CHICAGO The Chicago Cubs today announced weekend passes for the 24th annual Cubs Convention will go on sale Thursday, November 6, at 10 a.m. CST.  Passes will be available for purchase through two methods – by visiting or by calling at 1-800-THE-CUBS.

The 24th annual Cubs Convention will be held at the Hilton Chicago, 720 South Michigan Avenue, from Friday, January 16 through Sunday, January 18, 2009.  Each fan can purchase up to four weekend passes while they last.  The convention pass, valid for entry during the entire convention weekend, costs $60 plus convenience fees.

The hours of the convention are as follows: Friday 3 p.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m. to midnight and Sunday 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Included with each pass is access to all autograph/photo sessions, question and answer sessions as well as the memorabilia and vendor booths.

Rooms at the Hilton are currently sold out for Convention weekend, but fans can check back for cancellations or availability by calling 312-922-4400.  As a reminder, fans with room reservations under the Cubs Convention rate can purchase weekend passes for $15 each (limit four per room).

Proceeds from the Convention benefit Cubs Care, a fund of the McCormick Foundation.  The 2008 Cubs Convention raised more than $300,000. To date, the Cubs Convention has raised nearly $4 million for Cubs Care.

The McCormick Foundation, through its fund Cubs Care, has granted more than $13 million to Chicago non-profit organizations since 1991. Grants help support non-profit organizations which aid children with special needs, support youth sports programs, help victims of domestic violence, and assist social service efforts in the Lakeview community.

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