October 5, 2007
Story & Photos by Chris Spice (Darth Spice)


It was the opening day for Chicago for the exhibit Star Wars: When Science meets Imagination. The Museum of Science and Industry once again was host for the Midwest Garrison as they hoped to bolster the crowd that might be interested in attending the exhibit. After bringing my Dewback to a literal crawl from Irving Park Road all the way down Lake Shore Drive, I was barely on time for the ten o’ clock start time. I was very happy to have taken part in several other missions at this venue, therefore the layout was still pretty fresh in my mind.

After locating several members of the Midwest Garrison and Rebel Legion groups, I quickly prepared for what was to be a very smooth blend of Star Wars characters. There was quite the variety everyone’s favorite heroes and villains. The group was led by Darth Vader, Boba Fett, several Stormtroopers, a lone TIE Pilot, tech and of course a Sandtrooper covering the rear. The Rebel faction was very impressive as well as they featured a very slick C-3P0, Chewbacca, Princess Leia, Padme Amidala and a Rebel Soldier. We even had a representative from Jabba the Hutt with a Gamorrean Guard to help assist with our security detail. It was pretty interesting to see such a wide range of characters, even Obi-Wan Kenobi made it out to let everyone know I didn’t need to see their identification.

We were only scheduled to be on the floor for a few hours but the time really flew by fast. I enjoyed watching all the smiles, and kids screaming for Chewbacca and C-3P0! Before we knew it, the time had come to suit down. The people at the museum were kind enough to give us vouchers for the exhibit, but when we tried to redeem them we learned tickets were sold out for the day. It was somewhat disappointing but I prefer to return on a later date with my family and enjoy the sights. I even learned Master George Lucas himself would be at the Museum tonight for opening ceremonies but for whatever reason the 501st would not be needed. If you do manage to get in the area, I’d recommend taking a peek. As that was all I was able to obtain for today but I promise to return with detailed photos in the near future for those Troopers not in the range of being able to attend. United We Find.

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