Mission Chicago Announced, Mission New York Revisited

As part of the First Contact Day (April 5) festivities it was announced that in 2022 there will be a Star Trek: Mission Chicago event. This convention is the only officially licensed Star Trek event in the U.S. by CBS now that Star Trek Las Vegas has been replaced with The 55-Year Mission Tour in Las Vegas. ReedPop, who is putting on Mission Chicago, was behind events like New York Comic Con, MCM Comic Con London, Star Wars Celebration and Star Trek: Mission New York. It is expected that annual Missions in rotating cities will follow.

Newsfeed:
We invite you to Star Trek: Mission Chicago– the ultimate Star Trek fan experience for all ages! Boldly explore the past, present and future of the celebrated franchise while embracing the ideals of a diverse and inclusive future that remains at the center of one of the most iconic brands of all time. Enjoy three full days of interactive exhibits, major announcements, exclusive merchandise, celebrity guests, and more from the ever-evolving Star Trek universe.

Star Trek: Mission Chicago is coming to McCormick Place in Chicago IL, April 8th to April 10th 2022. 

In light of this announcement it seems only fitting to revisit 2016’s Star Trek: Mission New York which took place during Star Trek’s 50th Anniversary. To celebrate the anniversary, Hallmark displayed all 81 Star Trek ornaments that had been released up to that time (actually 80, “To Boldly Go” was still just a cardboard image).

Unfortunately, most of the photos of the Star Trek display were taken from a distance.

The gallery, in the form of a transporter chamber, stood beside Hallmark’s event booth. It was comprised of seven tall, vertical windows each holding a dozen or so ornaments.

Happily, one Star Trek fan posted a YouTube video of the ornaments which you can view at the bottom of this page. Below are the best screen caps I could get from IoMGeek’s September 3, 2016 video. Let me know if anyone has any photos of Hallmark’s ornament gallery they would like to share.

Window 1
Top: 1991 U.S.S. Enterprise, 1992 Shuttlecraft Galileo, 1993 U.S.S. Enterprise D, 1994 Klingon Bird-of-Prey
Middle: 1995 Captain Jean-Luc Picard, 1995 Captain James T. Kirk, 1995 The Ships of Star Trek, 1995 Romulan Warbird
Bottom: 1996 Enterprise & Galileo, 1996 Mr. Spock, 1996 Commander William T. Riker, 1996 U.S.S. Voyager

Window 2
Top: 1997 Commander Data, 1997 Dr. Leonard H. McCoy, 1997 U.S.S. Defiant,
1998 Captain Kathryn Janeway, 1998 U.S.S. Enterprise E
Middle: 1999 Worf, 1999 U.S.S. Enterprise – Glass, 1999 Runabout U.S.S. Rio Grande
Bottom: 1999 U.S.S. Enterprise – Stamp, 2000 Lt. Commander Worf – Glass, 2000 Seven of Nine, 2000 Borg Cube

Window 3
Top: 2001 Q – Glass, 2001 Space Station Deep Space Nine, 2001 Startfleet Legends
Middle: 2001 Captain Benjamin Sisko, 2002 Enterprise NX-01, 2002 The Doctor, 2002 Delta Flyer
Bottom: 2003 Sub-Commandr T’Pol, 2003 Captain Jonathan Archer, 2003 The Scorpion

Window 4
Top: 2004 “The City on the Edge of Forever”, 2004 Insignias, 2004 Vulcan Command Ship, 2004 Commander Trip Tucker
Bottom: 2005 Khan, 2005 U.S.S. Enterprise A

Window 4
Top: 2005 Locutus of Borg, 2006 U.S.S. Enterprise, 2006 The Transporter Chamber, 2007 Future U.S.S. Enterprise D
Bottom: Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, 2007 Lt. Uhura – Red

Window 5
Top: 2008 Communicator, 2008 “The Trouble with Tribbles”, 2008 U.S.S. Reliant, 2009 Klingon Battle Cruiser
Middle: 2009 Lt. Uhura – Gold, 2009 Starfleet Phaser, 2009 “The Menagerie”
Bottom: 2009 Ilia Probe, 2010 U.S.S. Enterprise 2.0, 2010 “Amok Time”, 2010 Captain James T. Kirk

Window 6
Top: 2011 “Mirror, Mirror”, 2011 Romulan Bird-of-Prey, 2011 U.S.S. Defiant
Bottom: 2011 Spock, 2012 Dr. Leonard “Bones” McCoy

Window 6
Top: 2012 “An Extraordinary Meeting”, 2012 U.S.S. Enterprise D, 2013 U.S.S. Kelvin
Bottom: 2013 Chief Engineer Montgomery Scott, 2013 “Arena”, 2013 U.S.S. Kelvin – Damaged

Window 7
Top: 2014 U.S.S. Vengeance, 2014 “The Devil in the Dark”
Bottom: 2014 Lieutenant Hikaru Sulu, 2014 Vina, 2015 U.S.S. Enterprise C

Window 7
Top: 2015 “The Needs of the Many”, 2015 Lieutenant Nyota Uhura, 2016 Enterprise “Pilot” Gold
Bottom: 2016 “The Man Trap”, 2016 Ensign Pavel Chekov, 2016 Enterprise “Pilot” Painted

Window 7
Above: 2016 “To Boldly Go” (stand-in)

Hallmark Booth Display Case
Above: 2016 Maxine Cosplay, 2016 Enterprise “Pilot” Painted

Below is the video where these screen caps were taken from. The Hallmark booth footage begins at 1:26.

3 thoughts on “Mission Chicago Announced, Mission New York Revisited

  1. Kevin Dilmore

    What a trip down memory lane there! That show came together so fast—whew! The booth design was a big experiment for us, and we were assembling it until literally minutes before the convention doors opened. Some of the ornaments you see included were from my personal collection (no, I do NOT have them all!) because we weren’t able to locate them in our archives in time to get them shipped to NYC. The inserts behind the ornaments decorating our transporter chamber display were sourced from the same company that created the original material used in the transporter set construction. Hard to believe that was five years ago already; believe me, sometimes it feels like it was yesterday!

    I’ll share this because I don’t think it will get me in trouble: while we very much hope to be attending Mission Chicago, we will not be taking part in the 55-Year Mission Tour planned for August in Las Vegas.

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    1. skidoopostcards Post author

      That is fantastic that you were able to get material for the display from the same company as the original transporter. That is going the extra step!

      I am fortunate to have all the Star Trek ornaments but I would still go out of my way to see them all on display somewhere. Much more exciting than going to my closet.

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