Don't miss the inaugural event of the Illinois Chess Association's 2012 Illinois Tour, the humpty-humpf annual Tim Just's Winter Open. (It's being called the 28th annual TJWO, but that appears to be a conservative estimate: last year, Wayne Clark said that Tim simply lost count!)
The site is the DoubleTree in Oak Brook. Play begins at 9 a.m. Saturday, January 7th, for the two-day Open and Reserve; play begins at noon Saturday for the one-day Scholastic event (in two sections).
Enter here! Even with the mildly annoying $3 "convenience" fee, you'd be wise to save time and money by preregistering. The total cost of $67 (Open and Reserve) is very reasonable. If you enter on site, it'll cost you $80, plus you'll have to arrive at the site before 8:30 a.m. in order to register. (There's an additional $10 fee for players rated below 1800 to play in the Open Section. Any ambitious player rated above 1600 should give this option serious consideration.)
You can enter the Scholastic Section on the same page: $26 for five good games is very reasonable. (But consider playing in the Reserve section: this is an excellent event for scholastic players to test themselves against adult opponents!)
Check out pre-entries here!