While our program places an emphasis on excellence, achievement and personal growth, we also strive to make the pageant experience FUN! The pageant is a three-day event, and will be held November 22 - 24, 2013 in Chicago, IL.
On the first day, our Teen and Miss delegates will check-in and then have their Preliminary Interview. During the interviews, each contestant has the opportunity to meet individually with the entire judging panel for approximately three minutes. Each contestant has the opportunity to convince the judges she is right for the job of MISS ILLINOIS USA or MISS ILLINOIS TEEN USA.
The contestants enjoy getting to know the pageant staff and other participants. The contestants will also begin rehearsals on arrival day because we put on a high quality production. Rehearsals with our staff in the hotel’s main ballroom are also being held concurrently that afternoon. We bring in a choreographer and a producer who work to make the rehearsals productive, but fun. As a result, the shows are always incredible! The day concludes with dinner and a group meeting before bed check.
After breakfast, the contestants will have the opportunity to listen to a motivational speaker who will once again drive home the message of becoming your personal best. Saturday morning and afternoon is spent in rehearsals which prepares them for that day’s stage shows - the Miss Illinois USA presentation show followed by the Miss Illinois Teen USA presentation show. During the Presentation Show, each contestant is 'presented' to the judges in the preliminary swimsuit and evening gown competitions. By now the pressure is off, and the day ends with a dinner and evening of fun, dancing, and making new friendships.
The third day begins again with rehearsals and concludes with the final competitions. At the end of each of the final shows, we will have a new Miss Illinois USA & Miss Illinois Teen USA. The winner of MISS ILLINOIS USA will advance to the nationally televised MISS USA pageant, and the winner of the MISS ILLINOIS TEEN USA title will advance to the MISS TEEN USA pageant. Should MISS ILLINOIS USA go on to win MISS USA, she would then advance to the ultimate contest ... the internationally televised MISS UNIVERSE Pageant.
Contestants will be given a more detailed schedule with times as the pageant gets closer.