start planning your time at Brickworld this year? The set draft schedule has been subtly released. And, while it is still subject to change if there are conflicts that need to be resolved, it should be pretty solid. You can’t see the schedule on the schedule page yet though. But, it will be there soon.

You can see the schedule for each draft at the bottom of your My Page when you log into your Brickworld account and are registered for the event.  Why on your My Page?  Well, we have been working on adding a new feature to the web site and it is ready to go.  We see big things for this feature in the future.  Meanwhile, we are starting small with a bunch of free stuff!!  Signing up for set drafts is free.  You need to bring your own new, unopened set to the draft to join in the fun.  And, you will need a ticket…a FREE ticket…to that draft.  And, you can get these free tickets on your My Page just below the pre-order items.

Doing a ticketing process for the set drafts will also help us know if there is a draft that is not of interest or a draft where there are so many people that we need to give it some extra attention.  So, this will help in our planning.  If you plan to bring 2 sets to a draft for yourself, please sign up for 2 tickets.  If you are a mom signing up your kids, get each one that will have a set their own ticket.

There are 24 different drafts to choose from.  So, choose wisely!!

Things are shaping up for the show.  We are getting into crunch time.  With many deadlines approaching (like display space and MOC cards), we are sure you are all building your creations and your excitement with us!

We look forward to seeing everyone in June.


Brickworld Film Festival

We’re very excited to announce the sixth annual Brickworld Film Festival! The event theme for Brickworld Chicago 2017 is “Lights, Camera, Bricks!”, so we’re opening up the film festival to filmmakers from all over the world for the first time ever.

We want this to be the best brickfilm festival ever, so we have very few eligibility requirements (see the official rules below). Your film doesn’t have to be recently made or contain any specific theme. We want your best work of all time. All eligible films will screen continuously in the Brickfilm Theater for the duration of Brickworld Chicago. The attendees of Brickworld Chicago will vote on the films to decide the winners. We’ve also pulled together a pretty awesome prize pack for the winner.

And while attending Brickworld Chicago isn’t required to enter the contest, we highly recommend it. In addition to the film festival, we will be running a LEGO animation workshop, screening a special film, showcasing models from our latest animations and just generally hanging out and talking about LEGO.

Official Rules

  • Anyone can enter a film in the festival, but you must be a Full Registrant of Brickworld Chicago to be eligible for the “Best Film” Trophy.
  • Your film must be longer than 30 seconds and shorter than 5 minutes in length.
  • Your film must be uploaded to YouTube.
  • Your film should use LEGO elements to tell a story. It can be animated or live action, or a combination of the two.
  • Your film must not have been submitted to any previous Brickworld Film Festival.
  • By entering your film for consideration, you attest that you hold all rights to exhibit the given work. This includes (but is not limited to) visuals, music, and characters. Unlicensed use of copyrighted material is not allowed.
  • Limit one (1) entry per director.
  • Films should be enjoyable by all ages. Film content such as (but not limited to) curse words/swearing, excessive violence, sexual content, and drug use will be grounds for disqualification.
  • To submit, e-mail bwfilmfest@setbump.com by June 5, 2017 with the following information:
    • A link to your film on YouTube
    • A completed entry form
  • There will be two winners of the festival
    • Best of Brickworld Chicago – a Brickworld “Best Film” trophy will be awarded to the film submitted by a Brickworld Chicago Full Registrant that receives the most votes from the audience at Brickworld Chicago.
    • Best of Brickworld International – a Prize Pack (approximate retail value $250 USD) will be awarded to the film that receives the most votes from the audience at Brickworld Chicago.
  • By submitting your film, the Brickworld Film Festival is granted the right to use and/or publish clips or the full videos, screenshots, director and crew names, and any other material related to an entry in the event program, the Brickworld Film Festival screening, the Brickworld website, re-screenings at future Brickworld events, and for any and all promotional purposes.

Prize Pack Details

  • 8077: Atlantis Exploration HQ
  • 60134: Fun in the Park – City People Pack
  • 21103: The DeLorean Time Machine
  • 71238: Cyberman
  • Misc. Collectable Minifigures (x6)
  • 40021: Spiders
  • 852948: Female Minifigure Magnets
  • 6868: Hulk’s Hellicarrier Breakout
  • 852690: Designer’s Toolset
  • Medieval and WWII BrickStix packs
  • Signed copy of Brickjournal Issue #14
  • Signed copy of The LEGO Animation Book

If you have any questions, please e-mail bwfilmfest@setbump.com. We look forward to seeing your films!


2017 Brickworld Charity Beard Shave Challenge

One of our long time attendees and best friend of Brickworld and all attendees, Jeff, has offered to shave a beard that we have never seen shaved to help raise money for the annual Esther Walner Memorial Charity Fundraiser.   Let’s all help reach the goal of a clean face for Jeff.

You can donate via the Brickworld web site.  100% of the proceeds go to the fundraiser.

You can read more about the fundraiser here.  Or, you can click to go directly to the Beard Shave Challenge to learn more and donate.

Thank you in advance for your support of the fundraiser!!!


Brickworld Chicago Hotel is Almost Full. Book Now!

The hotel for Brickworld Chicago is filling up fast!  Book your hotel room now!  Brickworld has set up a room block at the Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center Hotel at a room rate of $144/night.  To make your hotel reservations, click here.

You may also call the Group Reservations phone numbers to make your reservation.

Reservations Toll Free: 877-303-0104

Reservations Local Phone: 847-303-4016

IMPORTANT:  The hotel itself (not just our room block) will most likely be sold out Saturday, June 17, 2017.  They may also sell out on Tuesday, June 13, and Wednesday, June 14.  We suggest you make your reservations sooner rather than later.  If you have issues getting the room type and/or nights you want, please feel free to let us know.  We may be able to help.  Send us an email using the Contact Us form on the website.


2017 Brickworld Chicago Set Drafts and Leaders

Are you registered for Brickworld Chicago?  Do you want to lead an activity but don’t want to get in too deep?  Do you participate in set drafts?  Well, then a set draft leadership role is probably for you.

We have published a preliminary list of sets that will be drafted during the Chicago convention.  You can find that list here.

There are quite a few drafts just like last year.  Some are small.  Some are bigger.  If you are interested in leading a set draft or two, please sign up for a leadership role from your My Page.

Let’s see how many of the leader positions we can fill up fast so we can start to see the schedule for the event come together.  And, don’t forget, since you are leading the draft, you may as well participate in it too!

We still have room for presentations and round table discussions.  If you have a topic, it is virtually guaranteed you will have an audience!!

June will be here before we know it.  Planning is now in high gear!


2017 Keynote Speaker

We are pleased to announce our 2017 Keynote Speaker will be Ms. Olivia Donahue.

Olivia is a 21 year old college student studying Visual Arts. Olivia has been a LEGO fan and builder since she was a young child. And, she and her family have been attending Brickworld since the beginning in 2007 when she was 11 years old. In 2009, as a 13 year old, she made a presentation at Brickworld discussing the differences in the way girls and boys play with LEGO. The LEGO personnel attending the show were so impressed with her insights that they set up a private meeting between Olivia, owner Kjeld Kirk Kristiansen, and then CEO Jørgen Vig Knudstorp.

Olivia has continued to develop her insights into play and her own personal experience of turning from a Kid Fan of LEGO (KFOL), to a Teen Fan of LEGO (TFOL), to an Adult Fan of LEGO (AFOL) during the incredible community upsurge in the last 10 years.  She will be sharing some of the things she has learned along the way and how the hobby can impact your life in ways you might not have imagined.

We hope you join us in our excitement in this year’s Keynote Speaker!


2017 Artwork

We are excited to be unveiling the 2017 Chicago program cover artwork.  This year’s theme is embodied throughout the art.  We hope you enjoy the artwork!  Thanks to Mark Larson for his talent and efforts in developing the art.  A job well done.


Inclusivity Focus

While the concept of inclusivity is not new to our shows, we are excited to be formalizing the push for inclusivity focus in our Brickworld displays!  To that end, we launched a new page on our web site today to help encourage fans displaying at our shows to think about characteristics of their displays in a new way to help engage more people.  You can find the page under the About menu or just click here.


Call for Activities

Leader sign up is now open on the Brickworld web site. If you are registered to attend the Chicago convention, you can go to your My Page and select My Leader Roles to enter any activities you would like to lead.

For those that are new to the convention, the content of the convention is driven by the attendees.  We rely on you to make Brickworld the wonderful event that it is.  So, if you have a topic to discuss, a community interest story, a process for building, a game, an activity, a workshop….whatever…we encourage you to sign up to lead a session and add to the fun of the event.

We apologize for the delay in opening leader sign up.  Honestly, we thought it opened January 1st with everything else.  But, we missed 1 click of the mouse to make it happen.

If you have questions about your activity and whether it would be good for the show, enter it.  We have never rejected an activity.  If we have concerns, we will let you know.  Chances are, if you are excited about it, we will find a way to make it work!!


Brickworld Chicago Hotel is Filling Up Fast. Book Now.

The hotel for Brickworld Chicago is filling up fast!  Book your hotel room now!  Brickworld has set up a room block at the Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center Hotel at a room rate of $144/night.  To make your hotel reservations, click here.

You may also call the Group Reservations phone numbers to make your reservation.

Reservations Toll Free: 877-303-0104

Reservations Local Phone: 847-303-4016

IMPORTANT:  The hotel itself (not just our room block) will most likely be sold out Saturday, June 17, 2017.  They may also sell out on Tuesday, June 13, and Wednesday, June 14.  We suggest you make your reservations sooner rather than later.  If you have issues making your hotel reservations, please feel free to let us know.  We may be able to help.  Send us an email using the Contact Us form on the website.


Yay - Twitter is Active

Brickworld has posted a lot of stuff to Facebook over the years.  But, the @brickworld account on Twitter has been eerily silent as we keep trying to master social media.  Today, we added Twitter to our list of active social media spots and you will see the Brickworld web site news feed posts show up as tweets from @brickworld.  We hope to continue expanding our social media presence to help get the word out about all the cool stuff people bring to Brickworld.  So, if you are displaying at one of our shows, don’t be shy.  Reply with pictures of the cool stuff you will be displaying at the show!  


Brickworld Web Site Slow

We have identified an issue with the Brickworld web site that is causing slow operation.  A fix has been identified and is being tested.  We are sorry for any delays you are experiencing and hope to have this resolved very soon (like tomorrow).  There will be no follow up post when this is fixed.  Thank you for your patience.


Brickworld Socks? Sure, why not!

socksOne of the preorder items for registrants at Brickworld Chicago will be the option to purchase Brickworld socks.  The socks are made to help keep moisture off your feet.  They are awesome!  The socks come in multiple sizes to fit everyone’s foot.

Bryan wore a pair of Brickworld socks with his sneakers at Brickworld Tampa and was amazed at how these kept his feet dry and comfortable all day. And, they just looked cool!

There will be a limited supply available at Brickworld Indy to purchase as an experiment.

We hope you enjoy this new item as a choice in the preorders for Chicago! 

size chart


2017 Event Kit and Colors

Camera TruckWe are happy to announce the 2017 event kit for Brickworld Chicago. This year’s kit was designed by Yitzy Kasowitz and based partly on a truck design by Dan Siskind. The kit is a camera truck in keeping with the theme of this year’s show – Lights, Camera, Bricks!

We are also very happy to announce that the preorder polo shirts for 2017 will be red. The shirt material and design is the same as previous years. Only the color is changing.

Finally, the brick badges will be reddish brown in keeping with the event color for 2017. The 1×8 event bricks will also be reddish brown.

Thank you to everyone that participated in the event kit contest this year. There were some great choices that made it very hard for the coordinators to pick the winner. Congratulations Yitzy and Dan!

Preorder items will open WITH registration on January 1st. There are a limited number of event kits (100) that will be made. But you can order all the shirts and badges you want.

Note: The artwork for the tshirt is not complete yet. So, the tshirt color has not been finalized. We are opening them to order but the look shown on the site will be of an old design for the time being.


Chicago Registration Set to Open January 1

Our web guys have been busy cleaning up the site and getting ready to open registration. We ran final tests today and we have set registration to open on January 1st. The goal is just after midnight Eastern time. But, you know how things go on New Year’s Eve.

When registration opens this year, we will also be opening up display space registration and MOC registration at the same time.  You still have until May to get these done.  But, the sooner, the better.  And, we did activate the hotel room registration link on your My Page today.  So, you can go ahead and book your hotel rooms now if you want.  Remember, the hotel does fill up.

There are no major changes to the registration process and pricing is the same as 2016.  Just log into your Brickworld account and you will be able to click on Add Registration from your My Page.  Make sure you get your password right.  If you fail 3 times, the system will lock you out for an hour even if you click on reset password.  This is a security thing as the site is constantly under attack from far away places.

There are already several things in place for the 2017 convention that we are itching to tell you about.  But, we want to wait until the first of the year before we get crazy and start laying out information.  But, we can say the Keynote Speaker is locked in, the event kit design is complete, and the GBC workshop kit design is complete.

As always, there is a lot going on that we don’t bother you with.  But, we are always here if you have questions.  Don’t hesitate to ask!

See everyone in June!!


2017 Theme Announced

Every year, we have a theme for Brickworld Chicago. In 2017 that theme is:

Lights, Camera, Bricks!

We hope that this theme provides some very broad reaching opportunities to create inspiring displays unique to the event.  It is never too early to start planning and building for the next Brickworld event.

The announcement of the theme also means the event kit contest is on!  The time frame to develop a kit is short.  We would like all submissions by the end of July.

Rules for the event kit contest:

  1. 150 parts maximum (if you go over by a few parts we won’t just DQ the submission.  This limit is about cost control.  So, if you don’t have big/expensive parts in your build, then you can probably go up to 175 parts like this year’s kit)
  2. Absolutely no licensed mini figures are allowed
  3. Kit should adhere to the theme in some way
  4. Live model desired with correct colors. LDD or LDraw model pictures are acceptable. If your model is not built of correct colors, then model pictures would be extremely useful
  5. Deadline for submission is Sunday, July 31st at midnight
  6. No Kragle allowed
  7. All parts (including the color of the part) must currently be in production at LEGO (if a part is in a current set, then it is a current part. You can use various sources like Bricklink and Brickset to help determine if a part is current)
  8. Submissions need to be made via email (bryan at brickworld dot com) and the subject line needs to be “2017 Event Kit – ” and the name of your kit

If you have questions, please submit them via the contact us form.


Last Chance to Request MOC Cards

You have one (1) last chance to request MOC Cards.  All requests should be submitted no later than 12 Noon on Thursday, June 16, 2016.  Our plan is to have them available for pickup after 10 am on Friday.

But, please don’t wait til Thursday to submit them.  We need time to get them printed for you.

Requests can be sent via email to moccards@brickworld.com or turned in at the registration desk on Wednesday and Thurdsay.

Please provide the following information when submitting your request:

  • Email address
  • First & Last Name of Requestor
  • Creation Name
  • Creator Name
  • Co-Creator Name
  • Age

Any requests submitted after 12 Noon on Thursday will be printed as time permits.

For more information about MOC Cards, please see the blog post titled ‘Do You Want Your MOCs to be Eligible for Awards?’.

We can’t wait to see all your wonderful creations!


LEGOLAND Discount for Brickworld Registrants

LEGOLAND has graciously provided a discount and giveaway for Brickworld attendees!!

Check it out in these two flyers.  Make sure to stop in and see the 4D movie while you are there.  Then you will understand the brick badge Bryan is wearing at the event this year!

 


Brickworld Chicago 2016 - Important Information

We hope that everyone is ready.  This coming week will be busy, crazy fun for everyone!

Here is some information that we hope you find helpful:

  • Official check-in times are shown below.  These are the hours when the registration desk will definitely be open.  Please plan to check in (and get your badges) during these times.

Wednesday, June 15, 1 – 7 PM
Thursday, June 16, 8 AM – 7:30 PM
Friday, June 17, 8 AM – 8 PM

  • A photo ID will be required to check in.  Only one person in your group will need to show their ID, and they will need to be 18 or older.
  • Minors (those under 18) will ONLY be allowed to check in with their registered parent/guardian.
  • You will receive your badge and goody bag (Full Registrants) at the Registration Desk, located outside the Exploration Hall.  If you have MOC Cards or a merchandise order, you will receive those also.
  • You are required to wear your printed Brickworld badge during all Brickworld activities…including Thursday & Friday.  An engraved brick badge is not an acceptable form of ID for entrance to Brickworld activities.
  • The event schedule will be posted near the check in area, and it will be in your program.  You can also see in on-line here.
  • Hotel check-in is 4 PM if you are staying at the Renaissance.
  • Wi-Fi is free in the hotel lobby.
  • More hotel information is available here.
  • Donation items for the fundraiser may be dropped off at the registration desk. Please complete the auction form.  We appreciate all of your support for the charity fundraiser.
  • Goody bags will be assembled in the foyer in front of Discovery/Exploration Hall Wednesday starting at 10 AM.  Feel free to stop in and help or just say hello.  The more, the merrier!!
  • If you would like to volunteer during the event, you can either send us an email via the contact us form or we will have a sign-up sheet available when you check in to the event. We really appreciate your help!

We are looking forward to a wonderful event!  We will see you next week!


Load In & Load Out Logistics

Brickworld Chicago is only a few days away!  We just want to take a couple minutes of your time and walk through the logistics of how load-in will work.  Trust us, it’s okay, put the bricks down and take a short break, maybe get a drink, grab a few seconds of sunshine, and commit this info to memory so you’re prepped when you get to the convention center.  Some of this information will be obvious, we know.  But we want you to have everything in one place in case you have questions. So, without further ado…

Where:
Adventure, Discovery & Exploration Halls
Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center Hotel
1551 N. Thoreau Drive, Schaumburg, IL 60173
847.303.4100

When:
Main load-in for displays will be on Wednesday afternoon, June 15th from 1 PM – 5 PM and Thursday morning, June 16th from 8 AM through 12 PM (noon) CDT.

How to Load In (and more when):
Large Displays:  If you are part of a LUG or LTC, or if you have a large display requiring a flatbed cart or hand truck, you will need to make sure you are at the convention hall to unload during the times above, as these are the only hours that the large 20ft wide/tall “elephant” doors will be accessible (since a dock warden must be present). If you are unable to be at the hall and unloaded during the times listed above, please contact us immediately so that we can make other arrangements. Weather permitting, you will be able to drive your vehicles into the display hall to drop off tables/displays. Access will be permitted on a first come, first served basis and requires explicit approval from Bryan, Kevin or Alison. The ramp to drive-in to the hall is at the northeast corner of the convention hall.  Please line up in an orderly fashion, taking care not to block the roadway or parking areas.  It will be up to our discretion whether or not your vehicle will be able to drive in, based on how many other vehicles are already in the hall, the size of the vehicle you have, what you need to unload, and whether or not you’ve been off-roading recently.  So, ask BEFORE you wait in line.

Small Displays:  Individuals with smaller displays will be allowed to hand-carry their displays in through the front doors of the halls anytime after 1 PM Wednesday afternoon. You do not need to be in before 5 PM unless your display will not fit through a standard 30 inch doorway.

Vendors:  You may load in through the front doors of the halls anytime after 1 PM Wednesday afternoon. You do not need to be in before 5 PM unless your display will not fit through a standard 30 inch doorway.  If you feel you need to drive in to unload, you need to follow the rules of Large Displays above.  This includes getting approval from Bryan, Kevin, or Alison.

Individual & Group display spaces will be marked off on a poster which will be on display at the front of the hall.  Once you have arrived, please consult the map before bringing in your displays. This will help you determine where to go without the struggle of a handful of displays. If you or your club have opted to bring your own tables, there will be tape marking off the corners of your area on the floor.  If you do not see your name/club listed on the poster, please contact Kevin or Alison for assistance.

Alison and Kevin will be available on Wednesday 1 PM and 5 PM and Thursday 9 AM – 5 PM to answer questions and direct folks to their locations.  For any questions prior to Wednesday, you can also reach out to us by email at brickworldlayout at gmail.com.

Friday:  If you are not scheduled to arrive until Friday, you will be able to hand-carry your displays through the front doors of the display hall during the day and evening.

How to Load Out on Sunday:  We will open the large doors on Sunday starting at 3:30 PM.  The dock master controls how many cars are allowed in the room at once.  Because of the number of people (especially kids) in the room, we require that any vehicle entering the room be escorted by 2 people walking with the vehicle.  Do not bring your vehicle into the room until you are fully ready to put stuff in the vehicle and then exit the room.  While your vehicle is in the room, there are other vehicles that will not be allowed to enter.  Please follow direction given to you by a Brickworld coordinator, Brickworld staff, or the dock master.  They are probably taking factors into consideration that you might not be aware of and it will just help keep things running smoothly.  Remember that by Sunday afternoon we are all tired.  Do not plan to drive in Sunday unless it is absolutely necessary.  It just makes life simpler because there are so many people packing and leaving at the same time.

Other Info:
All displays are required to be set up by 10 AM Saturday morning, prior to beginning of public day hours, and must remain up until 3 PM Sunday afternoon at the close of public hours.

You may not have all sides viewable that you requested.  There are simply too many displays and special requests each year to accomodate them all. At least one major side of each display is directly viewable from an aisle. Please be flexible and remember that attendees will have plenty of opportunity to see your display up close from any side.

Trailer parking is located on the West side of the South parking lot.  Please do not put trailers in the parking spots closest to the building.

Power drops for displays will go to the general area of your tables, but are shared with multiple displayers. You may need to bring your own extension cords and/or power strips.  Please plan accordingly.

If you requested table cloths and they are not at your tables upon arrival, please stop by the registration desk to get some.

Posts/crossbars for the crowd barriers will not be delivered to your tables until Friday afternoon/evening. Any help putting these up around your displays is very much appreciated.

A word of caution – while we make every attempt to keep the event space secure, the event hall is generally open for the entire day and well into the evening and early morning hours each night. Besides the attendees, hotel/convention staff and others may have access to the event space. It is unfortunate to mention, but we all need to be aware of the possibility of theft.  Please do not leave valuables like purses, wallets, cameras, phones, notebook computers and the like out in the open and unattended. When you leave the hall, take them with you, or at the very least hide them.  If you have pieces or minifigs on your displays that you cannot bear to lose, our suggestion is that you place them towards the center of your displays or towards the back of the tables, and take them with you when you leave, otherwise, you may find it better to simply leave them at home.  If you spot anyone taking anything from another person’s display, please notify one of the coordinators immediately.  We have a ZERO-TOLERANCE POLICY when it comes to stealing.  You will forfeit the rest of your event priviledges, and will not be allowed to attend future Brickworld events anywhere they may be held.

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Finally, we just want to say that we are excited to see all of you and the amazing things you’ve built!  One of the best parts of the event is seeing old friends and making new ones.  Make sure to step out from behind your display during the event to walk around and check out everyone else’s work, and spend some time talking with your fellow builders. Above all, have fun!  Safe travels, and we’ll see you next week!


Charity Fundraiser

Dear AFOL’s, as you begin to pack up for Chica…Schaumburg, don’t forget to tuck in something special to donate to the Esther Walner Memorial Charity Fundraiser! …and that includes a handful of misc brick to toss into this year’s mystery bag!!!

The fundraiser will consist of a silent auction and a live auction this year.

Thank you all for your donations and generous bidding!  As always 100% of the money raised goes to charity.


Live on METV

We are excited to announce that we will have 3 live TV segments on the “You and Me” show from the event.  We will be on METV in Chicago for some pretty long segments at 6:20 AM, 7:20 AM, and 8:20 AM on Friday, June 17th.  If you are a Brickworld displayer, there will be some great opportunities for your display to be on TV.  If your display is manned, the chances of getting it on TV go up.  So, don’t sleep in on Friday!

For the public, here is a chance to get a preview of just how cool this stuff can be and even hear some tips on things to look for and how to view displays when you visit the show over the weekend!


Having Our Cake and Eating It Too!

We are excited to make a last minute addition to the event schedule. Everything has gone to print. So, you are just going to have to remember to show up!

We will be having cake to celebrate the 10th birthday of Brickworld on Thursday evening at 7 PM (before opening ceremonies) in the concession area of the event hall. So, please come join us in a rousing round of song and a piece of cake. Then we can all go to opening ceremonies on a sugar high.

Only 1 more week until this whole party gets rolling!


Do You Want Your MOCs to be Eligible for Awards?

If you would like your MOCs to be eligible for awards, then you need to request a MOC Card.  Below is some information about MOC Cards and how to request them.

 

What is a MOC Card?  A MOC Card is a small tent card that gives the name of your creation and the creator(s) name. 

 

Why Would I Want a MOC Card?  You might want a MOC card so your MOCs can be eligible for an award.  A MOC card must be with your MOC in order for it to be eligible for awards

 

How Do I Request a MOC Card? 

  1. Login to your Brickworld Account, which takes you to your My Page.
  2. Click on the red “My MOCs’ button on your My Page
  3. Click on the red ‘Add Another MOC’ button
  4. Complete the form and hit the red ‘Submit’ button at the bottom of the form
  5. Repeat steps 3 & 4 for each MOC

 

Is There a Deadline to Request MOC Cards?  Yes, the deadline to request MOC cards is Monday, May 23, 2016.

 

When Will I Receive My MOC Cards?  Your MOC Cards will be available for pickup when you check into the event on Wednesday, Thursday, and/or Friday.

 

When Do My MOCs Need to be Set Up to be Eligible for Awards?  If you want your MOCs to be eligible for awards, they need to be set up by noon on Friday, as judges will start their judging process at noon on Friday.  MOC Cards should be sitting with your MOCs so judges can identify the MOC and creator.

 

What Are the Awards Categories?  The Awards Categories can be found on the website at http://brickworld.com/awards-definitions/

 

If you have any other questions, please send us an email via the contact us form.


Volunteer Opportunities

Brickworld is almost here! We are working on the last minutes details.

We have some volunteer opportunities for those of you that may have some extra time during Brickworld. Some of those opportunities are:

  • Helping at the Registration Desk on Wednesday, Thursday & Friday
  • Helping at the Information Table on Wednesday, Thursday & Friday
  • Monitoring the Play Brick Areas during public hours on Saturday & Sunday
  • Providing Information/Directions to the Public on Saturday & Sunday
  • Line Queuing During Public Hours on Saturday & Sunday
  • Derby Race Monitor During Public Hours on Saturday & Sunday

 If you are interested in volunteering, please send us an email via the contact us link below, and we will send you more information.  We would really appreciate your help!  We’ll see you soon!

 


Schedule and Activities Update

Have you been paying attention to the details of the convention?  We bet you haven’t paid close enough attention.  In the last day, a bunch of additional activities have been added to the details of the event this year.  You can find them all by looking at the Convention tab and then under Details in the left side menu.  Look under Presentations, Workshops, Challenges, Games, Collaborative Displays, and Set Drafts.  There are new additions everywhere!

The amount of fun you are all bringing with you to Chicago is very humbling.  We are bursting with excitement here at Brickworld’s Galactic Headquarters (yes, that is a real place).

And, to top it all off, we have released the details of the event schedule!!  So, you can start sorting out your agenda.  Of course, the schedule is always subject to some changes to help ensure the fun is maximized.  That is why we keep a “last updated” date at the top of the page.

In order to assure the best use of space and time, we are asking for a little help from you.

There are a lot of set drafts in the schedule.  We want to make sure that they won’t be empty.  If you are new to the event, you should try a set draft or two.  They are a fun and easy way to meet people.

Here is where we need your help:  We have created a survey to see what people’s plans are for the set drafts.  So, if you could please log into your Brickworld account, you will find a link to the survey at the top of your My Page.  It is simply a tally of expected participation in each draft.  So, know what set drafts you are interested in before taking the survey. (survey will close Monday morning May 16)

Everything is awesome…and with your help, it will stay that way!!  Thanks.


Bridging the Gap

In keeping with the theme of this year’s event, the Mindstorms coordinators have come up with the competition Bridging the Gap.  Bridging the Gap requires 2 robots to Unite with each other to accomplish a task.  You can read the rules for Bridging the Gap here.  You can see all of the challenges for this year’s event here.  Don’t miss the Mindstorms fun at the show either as a participant or a spectator.  Robots – they are taking over the world!!


2016 Set Drafts Revealed

The sets that will be officially drafted at Brickworld 2016 have been revealed! You can see the entire list here.

Brickworld attendees are encouraged to participate in set drafts as a way to get to know new people.  It is a non-themed activity that is also a great social setting.  There is a range of set values so you can choose the draft(s) that best suit you.


2016 Artwork Revealed

Brickworld is excited to release the first look at the 2016 event artwork celebrating both our theme (Unite) and the 10th anniversary of the event. Thanks to Mark Larson for his efforts in creating a memorable scene for the show!


2016 Keynote Speaker: Joe Meno

We are excited to have one of the great pillars of the AFOL Community, Mr. Joe Meno, as our Keynote Speaker for Brickworld Chicago 2016. Joe is the founder and editor in-chief of BrickJournal magazine. Joe has been a presence in the community forever. You can find him at many AFOL conventions running around snapping pictures of the MOCs. Joe has his hands in many things. And, while we aren’t announcing the topic of his speech, we can tell you that it is not about BrickJournal. Joe has thought long and hard about a topic to excite us all. Don’t miss out! The Keynote speech happens during opening ceremonies on Thursday, June 16th at Brickworld Chicago.

Joe was born in Fayetteville, NC.  He graduated from North Carolina State University in 1987.  And, he lives his life as a self-described “sorta-editor, writer, photographer for a magazine that is a lot more fun than work!”.  And, he believes in Walt Disney’s philosophy that “It’s kinda fun doing the impossible.”

Please join us in Chicago and don’t miss what is certain to be an unforgettable hour of Joe!


Convention Table Setup

We are excited to announce that we will be having the decorator set up tables for the event this year!!

We have always appreciated everyone’s willingness to help with table setup to help make the convention an affordable endeavor. A job that you all willingly have pitched in on since the beginning of Brickworld.

This makes the logistics of setup much easier. The decorator will set up tables in the morning on Wednesday. And, we invade the hall after lunch to start having fun!


Important Convention Schedule Change

We are pleased to make the announcement of an important change to the convention schedule this year. We have secured the event hall on Wednesday and load in/setup can begin at 1 PM Wednesday afternoon instead of the usual Thursday morning start of display setup.

We added this setup time with no other activities to help those people with larger more time consuming setup activities to get started and be able to attend more of the other activities that are part of the Brickworld fun! Anyone is welcome to take advantage of this time to begin setup of your display.

We realize this is almost a late decision. But, we hope that it is still early enough in your personal planning to take advantage of the extra setup time.

The change in schedule is reflected on the event schedule page


Call for Activity Leaders

As always, Brickworld depends on the attendees to turn the available space into the awesome fan convention that it is. We have added a link on your My Page – “My Leader Roles” – as part of the new website for you to offer your assistance in making this happen. You can use this link to offer to lead workshops, presentations, round table discussions, part drafts, games, competitions, or any other activity during the convention this year. Make sure to include any scheduling limitations you have in the comments. We will sort through everything and create the detailed event schedule once we are closer to the show. But, the sooner we have a good idea of what people want to do, the easier it is to seek to fill gaps in the fun if necessary. So, please don’t hesitate, sign up to help make this year’s show the best ever! And, please accept our thanks in advance for your commitment!


LUG Display Space Requests

Do your LUG members to be placed in the layout next to each other?  If they do, please work together as a LUG to develop a U-shaped layout of space (preferably 2 tables deep on each side).  Then have one person make a single display space request.

This makes the job of the layout coordinators much simpler because they aren’t trying to move and group large numbers of people.

If you were involved last year, this is a repeat of what we did in 2015.  A lot of LUGs were involved in the experiment last year.  It seemed to work out well.

But, don’t worry, if you all want to put in your own display space requests, that is fine.  We just don’t guarantee that you will be located near the people you request.

Please plan your LUG space using 8 ft x 30 inch tables

If you have questions, please let us know.


Display Space Request and MOC Card Signup

The forms for display space requests and MOC card/award registration signup are now both available for you to access from your My Page. Simply login to your Brickworld account. If you are registered for the Chicago convention, you will be redirected to your My Page.

Note:  Only Full attendees are allowed to sign up for display space and MOCs.  While the web site might let you enter information if you are not a full attendee, it is manually reviewed by Kathie.  So, please keep her job easy and don’t sign up for space or MOCs if you are not a full attendee.

As in previous years, the MOC/award registration is done through the web site.  The entries you make remain editable/deleteable until the closure date in early May.

New this year is having the display space request done through the web site.  This will allow you to view your submitted request, edit it, or delete it up until the closure date in early May.  Please remember that most people will have a single space request for MOCs or an individual layout.  You do not enter a space request for each of your creations.  Even though most people will have only a single entry, if needed, you can have more than one space request.  For example:  You are leading a fantasy collaboration with your friends, you enter that space request.  And, you also have some individual MOCs to display.  So, you enter that as a separate space request.

That’s it for now.  Play well!


LEGO Friends Building Competition

LEGO® has announced a competition for 2016. Brickworld will hold our version of the competition at the Chicago convention in June. To enter, you must be registered as a Full Registrant for the convention.  The following is from an email providing details of the competition.

“The call-to-action [asks] AFOLs (registered attendees) to build something that either celebrates LEGO Friends in general or transforms an existing LEGO set/model (current or retired) into the LEGO Friends theme. Participants would bring their creation to [Brickworld Chicago] in 2016 to compete against others doing the same. Utilizing the system [Brickworld] already has in place to award MOCs of certain categories we will “piggy back” on [Brickworld’s] of “Best Celebration of LEGO Friends!” This decision should utilize the system [Brickworld] already has in place.”

The winner at Brickworld will be chosen by a panel of judges.  As a semifinalist, the winner from Brickworld will receive a prize package from LEGO of a collection of 2016 Friends sets.  The overall competition will be run via the Rebrick web site.  And, the winner at Brickworld will be automatically advanced to the semifinal evaluation.

Happy Building


Names on the Registrant List

The Registrant List page is now active.  Everyone 18 and older that has already registered is showing by default.
 
If you would like to hide your name from the list, login, go to your My Page, and check the box to not show names of people registered under your account.  The web site does not show names of registrants under the age of 18 and there is no setting for you to change that preference.


Welcome to the Convention Information Blog

Welcome to the new convention information blog.  This blog will contain important information we release about the convention as we get closer to June.  It is open for anyone to view.  If you are registered for the convention (and paid) when a post to this blog is made, then you will also receive it via email.  But, all of the posts are on display here for reference and for people that register after one of these informational posts is made.  On the old website, this is akin to the prior emails link.

 

If you are an all access registrant, you will see posts here that you do not receive via email because they pertain only to full registrants.