5 ways to celebrate Star Wars Day around Chicagoland

“Solo – A Star Wars Story,” the 10th feature film in the Star Wars sag, drops May 25. In the fall, “Resistance,” the newest Star Wars animated show, will debut. It’s a Star Wars galaxy and we’re just living in it. To paraphrase Rey in “The Last Jedi,” your child needs someone to show them their place in all this. Let that person be you! Pour yourself a glass of blue milk and take a look at these Chicago-specific ways to celebrate out and about or from the comfort of your Rebel base!

Take part in a Jedi Freeze Mob downtown

It’s Chicago’s third annual Light Up Freeze Mob – the Galactic Battle for ChiTown, sponsored by Chicago Jedi and Edge Theatre. This event is family-friendly and BYOL (Bring Your Own Light Saber). Participants will get into epic battle stances at three locations beginning at Roosevelt and Michigan and continuing to the Museum Campus, and on a count will strike a battle pose for unforgettable photos of Jedi vs. Sith action. Wear a costume, choose the light side or dark side of the force, and have a blast!  (Don’t worry, there’s no actual fighting – no hands will be lopped off.)

Details and updates here.

Meet characters and create crafts at Fox Valley Mall

Head to Fox Valley Mall in the western suburbs to meet Chewbacca, Yoda, Rey and more, and make Star Wars-inspired crafts and coloring projects!

Train to be a Jedi at Clarendon Hills Public Library

Do you have what it takes to be a Jedi? Stop in with the little ones 2-4 p.m. to hone your skills. Kids under 5 need to be accompanied by their Jedi master, of course.

Register here.

Middle School Star Wars screening, cooking and crafts in Glen Ellyn

Rebels in grades 6-8 can watch “Rogue One – A Star Wars Story” while making finger lightsabers and edible R2Ds 12:30-3 p.m.

Details here.

Watch me show off new Star Wars toys and products on WFLD!

Don’t want to head out in our sometimes Hoth-like weather? Tune into Fox 32 on Friday at 12:45 p.m. to see yours truly demonstrate some Star Wars games, toys and tech and learn about UNICEF’s Roar for Change campaign where you can raise money for a good cause by showing off your best wookie roar on social media.

…and May the 4th be with you.

This week’s blog post is by The Paternity Test co-host Matt Boresi, who lives in the Edgewater Glen neighborhood of Chicago with his wife (“Professor Foster”) and their 6-year-old daughter, Viva, with whom the Force is strong.

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