All Communications Network Conference attendees are invited to a reception at the MacArthur Foundation on Thursday, September 25th, from 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. It will be held in the lobby of the beautiful and historic Marquette Building – our home and one of Chicago’s earliest skyscrapers.
The countdown to Chicago is underway. As you undoubtedly know from past website postings and email updates, this event is a sellout. There’ll be 200-plus of us, and a packed agenda. Lots of meaty topics — putting web 2.0 to work for you, producing websites that connect with audiences, how to prepare for a crisis (that you hope never happens), plus findings from a study of the role of annual reports in foundation communications, and results from our just-completed “state of foundation communications practices” survey.
We’re looking forward to welcoming you to Chicago soon. As you may have heard, a small group of us on the host committee (me, Mitch Hurst, and Celeste Wroblewski) have set up a blog for this year’s conference. We thought it would be great to “walk the walk” while creating an easy (and fun) way to document and share information about the conference. We figure it will also be an opportunity for the Network to explore the use of blogs for engaging with members.
For those who enjoy a good pint of quality lager, ale, or stout, there are a couple of pubs either walking distance or a short cab ride from the hotel that are worth checking out Celtic Crossing consistently wins awards for serving Chicago’s finest pint of Guinness. A bit further up north, but worth the trip, is the Map Room, which serves an excellent selection of Belgian beers and other imports.
The Chicago Architecture Foundation provides excellent tours — walking tours as well as boat tours up and down the Chicago River that offer views of architectural landmarks that cannont be seen from the street. Tour guides are amazingly knowledgeable about Chicago’s architectural landscape. Make sure and make a reservation as the tours tend to be fully booked. If you have an idea for another tour, or if you take a particular tour and want to recommend it, please let us know in the comments.
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