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A Cubs Convention Preview

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Here's the nuts & bolts about what you'll see -- and read here -- about the convention.

David Sameshima

The Cubs' annual Convention -- their 30th -- begins Friday evening at the Chicago Sheraton & Towers. This, you know.

Here's the official schedule of the various sessions from tonight through Sunday:

Friday, Jan. 16
6-7 p.m.: Opening ceremony
7:30-10 p.m.: Friday night with Ryan Dempster

Saturday, Jan. 17
9-10 a.m.: Ricketts family forum
9:30-10:30 a.m.: Cubs Jeopardy
10:30-11:30 a.m. A recent look back: The Cubs of 2007-08
11 a.m.-12 p.m.: Meet Cubs baseball management
12-1 p.m.: Meet the new Cubs
12:30-1:30 p.m.: Joe Maddon and his coaching staff
1:30-3 p.m.: For Kids Only press conference
2-3 p.m.: Cubs business operations update
3:30-4:30 p.m.: New Kids on the block
4-5 p.m.: Cubs family feud
5-6 p.m.: What lies ahead
5:15-6 p.m.: #CubsSocial
8-10 p.m.: Cubs Bingo

Sunday, Jan. 18:
9-10 a.m.: 30 years of Cubs Convention memories
10:30-11:30 a.m.: Down on the Farm

Most of the Saturday sessions are going to be live-streamed so you can see them at CBSChicago.com if you can't make it. I'm one of those who won't be there, as I'm still in Arizona, so I'll be watching online and posting about the key sessions you are likely wondering about. Those would be: the Ricketts family forum, Meet Cubs baseball Management, the session with Joe Maddon and the coaching staff, and finally, the business operations update in which we'll learn what the Cubs' contingency plans are for bleacher season-ticket holders if the bleachers aren't done by Opening Night.

Never fear! BCB's Danny Rockett will be at the Convention and will be posting his usual offbeat looks at this event over the weekend. It's likely going to be a lot more crowded than the photo above, which was taken at last year's convention. This year's is sold out and I'm guessing the corridors at the Sheraton will be packed.

If you're going, have fun. If not -- we'll have complete coverage here.