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Aug. 22, 2007

Fanfare To Mark Sept. 1 Hawkeye Football Game In Chicago

Black and gold will flow through Chicago's streets next week as University of Iowa fans descend on the Windy City for the Hawkeye football team's Saturday, Sept. 1 season opener against Northern Illinois University at Soldier Field.

Dozens of special events are scheduled for Friday, Aug. 31, which has been declared "Chicago Black and Gold Day," including a "Tour de Loop" featuring Iowa mascot Herky, a Hawkeye Huddle on the Navy Pier, a Hawk patrol and prize giveaway and alumni receptions sponsored by UI colleges, the UI Alumni Association (UIAA), UI Athletics, the Chicago Center and Chicagoland alumni.

More information about the game and special events -- as well as downloadable posters and a musical photo slideshow sure to pump up fan fever -- is available on the UIAA's Web site at

The Labor Day weekend will mark the first Hawkeye football game played in Chicago and the first match-up between NCAA Division I opponents in Soldier Field since a multi-year, multi-million-dollar renovation was completed there in 2003. The game is the second in a home-and-neutral site series for the Hawkeyes and the Huskies. Iowa defeated Northern Illinois 24-14 last October in a game played before a sellout crowd inside historic Kinnick Stadium.

New University of Iowa President Sally Mason, who will attend the game with her husband, Ken, said she's excited to talk with alumni and other fans about the strong ties between the UI and Chicagoans.

"A third of the UI's incoming freshmen last year hail from the Land of Lincoln. And more than 22,000 UI alumni and contributors live and work in the greater Chicago area, making enormous contributions to the city's economy and quality of life," Mason said. "Additionally, we've established many fruitful relationships with Chicago-area employers, including many Iowa alumni, who have helped our students find exciting internships and job opportunities after graduation.

"The university's establishment of The Chicago Center in the Loop last year was a sign of our belief that those relationships will continue to bear fruit in the future," Mason added.

Even Hawk fans who aren't attending the game will find plenty to do in Chicago, beginning at 7 a.m. Friday, Aug. 31, when the "Hawk Patrol" hits the streets of Chicago looking for people in black-and-gold and awarding Hawk merchandise and other prizes.

Also at 7 a.m. Friday, Herky will kick off his "Tour de Loop" outside the windows of ABC7 (WLS-TV) at 190 N. State St. Iowa fans are encouraged to show up en masse to demonstrate their Hawkeye pride. Herky will continue his tour, which is tentatively scheduled to take him to Union Station, the Ogilvie Transportation Center, WGN and Watertower Place.

Another stop on Herky's agenda -- location to be determined -- is a Chicago company with strong ties to the UI. Alumni who are employers or employees in the Windy City are invited to submit their Top 10 reasons why Herky should visit their place of business.

Alumni and Hawkeye fans throughout the city are encouraged to wear black and gold during the celebration, to display Hawkeye posters and banners (see for downloadable PDFs of posters) throughout their homes and workplaces, and to attend Iowa Day at Wrigley Field to cheer on the Chicago Cubs in their game against the Houston Astros and support an important cause, Project 3000.

Project 3000 was launched when Chicago Cubs first baseman Derrek Lee and Boston Celtics CEO and co-owner Wyc Grousbeck sought a partnership with the University of Iowa to advance scientific understanding of and find a cure for a rare blinding eye disease called Leber's Congenital Amaurosis (LCA), which affects one in 100,000 children, including children of both Lee and Grousbeck.

Other events scheduled for Friday, Aug. 31 include:

* 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Hawk Party at Goose Island Brewery, Wrigleyville, 3535 North Clark St., $25 per person. For more information, visit (Note: this is not an official UI event.)

* 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. College of Law Chicago Interview Day (for current second- and third-year law students), UI Chicago Center, 150 No. Michigan Ave., 34th floor. For information, contact or

* 5 to 7 p.m. College of Law Reception (open to all law alumni), UI Chicago Center. For information and to RSVP, contact

* 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Reception for College of Business alumni (open to all business alumni), Embassy Suites Downtown/Lakefront, 522 North Columbus Drive. RSVP to or 319-335-0862. For information, contact

* 6:30 to 9 p.m. Hawkeye Huddle, Grand Ballroom at Navy Pier, 600 Grand Ave., Chicago. Free and open to the public.

Events scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 1 include:

* 9:30 a.m. College of Dentistry Pregame Reception, Fairfield Inn and Suites, 216 E. Ontario St. For more information, contact Penni Ryan at

* 10 a.m. to game time. Hawkeye Tailgate Rally, Chicago Hilton, 720 South Michigan Ave., $6 in advance/$10 at the door if available. For more information visit (Note: this is not an official UI event.)

* 10 a.m. to noon. UI Foundation and Athletics-Presidents Club and Champion Hawks donor event (by invitation), Chicago Hilton, 720 South Michigan Ave. For more information, contact

* 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. College of Pharmacy reception (open to all Pharmacy alumni), North Temple Gate Room, Soldier Field. To RSVP, contact

* 2:30 p.m. Kickoff for Iowa-Northern Illinois game, Soldier Field.

Related: University of Iowa Chicago Center,

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

CONTACT: Stephen Pradarelli, 319-384-0007,