Opening Reception


Explore Chicago’s Past with NECA

Saturday, September 27 • 7:00–9:30 pm

CCTB_Sue_TRexNECA 2014 Chicago welcomes you at the Field Museum, one of the world’s premier natural history museums, and the largest. It will be transformed into a lavish Roaring ‘20s scene that would make Jay Gatsby or Al Capone feel right at home, but the tribute to Chicago’s past goes even further back — 65 million years back!

This glamorous evening will feature dueling pianos at the NECA Speakeasy, the celebrated art of cigar rolling, pictures with Sue (the largest, most complete Tyrannosaurus Rex fossil yet discovered), and more memories in the making. Dance to the swinging sounds of the Z Orchestra or showcase your own talents at karaoke surrounded by prehistoric finds and modern-day discoveries. You just might find yourself singing along with Sinatra: “Chicago is my kind of town!”

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Tickets to the Opening Reception and Closing Celebration are included with full convention registration. A limited number of tickets for these events will be available for purchase on-site, first-come, first-served based on availability.

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Busses will pick up from hotel at 6:45 – 11:15 pm

Busses will pick up for Presidents Reception at hotels at 6:00 pm to go to Field Museum

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