‘Star Wars Celebration’ draws thousands of fans to Chicago

CHICAGO — Thousands of fans are expected to descend on the McCormick Place for "The 2019 Star Wars Celebration."

The five-day event kicks off Thursday and will celebrate all things "Star Wars," from video games, TV shows, books, memorabilia and autograph booths. There will also be panels and sessions with stars and filmmakers.

"I'm just kind of interested in all the stuff that's going to be here," said Brittany Robinson.  "All the famous people that have been in movies, and the sets, and the props."

The most anticipated day is Friday in which an all-star panel is expected to talk about the upcoming “Star Wars: Episode IX,” possibly revealing its name and unveiling a first look at the movie.

"It's rare that something captivates you from childhood all the way to your adult life.  I can't think of too many other things like that," said Kyle Reilly.

With 35,000 people from around the world coming to Chicago, police officials are letting them know they can expect security measures including screening and bag checks as well as a visible presence of uniformed officers in and around McCormick Place.

To welcome guests from around the world, the Chicago Police Department came up with this fun video:

Some tickets to the celebration are still available. More information at starwarscelebration.com.

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