Greetings from Chicago! I am excited to be back here for the American Institute of Architects National Convention. This is one of my favorite trade shows, and the trade show is packed with tons of new glass and metal products and as well as attendees taking them all in. Of course the USGlass/Architects’ Guide to Glass team has been busy covering the show … but still … it’s hard to visit a town like this and not take in some of the sights, sounds and tastes you can find outside of McCormick Place.
If you haven’t yet seen our opening video, take a look. We played the part of tourist the day before the show opened and have to give a HUGE thank you to Lyle Hill for showing us around. While the video gives you a recap of our sight-seeing adventure, here’s some of what you didn’t see.
- I was terrified of the Tilt! I thought it wouldn’t be too bad; I thought that it wouldn’t be as frightening as stepping out on the Ledge, but let me tell you: I was scared. I think the fact that it moved is what frightened me most. Fortunately (for me, anyway) there was zero visibility when we were there, which meant instead of seeing Michigan Avenue below us, we saw nothing but white. I have to admit, if it had been a clear day, I’m not sure I would have done it. But that’s just me. Hats off to the amazing team at the Hancock Center and Tilt! for their hospitality!
- City Winery is a must visit spot. The food was great, the wine was wonderful, the people were incredible and it’s just such a cool building. There’s a certain charm to architecture that combines old and new elements. Our host, floor manager James Stephani, treated us to a special tour of the winery, and Mac Hines with Glassworks, the contract glazier that tackled the glass installation, was also kind enough to join us there. Definitely check it out!
- Rush hour traffic in Chicago is a pain … but it provided the perfect opportunity to snag some city footage for our video. Now, I won’t tell you which shots, but take a look at the video again and see if you can guess which shots we grabbed while driving from point A to point B.
Those of you who know me well may know that I’m a North Carolina girl, born and bred. And even though I no longer live there, North Carolina will always be my home. But Chicago … Chicago plays a close second.