We’ve had the pleasure of spending the last few days at PCMA’s Convening Leaders in Chicago. Last week we gave you a sneak peek at the venues that were hosting us in the windy city. This week we’re sharing our experiences.
Museum of Science and Industry
The largest science museum in the Western Hemisphere played host to PCMA’s Opening Night event. The event was split up into different areas showcasing Chicago neighborhoods with entertainment and food. There were stilt walkers, bands, Chinese dragon dancers, latin dancers, and more!
The venue was simply transformed by the decor and lighting. What made this venue most special though, was the experiential exhibits that were open to the attendees. Whether getting lost in a mirror maze, creating your own tornado, or exploring the inside of a U-505 submarine, there was something for everyone.
House of Blues Chicago
Party With A Purpose (PWAP) was easily one of the most fun experiences of this year’s conference. The PCMA Education Foundation took over all 4 floors of the House of Blues Chicago for their annual event to support the PCMA Education Foundation, PCMA’s Network For the Needy and Future Founders, a local Chicago organization. It didn’t matter if you were in the secret room with dueling pianos, upstairs at the bar, or down on the dance floor, everybody was having a blast!
The Nightowls, a 10 piece soul band from Austin, TX, were really the highlight of the night. They were working the crowd! The brass musicians practically crowdsurfed when they jumped off the stage and onto the dance floor. It was truly an experience.
Finally, last night PCMA took over the Navy Pier’s Grand Ballroom for their spectacular Closing Night party. The Ballroom was transformed into a true celebration of Chicago landmarks. The Chicago marquee, the interactive Crown Fountain, and more were recreated for us. It was a really cool experience seeing our fellow attendees on the replica Crown Fountain in the center of the Ballroom.
Upstairs there was a Candy Bar from Candyality Candy Co., where attendees could fill up a bag of candy and then be told their personality based on their candy choices. A fun addition to the party that had a lot of appeal, evidenced by the ridiculously long line!
If you didn’t get a chance to attend PCMA Convening Leaders here in Chicago, I highly recommend starting to save your money now for 2016 hosted in Vancouver!
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