The largest LEGO fan convention in the US is going to be happening in Chicago next week! there will be hundreds of attendees showing up with their models. I go there every year, mostly to see what's up and to meet fellow fans. This year, there are some things that will be going on that will be worth going to:
1. Monster chess. Developed by MINDSTORMS genius Steve Hassenplug and a team of fellow NXT builders, this FUNCTIONING chess game features LEGO renditions of pawns, rooks and knights, do name a few chess parts. You can see all the information and video here.
2. The boat race. Ever see a LEGO boat in competition? You will here.
3. City of Lights.
One night, attendees get to see the lights go down and many models lit internally.
I will be there this year taking pics and video, so start looking here for news during the event!