Chicago Keynote Speaker

Patrick Schwerdtfeger is a motivational keynote speaker who has spoken frequently in Chicago, including insurance conferences, business symposiums and events for the American Marketing Association. He generally speaks about technology, business trends or social media marketing. As an author and professional speaker, Patrick specializes in marketing, entrepreneurship and business trends. He’s the author of Marketing Shortcuts for the Self-Employed (2011, Wiley) and a regular speaker for Bloomberg TV. So if you’re planning a business convention in the McCormick Place Convention Center on South Dr Martin Luther King Jr Drive, the Hyatt Regency Exhibition Center on East Upper Wacker Drive, the Swissotel Downtown Chicago along the riverwalk or some other conference facility in Chicago, Illinois, Patrick will deliver the buzz and excitement you’re looking for.

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Chicago has many conference facilities, including:

  • University Center on South State Street
  • Palmer House A Hilton Hotel on East Monroe Street
  • Hilton Chicago on South Michigan Avenue
  • JW Marriott Chicago on West Adams Street
  • Renaissance Blackstone Chicago Hotel on South Michigan Avenue
  • Other meeting spaces in Skokie, Oak Lawn and Calumet City


General Information about Chicago, Illinois, for Meeting Planners

Chicago is the third largest city in America (behind New York and Los Angeles) and has a population of about 9.8 million people. The city is located on the Great Lakes and has become a major hub for industry, telecommunications and infrastructure. It’s primary airport, Chicago O’Hare International, is the world’s second largest by total traffic.

Known as the “City of Big Shoulders” and also the “Windy City”, Chicago is located at the southwestern end of Lake Michigan in the United States. The municipality of Chicago has around 2.7 million inhabitants, making it the largest city in the US state of Illinois and the third largest city in the United States by population. It is a popular tourist and business destination and serves as the headquarters of several global companies such as Nielsen, At&T, FTI Consulting, Kraft Foods and Motorola. For business tourists looking for meeting and event space, some of the best include the Catalyst Ranch, TechNexus and Summit Executive Centre. Just recently, Chicago, Illinois hosted the 2012 International Sustainability Roundtable. Here is Patrick’s economic forecast for America.


2014 Business Conventions in Chicago, Illinois

Chicago will play host to numerous conferences in 2014. The YMN Smart Business Conference, organized by Yarn Market News, will be held in March at the Omni Chicago Hotel on Michigan Avenue. The Spark & Hustle Conference will be held at The Meadows Club, located off Golf Road, in April. It is being organized by Tory Johnson. The 14th Annual SuperConference, organized by Inside Counsel, will take place in May at the Swissotel Chicago on East Upper Wacker Drive. Also in May, the Greater China Business Conference will be organized by the Kellogg School of Management at the Allen Center on Campus Drive.

2013 Business Conferences in Chicago, Illinois

Chicago is hosting hundreds of conferences during 2013. Some of the larger events include the largest education conference, the AEYC Opening Minds Conference by the Association for the Education of Young Children which will take place in January at the Hyatt Regency. Other conferences include the ASCD Annual Conference and Exhibit Show at McCormick Place West in March, hosted by the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development. Furthermore, the Midwest Nursing Research Society is holding their 37th Annual Research Conference, with the theme ‘Living Well with Chronic Conditions: Implications for Nursing Science’ at Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile in March.

Speaking Opportunities for Aspiring Speakers in Chicago

Chicago Toastmasters clubs are a great place for Illinois aspiring speakers to practice their craft. EPA Club meets at Metcalfe Federal Building on West Jackson Boulevard (Thursday at 12:00 PM), Chicago Speakeasy Toastmasters Club meets at PNC Bank on North Franklin Boulevard (Tuesday at 5:30 PM), Two-One-Nine Toastmasters Club meets at Dirksen Federal Building on South Dearborn Street (Thursday at 12:00 PM) and DePaul Leaders Toastmasters Club meets at DePaul University on East Jackson Boulevard (Tuesday at 12:00 PM).

Chicago Food Choices for Convention Attendees

Enjoy some of the local specialties while attending your business conference in Chicago and check out local hotspots. You haven’t been to Chicago if you haven’t greased your spoon or hands after a hefty double cheeseburger from Billy Goat Tavern (Phone: 312-222-1525) on North Michigan Avenue. Hot Doug’s (Phone: 773-279-9550) on North California Avenue makes gourmet hot dogs of various combinations (Polish, bratwursts, or Chicago dogs) that are grilled, deep fried, or steamed, and topped with blue cheese, cherry cream sauce, or sesame-ginger. Pizzeria Uno (Phone: 312-321-1000) on East Ohio Street is the home of classic Chicago-style pizza with light crust, heaps of cheese, tomato sauce, and various herbs. Specializing in Latin American gourmet, Borinquen Restaurant (Phone: 773-442-8001) on North California Avenue boasts its signature dish jibarito—an artful layering of steak, lettuce, tomato and garlic mayo sandwiched between two fried plantain.

Chicago Attractions for Conference Delegates

After finishing up with your business conference, spend some time for yourself in Chicago, the largest city in Illinois, travelling around places like the Millennium Park, Sky Deck Chicago’s the Ledge, Chicago Cultural Center and Navy Pier. The millennium Park is located in downtown Chicago along the lake front and is an artistic site that also offers several indoor activities. Sky Deck Chicago’s the Ledge, known as the Sears Towers Sky Deck, is a vantage point providing a perfect view of the surrounding landscape from 1,350 feet above the ground. Chicago Cultural Museum has several master pieces and is great place for art lovers. Finally, Navy Pier located on Lake Michigan definitely makes the list. With a host of restaurants and activities available, it is one of Chicago’s most popular tourist destinations.

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