Another Week in the Windy City
Ah Chi town… such a marvelous city. My daughter Kat and I stayed on Ohio Street just off Michigan Ave. The hotel building was historic (built in the 1920’s) which was cool, but the rooms were old and the bathrooms small…which wasn’t so cool. The location however was excellent because it was central to great shopping and great restaurants.
We were at the mart every morning for the 8:00 keynote speaker. I don’t know why more people don’t go to those…they are absolutely fascinating and by far my favorite part of Neocon. Besides that, they are free and an inspiring way to kick off the day. The first speaker was Todd Bracher, designer of furniture, lighting and other objects. I loved the simplicity and clarity in his design approach. The second speaker, Scott Barry Kaufman, a psychologist interested in the development of intelligence, creativity and personality was very humorous and entertaining. Laughter is a great way to start the day. Adrian Smith, the third speaker we heard is an architect of super tall buildings like the Burj Khalifa in Dubai…enough said.
A few showroom tours were planned each day, as well as a tour off site of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Robbie House. We also made sure to explore the showroom floors on our own. By the way, an absolute must to visit is the materials pavilion on the 8th floor.
Beyond Neocon, which was once again soooo worth it, we enjoyed the city itself. The food was somehow magical. Can food actually be magical? I think so. This food was. I don’t know what they put in the chow of Chicago but every restaurant we went to was fabulous. If you are ever in Chicago go to Seasons 52 Fresh Grill. They have live music and the best flat bread. In fact it was so good we had to go back a second time! We walked down Michigan Avenue, along the river, visited Millennium Park, the Tilt in the John Hancock Tower, and did a serious amount of shopping…how could we not…we were on the Magnificent Mile!