WordCamp Chicago was great. Myself and co-worker, Richard Lopez –
Account Manager for The Beach arrived at the UBS Conference Center
around 8am and met Chris Wilson, husband of Lisa Sabin-Wilson for the
first time while Lisa was running around tying up last minute details
for the event. ServerBeach was one of two sponsors attending so we
were able to set up at the registration table with our swag and greet
everyone who came through the door to attend WordCamp Chicago. The
turnout was great with approximately 200 people and gave us the
opportunity to really talk to people and get to know a little bit
about them. We were also able to help out with the registration
process which was a lot of fun.
Saturday night we attended the official Wordcamp Chicago party at
Morton’s Steakhouse. We had drinks with Wordcamp attendees and dinner with Chris, Lisa, her assistant Lindsay, and her fiancé then called it a night early since we had to attend day 2 of Wordcamp at 8am.
On Sunday, we arrived early in the morning to the conference to catch
breakfast and begin the (short) day – WordCamp Chicago ended around
12:30pm. We said our good-byes as everyone left and decided to tour
the City. After the conference ended, we decided to go to the Sears
Tower – the views were great! Following the Sears Tower, we went to
Navy Pier for some lunch and went on to board a train to Chinatown
which I have to say was, well…different. Much, much different than
San Francisco’s Chinatown – where some of us from ServerBeach were
just recently to attend WordCamp San Francisco.
We decided to go to the airport early so we didn’t repeat our Phoenix/
San Francisco fiasco again, which is a whole new blog post in itself, hah!
My overall impressions of the WordCamp Chicago:
- Much better than the Wordcamp San Francisco since the group was
smaller and we had more time to talk to everyone and really get to
- Not as many “bells and whistles” as San Francisco but overall a
better atmosphere. The city of Chicago is great. The people are nice
and it reminds me of San Antonio – just much, much, bigger.
We had a great time at WordCamp Chicago and I look forward to attending another WordCamp in the future.
View pictures from WordCamp Chicago here: http://tinyurl.com/n8xtjj