ChiLUG will once again be participating in Brickworld (http://www.brickworld.us/chicago/), one of the largest Lego events in the nation (if not the world!), which is open to the public on Saturday, June 14 and Sunday, June 15.
Brickworld has moved from the Westin Hotel in Wheeling, IL to 66,000+ square feet of convention space at the Schaumburg Renaissance Convention Center, located at 1551 North Thoreau Drive, Schaumburg, IL (
Several ChiLUG members are past Brickworld Award Winners, and will again be displaying many impressive designs. Come to Brickworld 2014 and see thousands of impressive Lego creations, including those in ChiLUG's display area. If you miss Brickworld 2014, you will miss a lot.
We hope to see you at Brickworld 2014!!!!
On Saturday, July 26, 2014, several ChiLUG members will be displaying at the Aurora Public Library (APL), main library branch (http://www.aurorapubliclibrary.org/), located at 1 East Benton Street, Aurora, from 10:00 a.m. until 03:00 p.m. This "Second Annual" APL Lego Show will be in the downstairs Children's Library, in the event room. A variety of Lego models (MOCs) will be on display, and the ChiLUG members who created them will be on-hand. The display event is open to the public (not just Aurora residents or library patrons). Hope to see you there!
On Saturday, October 25, 2014, several ChiLUG members will be participating in the Glen Ellyn Public Library's "OctobrickFest", displaying several unique LEGO creations. ChiLUG members will be on hand during the the event, which runs from 10:00 a.m. to 04:00 p.m. on Saturday 10/25/2014. The Glen Ellyn Public Library (GEPL) is located at 400 Duane Street, Glen Ellyn, IL, and the e-address for the library is http://www.gepl.org/. The display event is open to the public (not just Glen Ellyn residents or library patrons), so please make plans to visit GEPL's Octobrickfest 2014, to see what all is on display. Hope to see you there!
Jeff and Robin Viens hosted ChiLUG's Fall/Winter Meeting on Saturday, November 16, 2013. New ChiLUG members Maria and Antonio Gaido were formally introduced. ChiLUG member Casey McCoy unveilled his impressive 'ChiLUG' MOC (complete with our black 'minifigure'). Topics discussed were possible t-shirt re-ordering (possibly other colors), members' continued compliance with ChiLUG's content/conduct guidelines and minimum participation requirements, Brickworld 2014, the final LUG Showcase at the Woodfield LEGO store, and LUGBULK. Two comments/suggestions that came up were updates to the ChiLUG website and participation at future ChiLUG display events.
On Saturday, June 15, 2013, the ChiLUG Spring/Summer 2013 Meeting was help in Schaumburg, Illinois. In attendance were nearly all current ChiLUG members and honorary member Bryan Bonohoom.
Topics discussed/addressed were ChiLUG meeting interval, ChiLUG website, member self-introductions, ChiLUG T-shirts, Brickworld, promoting ChiLUG display events, Lego Store window (display), possible resumption of ChiLUG building contest(s), upcoming displays events, and next ChiLUG meeting schedule.
On Saturday, February 23, 2013, the ChiLUG Winter 2013 Meeting was help in Oakbrook Terrace, Illinois. In attendance were Nick Jensen, Casey McCoy, Mike and Billy McDermott, Ben Merrill, John and Zachary Thornton, and Robin and Jeff Viens.
Topics discussed/addressed were upcoming events, membership requirements, guidelines for content/conduct, promoting events, LUGBulk ordering, future meeting schedule, ChiLUG T-Shirts, collaborative build, and a few miscellaneous topics.
Check out these terrific entries for the Valentine's Build Contest! There was just no way to pick a winner here, Folks.
"A Dozen Ways to Say "I Love You"" by Ben Merrill shows some splendid build technique, and is just oozing with charm!
"A Dragon's Heart" by Alysa Kirkpatrick registers a solid eleven on the cute-o-meter!
So...we have a tie! Both of these wonderful pieces will go on display at the Woodfield LEGO Store for the month of February, and you'll get a chance to see Ben's Roses at our Bricktavia 2013 event on January 26th.
Nicely done, both if you...congratulations!
Yes, that's ChiLUG's Zoe McRae in the front row!
A big ChiLUG "Congratulations" to Zoe and her Colleagues from "Got Robot?" FIRST Tech Challenge Team!
At this year's Illinois Championships, held at IIT, Their Team won the prestigious "Inspire Award".
The Inspire award is the highest award at the event, and is awarded to the team that demonstrates excellence in all categories (community outreach, robot performance, documentation, software and technical design).
Winning this top award means that they automatically qualify to the next level of competition, which in this case is the FIRST World Festival in St. Louis next April.
A very rewarding experience, to bring our Chicago Brand of LEGO fun to some special Kids who really need it!
This was the first of what will be many events, no doubt...and we're happy to provide!
Here's John, Jeff, Dave, and Mike, well prepared with lots of MOCs, lots of LEGO material for the Kids to build with, some special giveaway items (thanks to John & Jeff!), and a TON of goodwill. We'd like to thank the Staff of the Hospital's Family Life Center for having us, and we look forward to the next event!
See several more photos in the ChiLUG Photo Gallery
The oldest web gallery for LEGO Fans gets a new ChiLUG Page! It's just a way for us to reach out with our event photos to Folks who might not otherwise see them! Check it out some time!
Yes, two weekend shows in a row...wowsers!
This event, Hosted by Dave & John's briXwerX and the Glen Ellyn Public Library, occurs every other October at the Library. A great crowd, and an excellent turnout by the Membership. Displaying were:
John Thornton, Ben Merrill, Alysa Kirkpatrick, Rocco Buttliere, Jeff & Robin Viens, Joe Dadabo, Mike McDermott, Nick Jensen, Adam Reed Tucker, and of course, Dave & Johnny!
Thanks to the Library Staff for all of their hard work, and to Ron and Jackie McRae, and Casey McCoy for coming out to see us and talk some Group business! A special nod to Matt DeLanoy of the Northern Illinois LEGO Train Club for stopping by, and an EXTRA SPECIAL thanks to all Fans...you're the best!
See lots of additional photos in the ChiLUG Photo Gallery
A lot of good things discussed, including tieing some "Food Bank" work into our events. Future events, special promotion ideas for Brickworld 2013, more Honorary Memberships, secret projects, and much more! Thanks to Ron McRae for stepping forward to be the Judge for our Holiday Build Contest, and thanks to everyone who made the time and the journey to attend!
A terrific show! It's a rather sizeable Model Railroad event, attended by some talented and devoted Modelers...with a bit of LEGO added for flavor!
Jeff and Robin, Alysa, and Dave X. were exhibitors representing ChiLUG at the event, doing what they do best...generating "oooooohs" and "ahhhhhhs"!
Special Thanks to the Organizers, and Jeff and Robin for getting these Folks hooked on LEGO!
You can see lots of additional photos in the ChiLUG Photo Gallery!
...and that ain't no hay, Boys & Girls! Nick's Replicas are extremely popular...and we're glad to see his work getting the attention like this! Behold the Halo 4 BR85HB Battle Rifle (complete with ammo, of course)!
Enjoy the entire blog here:
Awesome job, Sir!
Here's another great place for the ChiLUG Gang to share ideas and such with one another, and to share photos with "Flickrpeople" world wide.
Many of you have already accepted your invites...superb!
Check it out at:
Nick's new M363 Remote Projectile Detonator makes a big splash on the web...including another coveted "Brothers Brick" blog, and one of Nick's really decent YouTube clips!
The Photos... http://www.flickr.com/photos/nickjensen/7799051514/ The Video... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jBg9dHzgR1U
The Blog... http://www.brothers-brick.com/2012/08/17/halo-4-m363-sticky-detonator/
This cool vehicle designed for the "Nightly News at Nine" Crew is up for Cuusoo consideration!
Check it out and show your support, Gang! Go to his flickr page, and you'll find a link to Cuusoo below the photo.
Pretty cool, Dave!
Wow! What an event! ChiLUG would like to start by acknowledging the tremendous work of the Brickworld Staff, Volunteers, and Sponsors! A busy, crazy time, filled with LEGO fun, and catching up with Friends from across the globe. ChiLUG would also like to say thank you, thank you, thank you to the Fans who come to see our stuff. You're the best reward of all!
Here's the recap...It looks like ALL of the ChiLUG Members made it to the event, and we recruited a bunch of new ones (TBA soon!). The Group had a few award nominations (way to go Dan, Dave, and Johnny!), The McRaes were instrumental in the success of the Satellite Repair event, Nick Jensen won the Brickworld Grand Prize (the Tower Bridge)!!!, Dave and Johnny gave a presentation on working with children (a big success), Zoe McRae was a Winner in both the "Save the LEGO" and "Boat Race/Obstacle Course" events, and very best of all...Jeff and Robin Viens won the "Brickworld Theme" Award for their "End of the (LEGO) World" insanity within their Shackleton Town Layout!
Go to the photo gallery and check out the MANY pictures (sorry we couldn't "mix them up" a bit better...our "mouse fingers" wore out!). Especially to see Jeff and Robin's "Memorial Garden" for Heather, and find all those zany little scenes in their display that had the FOLs rolling in the aisle! We're still missing some photos and info, no doubt...so speak up if you've got additions
Congratulations to everyone!
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