February 2, 2016
50 YEAR MISSION TOUR
Celebrating Gene Roddenberry’s legacy to us all, starring WILLIAM SHATNER celebrating the 50th Anniversary of STAR TREK with an amazing roster of other celebrities!
Friday, Saturday and Sunday
September 9 - 11, 2016*
THE WESTIN O'HARE
6100 North River Road
Rosemont, Illinois 60018
*Note: Traditionally we do a pre-registration for full three day weekend patrons as well as a vendors room preview the night prior to the convention so fans can get set with their credentials on a non-convention night. Pre-Registration is not a necessity, just a convenience, and remains tentative until we get closer to the event. Generally convention days run from about 10 am to 7pm (times are tentative until we have guest flight info and the final schedule is posted by the Wednesday prior to the convention) with an evening show on Saturday (this time The Star Trek Rat Pack Nightclub Act which is fantastic) and a Karaoke Party which is free to all on Friday Night.
It’s hard to believe that 50 years ago Gene Roddenberry’s incredible legacy of STAR TREK was born on American television and made show business history while also having a long-standing cultural impact and influencing countless people to pursue careers in science, technology and medicine. Creation Entertainment, which has proudly produced Star Trek Conventions for well over three decades, is immensely happy to be able to present a once in a lifetime event for fellow fans saluting one of our true mentors, Gene Roddenberry, in a gathering we’ve aptly named “The 50 Year Mission Tour”.
Seating is limited for this event as we do not sell ONE ticket more than we have seats for in our main theatre. That means that EVERYONE in attendance is guaranteed a seat to see all the stars without extra waiting or worry, but it also means that these 50th Anniversary events will be early sell-outs. Make your plans NOW to join the stars for this very special occasion! We’re honored to welcome headliner William Shatner joined by an incredible roster of other Star Trek celebrities, making this what we hope will be the very best Star Trek Convention ever to hit the area!
Be sure of which day a guest is doing photo ops/autographs
before purchasing your admission tickets.
Captain Kirk, and international legendary icon
Appearing Saturday on the actual weekend of the 50th Anniversary, how cool is that! Bill is speaking, doing autographs and photo ops on Saturday! Don’t miss it!
Data of Star Trek:The Next Generation
Appearing on stage Sunday(tentatively) Brent will also be present in the vendors room Saturday and Sunday to meet fans and sign autographs directly for a nominal fee. He will also do photo ops both days too.
Dr. Crusher of Star Trek: The Next Generation
Appearing on stage Saturday (tentatively) Gates will also be present in the vendors room Saturday and Sunday to meet fans and sign autographs directly for a nominal fee. She will also do photo ops both days too.
Commander Riker of Star Trek: The Next Generation
Appearing on stage Sunday (tentatively) Jonathan will also be present in the vendors room Saturday and Sunday to meet fans and sign autographs directly for a nominal fee. He will also do photo ops both days too.
Geordi of Star Trek: The Next Generation
Appearing on stage Sunday (tentatively) LeVar will also be present in the vendors room Saturday and Sunday to meet fans and sign autographs directly for a nominal fee. He will also do photo ops both days too.
Worf of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and Star Trek: The Next Generation
Appearing on stage Sunday (tentatively) Michael will also be present in the vendors room Saturday and Sunday to meet fans and sign autographs directly for a nominal fee. He will also do photo ops both days too.
Counselor Troi of Star Trek: The Next Generation
Appearing on stage Sunday (tentatively) Marina will also be present in the vendors room Saturday and Sunday to meet fans and sign autographs directly for a nominal fee.
She will also do photo ops both days too.
Vic Fontaine of Star Trek: DS9
Appearing on stage Sunday, the legendary singer and actor (star of Time Tunner, TJ Hooker, and of course DS9 as well as countless films and stage appearances in nightclubs around the world it is an honor to welcome James to Chicago. He will also be present in the vendors room Saturday and Sunday to meet fans and sign autographs directly for a nominal fee.
James will also do photo ops both days too.
Quark of Star Trek:DS9
The iconic character actors whose amazing career spans decades, Armin is known best for his work as Ferengi Quark on Star Trek Deep Space Nine as well as appearances on Boston Legal, Charmed, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Star Trek: The Next Generation, Beauty and the Beast, and all the way back to 1982’s hit Hill Street Blues! Appearing FRIDAY, doing autographs and photo ops FRIDAY, as well and participating in the live STAR TREK RAT PACK Nightclub Show.
Nana will be appearing on stage, doing autographs and photo ops on Friday.
Leeta of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
Chase will have a table in the Vendors room all weekend, selling her autograph and photos to fans for a nominal fee. Chase’s on-stage appearance day is Saturday.
Rom of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
Max will have a table in the Vendors Room all weekend, selling his autograph directly to fans for a nominal fee. Max will be appearing on stage and taking photo ops on SUNDAY as well and participating in the live STAR TREK RAT PACK Nightclub Show, which he wrote and produced. The Star Trek RAT PACK SHOW is Saturday Night and described in detail on this site.
Admiral Forrest of Enteprise
Vaughn has appeared as more different characters in the franchise than any other actor.
Appearing FRIDAY, doing autographs and photo ops Friday, as well and participating in the live STAR TREK RAT PACK Nightclub Show set for SATURDAY NIGHT.
Shran:ENT & Weyoun and Brunt:DS9
Jeffrey will be appearing on stage, taking photo ops and signing autographs on FRIDAY. Jeff will also participate in the live STAR TREK RAT PACK Nightclub Show set for SATURDAY NIGHT.
Casey is appearing on stage, doing photo ops and signing autographs on FRIDAY, as well and participating in the live STAR TREK RAT PACK Nightclub Show.
Seen in regular roles on How I Met Your Mother, Dinosaurs, and Mad About You, Suzie is a talented comedic and dramatic actress and singer, who has been part of the Trek Universe appearing as Tarah in ENTEPRISE, K’Ehleyr and Lt. Selar, M.D. in TNG. Appearing on stage SUNDAY, doing autographs and photo ops SUNDAY as well.
Appeared as Garak on 37 episodes of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. Appearing on stage SATURDAY, doing autographs and photo ops Saturday.
Richard Arnold is known as the world’s leading authority on all things Star Trek and is often turned to by researchers, reporters, authors and licensees when they need to know about the incredible almost 50 year Trek legacy. In addition, Richard served as Gene Roddenberry’s right-hand man for 15 years and was present during many of the most important and influential decisions involving Trek’s history. Finally, his decades long friendships with cast and crew members always make for entertaining lectures and discussions at our Star Trek shows. At this particular convention along with other appearances, Richard will take part in our salute to his departed friend, and indeed friend to all of us, Leonard Nimoy, on Friday.
THE CREATION DIFFERENCE
Unlike so many other genre conventions, Creation Entertainment has a strict company policy not to "oversell" our conventions. In other words, every patron, no matter what bracket of ticket they purchase, will have a seat in the main auditorium where the major guests appear and events take place. Nothing upsets us more than hearing about other conventions that sell tickets to patrons and then those very same patrons have to wait on additional lines inside the facility to get into (or sometimes not!) the main theatre. An important Creation Entertainment difference we want you to know about!
The Creation difference extends to our 40 years experience in running fan conventions. In the last few years we've seen promoter after promoter fail taking hard earned ticket money down with them. Inexperienced promoters, often first-timers, use celebrity images and names to get ticket money which they use to hopefully pay their expenses. When that fails they've already gone through "your" ticket money and they collapse leaving no recourse for ticket holders. They say "buyer beware" but this has happened in Twilight, Star Trek, Battlestar Galactica, and Firefly fandom (to name just a few) and we really feel for those great fans who have lost their ticket money and upset travel plans.
CBS Television Studios announced today it will launch a totally new Star Trek television series in January 2017. The new series will blast off with a special preview broadcast on the CBS Television Network. The premiere episode and all subsequent first-run episodes will then be available exclusively in the United States on CBS All Access, the Network’s digital subscription video on demand and live streaming service.
The next chapter of the Star Trek franchise will also be distributed concurrently for television and multiple platforms around the world by CBS Studios International.
The new program will be the first original series developed specifically for U.S. audiences for CBS All Access, a cross-platform streaming service that brings viewers thousands of episodes from CBS’s current and past seasons on demand, plus the ability to stream their local CBS Television station live for $5.99 per month. CBS All Access already offers every episode of all previous Star Trek television series.
The brand-new Star Trek will introduce new characters seeking imaginative new worlds and new civilizations, while exploring the dramatic contemporary themes that have been a signature of the franchise since its inception in 1966.
WE ARE VERY MUCH LOOKING FORWARD TO THIS BRAND NEW INCARNATION OF STAR TREK: WE CAN’T WAIT TO SEE WHAT YOU HAVE TO SAY AT OUR AUDIENCE PARTICIPATION EVENT SCHEDULED FOR SATURDAY.
THE STAR TREK RAT PACK
Creation Entertainment proudly presents a very special Rat Pack musical comedy performance celebrating Star Trek’s 50th Anniversary all written by Max Grodenchik! This very special Star Trek version of the legendary “Rat Pack” Las Vegas night club act stars Armin Shimerman, Jeffrey Combs, Casey Biggs, Vaughn Armstrong, and of course, Max Grodenchik, and featuring musical accompaniment by Bill Burchell.
SET FOR FRIDAY NIGHT. This event is complimentary for our Gold, Silver and Copper Weekend Patrons and they keep their same great seats as the day time. Additional tickets for this event are general admission to others and available in advance or at the convention for $30.
NO MINIMUM BID AUCTIONS
Get in on the fast and furious bidding as we put up an entire range of cool STAR TREK and other genre collectibles all at no minimum bid, including our famed autographed stage banners. The auctions are set, one for Saturday and one for Sunday.
STAR TREK BEYOND
Director Justin Lin’s movie version of Star Trek, called STAR TREK BEYOND, is due to be released for the 50th Anniversary year on July 8, 2016 and we certainly can’t wait as we’ve loved his Fast and Furious movies. We hope to see a lot of character development, interesting and thought provoking plot points, along with some great action, all of which has made Star Trek so special for all of us. With the movie due just two mere months after the convention, we’ll have the latest news, gossip and more to discuss in an audience participation event.
Let your spirt shine and your cosplay talent show by coming to the convention in costume and making it even more fun for yourself and the other attendees! Our contest takes place on SATURDAY and you’ll get to vie for great gift certificates and audience applause and attention, and best of all, everyone who enters wins something!
Images from previous convention costume contests to give you an idea of how talented our fellow fans truly are!
Images from previous Vegas Conventions!
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Creation’s popular KARAOKE PARTY, free to all, is on SATURDAY NIGHT. These parties are great fun for all and offer a relaxing, delightful way to wind down your night while enjoying the company of new and old friends. Come to sing, come to relax: seats are removed from the front so this is a non reserved seating event and everyone is WELCOMED for free! A cash bar is provided for those of age who wish to drink, those will be carded. Soft drinks will also be on sale by the hotel.
Creation Entertainment joins the world in celebrating the life and legacy of Leonard Nimoy.
Our Chicago 50th Anniversary Convention is lovingly dedicated to the memory of Leonard Nimoy, the man who inspired generations of fans to go into the world of science and therefore his endless contributions will truly never end. We are proud to have called him our friend and business colleague for decades and in that vein we will present an audiovisual presentation and memories of the man and his career hosted by Adam Malin. Our proud achievement is the fact that hundreds of thousands of Mr. Nimoy’s worldwide fans had the opportunity to meet this gigantic talent in person at Creation Conventions.
Set for FRIDAY, please join us to share our memories and offer your own.
GUEST LECTURER JOHN TENUTO has three special panels planned for the Chicago Convention:
50 Years of Star Trek: The Original Series Collectibles. Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Star Trek: The Original Series with a fun and trivia-filled presentation that journeys from the earliest days of Star Trek collectibles to recent releases. Learn about the earliest Star Trek TOS items available for fans in 1966/67, see photographs of never released prototypes and amazing unusual/rare items from around the world, how collectibles and toys were used in the production of episodes and even influenced certain episodes, and the role that collectibles played in helping Star Trek return to the mainstream.
A 30th Anniversary Tribute to Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home One of Star Trek's most popular and enduring films, The Voyage Home, celebrates its 30th Anniversary in 2016. Through early drafts of scripts, production memos, and rare photographs, learn about the making of this important film and celebrate the contributions of the behind the scenes artists who made the movie so special. Thanks to Nicholas Meyer, Dan Madsen, and the Monterey Bay Aquarium for permission to share some of the special materials in this presentation.
50 Years of Guest Characters: Origins and Versions From Khan to R'uafo, from Harry Mudd to Carol Marcus - some of the most popular icons of Star Trek were the guest characters who helped or hindered our heroes. Through production memos, early versions of scripts, interviews, and rare behind the scenes images, learn about Star Trek's most popular and important guest icons, and about the writers, directors, and actors who made them so memorable. Learn about how and why the original, intended versions of the characters were changed during pre-production into the final versions we see in episodes and feature films.
STAR TREK MUSIC VIDEO COMPETITION
Show your creativity as a video producer by contributing a "music video" for the convention. The best submissions will be screened at the convention in the big theatre and are often used to introduce our guest stars. Get rolling on your video honoring STAR TREK, its themes, legacy and characters. Those that get shown are rewarded with a $100 gift certificate suitable for framing.
Rules: one music video about STAR TREK may be submitted on DVD only (please no computer-based media like CD accepted). PLEASE USE ONLY NTSC FORMAT FOR YOUR DVD. Entries are judged on the following criteria: video quality, audio quality, editing quality, inventiveness, song selection, and originality. Entries can not be returned, and person submitting entry is granting Creation the right to play this entry in perpetuity at Creation events worldwide and/or on line at the Creation website(s). Creation does not sell music videos so your entry will never be sold as a commercial product, just presented at our events/on line. (WE ARE PARTICULARLY INTERESTED IN VIDEOS SALUTING SOME OF THE SUPPORTING CHARACTERS AT OUR EVENTS SO WE CAN INTRODUCE THEM WITH VIDEOS, SO PLEASE KEEP THIS IN MIND!)
Winners will receive a $100 gift certificate good for Creation Merchandise (Creation merchandise only, excludes convention, autograph and photo-op tickets). If you want to know if we received your submission please send In your video using order confirmation or signature required. We do not announce winners until the event. Thanks and good luck!
Note: Due to the high volume of entries for our Music Video Contests, we are forced to limit entries to those people actually attending the specific show they are entering for. You do not have to be present for the actual showing of your video, but you must claim your award on site before the end of the weekend or your award will be forfeited. URGENT: PLEASE NOTE THAT COMPETITION CLOSES FORTY DAYS PRIOR TO THE ACTUAL OPENING CONVENTIONS, NO EXCEPTIONS! Please note that fans should not use footage from other than the shows we are honoring even if it features the stars of the current show the convention is about.
SEND ENTRIES TO:
50 Year Mission Music Video Contest/Chicago 2016
217 South Kenwood St.
Glendale, CA 91205
Put all those decades of Star Trek watching to profitable use in our famous trivia competitions. We have two different variations for your game playing fun. The first is entitled THE TREK YES/NO GAME: offering 90 players the chance to win up to $1400 in gift certificates.
The second contest is called THE STUMP THE EXPERTS GAME where YOU get the chance to stump our Star Trek experts and win valuable prizes. Audience members are also encouraged to bring their trivia questions for a chance to win.
THE VENDORS ROOM
Lots of Star Trek and genre merchandise is on sale and your collection is waiting for new stuff! Come to browse, come to buy, come to wander: it all happens in the Chicago Convention vendors room!
Vendor attendance at the 50 YEAR MISSION TOUR for the entire convention is priced at only $350 for the show. BE ON HAND for this once in a lifetime opportunity during the 50th Anniversary year of Star Trek. You get one 2 1/2 by 6 foot table plus two full convention general admission tickets. The value of the tickets alone is A BIG portion of the fee so why not be a vendor?
If you are interested in attending the convention as a vendor in the dealers room click on over to: www.creationent.com/dealers.htm
Attention Attendees: Do not purchase Creation Tickets from scalpers or anyone trying to offer tickets as you arrive at our convention locations. Each ticket is checked for authenticity at the door with a scanner and we can not let you in if your ticket is counterfeit (which has happened recently).
Each ticket once scanned makes any and all copies of that same one of a kind scan void and we can only let the first person in with it. Please only buy your tickets from Creation in advance or at the door, we have seen too many nice folks lose their hard earned money this way and be turned away. Thanks, we appreciate your support!