CHICAGO -- New manager Joe Maddon and pitcher Jon Lester will join Anthony Rizzo, Kerry Wood and Hall of Famers Billy Williams, Ernie Banks and Fergie Jenkins at the 30th Cubs Convention, Jan. 16-18, at the Sheraton Chicago Hotel & Towers.
The Jan. 16 opening ceremony will be at 6 p.m. CT, featuring player introductions. Former Cubs pitcher Ryan Dempster, now in the front office as a special assistant, will host a show featuring interviews with Cubs players and coaches, comedy vignettes and interactive games to end the first day.
The convention will feature more than 100 photo and autograph opportunities, an updated layout, enhanced activities and traditional favorites.
The Jan. 17 program will include the return of Cubs Family Feud presented by MasterCard, plus Cubs Jeopardy, which features unique trivia and the addition of fan guests on each team. Maddon and his coaching staff will hold a seminar, plus there will be a kids-only news conference.
On Jan. 17, the Cubs' business-operations department will update on Wrigley Field's restoration.
There will be a dedicated autograph hall, vendor alley, and two full ballrooms with kids activities plus a clubhouse and fieldhouse connected with Clark the mascot. There also will be a baseball interactive zone, where Cubs players and coaches will pair up with Illinois Baseball Academy instructors for a series of training opportunities for kids of all ages.
The Cubs Charities room will feature a variety of items and opportunities for sale, including private player meet-and-greets, baseballs, ball cubes, autographed mystery balls, 50/50 raffle tickets, and grab bags with either a Wrigley Field 100 bobblehead or Ernie Banks statue figurine included. The Anthony Rizzo Family Foundation will host a raffle and silent auction as well.
A limited number of hotel room packages with Cubs Convention weekend passes are available. Cubs Convention room rates include passes at a discounted price of $20 per pass, or passes can be purchased individually without a hotel reservation for $65 per pass plus convenience fees at cubs.com/convention or 1-800-THE-CUBS.
A percentage of the proceeds from the Cubs Convention benefits Cubs Charities. To date, Cubs Convention has raised approximately $4 million for Cubs Charities.
Carrie Muskat is a reporter for MLB.com. She writes a blog, Muskat Ramblings, and you can follow her on Twitter @CarrieMuskat. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.