Saturday 4/25 - 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
Wills Northwoods Inn Presents: PACKERPALOOZA 2020
Featuring: Davante Adams, Allen Lazard, Jake Kumerow, Don Majkowski & Andre Rison.
HEY PACKER BACKERS, it’s that time of year again! That’s right, it’s time for our annual Green Bay Packer fan event right here in Chicago! Packerpalooza 2020 will be held on Saturday, April 25th and WE’RE GOING ABSOLUTELY HUGE AGAIN THIS YEAR, with a great mix of guests! Signed and scheduled to appear this year, we are so excited to welcome back, 3X Pro Bowler, from Fresno State University, our friend, and a veteran of Packerpalooza 2018 and a veteran of Packerpalooza 2019, (WR) Davante Adams (#17). Also signed and scheduled to appear, from Iowa State, (WR) Allen Lazard (#13)! And rounding out our trio of high caliber current Packers talent, a Warhawk, from UW-Whitewater, (WR) Jake Kumerow (#16)! Also joining us this year for Packerpalooza 2020, not one, but TWO great Packers Legends…
Introducing first, from the University of Virginia, 1989 Pro Bowler, and Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame honoree, (QB) Don Majkowski (#7), and also, 5X Pro Bowler, and Super Bowl XXXI Champion, first round draft pick from Michigan State University, (WR) Andre “Bad Moon” Rison (#84)!
Admission for Packerpalooza 2020 is $95 and includes: the autograph session with the players, which includes ONE trip through the line to have items signed (For time constraints there will be a very strict maximum of 2 items signed per player), photo opportunities with the players taken by our multitude of professional photographers (One photographer assigned to each player so we don’t miss anything), also includes access to ALL of the many hi-resolution photos that our photographers take (over 3500 last year) which will be available for download within 48 hours on our Facebook page FREE of charge, our famous and FREE “Halftime raffle” GIVEAWAYS (featuring an abundance of great and often autographed Packers and Will’s gear), a souvenir lanyard & postcard-style ticket, live music from Wisconsin legend Pat McCurdy (plus DJ Northwoods), meet & greet/photo ops with the Packer Super Fans, big fun, and did I mention the shenanigans? Get your TICKETS as soon as you possibly can… THIS EVENT SOLD OUT THE LAST TWO YEARS, AND ONCE THEY’RE GONE, THEY’RE GONE!
SCHEDULE: (subject to change)
9:00am : Doors Open / Brunch Menu Available. – We have an amazing brunch menu, so come early, get a seat and start the day off right. We will have extra seating available this year!
10:30am – 1:30pm : Fan signing with not one, but TWO great Packers Legends in our heated festival tent… from the University of Virginia, 1989 Pro Bowler, and Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame honoree, (QB) Don Majkowski (#7), and also, 5X Pro Bowler, and Super Bowl XXXI Champion, first round draft pick from Michigan State University, (WR) Andre “Bad Moon” Rison (#84)! *See message below regarding special merchandise.
12:00pm (Noon) : Game-day Grill Opens – Enjoy our tailgate-style game-day grill. A truly delicious Game-Day tradition at Will’s!
12:00pm – 3:30pm : Live Music Showcase – Milwaukee’s favorite son and “Wisconsin Legend” Pat McCurdy performs all your favorite “Pat Songs.” Pat McCurdy is a singer-songwriter with an unusual off-beat sense of humor. A favorite of the college crowd, this national performer is known for his comedic lyrics and hilarious observations on life, love, our beloved Packers, and the wonders of “sex and beer.”
2:00pm – 6:00pm : Fan signing continues with current Green Bay Packers offensive weapons, (WR) Davante Adams (#17), (WR) Allen Lazard (#13), and (WR) Jake Kumerow (#16)! These high caliber current Packers stars will be signing in our heated festival tent. *See message below regarding special merchandise.
6:15pm – 6:30pm : We will have our FREE “Halftime Raffle” which is another favorite game-day tradition at every Green Bay Packers and Wisconsin Badgers football game at Will’s Northwoods Inn! We’ll have plenty of Packers and Will’s swag and the raffle tickets are FREE (included with your paid admission)
FAQ’s (Frequently Asked Questions):
WHAT MAKES PACKERPALOOZA DIFFERENT THAN OTHER PLAYER SIGNING EVENTS?
Packerpalooza is a Packer FAN EVENT (If your side-hustle or hobby is selling autographs online PLEASE STAY HOME), and was created by Will’s Northwoods Inn as an extremely FAN-FOCUSED annual gathering of the most dedicated Packer fans alive, purely for their enjoyment and to continue our commitment to our customers as one of the many great Packer bars in America (right here in the hometown of our oldest rival). Will’s does not take ANY portion of the admission fee as profit, 100% of the ticket price (and then some) goes directly toward the cost of having these quality players attend, including appearance fees, flights/transportation, accommodations, etc. We also limit the amount of tickets sold to ensure a fun event for all attendees. We want you to enjoy your time with the players and we do not intend to rush fans through the line like cattle. HOWEVER, the players will be available for a designated amount of time only, so enjoy yourself, but PLEASE be ultra-efficient with your time and please be mindful that there are other fans who also want to meet the players. With that said, get in line right away, and please have your items ready to go. Give your items to the player FIRST so they can start signing them immediately. Transfer your items to the next player swiftly.
PHOTOGRAPHS / PICTURE TAKING
As a convenience to the fans, and to help save time, we have hired even more professional photographers (at least one for each player) who are positioned directly in front of the player they are assigned to, and they take a multitude of professional, high resolution pictures of ALL fans as they are meeting the players (over 3,500 photos taken last year). We will post these photos on our Facebook page within 48 hours of the event. These photos will be available to all fans FREE OF CHARGE! We strongly recommend you spend your time interacting with the players instead of struggling with your camera trying to capture the perfect shot! To recap, DON’T WASTE EVERYONE’S TIME with photos! It’s a waste of time and that’s already taken care of as we have hired at least one photographer for each player to ensure that we capture those special moments. PLUS, we always put together an awesome Packerpalooza video every year to enjoy for many years to come (photos will be available for download within 48-hours this year, but video usually takes about 10 days to edit). If you would like to bring an item or two with you to be signed, no worries, that’s fine and it’s INCLUDED with your paid admission. BUT, don’t worry if you can’t bring something with you. We will have 8X10 photos of the players, and a supply of Riddell mini-helmets and Packers signature-style footballs for purchase, AT OR BELOW the typical price you would normally pay at a place such as Dick’s Sporting Goods! We are not looking to make money selling these items, we just want our attendees to have a viable option for signature-appropriate items that they will cherish forever. *See message below regarding special merchandise
WHERE DO I PURCHASE TICKETS?
We highly recommend purchasing tickets online to Packerpalooza 2020 as soon as possible at Packerpalooza.com. There is a limited amount of tickets available and demand will be very high. THIS EVENT SOLD OUT THE PAST 2 YEARS! We limit the amount of tickets sold to ensure a fun event for attendees without too much over-crowding. Packerpalooza 2020 tickets are available ONLINE only through Yapsody at Packerpalooza.com.
CAN I BRING MY CHILD OR TEENAGER?
Absolutely! As you can see in the photos from last year’s event on Facebook, kids are welcome and encouraged (you may even see a baby or two wearing their favorite Packers gear). Children 13 and under are 60% OFF ($38)
CAN I BRING MY NON-PACKER FAN FRIEND(S) TO JUST SIT AT THE BAR AND DRINK?
Unfortunately, Will’s is closed to the public during Packerpalooza. Space is very limited and completely dedicated to the event. All attendees must have a paid ticket to the event, there are NO EXCEPTIONS! We are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.
WHAT PLAYERS ARE SCHEDULED TO APPEAR THIS YEAR?
Will’s is proud to welcome Green Bay Packers Wide Receivers, Davante Adams (#17), Allen Lazard (#13), and Jake Kumerow (#16). Also joining us for our Legends session will be Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame member and Quarterback Don Majkowski (#7), and Wide Receiver (#84) Andre Rison.
WHAT ARE YOUR DRINK SPECIALS?
Our “Game Day Beer Special” features 32 oz Souvenir cups of Miller Lite, Leinenkugel Original, or Coors Light. The cups are only $9, and you get $7 refills. If you have a cup from any past Will’s event, BRING IT, and get the refill price all day! In addition to the Game Day Beer Special, we will also have PBR, Schlitz and Hamm’s Tall Boy Cans for $3!
WHAT ARE YOUR FOOD SPECIALS?
Our “Game Day Tailgate Grill” will be open and features tailgate style selections such as Cheeseburgers, Beer Brats, Jumbo Hot Dogs, Chicken Wings, Italian Beef Sandwiches, Fried Cheese Curds, and lots more deep-fried goodness! Most of the Game-Day-Grill items are $5!
Often times at events that feature current or former athletes, players will bring with them a very special selection of memorabilia available for purchase. The proceeds of every item these players sell goes directly to the player to help pay for his personal expenses, charitable endeavors, and things of that nature. Pricing on these special items is set solely at the player’s discretion, but there will be no additional charge for having these items autographed, except where expressly indicated. Autographs are typically included and covered by the admission fee to this event.
OTHER LITTLE TIDBITS:
The Green Bay Packers Super Fans, who we all love, enjoy and have seen on TV many times before will also be here in full force, including “The Owner”, “The Ultimate Packer Fan”, “Mean Gene”, “The Packer Gnome” and others. They will be hanging out and talking with fans and typically be available for unlimited photo opportunities. Also, likely to join us is our very good friend, Pro-Bowler, All-Pro Center, Super Bowl Champion, Green Bay Packers Hall of Famer, and veteran of EVERY Packerpalooza that we’ve ever had, FRANK WINTERS! Also enjoy our FREE Packerpalooza Edition of the “Halftime Raffle” at 6:15pm, plus the World’s Largest Cheese head (which was made specifically for Will’s Northwoods Inn by Ralph Bruno himself), plus we will have NFL Draft coverage on our TVs ALL WEEKEND LONG!! Stay tuned for any possible updates on Facebook and Twitter!
“GO PACK GO!!”
*** IMPORTANT UPDATE: 03/13/2020-CHICAGO, IL
IN ADDITION TO A BAN ON LARGE-SCALE EVENTS, GOVERNOR PRITZKER AND CHICAGO MAYOR LORI LIGHTFOOT URGED ORGANIZERS OF PUBLIC AND PRIVATE EVENTS EXPECTED TO DRAW MORE THAN 250 PEOPLE TO POSTPONE THEM AS THE NUMBER OF CONFIRMED CASES OF COVID-19 IN THE STATE OF ILLINOIS HAS CLIMBED. WILL’S NORTHWOODS INN TAKES THE SAFETY AND WELL-BEING OF OUR PATRONS, FAMILIES AND STAFF VERY SERIOUSLY. WE HAVE DECIDED TO EXERCISE AN ABUNDANCE OF CAUTION AND POSTPONE INDEFINITELY THE SALE OF PACKERPALOOZA TICKETS FOR THIS YEAR’S PACKERPALOOZA FESTIVITIES (SCHEDULED ON SATURDAY, APRIL 25TH). AS ONE OF OUR MOST POPULAR AND BELOVED SIGNATURE EVENTS, WE ARE HOPEFUL TO RESCHEDULE SOON, AS LONG AS IT BECOMES SAFE AND RESPONSIBLE TO DO SO. WE ARE IN CONSTANT CONTACT WITH THE SCHEDULED PLAYERS AND THEIR REPRESENTATIVES REGARDING THEIR ONGOING AVAILABILITY, AND WE SINCERELY THANK DAVANTE ADAMS, ALLEN LAZARD, JAKE KUMEROW, DON MAJKOWSKI, AND ANDRE RISON FOR THEIR TREMENDOUS LOVE, CONCERN AND DESIRE TO MEET AND GREET THE FANS, IF AND WHEN IT BECOMES APPROPRIATE AND SAFE TO DO SO. WE ARE MONITORING THE CDC AND DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH’S RECOMMENDATIONS CLOSELY, AND ARE PREPARED TO TAKE ALL PROPER PRECAUTIONS.