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    Hall of Famer Butkus To Appear at Chicago Homecoming
    Dick Butkus will host a luncheon on on Sept. 12 and appear at the Illini Fest tailgate and participate in the coin toss prior to the Sept. 14 Chicago Homecoming game.

    Dick Butkus will host a luncheon on on Sept. 12 and appear at the Illini Fest tailgate and participate in the coin toss prior to the Sept. 14 Chicago Homecoming game.

    Aug. 6, 2013

    Butkus Luncheon Tickets | Chicago Homecoming Tickets | Chicago Homecoming Central

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - All-time Illinois and Chicago Bear great Dick Butkus will host a luncheon and be making appearances at the Illini Chicago Homecoming Sept. 12-14 prior to and around the Illinois-Washington football game. The luncheon, scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 12, from 11:30-1:30 p.m. at Wildfire Chicago, will include a silent auction with proceeds split between the I FUND, Butkus Foundation and I PLAY CLEANTM program. Visit for luncheon ticket information.

    "We are very enthused about partnering with Illinois alumni and all-time great Dick Butkus and his foundation for the luncheon to support two great endeavors," Illinois Director of Athletics Mike Thomas said. "Dick has always been very supportive of the U of I and we are extremely proud to be associated with him and his foundation."

    On game day, Butkus will appear at the free Illini Fest tailgate, located in the Stadium Green area east of Soldier Field, and will participate in the coin toss at midfield.

    "Everyone says there's thousands of Illini alumni and fans in the Chicago area," Butkus said. "Here's your chance to show your colors in the City of the Big Shoulders."

    Dick Butkus and his son Matt formed the I PLAY CLEANTM program was formed to educate and encourage high school students to make the right choice of playing clean, rather than resorting to illegal and dangerous steroids and performance enhancing products.

    Illini Fest Details

    Who: All Fighting Illini and college football fans

    When: Sept. 14, 2013, from 1-4:30 p.m. (prior to 5 p.m. Illinois-Washington game)

    Where: Soldier Field Stadium Green Area (southeast lawn just outside stadium - MAP)

    What: Live music and entertainment, face painting, interactive games for kids and adults, free snow cones and cotton candy, giveaways, appearances by the Marching Illini and Fighting Illini cheerleaders, appearances and autographs by Fighting Illini all-time greats, including Hall of Famer Dick Butkus, food and drink for purchase, and much more!

    Cost: FREE

    Chicago Homecoming Transportation Options

    Fighting Illini fans and UI students can save gas money and parking fees for the Chicago Homecoming game by booking a bus ticket to Soldier Field for the Illinois-Washington matchup. Fans can take advantage of a Game Day Motorcoach Package to and from the game for $69 (buy online), while UI students, who get a FREE ticket to the game with the purchase of a 2013 season ticket, can purchase bus transportation to the game for just $22 (buy online).

    Illinois Football Tickets

    Tickets for the Chicago Homecoming game start at $30 and are on sale now. Season and single-game tickets for the 2013 Illinois football season, which includes seven home games, are on sale now.

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