Rebel Wanderer: Chicago Part 1

In honor of our upcoming trip to PCMA’s Convening Leaders in Chicago, we thought we’d take this opportunity to highlight some of awesome things we’re looking forward to experiencing in the windy city.

Museum of Science and Industry

Museum_of_Science_and_IndustryThe largest science museum in the Western Hemisphere is playing host to PCMA’s Opening Night event. Housed in the former Palace of Fine Arts from the 1983 World’s Columbian Exposition, the museum opened its doors in 1933. The museum is home to more than 35,000 artifacts and 400,000 square feet of hands-on exhibits designed to spark scientific inquiry and creativity. I’m particularly excited to see the new permanent exhibit “Numbers in Nature: A Mirror Maze”, which houses an 1,800-square-foot mirror maze. I’m sure the “Fast Forward… Inventing The Future” exhibit is going to appeal to the innovative attendees of Convening Leaders. The Museum of Science and Industry is located in the Hyde Park neighborhood.

House of Blues Chicago

house-of-bluesOne of the highlights of last year’s Convening Leaders in Boston was the Party With A Purpose (PWAP), and this year looks just as promising. If you’re in Chicago, home to the Blues Brothers, you have to party at the House of Blues. The PCMA Education Foundation is taking 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. This is going to be a fun night listening to dueling pianos or hanging out in the Foundation Room. The House of Blues Chicago is located in the historic Marina City Complex.

Navy Pier

venues_grand_04PCMA is taking over the Navy Pier’s Grand Ballroom for their spectacular Closing Night party. The Grand Ballroom, part of the Pier’s original 1916 construction, has sweeping panoramic views of Lake Michigan and the Chicago skyline. The Navy Pier, a Chicago landmark, has been undergoing a major renovation, expected to be complete by this summer. My hope is that it’s not too cold and we’ll be able to check out the Navy Pier Park and its 150 foot tall Ferris wheel! The Navy Pier is located in the Streeterville neighborhood.

These are just a few of the spectacular venues Chicago has to offer and I’m sure we’ll be seeing a lot more during our time there. Check back with us next week to see photos and read a review of the events at PCMA’s Convening Leaders 2015.

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