Few places in Chicago have been as meaningful to the fabric of the city as Wrigley Field and its iconic ivy-covered walls. And despite the ups-and-downs of the Chicago Cubs, the club that calls the ballpark home, Wrigley Field has remained one of the city's most important landmarks and is set to celebrate a banner season - perhaps even literally...
Wrigley Field kicks off its 100th birthday in 2014, a major milestone year for one of the most recognizable and storied ballparks in Major League Baseball. Though the Cubs may be enduring a 106-year championship drought, the "Friendly Confines" still attract hyper-loyal fans to games for truly unforgettable experiences, win or lose.
The 29th Annual Cubs Convention is the first major event to kick off Wrigley's celebration season. Attendees will enjoy more than 100 photo and autograph opportunities with players from the current Cubs roster, new manager Rick Renteria, his coaching staff, prospects and a host of other alumni at the Sheraton Chicago Hotel & Towers, Jan. 17-19.
The Opening Ceremony of the three-day event begins Friday, Jan. 17 at 6 p.m., featuring player introductions on a red carpet, with special VIP access to children 16 and under. Following the Opening Ceremony, guests can take part in an exciting Autograph Hunt Game with Cubs favorites and young prospects throughout the hotel, while players and broadcasters will join The David Kaplan Show on WGN Radio for interviews. The evening concludes with a special movie premiere of MLB Production's 100 Years of Wrigley Field, followed by a "Cheers to 100 Years" toast at Sheraton Chicago's Chi Bar, hosted by Budweiser.
Saturday's program continues with more ballpark birthday activities, including unique trivia based on Wrigley Field's 100 years of history and a centennial session with a sneak peek at some of the season's planned promotions. Led by Wayne Messmer, the 100 Years of Wrigley Field session will feature long-time Convention favorite Cubs Bingo.
Individual weekend passes for the 2014 Cubs Convention remain available and can be purchased individually for $60 per pass plus convenience fees at www.cubs.com/convention.
Be on the lookout here on Chicago Like A Local for more opportunities to celebrate Wrigley's birthday all year long!