Panel Reservations and Lotteries

ENHANCE YOUR STAR WARS CELEBRATION EXPERIENCE BY MAKING THE JUMP TO LIGHTSPEED

Lightspeed Powered by ThinkGeek Star Wars Celebration Chicago is excited to officially announce the new LIGHTSPEED Virtual Panel Reservations and LIGHTSPEED Lane Virtual Queuing powered by ThinkGeek, which will eliminate the need for overnight queuing and give fans the opportunity to see the panels they want and shop the Celebration Store with less time in lines and more time enjoying Celebration.

What is the LIGHTSPEED Virtual Panel Reservation system?

Fans will be able to use LIGHTSPEED Virtual Panel Reservations powered by ThinkGeek to reserve admission for panels all weekend long at Star Wars Celebration Chicago. This new panel reservation process will include an advance lottery for all morning panels on the Celebration Stage at the Wintrust Arena as well as the Galaxy and Twin Suns stages streaming the morning panels live from the Celebration Stage. Fans will also have the ability to make advance panel reservations for all live panels on the Galaxy and Twin Suns Stages. This will provide the opportunity for more fans to enjoy some of our most exciting panels which would have previously required overnight camping and wristbands.

ADVANCE PANEL LOTTERIES

In order to enter the lottery, fans must have either the original e-mail used to purchase their Star Wars Celebration Chicago badges, or the confirmation number they received when they purchased the badges. The Celebration Stage at the Wintrust Arena will be part of the lottery as well as the Galaxy and Twin Suns stages which will be streaming the morning panels live from the Celebration Stage. All lotteries are NOW OPEN and fans must submit their entries before 11:59 PM central time on Monday April 8th. The time in which you enter a lottery has no impact on your chance of winning a lottery.

How does the advance panel lottery work?

In order to enter the lottery fans must have either the original e-mail used to purchase their Star Wars Celebration Chicago badges, or the confirmation number they received when they purchased the badges.

All fans must have valid badges for Star Wars Celebration Chicago for the days their chosen panel takes place in order to participate in the panel lotteries. Any remaining unclaimed admissions after the lottery period ends will be opened for non-lottery, day-of advance panel reservations on the mobile app (coming soon!), the Celebration website and onsite kiosks for fans that did not previously win a panel lottery.

An e-mail with the winning lottery confirmation and QR codes for each member of the group will be sent to the e-mail address associated with your order. For your convenience, you can attach your winning lottery code to your valid, activated badge through the Star Wars Celebration mobile app (coming soon!)

How do I submit a panel lottery submission with a group of friends or family who bought badges separately?

Fans may enter a panel lottery for each of the days their badge is valid for, as a group with size determined by the number of badges associated with the original order confirmation number or e-mail previously entered, up to a maximum group size of 6. Fans will also have the ability to group their lottery entries together with other friends and family, up to a maximum of 6 people.

If you would like to sit in the same seating section as your friends and family who purchased badges on separate orders you will need to submit your panel lottery submission with a shared group code. Group codes are available on the lottery submission webpage. On the webpage select “I am submitting as a group” and you will be shown both a field where you can enter a group code that you have been given by friends and family as well as a unique group code that you can share with friends and family. If you want to be in the same seating section make sure everyone in your party enters the lottery as a group before the lottery takes place.

If a panel lottery is won, the winning group and the others in their group, up to a maximum of 6, will win admission to that specific panel. In order to enter a panel lottery, you must have the email used to order your badges or your order confirmation number.

What types of badges are able to enter the advance panel lottery?

All 5-Day adult badges and media badges are eligible to submit for any panel lottery available. All single day adult badges are able to submit for any panel lottery available taking place the day their badge is valid for. Special Guest and Exhibitor badges are not eligible to participate in panel lotteries. Kids’ badges are not able to submit for any panel lottery but adult badges have the option of adding additional lottery submissions for kids’ badges at the time a submission is made. Children 6 and under do not need a badge for Star Wars Celebration Chicago. During the panel lottery process, you will be asked to indicate if you have a child under 6 attending. Children under 6 will not count against your group party size for purposes of the panel lottery. Jedi Master VIP badges are not able to submit for any panel lottery as they already are guaranteed access to premium reserved seating at the Celebration Stage for all panels.

Are all panels on the Celebration Stage part of the advance panel lottery?

No, only the first panels of the day on the Celebration stage are part of the lottery. All other panels are open to fans so long as there is seating capacity available in the Arena.

Which panels are part of the lottery?

The first panels taking place each day on the Celebration stage at the Wintrust Arena will be part of the lottery as well as the Galaxy and Twin Suns stages which will be streaming the morning panels live from the Celebration Stage. The panels that are included in the lottery are:

  • Friday - 11:00AM – 12:00PM - Star Wars: Episode IX, Live on the Celebration stage and streamed to the Galaxy and Twin Suns Stages
  • Saturday - 11:00AM – 12:00PM - Bringing Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge to Life at Disney Parks, Live on the Celebration Stage at the Wintrust Arena
  • Sunday - 11:00AM – 12:00PM - The Mandalorian, Live on the Celebration stage and streamed to the Galaxy and Twin Suns Stages
  • Monday - 11:00AM – 12:00PM - Star Wars: Phantom Menace 20th Anniversary Celebration, Live on the Celebration stage and streamed to the Galaxy Stage

If I bought multiple badges on a single order do I only get one entry into the lottery?

If your order had multiple adult badges purchased you will be given one entry per adult badge on the order. For example, if you purchased four adult badges you would be given four entries to the lotteries of your choosing. If you ordered two adult badges in your order you would get two entries. If you have ordered kids badges you will be able to include kids as part of your lottery submission.

When can I enter the advance panel lottery?

Lotteries for all morning panels on the Celebration Stage and the streaming of those panels to the Galaxy and Twin Suns Stages are NOW OPEN and fans must submit their entries before 11:59 PM central time on Monday April 8th. The time in which you enter a lottery has no impact on your chance of winning a lottery

Where do I enter into the advance panel lottery?

Beginning on Friday March 29th advance panel lottery submissions can entered by visiting: https://www.starwarscelebration.com/Features/Panel-Reservations-and-Lotteries/

How do I show proof of my advance panel lottery win?

You will be sent an email with a confirmation and QR code after a successful panel reservation is made or lottery has been won. Please print these confirmation codes or keep them handy in your mobile device, and treat them as you would any other event ticket. These tickets will be scanned during entry to the Wintrust Arena. For your convenience, if you have activated your badge you may attach your panel ticket to your badge and simply use the QR code on your badge or the confirmation code in the Star Wars Celebration mobile app. Winning lottery confirmations and QR codes can only be redeemed once, so they can’t be duplicated or shared with others. Once a QR code is scanned it is voided and may not be reused.

When should I arrive at the Celebration Stage at the Wintrust Arena for the first panel of the day?

If a fan wins a panel lottery for admission into the first panel of the day at the Celebration stage at the Wintrust Arena they will receive specific instructions and arrival times for all panel lotteries that they win. All panel lottery winners should plan to begin arriving at the specific scheduled arrival times provided. Early arrivals will not be accommodated. Due to high demand, there will not be a stand-by line for the first panels of the day on the Celebration Stage

.

Where do I go to enter the Celebration Stage?

The only entrance into the Celebration stage is at the corner of South Indiana Ave and East Cermak Rd. There are no other entry points into the Celebration stage open to Celebration attendees.

If I win an advance panel lottery entitlement for the livestream on the Galaxy or Twin Suns Stages where do I go in the morning to queue for those stages?

For entry into the West building, where the Galaxy and Twin Suns Stages are located, please proceed to the main entrance outside Gate 41 along East Cermak Rd. Entry into the queue for the West building and the Galaxy and Twin Suns stages will only be allowed from South Prairie Ave. There will be separate queues for fans with valid lottery entitlements and panel reservations for the morning panels. Queue position will be maintained as we escort fans to the Galaxy and Twin Suns stages from the Gate 41 queue. As a reminder, overnight queueing is strictly prohibited. Early arrivals will not be accommodated. Due to high demand, there will be not be a stand-by line for the first panels of the day streamed from the Celebration Stage.

Will I only be allowed to win one panel lottery for the whole weekend?

There is only one panel lottery taking place each day, Friday - Monday, and you have the same chances of winning a panel lottery each day. You can enter all four panel lotteries as long as you have a valid badge for the days your chosen panel takes place. You have an equal chance to win all four panel lotteries and go to all four panels. Winning one panel lottery does not preclude you from winning another. You do have to submit for each panel lottery that you want to attend. Entering into and winning a panel lottery does not preclude you from making a panel reservation at the galaxy or twin suns stage for non-lottery panels.

If I bought a badge from a third party but have the confirmation number, can I enter a new email address and the confirmation number and get the lottery confirmation sent to my new email address?

All fans who purchased a ticket through LYTE, the official secondary ticket provider of Star Wars Celebration, will be issued a new confirmation code that they can use during the lottery process. Unfortunately, Star Wars Celebration tickets cannot be sold or transferred outside of LYTE, so we can’t guarantee that you will be able to enter a panel lottery if your tickets were purchased from an unauthorized 3rd party seller. For a full list of badge terms and conditions, please visit: https://www.starwarscelebration.com/Terms-and-Conditions/.

EXHIBITOR EXCLUSIVES LOTTERY

How does the exhibitor exclusives lottery work?

Star Wars Celebration Chicago features some of the top brands from the Star Wars universe selling exclusive items that are not offered anywhere else. Funko, Hasbro and Lego will be utilizing an advance lottery in order to handle the demand and to provide more fans the opportunity to purchase exclusive items from their booth. Fans will be able to enter and manage lotteries for these exhibitor exclusives through the official Star Wars Celebration mobile app (coming soon!) and Celebration website.

What exhibitors are participating?

Funko, Hasbro and Lego will be utilizing an advance lottery in order to handle the demand and to provide more fans the opportunity to purchase exclusive items from their booth. You can see all of the exclusive items that will be available at www.starwarscelebration.com/Features/Show-Floor/Exhibitor-Exclusives/

When can I enter the exhibitor exclusives lottery?

Lotteries for all exhibitor exclusives are NOW OPEN and fans must submit their entries before 11:59 PM central time on Monday April 8th. The time in which you enter a lottery has no impact on your chance of winning a lottery. Entries to exclusive exhibitor lotteries are limited to the number of badges associated with your order number or the e-mail address you used to purchase your badges.

How do I show proof of my exhibitor exclusive lottery win?

You will be sent an email with a confirmation and QR code after an exclusive exhibitor lottery has been won. Please print these confirmation codes or keep them handy in your mobile device, and treat them as you would any other event ticket. These tickets will be scanned during entry at the exhibitor’s queue on the show floor. For your convenience, if you have activated your badge you may attach your winning lottery to your badge and simply use the QR code on your badge or the confirmation code in the Star Wars Celebration mobile app. Winning exhibitor exclusive lottery confirmations and QR codes can only be redeemed once, so they can’t be duplicated or shared with others. Once a QR code is scanned it is voided and may not be reused.

LIGHTSPEED VIRTUAL PANEL RESERVATIONS

How do panel reservations work?

Fans will be able to use LIGHTSPEED Virtual Panel Reservations to reserve admission for panels all weekend long at Star Wars Celebration Chicago. Fans will have the ability to make advance panel reservations for panels on the Galaxy and Twin Suns Stages. This provides the opportunity for more fans to enjoy some of our most exciting panels which would have previously required overnight camping and wristbands. A fan must have an activated badge in order to make a panel reservation through the mobile app (coming soon!) or online.

A partial allocation of seating capacity for all panels at the Galaxy and Twin Suns Stages (except for the streaming of panels from the Celebration stage Friday, Sunday and Monday mornings) will be available for fans to reserve admission in advance without a lottery. Panel reservations are offered on a first-come, first-served basis, subject to availability. In addition to being able to possibly win a panel lottery for the morning panels on the Celebration Stage each day, fans may make one advance LIGHTSPEED Virtual Panel Reservation per stage per day for panels on the Galaxy and Twin Suns stages. Please note: This does not include the live streaming of the morning panels from the Celebration Stage on the Galaxy and Twin Suns Stages as those will require a panel lottery win. All panels taking place on the Podcast Stage, University Stage, Collectors Stage, Fan Stage and The Star Wars Show Live! Stage are open to all fans and do not require a lottery win or advance panel reservations. 

How do I show proof of my panel reservation?

Once you have made a panel reservation with an activated badge, you will be able to view the QR code and virtual reservation confirmation directly within the Star Wars Celebration mobile app (coming soon!). In order to enter a panel, you may use either your in-app QR code or your badge for validation into the theater. Please note: Panel reservations must be redeemed at the theater at least 15 minutes prior to the scheduled show time. Panel reservations expire 15 minutes prior to the start of each show.

Can I give my panel reservation or advance panel lottery entitlement to someone else?

No. You cannot give your panel reservation or your lottery entitlement to anyone else, they are non-transferable. You are able to add up to five friends or family members to your lottery group prior to the lottery taking place but you are not able to transfer your winning lottery entitlement to someone else after the lottery is over.

Do I need a reservation to go to a panel?

As in years past at Celebration, there will be opportunities for fans to walk up and enter a panel without an advance panel reservation by waiting in stand-by queues located at each stage in the West Building. Seating capacity for all panels is limited and queues for panels may close at any time based on availability. There will be no queue or stand-by line for panels which require a lottery as they are considered at capacity in advance. A partial allocation of seating capacity for all panels at the Galaxy and Twin Suns Stages (except for the streaming of panels from the Celebration stage Friday, Sunday and Monday mornings) will be available for fans to reserve admission in advance without a lottery. All panels taking place on the Podcast Stage, University Stage, Collectors Stage, Fan Stage and The Star Wars Show Live! Stage are open to all fans and do not require a lottery win or advance panel reservations. 

Which panels can I make a reservation for?

You can make reservations for any panel on the Galaxy and Twin Suns Stages except for the streaming of the morning panels from the Celebration stage on Friday, Sunday and Monday.

No reservations are available for panels on the Celebration stage after each opening panel of the day as the Celebration Stage at the Wintrust Arena will not be cleared between panels. Fans are free to stay in their seats all day or move to new seats as other fans depart after the first panel of the day has ended. After the morning panels, fans will be able to enter the Celebration stage as they wish, at any time, to watch any subsequent panels so long as the stage has not reached capacity.

There are no reservations available for any panel taking place on the Podcast Stage, University Stage, Collectors Stage, Fan Stage and The Star Wars Show Live! Stage, they are open to all fans and do not require a lottery win or advance panel reservations. 

What types of badges are able to make panel reservations?

All 5 day adult badges, Jedi Master VIP badges, and media badges are able to make any panel reservation available for all days of the event. All single day adult badges can make reservations for panels taking place the day their badge is valid for. At this time, Special Guest and Exhibitor badges are not able to make panel reservations. Kids’ badges are not able to make panel reservations but adult badges have the option of adding panel reservations for Kids’ badges at the time a reservation is made. Children 5 and under do not need a badge for Star Wars Celebration. We ask that all children under 5 sit on their parent or guardian’s lap for any panel reservation the adult makes.

Do I have to activate my badge to make a panel reservation?

Yes! An activated badge is required to make a panel reservation. Badge activation can be done at www.starwarscelebration.com/activate.

When can I make a panel reservation?

Panel reservations can be made starting April 11th at 10:00AM CST with any activated badge.

Where do I make a panel reservation?

We strongly suggest you download and use the Star Wars Celebration Chicago Mobile App for panel reservations as well as a variety of other extremely useful features. In addition there will be kiosks located throughout Star Wars Celebration where you can make day-of reservations if there are remaining reservations available.

Do I need the mobile app to make and use panel reservations?

No but we do strongly suggest you download and use the Star Wars Celebration Chicago Mobile App for panel reservations as well as a variety of other extremely useful features. In addition there will be kiosks located throughout Star Wars Celebration where you can make day-of reservations if there are remaining reservations available. You MUST have an activated badge in order to make any panel reservations. A stand-by line at the queue of each stage is also available.

When should I arrive at the Galaxy or Twin Suns stages to enter with my panel reservation?

We recommend arriving at least 35 minutes early and we ask that all fans with advance panel reservations be scanned into the room at least 15 minutes prior to the advertised panel start time or risk forfeiting their panel reservation.  

If I purchased a badge from someone else or through Lyte can I still make a panel reservation?

Yes. Fans that are not the original purchaser of the badge just need to activate their badge with their personal e-mail or order confirmation number re-issued by Showclix and you will be able to participate. Once they have an activated badge they will be able to make panel reservations for select panels through the Star Wars Celebration Chicago Mobile App beginning on April 11th. Unfortunately, tickets purchased outside of Lyte may not be eligible to participate in panel reservations or panel lotteries.

Are seats in the theaters, stages and panel rooms open to anyone or are there assigned seats or seating sections?

LIGHTSPEED Virtual Panel Reservations provide peace of mind and eliminate the need for fans to camp out overnight. Fans who win a panel lottery for admission to the first panels each morning on the Celebration Stage will be assigned a seating section in advance of the show so there is no need to queue up early. Fans are asked to only sit in their assigned section and to use all of the seats in that section. For the safety and comfort of all fans, overnight queuing is not permitted at Star Wars Celebration Chicago or the Celebration Stage at the Wintrust Arena.

For fans who make panel reservations or win an advance panel lottery for panels at the Galaxy and Twin Suns stages there are no reserved seating sections. Seats are available on a first come, first served basis including the first panels of the day that are streamed from the Celebration stage at the Wintrust Arena.

If I want to go to a panel with my friends and family how do we get panel reservations for seats next to each other?

There is no general admission assigned or reserved seating at the Galaxy or Twin Suns Stages. A panel reservation is valid for entry, but doesn’t guarantee that you will be able to sit together. We recommend getting to the panel 35 minutes in advance, and to keep your party together in order to help ensure you can sit together. Saving of seats is strictly forbidden.

If I pick up my badge at the Fan Services area at Star Wars Celebration how can I make a panel reservation?

After a fan picks up their badge in Fan Services, they must simply activate their badge and they will be able to access the LIGHTSPEED Virtual Panel Reservation system. Once they have an activated badge you will be able to make panel reservations through the Star Wars Celebration Chicago Mobile App. Fans are also able to use the onsite kiosks the day of the show for any remaining reservations that are available on the Galaxy and Twin Suns Stages until 15 minutes prior to the panel start time. All panels taking place on the Podcast Stage, University Stage, Collectors Stage, Fan Stage and The Star Wars Show Live! Stage are open to all fans and do not require a lottery win or advance panel reservations.

If I pick up my badge at the Fan Services area at Star Wars Celebration how can I enter an advance panel lottery?

All advance panel lotteries will have already taken place by the time you are able to pick up your badges onsite at Star Wars Celebration Chicago. All advance panel lotteries will close on Thursday April 4th. However you do not need to have your badge to enter into the lottery, instead you can use your order confirmation number or the email address used on your original order to enter into the lottery.

LIGHTSPEED LANE VIRTUAL QUEUEING

What is the LIGHTSPEED Lane?

The LIGHTSPEED LANE is a special entrance to the Celebration Store and other select show features at Star Wars Celebration that provides expedited entry into the ultimate shopping experience in the galaxy while reducing wait time. Simply show up to the LIGHTSPEED Lane at your assigned time and enjoy a dedicated queue into the Celebration Store where you can purchase some of the hottest exclusives in the Star Wars Universe.

How do I reserve a time to use the LIGHTSPEED Lane?

Fans can use the Star Wars Celebration mobile app to reserve a window of time that they will be allowed to use the LIGHTSPEED Lane entrance to the store and other select show features. You MUST have an activated badge in order to reserve a time slot for the LIGHTSPEED Lane. LIGHTSPEED Lane reservations are first come first served and will open on April 11th at 10am CST.

How do I show proof of my LIGHTSPEED Lane reservation?

For your convenience you can simply use the QR code on your badge, your e-mail confirmation or on the Star Wars Celebration mobile app to be scanned by Celebration Crew or Exhibitor Staff when entering their booth as proof of your lottery entitlement. LIGHTSPEED Lane reservations, confirmations and QR codes can only be redeemed once, so they can’t be duplicated or shared with others. Once a QR code is scanned upon entry to the LIGHTSPEED Lane it is invalidated for entry again.

In order to use the LIGHTSPEED Lane Virtual Queuing and make LIGHTSPEED Virtual Panel Reservations you must have a valid badge for Star Wars Celebration Chicago and you must activate your badge at www.starwarscelebration.com/activate. An activated badge is required to claim your panel reservation.

After you have activated your badge you will need to download the Star Wars Celebration Mobile App (coming soon!). You can download it at www.swc-mobile.com when it becomes available.

Celebration Supporters

We use cookies to operate this website and to improve its usability. Full details of what cookies are, why we use them and how you can manage them can be found by reading our Privacy & Cookies page. Please note that by using this site you are consenting to the use of cookies.