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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!!

Brickworld Tampa Displays

We are excited to announce that the 500,000 piece model of the USS Missouri will be one of the LEGO displays at Brickworld Tampa this November. The Missouri will be on display along with the 250,000 piece Super Robo Rally game, a 95 foot by 42 foot train & city layout created by the Greater Florida LEGO User Group, and many more displays. Of course, no Brickworld event would be complete without a version of the Great Ball Contraption, play areas, and robots to drive.

Don’t miss the fun! Buy your tickets before November 1 using coupon code BWTFB16 and save $2/ticket for the premier LEGO fan exposition in North America. Coming to Tampa on November 19 & 20, 2016 at the Florida State Fairgrounds.

Check out the Facebook event and share it with your friends! 

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!

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