Networking and Social Activities
One of the biggest benefits of any conference is the networking. Take advantage of the time you’re around so many like-minded professionals and set a goal for yourself to meet a few new people. Here are some tips:
- STC will have a conference app available for all registered attendees a couple of weeks prior to the start of the Summit. You’ll be able to view the list of attendees before you arrive in Chicago. Make a list of a few people you would like to meet and write down some questions for them.
- Connect with them in the on the conference app and see if they’ll grab a cup of coffee with you, or meet you at the Welcome Reception on Sunday evening at 5:30 PM in the Expo Hall.
- During the education sessions simply say hello to the people sitting around you. If you don’t know them, introduce yourself, and ask them what other sessions they have attended.
Social Events at the Summit
Sunday, 15 May, 5:30 PM – Welcome Reception
The Summit starts on Sunday, 15 May, with the Welcome Reception in the Expo Hall. This a great opportunity to find out about services and products that will expand your toolbox. Meet other attendees in a fun, casual environment. There will be a cash bar and light refreshments.
Tuesday, 17 May, 5:30 PM – Honors Event
The STC Honors Event honors those who have earned the rank of Fellow and Associate Fellow; recipients of the Jay R. Gould, Ken Rainey, Frank R. Smith, and Intercom awards; the Student Scholarship award; the Student Honors Society (STX); and those chapters and SIGs that have earned the Most Improved Community and Community of the Year awards. Don’t miss your opportunity to congratulate your peers and colleagues! There will be a cash bar and refreshments served.
Things to do in the Chicago area:
Come early, or extend your stay and take in some of the sights around Chicago. Here are some suggestions:
Shedd Aquarium: Meet beluga whales and bluegills, rockhopper penguins and rockfish, alligators and an alligator snapping turtle, and so much more as you explore the world’s oceans, lakes, rivers and reefs — all in the heart of Chicago! Timed admission tickets required at this time.
Garfield Park Conservatory: Chicago’s Garfield Park Conservatory is one of the largest and most stunning botanical conservatories in the nation. Often referred to as “landscape art under glass,” the Conservatory showcases thousands of plant species from around the world throughout eight indoor display gardens. Year-round, visitors can enjoy the lush flora and tropical temperatures indoors, or more than 10 acres of outdoor gardens, nature play spaces for children, water lily pond, and much more. Garfield Park Conservatory is free but please make a reservation online to ensure there is space available on the day and time you’d like to visit.
Chicago Observation Deck:Formerly known as the John Hancock Building, 360 CHICAGO Observation Deck offers breathtaking panoramic views of Chicago from 1,000 feet above the famed Magnificent Mile. 360 CHICAGO’s elevators are some of the fastest in the country – they travel at 20 miles an hour! On a clear day, you can see 4 states from the 94th floor.
Chicago Architecture Center: Chicago Architecture Center is the place to go to learn how Chicago became “the city of architecture” with exhibits about its many diverse neighborhoods, housing types, leading architects and current projects. In addition you can see the city through a walking tour, a bus tour, or even an “L” tour. The cost of the tours includes admission to the museum.
Lincoln Park Zoo: Since 1868, Lincoln Park Zoo has grown side by side with the City of Chicago—from swans to science and from trading post to metropolis. Visitors learn about diverse species from around the planet, our animals receive enrichment that inspires natural behaviors, and our scientists protect ecosystems from Chicago to the Republic of Congo. As the zoo evolved, we became one of the most popular cultural destinations in Illinois and the only privately managed, free zoo in the country.
Chicago CityPASS: If you have time for more than one attraction, you might want to purchase a CityPASS ticket. You can purchase discounted admission for three to five attractions.