Sweet Home Chicago
Ah, the Windy City. You may not have the hustle and bustle of New York City, the star power of Los Angeles or the attitude of Philly (yeah, I said it—Print Professional magazine is based in the City of Brotherly Love), but you have some interesting things going on.
Chicago doesn't only have ties to infamous mob boss Al Capone and the likes of other Prohibition-era mobsters and a history of corrupt politics; many pretty cool things and people came from The City of Big Shoulders (Chicago has many nicknames).
There are the famous Chicagoans like filmmaker John Hughes, Playboy founder Hugh Hefner, actors John Cusack and Bill Murray and TV host/actress, businesswoman extraordinaire Oprah Winfrey. And it's also a city of firsts. Chicago produced the first Schwinn bicycle, the cafeteria, the bowling tournament and get this, print professionals—the window envelope.
So keep this in mind while you stroll along its streets while attending the Printing Services & Distribution Association's 2011 Print Solutions Conference & Expo. After the show, don't forget to check out some famous places on your own.
According to ChicagoSmarts.com, a website dedicated to providing information about Chicago entertainment, there are quite a few places no visitors should miss when they are in Chi-Town.
Here they are:
Willis Tower (formerly known as the Sears Tower)
The Sears Tower, completed in 1973, remains the tallest skyscraper in the western hemisphere. The Sears Tower Skydeck offers visitors a spectacular view of the city—visitors can get a peek of four states: Illinois, Indiana, Michigan and Wisconsin. It is located at 233 S. Wacker Drive or if you're adventurous, you can just look for the really tall building.
Well, for this one, you're in luck. If you are attending the show, you will be in the center of all of it. Navy Pier is 50-acres of parks, gardens, shops, rides, restaurants and attractions and overlooks Lake Michigan. At the Navy Pier, you can ride the 15-story high ferris wheel, visit the Chicago Children's Museum or see a movie at the IMAX Theater. The location is 600 E. Grand Ave.