In the midst of a glorious summer, autumn is descending on Chicago.

The Big Ten Conference will host the 41st Annual Big Ten Football Kickoff Luncheon at McCormick Place on Friday, July 27.

The 2012 college football season presents one of the most intriguing series of headlines in the history of the Big Ten Conference. One legendary coach is gone, but changes elsewhere in the divisions should make for an incredible season.

With two-time BCS Champion coach Urban Meyer taking over at the Ohio State University, the rivalry with Brady Hoke and the University of Michigan is gaining momentum. Meanwhile, Wisconsin and Michigan State will try to defend their division titles in an exciting season.

The Big Ten Kickoff Luncheon has drawn leaders and legends since 1970, including history-making coaches and each of the conference's Heisman Trophy winners. In all, over 800 of the conference's finest players, more than 50 head coaches and over 45,000 supporters have made the Big Ten Kickoff Luncheon the greatest preseason celebration of college football in the nation!

The festivities begin at 10 a.m. CT with players and coaches autograph and photo sessions for fans attending the luncheon.

Here are the details:

41st Annual Big Ten Football Kickoff Luncheon
Friday, July 27, 2012
11:30 a.m. CT
McCormick Place Convention Center
Skyline Ballroom, West Building
Chicago, IL

Tickets - $100
Tables - $1,000 (10 seats)
For ticket information, call 847-696-1010, ext. 122.