Now that the stress of ticket and hotel buying has subsided for the most part, for better or for worse depending on who you ask, the next thing to begin speculating about is the programming that Star Wars Celebration Chicago will offer. The big point of focus throughout the convention is obviously going to be on Episode IX. Since it has already been revealed that no programming will take place on Thursday, we can pretty much assume that the Episode IX panel will happen on Friday morning. Which means the overnight queue will begin some time on Thursday, with things getting serious by mid to late afternoon. Kenobi should be at Celebration as well. How big of a presence he will be, and whether Ewan makes an appearance or not, will be the big question for now. No doubt if they secure Ewan for a Kenobi panel, that will be the second biggest panel of the weekend. One that will likely be on a separate day as the Episode IX panel and will most certainly also require an overnight queue. Speaking of which, there's been a lot of hopeful chatter on these boards lately in regards to the upcoming 20th anniversary of The Phantom Menace. Personally, I don't see how they can not make this another big point of focus. TPM was the entry into Star Wars for an entire generation of fans. And assuming they can secure at least a couple of the big names from it, a 20th anniversary panel would be insanely popular. I also think dedicating a day's worth of panels in one of the main panel rooms to anything and everything related to the PT in general will be very well attended. Will we finally get our long awaited "Yipee! An Hour with Jake Lloyd" panel? Will Ahmed Best finally reveal to us the dark secrets George Lucas told him about Jar Jar's origins? Only time will tell. And then to round out the four major panels of the weekend, as expected, Hamill Himself should be another hugely popular one. After that are the regulars like Ian McDiarmid, Anthony Daniels, Billy Dee Williams, Ray Park, and the Fetts. So we can expect panels from each of them. Other big panels over the weekend might include one for the upcoming Star Wars Resistance animated series. Another one will likely be for whichever Star Wars video games are happening at the time or are about to be released. There are a lot of social issues being brought up nowadays in the context of Star Wars and its fan base as well. So I would expect there to be programming dedicated to open and inclusive discussion on these topics. With Celebration also being in Chicago and not Anaheim or Orlando, I'm wondering just how much focus there is going to be on Star Wars Land. My inclincation right now tells me there won't be much. But who knows, it could be the complete opposite of that, and maybe they go all in on Star Wars Land at Celebration Chicago in an attempt to lure all of the midwest into their parks at a later point. Not sure if a panel would be in order here, but maybe a separate area dedicated to showing off what Star Wars Land is going to look like. And as always, I'm definitely looking forward to the Cantinarchaeology panel that's hosted by Pablo Hidalgo where they discuss and dissect everything and anything related to the Cantina! This is just my own little run down right now in terms of how I see things starting to shape up. Everything I said above is pure guess work. Beyond that, anyone else's guess is as good as mine when it comes to speculating on the kind of programming that will be offerred. Referring to past Celebrations to get an idea of that is about the only way to go at this point. And until the specifics come out and we need to start separating information, this is going to be the official panels, programming, and queuing discussion for Star Wars Celebration 2019.