The Chicago Cubs have released the full schedule of events for the Cubs Convention, kicking off on Friday. I’ll have more on the Convention later in the week (and during the Convention, obviously), including the tentative plans for a meet-up (probably Kitty O’Shea’s on Friday evening, though I remain open to suggestions), but, for now, here’s your lineup, which is subject to change:

Friday, January 13

5:00pm – 5:30pm – Opening Ceremonies

6:00pm – 6:45pm – Autograph Treasure Hunt

7:00pm – 9:00pm – Sports Night Live with Dave Kaplan, Andrea Darlas and Brian Noonan … the two hour show will be simulcast on 720 WGN

7:00pm – 7:45pm – Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer

8:00pm – 8:30pm – Dale Sveum, Chris Bosio and Rudy Jaramillo

8:30pm – 9:00pm – Bob Brenly, Todd Hollandsworth and Bill Madlock

7:00pm – 8:30pm – Cubs Bingo

Saturday, January 14

9:00am – 10:00am – Behind the Scenes with Theo Epstein – hosted by Len Kasper

10:00am – 11:00am – Meet Cubs Baseball Management – hosted by WGN’s Dave Eanet – featuring Jed Hoyer, Randy Bush, and Dale Sveum

10:30am – 11:30am – Player Development: From the Dominican Republic to Mesa – featuring Starlin Castro, Welington Castillo and Jeff Samardzija

11:00am – 12:00pm – From the Field to the Booth – featuring Bob Brenly, Gary Matthews, Todd Hollandsworth, Keith Moreland, Rick Sutcliffe and Dave Otto

11:30am – 12:30pm – For Kids Only Press Conference – featuring Darwin Barney, Tony Campana, Reed Johnson, Todd Walker and David DeJesus

12:00pm – 1:00pm – Ron Santo: Beyond the Game – featuring Pat Hughes, the Santo family, Glenn Beckert, Randy Hundley and Billy Williams

1:00pm – 2:00pm – Coaches Den – hosted by Bob Brenly featuring Dale Sveum, Jamie Quirk, Chris Bosio, Dave McKay, Rudy Jaramillo and Lester Strode

1:00pm – 2:00pm – Outside the Foul Lines – hosted by WGN’s Garry Maier and Bill Laff – featuring Tony Campana, Ryan Dempster, Geovany Soto and Randy Wells

2:00pm – 3:00pm – The Ricketts Family Forum – featuring Tom, Todd, Laura and Pete Ricketts

2:30pm – 3:30pm – When Super Fans Unite – hosted by WGN’s Jonathan Brandmeier and Steve Bertrand – featuring Bobby Dernier, Gary Matthews, Lee Smith and Keith Moreland

2:30pm – 3:30pm – The Scouting Formula – featuring Jason McLeod, Oneri Fleita, Tim Wilken and Joe Bohringer

3:30pm – 4:30pm – Meet Cubs Business Management – featuring Crane Kenney, Wally Hayward, Mike Lufrano, Carl Rice, Colin Faulkner, Alex Sugarman and Jahaan Blake

4:00pm – 6:50pm – Saturday Sport Central – hosted by Jim Memolo and Glen Kozlowski simulcast on 720 WGN

4:00pm – 4:30pm – David DeJesus, Ian Stewart, Travis Wood and Chris Volstad

4:30pm – 5:00pm – Welington Castillo and Steve Clevenger

5:00pm – 5:30pm – Casey Coleman and James Russell

5:30pm – 6:00pm – Mike Bielecki, Vance Law, Scott Sanderson and Dwight Smith

8:00pm – 12:00am – Rock ‘n Roll Revue

Sunday, January 15th 

9:00am – 10:00am – Down on the Farm presented by VineLine with Oneri Fleita and Tim Wilken – featuring Jeff Beliveau, Brett Jackson, Junior Lake, Matt Szczur and Josh Vitters

9:00am – 12:00pm – Chicago Cubs Photo Experience

10:30am – 11:30am – The Father-Son Connection – featuring Shawon Dunston, Shawon Dunston, Jr., Bob Brenly, Michael Brenly, Keith Lockhart and Daniel Lockhart

  • Jeff L

    Wow, it’s almost like going to the Convention to meet and greet a bunch of new nobodies on the roster, with the usually legends of the Cubs, broadcasters, of coarse Hoyer and Epstein which are now the rockstars of the team (how sad is that)… and our only All Star= innocent until proven otherwise Starlin Castro… I’m surprised it’s not a sell out :)

  • Dougy D

    I am just curious, is the Cubs Convention a big pep-rally to get the fans excited? How much does it cost to go to? What happens to the proceeds of the convention? Are the proceeds just to pay the players, or is it put on as a money maker for the ball club?

    Any help would be appreciated.

    • Brett

      Proceeds go to various Chicago Cubs charities, and yeah, it’s a big ‘ole pep rally (or so I understand). The cost is, I believe, $60 for the weekend. Not sure if it is finally sold out yet or not.

  • matt

    I believe the rooms are around $200 per night (which goes to the hotel). If you get a room you get 2 free passes, and each additional pass is $20. However I believe the tickets alone are $40 or so. All of the money raised goes to the Cubs charity. It’s a nice event actually. I travel from La Crosse WI (about 5 hours a way). It’s a little disappointing this year that there are no big signings as in previous years has been the case….but I also welcome the change in philosphy.

    • Dougy D

      Thanks Matt,
      That doesn’t sound very unreasonable. I would also be disappointed that there won’t be a lot of big names, but you can always say that you met those guys when it all started turning around (I sure hope so anyway). Besides, where else are you going to see Boom Boom Bilecki and Dwight Smith!

      I hope you all have fun at the convention.

  • Anthony

    The autograph and picture sessions you get there right??

    • Brett

      As far as I know.

  • sam

    Your being a bit bad – the convention is for the fans – this is the time that many people can go and talk and mingle with cub players new and old . Its an experience that any child young and old will remember for a long time . realisticaly the fact that one can still get tickets to the convention might be with general displeasure that many fans may have with this owner / but dont degrade the people that will attend . For anyone who is never experience this setting I promise you will have fun . Its an experience that all Cub fans can enjoy!

    • Jeff L

      The convention is alright. I went to the convention last year. It’s mostly about vendors and fans trying to sell Cubs merchandise. You do actually get a chance to get autographs and some meet and greet. If you want to do that though it’s tends to be a very long line. Don’t know how crowd it will actually be this year though. Last year it was pretty exciting to see how big Carlos Zambrano was close up though.

  • Robbo

    The Scouting Formula and Down on the Farm sound really interesting, while Meet Cubs Business Mgt with Crane and team sounds like the insurance seminar snoozer of the week.

  • greg

    Will you still have opportunity for aotugraph and photo session. White SoxFest is perfect the way they run it!

  • jeff

    what is the rock and roll 8-midnight? Im taking my 8 year old this year and i curious to know if there are any pitching/batting stations for kids to interact with? And finally with the no smoking ban, are the players still around the lobby after hours like in the past?


  • bob

    Is there a floor map of the time certain players will be signing autographs?
    Like I’m looking for Ernie Banks.