FIRST LEGO League Kickoff Events

WIth each new FLL season Illinois FIRST Robotics organizes one or more kickoff events around the state to give teams an introduction to fun and excitement ahead.  This year is no different, and below is what we have planned thus far.  Please return to this page often to see if there is an event coming to your area.

 Into Orbit Coming in August

 Northern Illinois Kickoff:

When: September 15, 2018

Where: International Management and Technology Show (IMTS) - McCormick Place, Chicago IL

Cost:  FREE Admittance 

How to register:   Go to

 Click on "School/Teacher Registration".

 1) In the "District Name" field, enter "FLL " plus your FLL Team number (and optionally, your team name). If you do not have a team number yet, please enter ”FLL #0000".

 2) In the "What position do you hold at the school?", select "Other" then enter your FLL Team Number again.

 3) In the "What day do you anticipate visiting IMTS 2018?", select "Saturday"

 4) Team coaches/managers etc. will have the option to put "chaperone" names in the field to select: "Do you know the names of those additional educators, chaperones, or non-students?"

 5) As they "Continue Registration" teams can bypass selecting "Learning Labs" that you might attend.

Other Details:

 Spending More time at IMTS

If you would like to visit IMTS prior to Saturday to enjoy more of the Show and free exhibits with your students, simply pick up your passes the first day you arrive at the Show and use the same badges for everyone in your group through Saturday.

Parking Costs

Teams are being asked to cover their own parking when arriving in cars, sedans, SUVs, minivans and vans. Funds that were going to cover parking had to be diverted to other Kickoff costs. In light of this we are unable to cover individual vehicle team parking. We hope you will understand.

Teams arriving by Yellow School Bus will be able to park for free. Only School Buses can park in the designated Bus Yard. For information on Bus Parking please go here:

Parking Instructions

We recommend teams arriving in vehicles park in LOT B. More info can be found here:

 “Lot B – 3050 South Moe Drive, Chicago, IL 60616 (also known as 31st Street Lot) is an outdoor surface parking lot located at 31st Street near Lake Shore Drive South and Moe Drive. It holds over 1,800 vehicles. The parking rate is a flat fee of $15 per day with no in-and-out privileges.* This parking lot is open throughout event hours. Overnight parking is not available.”

 Attendance is Free for Student Groups

IMTS provides free admission to all student groups, every year.

 Kickoff Schedule

The event schedule for the Kickoff is still being worked out, but once you register your team to attend, you will receive further communications. You must register to attend IMTS as shown above to receive those important communications. We are asking teams to register for IMTS Kickoff by Labor Day September 3rd, 2018.

 If you have additional specific IMTS registration questions, please send them to 

Kickoff Hosted by FLL Team Royal Tech:

When: August 18, 2018

Where: Alive Center, 500 W. 5th Avenue, Naperville, IL

Cost:  $30/team

How to register:  E-mail to preregister or make a payment via paypal (use “pay friend” option) or Zelle: Zelle to :

See flyer HERE for more details


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